Availability: Illamasqua Online
Let your lips speak volumes. Indulge in colour-intense lipstick with a highly pigmented formula, available in a choice of flawless finishes, from creamy matt to iridescent finishes. Illamasqua Lipstick glides on smoothly and doesn’t give up without a fight for the perfect all-night pout. A must have for professional make-up artists, and those who want to make a statement.
Illamasqua’s Human Fundamentalism collection includes a new Lipstick shade in Apocalips–a medium teal color with a matte finish.
These lipsticks come in pinched rectangular tubes. The one negative is that, even twisted all the way down, the lipstick sticks out of the inner tube, making it easier to nick.
Apocalips has good pigmentation and is, without a doubt, a very unique color. The color is almost opaque on the lips.
Being a matte formula, the lipstick is fairly stiff and dry. It applies a little unevenly, so you need to go over the lips a couple of times to smooth out the finish.
The advantage to the drier formula is that the color is longer-wearing than a creamier formula would be. On my lips, this color lasts 3-4 hours and stains the lips slightly.
Ease of Use: 8.5/10
The stiffer formula means the color doesn’t transfer onto the skin as easily as a creamy formula would. You need to apply more pressure and add layers to even out the finish. You’ll find that the lipstick skips on the skin.
For $24.60 you get 4 grams of product. For comparison, MAC’s lipsticks are $14.50 and 3 grams each. That comes out to $6.15/g for Illamasqua and $4.83/g for MAC.