Illamasqua Lover Powder Blush - Review

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


A few weeks ago I posted about my first proper splurge on Illamasqua cosmetics
as aside from their nail polishes I had tested very little and with so many great reviews on pretty
much everything the brand offers I knew I was missing out.
Today I am going to share a beautiful bright coral blush that I have been reaching for
almost daily for the last week or so!



The great thing about Illamasqua is that their packaging although black in colour like so many other brands
due to it's quirky shape it is instantly recognizable and pretty funky if I do say so myself.
It's light, a good size, fairly sturdy and easy to grip and hold my only slight niggle is that it does feel
and look slightly cheap due to the glossy plastic finish but truthfully how many of us really buy anything
based on the packaging alone?



Lover is listed as a "soft apricot" on the Illamasqua web site which I partially agree with due to 
apparent yellow undertone the shade features but I do feel it is more of a coral than anything else.
This matte shade is the prefect blend of pink and orange that looks great on pretty much all skin tones.
Lover packs enough punch in terms of pigmentation for even deep skin tones to enjoy
yet can be sheered out for those with light skin tones.
I find the shade to brighten and add a light pop of colour that looks healthy and natural.
The shade is pretty original and I have no close dupes in my stash.


As mentioned Lover is a matte blush which is finely milled, soft in texture so it picks up
really well on a brush and blends like a dream yet firm enough to withstand general wear and tear.
It is also extremely light on the skin despite providing high colour pay off.
At the moment I am really enjoying matte formulated blushes as they don't highlight my enlarged pores
and seem to work rather well with my oily skin, you can also use matte formulas to contour!
I find this formula to wear around 8/9 hours on my oily skin before signs of wear appear.
As some may know I am a huge MAC and NARS fan when it comes to blushes
but I do feel that Illamasqua may have pipped them to the post as I can not recommend their blushes enough,
even if there is slightly less product!

What are your thoughts on Illamasqua blushes and are you excited for the Generation Q launch?
I know I am...hello new blushes ;)

Illamasqua Lover Blush 4.5g/£16.50 via Illamasqua - link

39 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, the colour is absolutely beautiful! <3

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  2. This looks really nice :) I love Illamasqua's blushes. I really the fact that a lot of them are matte as I find other brands tend to focus on shimmer in blushes.

    Lover looks like a really nice coral blush.

    - Rhi xx

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    1. Yes I couldn't have said it better the new shades look amazing too!

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  3. Gosh, this looks beautiful! I really, really NEED to try Illamasqua!xo

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    1. Do it I was late to the party too but I'm won over :)

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  4. This blush looks absolutely beautiful!

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  5. I love the packaging and wow that blush looks amazingggg :)

    Sophierosehearts x

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  6. i love the shade!:)

    http://laurenlovesmakeupxoxo.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. It looks peachy-perfect! I love coral blushers, I have so many but would love to add this to the collection. Really love your thoughts on a matte blush not highlighting enlarged pores...I hadn't really thought of this before so thanks!

    Rachel from www.whatabeauty.co.uk x

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    1. You are more than welcome :) I'm a coral blush fiend so expect more in the future :)

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  8. Such a pretty colour. I've not tried anything illamasqua yet but really need to! xx

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    1. I was the same but once you do you'll be hooked ;)

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  9. This is a really pretty colour :) I haven't ever really tried any matte blushes x

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    1. Oh you must try one :) some days they are a god send!

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  10. I have just literally half an hour ago received this after I ordered it the other day :D I tried it on one of the counters a few weeks ago and finally gave in and ordered it online. I love the colour so much! Can't wait to wear it tomorrow :)

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    1. Haha how cool! I was the same after much deliberation I caved and bought it, would love to hear your thoughts once you have tested it :)

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  11. Gorgeous, I love the packaging of Illamasqua products, though the Light Liquid Foundation packaging is a bit cheap looking :( Thinking of picking up the Skin Base foundation in white next time to mix with all my foundations that are too dark for me!

    http://cosmetic-queen-bee.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I've never tried that but I can see what you mean :)
      yes that is a great idea especially with winter on the way!

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  12. this looks like such a beautiful peachy shade of blusher. I also really like the way they package their products.

    www.betsyboat.com

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    1. They are such a cool shape aren't they :)

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  13. Ohhh I have a small blusher obsession at the moment and this is gorgeous!!! Wish I had picked up some things from there sale! :-(

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    1. Me too :( never mind there's always next time :)

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  14. I adore this blush, even if I have to be a little careful with the rest of my make-up whenever I wear it, or I end up looking a little strange. Definitely going to buy some more Illasqua blushes once my bank statement doesn't make me faint anymore, though!

    http://beautifulsmudges.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm the same but the new collection...how it calls to me :(

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  15. Lover is my fav Illamasqua blush, I use that and Disobey, (biscuity colour) for my blush and contour almost every day. Lover is great for pretty much every skintone.

    x

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  16. I've been lusting after so many Illamasqua Products for so long but never forked out for them. This looks like a perfect blush so it's hit the top of my 'want it right now' list! It looks so beautiful and anything that doesn't highlight large pores is going to be a God-send!

    Helen xxx

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    1. It really is as mine are terrible :( need to start getting facials to sort mine! Arrgh!

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  17. I think I would have overlooked this colour (mainly because I buy my Illamasqua online) but this looks awesome. I really want this now, especially since in Australia we are heading into spring!

    http://kitschsnitch.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. I know exactly what you mean it is so hard to gauge shades online without proper photos/swatches. This would be beautiful for spring :)

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  18. Like it!!! Is it similar to Nars Gilda or Cargo Cannes? Have you compared them?

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    1. Thanks :) I don't have either to compare sadly!

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  19. I love Illamasqua blushes. the texture is absolutely amazing and I love the baby powder smell.

    Plus they don't seem to call apart as easily as my Mac and Makeup store blushes

    Epiphannie A: Beauty by a Disneyvore

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    1. They really are :) I want more but i'm controlling myself I mean there's only so much make-up one girl can wear haha! What shades do you rate?

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  20. I love ...lover! I'm pretty excited for Generation Q but lover will always be on re-order for me. It's too beautiful and it wears nicely on my skin.

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