Tuesday, 21 December 2010

A Week of Lips: Illamasqua Box

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.

11 comments:

  1. Thats a lovely shade and you wear it well!

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  2. Wow simply stunning! If you wore this out you would turn heads for sure!

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  3. This looks stunning on you!
    But I know what you mean about dark lipstick and babies ;)

    Fee x

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  4. You look gorgeous, such a beautiful shade of red on you.
    Will be swatching this next time I'm at an Illamasqua counter xx

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  5. It's so lovely, Jane! And I'm interested in how baby reacted to the strange red pigment haha

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  6. @Charlie: Thank you, I take that as a huge compliment as you look so fab in reds.

    @Skin Scrubs: My eldest son kept giggling at me though, I asked him if Mummy looked nice and he replied “Your lips are red Mummy”. That’s good enough for me!

    @Fee: Thank you! It just ends up everywhere. They’re so fascinated even when you don’t want them to be!

    @WBB: Thank you and thank you also for the inspiration. I think this would look lovely on you. You wear red so well.

    @MLBB: Thank you. Abigail was totally fascinated. I came down from putting her to bed and my husband said very politely that I might like to just fix my lipstick. She had stuck her fingers in my mouth and dawbed it all over my face!! Little minx.

    Thanks for the lovely comments,
    Jane x

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  7. Wow, that's such a gorgeous colour on you! Loving that tone of red, very proper. I like the look of the Le Met pencil, looks like a perfect match! I've been looking for a red lip pencil but didn't want to bother with MAC. I'll have to peek it next time I'm down that way.

    Looking gorgeous as always MB!

    Mercee xxx

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  8. That looks stunning on you, really head turning.

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  9. Thanks Mercee! The Rose is a touch more orange based than the Box lipstick. Illamasqua do a couple of red pencils that my be worth looking at too.

    Hi Debbie, thank you. It's definitely a show stopper!

    Jane x

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  10. Wow, very impressive red!!!
    Looks amazing on you girl!!!

    I was contemplating getting this at some point but I decided against it, fearing it wouldn't suit my undertones, but now you've completely made me regret it!!! ;)

    xxx

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  11. Hi Tina, it's really an amazing colour. The pigmentation is incredible too x

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