Illamasqua Lipsticks*: HQ Hair
A few weeks ago I was sent a surprise parcel (the best kinda parcel) from the super babes at HQ Hair. Inside were two Illamasqua lipsticks to add to my ever growing cruelty free cosmetics collection; a nudey brown named Buff and a matte red named Maneater. Now I've never really used Illamasqua before, although I've been a fan girl for Illamasqua's kick ass branding and colourful, creative campaigns. I think the main reason I had never used Illamasqua before was simply down to its higher than most price point.
Illamasqua Glamore Buff Lipstick (available here), £19.50
Buff, which is a part of the Glamore range, is a nudish brown tone that when applied has a subtle glossy sheen, rather than my usual matte lipsticks. Due to the soft, creamy formula it glides onto my lips really well when applied straight from the bullet and lasts the majority of the day without a problem! I absolutely love, love, LOVE this shade as it has a traditional 70s feel to it, which I dig. I know it might be a bit 'old fashioned' for some people's tastes, but I'm a fan!
Illamasqua Maneater Lipstick, (available here), £19.50
Maneater is a popping, retro red that has a much more matte finish compared to Buff. It is a little harder to apply due to its dryer matte consistency, but once it's on the pigmentation is insaaanee! Despite it being a matte lipstick, it's not too drying on the lips and it seems to soften a little with wear. It's definitely going to become a regular 'go to' lipstick for me!
Have you tried any Illamasqua lipsticks before?