Review & Swatches: Illamasqua Lipstick in “Test”

Illamasqua Lipstick in Test

Availability: Sephora, Illamasqua
Price: $22.00

Company’s Description

Let your lips speak volumes with this color-intense lipstick. Indulge in this highly pigmented formula that’s available in a choice of flawless finishes from matte to glossy. Illamasqua Lipstick glides on smoothly for the perfect pout that stays put all night.

Illamasqua offers dozens of shades in its lipstick line. This review is for the shade Test–a soft pink chocolate with a matte finish., Inc.

Packaging: 9/10

Illamasqua’s lipsticks come in black plastic packaging and pinched-square tubes. The bases twist to reveal the product, like a typical lipstick.

Quality: 9.5/10

Test gives you an opaque, very pigmented pink-chocolate color. The formula is fairly creamy but will neither moisturize nor dry out your lips. If you’re someone whose lips get dry without some sort of lip balm, you’ll want to apply balm on top of Test.

This works as a stunning “my lips but better” color. While the finish is matte, it doesn’t suck out the natural moisture from your lips the way many other pigmented matte lipsticks do.

The formula last longer than the average lipstick–about 3 hours before I feel like I need to re-apply.

Ease of Use: 9/10

Test isn’t super creamy, so you do get slight pulling or skipping at first swipe, before the tube has had a chance to warm up and soften. But soon after, you get a smooth, even application and dense color.

Price: 9.25/10

For $22.00 you get 4 gram (0.14 ounces) of product. Make Up For Ever’s Rouge Artist Intense Lipsticks cost $19.00 and contain 0.12 ounces. NARS’ lipsticks cost $24.00 and contain 0.12 ounces. You get a tiny bit more product for the price with Illamasqua’s lipsticks.

Final Grade

Illamasqua Lipstick Box Packaging

Illamasqua Lipstick in Test

Illamasqua Lipstick Packaging

Illamasqua Lipstick in Test

Illamasqua Lipstick in Test

Illamasqua Lipstick in Test Swatch

Illamasqua Lipstick in Test Applied


Octyldodecanol, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Oleyl Alcohol, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Candelilla Cera (Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax), Cera Carnauba (Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax), Cera Alba (Beeswax), Oxidized Polyethylene, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Cetyl Alcohol, Polyethylene, Tocopherol, Parfum (Fragrance) And May Contain: [+/- Titanium Dioxide Ci 77891, Iron Oxides Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499, Red 7 Ci 15850, Red 40 Lake Ci 16035, Blue 1 Lake Ci 42090, Red 21 Lake Ci 45380, Carmine Ci 75470, Red 36 Ci 12085, Manganese Violet Ci 77742, Copper/Bronze Powder Ci 77400, Yellow 5 Lake Ci 19140, Yellow 6 Lake Ci 15985, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Tin Oxide, Mica], Inc.

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