Illamasqua always surprises with their makeup collections. This Fall was no exception. The Sacred Hour is an interesting take on the fall trend of using purples, metallics with a twist of false eyelashes thrown in for good measure. I am not really reviewing it, just showing how this look can be used on real women in the real world. I am a 42 year old woman who loves their makeup and I want to wear it. I am not going to sacrifice pretty makeup in my life just because I am getting older!
Here is what I got from the collection: it includes an eyeshadow quad called Reflection (made up of four highly pigmented metallic/shimmer eyeshadows that are of a new formula, they are supposed to be water resistant); two Velvet Matte cream blushes in Sleek ( and Peaked; a matte dark purple lipstick in Shard (red violet), Precision Gel eyeliner Infinity (deep black and I had this already), Nail Varnish in Facet. The Reflection palette has four eye shadows: Precipice (soft lemon shimmer), Acute (soft taupe shimmer), Graphica (graphite gray shimmer) and Dart (toasted bronze shimmer). Sleek Velvet Cream blush is a dusky coral. Peaked Velvet Cream is a dusky rose.
(False Eye Lashes)
(Reflection Eye Shadow Palette)
(Sleek Velvet Matte Blush)
(Peaked Velvet Matte Blush)
(Facet Nail Varnish)
(Infinity Precision Gel Eyeliner)
I wasn’t really going to do a review. However, I am extremely disappointed in this new formula. I used it wet this morning and the colors didn’t look great. They got very muted and kind of blended out and just looked blah. I was really surpised consideraing that they are metallic. The new formula is a bouncy creamy kind similar to the Maybelline Bounce blush (which I loathe). I was hoping that these would go on better wet, have more pigment but they just did nothing…On my cheeks is Peaked Velvet cream blush. I love these. They give a lot of color even when used with a synthetic fibre brush. I used a different lipstick for this look, Flicker (shimmery bronze with a matte finish). It’s not part of the collection but I thought it would look good with the metallic theme. I love their lipsticks so much, a lot of pigment and no matter the finish the always look good.
So, I don’t recommend using the Reflection palette wet. I had better luck with it dry. So sad too because I was hoping for a nice mettalic eye look, but it ended up looking drab. Don’t you agree? The Precision Gel Eyeliner is great, it goes on amazingly well. I haven’t tried the false eyelashes or the nail polish yet but they look gorgeous!. I am hoping to wear the lashed out tonight!
Marie----I Am THE Makeup Junkie