This thick cream concealer feels waxy, and for good reason: Its formula contains mostly heavy waxes and emollients, which work with the concentrated pigments to provide opaque coverage. This has a surprising amount of slip, so blending is relatively easy, but be aware that this kind of concealer can look heavy and has a tendency to crease into lines around the eyes.
This is a potentially good option if applied in thin layers with a concealer brush. The coverage it provides easily hides dark circles, redness, and brown spots. However, its camouflage comes with the tradeoff of looking like makeup. On the upside, the range of shades is beautifully neutral and there are options for fair to dark skin tones (and the darker shades are not copper or ash). We don't recommend Illamasqua's Concealer for use on breakouts or over breakout-prone areas because some of the occlusive ingredients it contains can lead to further clogs and breakouts.
- Provides significant coverage for dark circles, redness, and brown spots.
- Blends better than expected given its thick texture.
- Beautiful range of neutral shades.
- Tends to crease into lines around the eyes unless artfully applied in thin layers with a good concealer brush.
- The full coverage comes with a tradeoff in that this concealer looks like makeup, no matter how well you blend.
Illamasqua is a London-based makeup line created by makeup artists whose stated mission is to get women and men to "express themselves through makeup and to discover their bolder, sexier side." This urbane sentiment is similar to other edgy color brands like Urban Decay, Too Faced, and Make Up For Ever, so we wondered if Illamasqua would bring something new and exciting to the table for those looking to enhance their makeup wardrobe. After a thorough look at this brand at our local Sephora store (where it is retailed in the U.S.), we must state that, unfortunately, it is an unimpressive "been there, done that" group of products with relatively high price tags.
Rather than bringing innovative, exciting products to those seeking to get experimental with unusual makeup colors and textures, Illamasqua's products tend to be hit or miss. And there are enough misses to make this brand one you can safely pass up in favor of color collections whose palettes are more approachable, user-friendly, and just overall better in quality. If you're still curious about Illamasqua, there are some outlier products to seek out, including their Bronzing Duo, jet-black Masquara, the Lipstick, and, if you need full coverage and have the time to blend it well, the company's Concealer is definitely worth checking out. Beyond these there lies disappointment after disappointment—and even the average products prove to be a letdown due to their high prices, plus the fact that competing lines at Sephora offer better versions of most Illamasqua products.
For more information about Illamasqua, visit www.illamasqua.com.
Note: The products we reviewed are representative of what U.S. and Canadian consumers will find at Sephora stores that retail this brand. The full range of Illamasqua products may be viewed on their Web site. Illamasqua does not publish a phone number on their products or on their Web site, and we always caution you about shopping an online cosmetics company that doesn't offer up-front and direct access to the customer service department.