|Emerge, Gamma and Delirium|
|Delirium - Rosy Taupe|
Delirium is a matte rosy taupe and I have already posted an eye look using this colour as a base. I imagine I will use it quite a bit this way as I like the effect it creates with a taupe wash over the top. This colour also works well on cheeks. I can't pull this off on my lips as it makes me look a bit too cyanotic but I was surprised by how good the coverage was when applied to the lips.
|Emerge - Peach|
Emerge is a peach colour. This can be used as a cream blusher but I think it suits a more tanned skin than mine. It can also be used to brighten dark circle. I had a go at this myself on my undereye area but found I couldn't achieve a well blended finish with my fingers. I think a brush would be best for this kind of application. I used it on my eye above the crease (as per the Into The Palette tutorial) and found it very brightening. On my lips, this acts a bit like concealer to blot out my natural colour. I think if you are more adventurous you could experiment mixing this pigment with other colours to interesting effect.
|L - Delirium, R - Emerge|
The finish of the cream pigments is matte but they feel comfortable and creamy to apply and wear, with no hint of chalkiness. As I reported in the eye look post, I did experience some creasing when I used Delirium as an eye base.
I had wondered whether Emerge might be similar to Illamasqua Rude Cream blusher which I already own. As soon as I opened Rude, I realised I had been wrong to think they were alike. Emerge is much lighter in comparison and obviously peach to Rude's coral. I think the swatch also demonstrates the matte texture of the cream pigments.
|L - Emerge, R - Rude Cream Blusher|
|R - Rude, L - Emerge|
Gamma nail polish is a neon orange. I wasn't really sure how this would look on my nails. As it turns out it entirely depends on the lighting conditions. In bright sunlight, it looks great but in overcast light, it brings out the red in my hands. This one will be best reserved for the summer months for me I think. This was my first experience of an Illamasqua nail varnish. I'm not sure it is the best example to start with though as I found the coverage was a little patchy, even after two coats. I have a feeling it's because of the neon colour as I had similar problems with the FG Blah lime green I posted about here. I don't think it will put me off my lust for Bacterium!
The Toxic Nature collection is available now from the Illamasqua website and will be out on counters from 17th March. I'm not sure yet when it will appear on ASOS and Debenhams.
Edit: Ingredients list for Cream Pigments
Disclosure: The products shown were those I received in my event bag.