Liquid Metal

by Illamasqua  
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$26 
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Category:
Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Illuminating/Shimmer
Last Updated:
3/28/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This product is touted as being a "highlighting, liquid-metal cream that creates a luminous glow on the body," but given such unusual colors, we were left wondering where we could possibly apply it! The shades, more Cirque de Soleil than anything else, all have a glittery, metallic finish, with colors ranging from pewter to bright golden yellow to copper, none of which look appropriate as a body highlighter if your goal is a soft, sexy sheen, … but, then again,soft isn't the goal of this line.

On the plus side, the rich, creamy texture is easy to blend on with your fingers, but on the other side, it also slips into fine lines and smudges as the day wears on. Even if your taste for makeup is on the wild, circus-themed side, Liquid Metal simply doesn't perform as well as it should and is not recommended.

Pros:
  • Creamy texture blends on smoothly.
Cons:
  • Doesn't work well as a body highlighter.
  • Difficult to work with.
  • Shades are distracting rather than flattering.
  • Slips into fine lines and smudges as the day wears on.
  • Expensive.

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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