Illamasqua Lipstick in Drench* – £16.00
I have several red lipsticks but finding the best shade of red to suit my skin colour can be a bit of a drain as it can really make my yellow skin tone even more yellow that I actually am and I don’t fancy looking like a character from The Simpsons! Every girl needs the perfect red lipstick and for me, if it contains a hint of pink, then I can make the it work. This is my first Illamasqua lipstick which is a shade called Drench, a pink/berry red colour with matte finish. I have often heard Illamasqua make-up being raved about, as I’m sure you have too, in particular their range of lipsticks, and it’s true what they say. Long lasting, highly pigmented, creamy, moisturising formula and the easiest matte lipstick to wear! Drench looks really nice when dabbed lightly on or applied with a lip brush for the day time, it gives the lips a nice natural pinky red stain. However, as it’s really a bold and intense colour, I’ll probably reserve wearing this lipstick for the evening so I can apply it on really thick. It just suits me better on when I have a full face of make up.
I can not find Drench on the Illamasqua website but it is available on Selfridges
and retails for £16.00. It is showing up as a hot pink on the Selfridges site which is actually a colour that I normally go for, but Drench is definitely darker than that. I can’t speak for the other shades in the range as I’m sure the formulas vary, especially with lighter shade, but Drench does not drag on lips and cling on the flaky dryness like some matte finish lipsticks tend to do. I bought a MAC matte lipstick once and ended up hating it as it really clung on to dry skin, even after scrubbing with lip sugar and then conditioning it with some balm…. basically too much prep for just a little lipstick that doesn’t even look all that nice. Even though I do have dry lips, Drench has been easy to apply and as it’s such a nice shade, the prep is worth it!
The packaging is nice, it’s glossy black with small branding. The scent of the product is a subtle fragrance, sometimes I can’t even smell it. Sometimes I get asked what a lip product taste like but I try to avoid licking my lips when I have product on them, I’m really conscious about that! When I was younger, like in primary school, my favourite lip salve was this vanilla scented one from Boots and it tasted really sweet so I would always lick it off but it really grosses me out thinking back on it now!
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