My Illamasqua Eyeshadow Collection + Swatches

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This is a post I've had on my drafts for ages and somehow it got forgotten and pushed back in favor of more newly released items. I have named Illamasqua as my favorite makeup brand previously and it's a claim I still stand by. I love their brand philosophy ("makeup for your alter ego") and their eye for color and unique products sets them apart from the rest. Today I want to share with you my eyeshadow collection from Illamasqua.


Illamasqua Powder Eye Shadow singles come in over 30 colors. You will notice that there is not a single neutral shade in my collection. Don't be fooled, though. I've swatched Illamasqua's neutral eyeshadows and they are amazing. Yet the shades that interest me the most are their brights. I can get high quality neutrals from a bunch of other brands. High quality matte reds, greens, pinks, teals… now that's a whole different story. 
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illamasqua collection eyeshadow swatches Creep CanCan Inception Fledgeling Intense Daemon Sex
Left to right: CanCan, Inception, Sex
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Creep Eyeshadow
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Left to right: Intense, Fledgeling, Daemon
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From left to right: Creep, CanCan, Inception, Fledgeling, Intense, Daemon, Sex

Illamasqua and I seem to be on the same page. Most of their eyeshadow offerings are mattes (a matte lover's paradise). Out of the seven shades that I own, I've yet to come across a dud. As always, the eyeshadow swatches above are done without primer. I won't go into a shade-by-shade review because the formula is consistent for all of these: super soft, very rich, saturated, and pigmented. The only shade that I found to be a tad powdery is CanCan but that is not rare amongst pale colors. Plus, it doesn't affect application. 

The thing that I love the most about Illamasqua Powder Eye Shadow singles is their consistency. There aren't that many reviews or swatches of their eyeshadows, specially of the more "out there" colors. I spent hours searching for swatches of Intense and only found one and it didn't even include a review. (Note: that was a year ago, there may be more now) However, since their eyeshadows aren't the "lottery type" (where in one order you can have an amazing shade and totally crappy one. MAC, I'm looking at you!) I feel confident enough to purchase an eyeshadow solely based on a promo pic and not even search for swatches. The colors always seem to be 100% true to pan. 

A little shopping tip for any U.S. readers interested in Illamasqua: While Sephora does carry their eyeshadows, they don't offer all the shades. Shopping directly from Illamasqua might seem like a bad idea initially since you'd end up paying more thanks to the pound-dollar conversion, but if you browse their sale section you will find many permanent items with a huge discount (40-60% off). Use a promo code on top of that and you will be paying a lot less than you would have at Sephora.

If you want to see CanCan in action, have a look at this old Try It Out Thursday post. To see me using Sex (that sounds so strange), check out my latest makeup look


Let me know which of these 7 shades is your favorite. Are you an Illamasqua fan as well?
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36 comments

  1. Wow the shades are so pigmented !
    Sara,
    http://thecrimeofashion.blogspot.fr

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  2. Creep and CanCan look so beautiful, and the pigmentation seems incredible, I may keep my eye out for these in the future...

    silverliningsofanemptysummer.blogspot.co,uk

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    1. The purples might be my favorites x

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  3. I love Illamasqua :) You have a lovely selection of colours.

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  4. I had no idea they were so pigmented!

    xx
    http://analeote.blogspot.pt/

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  5. Creep looks pretty but these are so different from I would ever wear! I always go for shimmery neutrals, so pretty much the opposite :)

    annie | www.raspberphobia.com

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    1. Haha, yeah, I get that a lot. But I truly cannot wear just neutrals, it gets boring. x

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  6. These colours are insanely gorgeous, how pigmented are they!! Love the blue shade especially.

    Claudia xx | Beauty and the Chic

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  7. Wow, these colours are super bold!!
    xx

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  8. Illamasqua eye shadows do look gorgeous and so incredibly pigmented. I would be tempted by a quad as I tend to prefer a little palette as opposed to a single shadow.
    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing

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    1. Their palettes are awesome. I don't like the bulkiness of the singles's packaging. When I buy singles, they're usually depot-able and I put them in my MAC Pro Palettes but it's just impossible to get these specific colors in palettes. x

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  9. These are such gorgeous shades! I haven't tried Illamasqua products before but I like their packaging and I've heard incredible things about their products. I hope to try some products out soon, probably their blush and skin base first.
    xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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  10. Great review this shadow look so pretty! I really want to try one of Illamasqua quad palettes :)

    Kayla
    Sheer Beauty Blog

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  11. Wow thats some extreme colour and pigmentation.
    I would love to see some make up looks with these!


    Please check out my beauty blog nailsandteapots.blogspot.co.uk xx

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  12. Wow, they seem super pigmented! xx

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  13. I love that you're open to trying all kinds of eye shadows and colors! I tend to be a neutrals girl and your more daring makeup looks are always inspiring!
    Amber
    Lovely Notions

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  14. Whoa, they're so pigmented! I'm surprised they are that opaque without a primer. Inception looks like a shade I'd wear, I love deep purples~

    xx becky / star-violet.com

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  15. Wow, what a great collection! All so rich and pigmented. I don't own any Illamasqua shadows, but you're definitely tempting me :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  16. I've never tried anything from Illamasqua before, so thank you for that tip! I really love the sound of their formula, and the colors look amazing. I definitely want to try their lipsticks too, I love that they have so many unique colors! :)

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    1. You would love them! They have unique colors indeed x

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  17. I never thought about buying directly from illamasqua but that's a great recommendation (I take Sephora for granted but just saw the sales from illamasqua and I'm ready to shop!) lovely swatches, I love their blushes.

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  18. ahhhhhhh!! I have their blushes and LOVE them. I need to try their shadows too

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    1. Yes, yes! I have Rude and Lover and they're one of my favorites x

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  19. I love Illamasqua products as well! They do "bright" like no other and their products are always amazing.
    xx
    Stephanie | Love, August

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  20. You have some super bold shades right there!
    I have a couple of items from Illamasqua but on the whole they are a little scary for me..

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  21. All these colours are simply incredible!

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  22. lovely swatches! they all look so pigmented and intense for matte eyeshadows! you are totally right about Mac the quality sometimes is lacking... I always buy things from their website, their sales are amazing! :D

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  23. Goodness these colors look amazing! The swatches are beautiful!

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  24. Lovely colours

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