Illamasqua Sacred Hour Collection: Review, Swatches, FOTD

Illamasqua Sacred Hour Collection: Review, Swatches, FOTD


The Sacred Hour is the time to release your inner warrior. Embrace new beginnings at daybreak and re-stoke the fire in your heart as the sun sets. Breathe in the elements, enhance your features, and express yourself. Find your courage, wisdom and power within.

Another incredibly sexy collection by Illamasqua, and one of my favourites this year. I love the medieval feel of the collection, and I’m digging the distinct looks for the ‘Dawn Spirit’ and ‘Dusk Warrior’ – representing the two ‘sacred’ hours of the day. Illamasqua has a great short film that you should check out for an in depth look at the imagery and mood for the collection.


Illamasqua Shard Lipstick Sacred Hour

Illamasqua Peaked Velvet Blush Sacred Hour

Illamasqua Skin Base Lift




Keep reading after the jump!


Illamasqua Lipstick Shard

Shard is a matte cool berry-violet. I love this colour, and if you follow me on instagram you can see I have been wearing this to death since I got it.

I find that Illamasqua’s matte lipsticks vary in formulation between shade to shade– some shades are great, and some shades can be a little chalky and drag on the lips. Shard, and Illamasqua Box lipstick are two examples of Illamasqua doing matte really well. They apply smoothly with a soft focus, non chalky finish; and last forever on the lips without drying them out.

Illamasqua Velvet Blusher Peaked

Illamasqua’s new velvet blusher (28 AUD) comes in two shades- Sleek (a dusky coral), and Peaked (a dusky rose). I have the shade in Peaked, it’s quite a dark, pigmented shade. It works well to create a statement cheek- but also if you use a light hand it can give you quite a sheer rosy flush as well. I’m a big fan of both the colour and the finish of this.

The cream to powder matte texture and finish of these reminds me a little bit of the new Chanel cream blushes , although perhaps Illamasqua’s Velvet Blusher is a touch more solid with less slip (which means it does take a little longer to blend on the cheeks). Lasting power of Illamasqua Velvet Blusher in Peaked is on par with my Blush Creme de Chanel in Destiny- about 4 hrs (quite a decent time for me).

Skin Base Lift Medium 2

The Skin Base Lift ( 24 AUD) is a colour correcting concealor. I find that the peachy tones work incredibly well to neutralise my dark circles, despite the fact that the shade is a touch too dark for my complexion (I’m a MAC NC 20-25, NARS Fiji), so the Light 2 would be a better match and do an even better job. I like to blend a little bit of this underneath my foundation to give me a wide awake, fresh look.


Illamasqua Sacred Hour Swatches: Shard Lipstick, Peaked Velvet Blush, Skin Base Lift


Illamasqua Sacred Hour Makeup Look FOTD


This was my (not so great) attempt at recreating the Dawn look from the Sacred Hour images.

Makeup breakdown:


Laura Mercier Bamboo eyeshadow blended on mobile lid

– Illamasqua ‘Vintage’ (matte dark brown) from the Neutral Palette lightly blended in the outer V and smudged under the bottom lashline.

– MAC Cork to blend out edges in crease.

– L’Oreal white eye khol on upper lashline

Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner in Espresso Ink


Illamasqua Velvet Blusher in Peaked blended on apples

MAC Bronzing powder in Bronze to contour


I applied Illamasqua Shard lipstick to the centre of my lips



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Posted by on Oct 28th, 2013 in Blush, FOTD, Illamasqua, Lipstick, Reviews, Swatches | 2comments

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2 Responses to “Illamasqua Sacred Hour Collection: Review, Swatches, FOTD”

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