I have been stuck in doors a lot over the past few days, so to cheer myself up, I've decided to have a week of bold lip colours. It was Welsh Beauty Blog that actually inspired me with her stunning Chanel red lips.
Yesterday's shade was Illamasqua Box. I've had this quite a while but I think it's only the second or third time I've worn it. I also lined my lips using Le Metier de Beaute pencil in Rose and I have included a swatch with the lipstick.
Box is a stunning colour, some of the pictures make it look quite bright but it's actually a dark, scarlet red which has pink undertones rather than orange. It looks fabulous, the wear is excellent and it's heavily pigmented. There is a downside to this pigmentation though, especially if like me you have small children who like to poke at your face! My baby succeeded in smearing this everywhere and I stained her head with it accidentally a few times. It doesn't smudge easily but it does transfer to anything that it touches.
The texture of the Illamasqua lipsticks is a little strange too. They're matte and have what I can only really describe as a waxy texture. Whilst it isn't totally drying it can be more comfortable to wear a gloss over the top. I haven't done that with Box though as I think it would be too much of a statement lip for me.
Despite the flaws, I really like this lipstick. It's not for everyday but every once in a while it's nice to wear something really dramatic.
Disclosure: Le Metier pencil in Rose was a PR Sample.