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With an unrivaled colour-intensity, long-lasting Illamasqua Lipstick won’t give up without a fight. Choose from a range of flawless finishes, from creamy matt to iridescent shimmer. For best results apply with a Lip Brush.
Illamasqua’s upcoming The Sacred Hour Collection releases August 30, 2013. The collection releases a new lipstick shade in Shard–a red violet with a matte finish.
Illamasqua’s lipsticks come in pinched rectangular tubes made of glossy black plastic.
Shard is a beautiful boysenberry color with a matte, semi-opaque finish.
Though this is a beautiful color, its extremely dry and stiff formula leaves a lot to be desired. The color ends up looking patchy on the lips because the lipstick is so dry that it doesn’t glide onto the skin in a smooth layer. The dry formula adheres tightly to the skin, which makes the formula long-wearing but unpleasant-feeling on the lips. Applying a gloss or chapstick is almost a must, which also defeats the matte finish this lipstick should otherwise have.
Ease of Use: 6/10
I tested this lipstick out on several days, because I wanted to make sure the patchy, wrinkly finish I was getting wasn’t due to my lips being dry on a particular day. But regardless of which day or how much I exfoliated my lips before application, this lipstick pulled and dragged at my skin, left an unflattering patchy finish, and immediately dried out my lips.
The way to make this lipstick look acceptable would be to apply a chapstick first (which, unfortunately, will make the color shorter-lasting) and then to apply a moisturizing balm on top.
For $24.00 you get 0.14 ounces (4 grams) of product. This is about middle-of-the-road when it comes to price-to-product ratios compared to Illamasqua’s competitor brands.
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, RED 27 LAKE CI 45410,CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE, SILICA, TIN OXIDE, MICA] (EU EXCLUSIVE SHADES MAY CONTAIN: CI 77007, CI 77000) MAY CONTAIN CARMINE AS A COLOR ADDITIVE.