Have you ever saw a shade of lipstick or anything cosmetic for that matter
and had it pester you until you cough up the pennies and purchase it?
Well that was the case with Illamasaqua Over Lipstick, the last thing I needed was another coral based
lip product yet here I am...again!

Illamasaqua packaging is always pretty basic yet retains a sleek edge with polished black plastic,
with the small yet identifiable Illamasqua font and emblem printed on the tube.
The lipstick case is slightly different in shape from the typical lipstick as it has bevelled edges
which is a theme Illamasqua use throughout their entire make-up range.
Most importantly is that it is sturdy and protects the lipstick held inside.

As most will know the Illamasqua lipstick range comes in countless shades (around 37 shades)
but the one that has been toying with my emotions is Over which is listed on the website as a
"bright coral pink" that is matte in finish.
It is a bright coral pink with a yellow undertone, almost neon in fact but if we are going to split hairs I would say it is more pink than anything and if you missed out of MAC's Flamingo then this is a shade to look into
as it is pretty similar only this is a little brighter and more pigmented with a different finish.
As this has a neutral base (yellow) it will suit most skin tones but be warned the darker your skin tone 
the more stark it will become, that being said I do adore the shade haha!

My swatch photos don't quite show just how matte this formula is, it is extremely matte
and will show up any faults you may have on the lips, particularly dryness...I had no idea my lips
were so dry until I slicked this on so I do suggest prepping the lips with a scrub and balm before application.
That aside it is one of the most pigmented shades I have every used and gives full opaque coverage in
one clean swipe and although it does highlight dryness on the lips it does not contribute and is in fact
rather moisturising for a true matte formula.
In terms of wear I found this shade to last around 3 hours before fading which it didn't do evenly
which is often the case I find with lighter shades but on the plus side it does not feather or bleed
and is really comfortable to wear!

Illamasqua Lipstick in Over £16/4g via Illamasqua - link
but it is also stocked online via Debenhams.

Psst if using the Illamasqua website to purchase anything at the moment
use the code HALLOWFIFTEEN for 15% off!