Oh my crikey, I had been lusting after this lipstick for SO LONG, but having paid out over £12,000 for my postgraduate course it was one of those “must wait till payday” purchases that I then agonised over until approximately 5 minutes past midnight, when it was officially PAYDAY. How sad is that? (Actually, don’t answer, I don’t need to know…)
Anyway, without further ado, here it is! (I apologise for the battered packaging – I’ve been crazy busy since this arrived going down to London and all sorts, so it’s been toted round a fair bit and worn a lot of times before I actually had the time to blog about it!)
I normally love illamasqua, but DAMN I love this lipstick even more than I thought I might! This little beauty is from the Sacred Hour collection, and is intended to remind the wearer of the dusk hours just before the night starts to close in. It looks really dark in the bullet, but please, please don’t let that put you off! It is the perfect mulled-wine, mulberry-stained colour for autumn and I can safely say it was worth the wait!
Here’s how it swatches…
It strikes me as being a warm-toned purple, but I honestly think any skin tone could carry this off – even my corpse-like complexion manages it! Seriously though, it looks spectacular on pale skin, medium skin, and on black skin too – I’d suggest wearing it with a gloss if you’re darker skinned as the matte texture may not look quite right, as it would with brighter, higher contrasting colour lipsticks!
As with a lot of Illamasqua’s lipsticks, this is VERY matte, with a velveteen finish. I personally love it, but I know some people can find the formula a little drying. Beat this by using a lip scrub and balm before application – it gets rid of dry skin and any chapped bits, meaning that the lipstick won’t collect in your problem areas, and also the use of a balm underneath lipstick limits dragging upon application (if you’re applying straight from the bullet).
And, just in case you’re wondering, here’s how it looks on me…
Please excuse the mega cheesy photo (and also if you’re a fan of jangly indie-rock go check out Jaws, the band on the vinyl I’m so lovingly holding), but this is how it looked after almost a full night of drinking, eating and singing along to the Twang. This lipstick is MEGA long wearing, and fades off to a stain, as shown on my Instagram (follow me at avegaseffect if you want to see my daily photo diary of food, cocktails, makeup and narcissism) so minimal top ups are needed despite it being such a deep colour. I would recommend using a lip liner though to prevent bleeding – I use a purple one from MAC, no idea what it’s called, the lettering has rubbed off, sorry!
Like pretty much every lipstick I own, I apply this VERY heavily, however if you use a lip brush you can tone the colour down easily to more of a wine-stain shade rather than an all out burgundy, if you prefer!
All in all, this is a gorgeous, versatile shade, and is probably going to live in my bag for the rest of A/W!
Do you have any of the Sacred Hour collection? And will you be buying anything from the #Creators collection that launches tomorrow? I’m like a kid at Christmas whenever they come up with a new campaign!
Peace and love always,