I think the new Illamasqua Anti Matter Lipsticks collection is going to be a crowd-pleaser. The sixteen strong range plays it safe and goes edgy in a semi-matte formula that is pigment packed. You get all of the matte without it becoming a dry looking matte and the formula feels like a creme. I’ve been wearing Cosmic all morning and it still feels supple and creamy on my lips. Shades above are Midnight (red), Mars (pink nude) and Cosmic (caramel).
In this picture, the shades are Nebula (blue toned bright pink), Energy (purple violet) and Mars (honey nude). One of the suggestions from Illamasqua is to use Lyra and Energy as colour changers.
You can put a violet wash over any other colour with Energy and a nude wash with Lyra. That’s the theory. I’ve used a coat of both over Midnight so you can see the effect. Ideally, you wouldn’t just swipe one colour over another but instead mix them together with a brush.
So, above, it’s Midnight, Midnight with Energy and Midnight with Lyra.
Swatches above are: Midnight, Energy, Lyra, Cosmic, Mars and Nebula. Even if you’re not up for spending £20 each on a pair of colour changes, I like the reminder that you can be more experimental – why not have a look at what you already have and think about blending them? These are easy-wear lipsticks; dynamic, comfortable and long lasting (quite stainy, too) and launch on 26th December at Selfridges.
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