Intense Lipgloss

by Illamasqua  
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$20 
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Category:
Makeup > Lip Glosses > Lip Gloss
Last Updated:
3/28/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

Intense Lipgloss adds shine and rich, opaque color with a texture that's pleasantly smooth without the stickiness you get with some lip glosses—that's where the compliments stop. While some may find the vibrant shade range appealing, the limited selection of colors won't necessarily work for all skin tones. Worse, the inclusion of irritating ingredients, such as linalool, limonene, and fragrance, makes this a problem for lips (see More Info) and keeps this lip gloss from earning a better rating.

Pros:
  • Smooth, pleasant texture that doesn't feel sticky.
  • Rich, bold colors.
  • Adds a glossy shine.
Cons:
  • Limited color selection may not work well for all skin tones.
  • Includes irritating ingredients that are a problem for lips.
  • Pricey.

More Info:

Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dry, chapped lips, and impair your skin’s ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types, and that includes makeup products. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).

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.

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