Hello, lovelies! When I reviewed the Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow I mentioned I would be doing an overview post reviewing all the ones I own. Illamasqua Cream Pigments are multi-purpose products that can be used as lip colors, blush, eyeshadow, glitter adhesive, eyeshadow bases, face paint, etc. Basically anything you can think of. They're a multi-purpose product for makeup artists (and beauty lovers) like the MUFE Flash Color Palette.
Of course some colors are more versatile than others for general everyday wear. A pink coral color like Androgen (not shown) can easily serve as an eyeshadow, blush, and lip color while a pastel mint such as Bedaub may not be everyone's choice of lip/cheek color. I actually bought these with a very specific project in mind so I plan to use them as face/lip paints. I'm glad to report they work quite nicely for that purpose.
These pigments truly deliver. They're highly pigmented (sorry for being redundant), opaque creams that can be sheered out if desired. The colors are true to pan.
All of them are very creamy and blend easily. I do want to point out that they perspire more than any other cream product I own. And the perspiration that forms on top is not the same color of the product but a disgusting yellow color. See the image above. It looks even more gross in person. This is because they have a high mineral oil content.
They're fairly long wearing depending on where you use them. On the lips and face they wear well. On the eyes not so much. They crease and never really set the way a good cream eyeshadow does. Again, I think it's because of the mineral oil. The problem is solved by wearing thin layers on the eyes and powder eyeshadow on top, but I would never wear these as cream eye colors alone.
If you're looking for unique cream eyeshadow colors, skip these (sadly). Unless you don't mind wearing a primer underneath and a similar eyeshadow on top. To me that defeats the purpose of a cream eyeshadow and would make them more of an eyeshadow base in my opinion. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoy them on the eyes (as bases) but for $26 each I'd rather get a MAC Paint Pot or NARS Eye Paints (which can work both alone and layered). On the face and lips they work very nicely but considering the Illamasqua Cream Pigments mostly come in "unusual" colors (purple, lilac, green, brown) they will probably appeal to a very specific audience.
Let me know if you've tried any. And have a good week! :)