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The amazing Illamasqua Ore Pure Pigment: Review and Swatches



Is there anything Illamasqua can’t do? They are one brand that continues to wow us with each and every one of their products in terms of innovation, and quality.

These metallic, high-shine, pure-color powders are made to be played with. Mix with eyeshadow, blusher, or use it on its own to highlight eyes, cheeks, and brows. Bring out your bold side with a swipe of Pure Pigment. [description from Illamasqua website]

Price: $24.00 US,  $39.00 AUD (in Myer)
Availability: http://www.illamasqua.com/, Sephora (US), Myer (Australia).







Colour:

Ore is a super reflective complex bronze-gold with amazing flecks of green, burgundy and orange. It is chameleon-like in that it changes under different lighting and over different bases which makes it a very interesting product.

So far I’ve tried it wet, dry, and over MAC Blackground Paint Pot. It looked amazing (and quite different) all three ways. I’d love to try it over a dark green base soon.
Texture:
Used wet it turns into a super metallic shadow. Used dry, you can see obvious flecks of multicoloured glittery shimmer which is truly beautiful to behold (and apparently impossible for me to capture with my little POS).
The one thing to watch out for with this product is that there will be fallout, even you are careful with application. This is why I apply my foundation and concealor after doing the eye makeup when I know I’m using this.
See it in action in this FOTD

Illamasqua Pure Pigment ‘Ore’ swatched wet (left) and dry (right)

Illamasqua Pure Pigment ‘Ore’ at different angle and blurred to show the dazzling shimmer

Have you tried any Illamasqua pigments? What are your favourites?

Posted by on May 7th, 2011 in Eye shadow, Illamasqua, Reviews, Swatches | 3comments

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Gilded eyes with Illamasqua Ore Pigment

Illamasqua Ore pigment is like a cameleon- it looks so different under various lighting conditions and over different bases that it’s almost like you’ve got 10 different products in one.
In diffuse natural light it looks like a burnished gold colour with flecks of green glimmer if you look closely (not really visible in these photos sorry)
This is a simple look I wore on the weekend
Eyes:
-UDPP
– Illamasqua Ore pigment applied with a damp brush on lid to crease, and a little on bottom lid inner corner.
– MAC Omega blended in the crease
– Bobbi Brown gel eye liner
– UD 24/7 liner in zero on waterline
Cheeks:
– MAC Blushbaby blush
Lips:
– Lipstick Queen Sinner lipstick ‘Pink’ (review and swatches here)
– Hourglass Prodigy Lipgloss ‘Eden’ on top.



 

In other news- my computer has been crippled with a virus that doesn’t allow me to access my hard drive. Luckily I’ve still got access to the internet and have some posts uploaded as drafts.
I am so getting a Mac laptop next.
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Posted by on May 2nd, 2011 in Eye shadow, FOTD, Illamasqua | 7comments

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Lancome Ombre Absolue Erika F: review and swatches


Lancome Ombre Absolue Radiant Smoothing Eye Shadow in Erika F (G40)
Lancome Ombre Absolue Radiant Smoothing Eye Shadow in Erika F (G40)
Lancome Ombre Absolue Radiant Smoothing Eye Shadow in Erika F (G40) has been a cult item in the beauty world for a long time. The fact that it is not available in the US only increases it’s desirability and mythical status.

Colour:
A complex platinum taupe with hints of khaki, blue, brown, and a shimmery wet look that is very difficult to capture on camera. The beautiful fine silver glimmers in the shadow look sophisticated and never over the top.  
Texture:
It is reasonably smooth and moderately pigmented. I do find that I have to add 2-3 layers of the shadow with a stiff brush for it to show up in it’s full glory (I added 3 layers in my previous Chanel 2011 inspired FOTD feat Erika F)
 Price: $44.00 in Australia
Availability: Lancome counters in Myer (Australia). This eye shadow is also available in European countries, but I don’t really know the details. It is, or has, been available in the Color Focus single eye shadow form so I’m not sure whether Erika F is being sold as a Color Focus shadow in some countries. 
note: if you know more about availability in your country please let me know in the comments! Sharing is caring :)
Lancome Ombre Absolue Radiant Smoothing Eye Shadow in Erika F (G40) swatched
Lancome eye shadow Erika F (G50) swatched. under natural light
Lancome Ombre Absolue Radiant Smoothing Eye Shadow in Erika F (G40)swatch
Lancome Ombre Absolue Erika F (G50) swatched. photo taken under artificial light
Possible dupes:
For all the readers who can’t easily get their hands on this beauty, there are a few eye shadows that I feel are similar.
1. Shu Uemura ME Olive 471 (review and swatches here)- a little darker in colour, and more green and metallic.
2. Ameli eye shadow in ‘French Chic’- also a platinum greenish taupe but more metallic, and does not have the fine glimmers that give the ‘wet’ look. (review and swatches here )
Lancome Ombre Absolue Radiant Smoothing Eye Shadow in Erika F (G40)
Lancome Ombre Absolue Radiant Smoothing Eye Shadow in Erika F (G40)


Lancome Ombre Absolue Radiant Smoothing Eye Shadow in Erika F (G40)

As I was writing this post, I realised that I really should do a GIVEAWAY with the Lancome Erika F. That way one lucky reader will be able to get his or her mitts on this hard to get cult item!

Watch this space for more details on the Lancome Erika F giveaway- the competition will open some time early next week. *Squeee!*
Posted by on Apr 5th, 2011 in Eye shadow, Reviews, Swatches | 2comments


Chanel Fall 2011 inspired FOTD feat. the elusive Erika F.

Kasia Struss Chanel Fall 2011 backstage makeup by Peter PhilipsChanel Fall 2011 runway makeup
(images from http://www.style.com/ )
Peter Philips blows me away everytime Chanel takes to the runways at Paris Fashion Week, and he’s done it again for Chanel Fall 2011.
He created a beautiful silvery blue/green smokey eye that perfectly compliments Karl Largerfeld beautiful post- apocalyptic vision for the show (all coal, smoke and moving shadows).
This is my take on the look:

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Chanel Fall 2011 runway inspired FOTD with Erika F and OCC lip tar Melange
Chanel Fall 2011 runway inspired FOTD

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Chanel Fall 2011 runway inspired FOTD with Erika F green silver taupe eye shadow
Chanel Fall 2011 inspired FOTD feat. the elusive Erika F. and lip tar melange
Eyes:
-Lancome Color Design e/s ‘Erika F’  (their cult shadow) all over lid and bottom lash line.
– MAC Mystery e/s in outer V and to extend the liner downwards in outer third of bottom lash line.
-MAC Omega e/s to blend out harsh edges above the crease.
– MAC ‘Blonde’s Gold’ pigment inner corner.
– Bobbi Brown gel liner
Cheeks:
-MAC Gingerly blush
Lips:
-OCC lip tar Melange applied sheer on the lips.
Chanel Fall 2011 runway inspired FOTD with Erika F and OCC lip tar Melange
Chanel Fall 2011 inspired FOTD feat. the elusive Erika F.
This is the amazing lancome Erika F eyeshadow. I will be doing a review post with swatches, but for now I’ll leave you with a photo of this baby….
image source: http://www.thelancomeblog.com/
Posted by on Apr 3rd, 2011 in Chanel, Eye shadow, FOTD, OCC cosmetics, Runway | 2comments


A gold, sooty smudgy eyed FOTD with Shiro Small key


Hi lovelies,
One of my favourite Shiro Cosmetics shadows (swatched here ) that I got recently is Small Key, a cool toned burnished gold. It is fairly pigmented, and even more so when used wet.
This is one of the ways I like wearing Small Key:
Eyes:
-UDPP
– Shiro Small Key all over top lid dry, and I go over the lower part of that wet once it’s blended.
– MAC Copperplate e/s outer V
– MAC Omega e/s blend into crease.
– Inglot matte black lower lash line and blended downwards
– UD 24/7 liner in zero on bottom waterline
Cheeks:
-MAC Fleur Power
Lips:
-Concealor, lip balm over the top.
note: these photos were taken about 10 days ago, when my skin was feeling crap and my foundation was not sitting on top of it properly. It’s back to normal now since I started using my  C serum.








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