Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Illamasqua Liquid Metal *Review*

Today has been a day of firsts for me, as I was surprised by a late delivery of a second parcel containing the Illamasqua Liquid Metal eyeshadow. I bought this after a friend informed me that Illamasqua had a sale on their website and I'd been desperate to give this brand a try! After loading my basket with 10 different items, I reigned myself in and settled on this one product.

At only £5 (down from £17.50,) I figured I had nothing to lose even if I didn't like this product!
I opted for the colour 'surge' as the current snowy weather brings out my love of all things shiny and silver!

Unfortunately this colour is now out of stock on the Illamasqua website, but it's always worth having a look around the internet to see if it's available elsewhere! 

Just a quick swatch of the colour here. As you can here, it's a slight off-silver colour, not quite pure silver so it's an interesting colour to own! 

Now the application of it, it's incredibly easy to use and build up. When I first touched it I thought it felt incredibly similar to the 'Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo' eyeshadow, and whilst I do love the colour tattoo products, this is one is much nicer to apply and to get a completely smooth finish across the lid of your eye. 

That's the product on it's own, as you can see it's very subtle but still adds that extra dimension to an otherwise simple make up look. 
Now, this is me so I can't go without my winged eyeliner, but instead of thick black I opted for the slightly more subtle 'L'Oreal Super Liner in Golden Black.'

 This is where I become slightly disappointed. Really, I should have known to put primer on before applying the 'Liquid Metal,' but as I'd already applied it to my eyelids before applying my foundation it just completely split my mind! 
The colour wears off more or less straight away. I've had it on for about an hour so far, and it's not so much the fact that it's started to smudge (I actually quite like the look of it,) it's more that it's pretty much worn off on my eyelids and has transferred itself to the crease above my eyelid. 

In all honesty, I'm completely torn over this product. I love the colour, I love the shimmer, I love the idea of what I could use it for. I just don't love that it doesn't last longer than a few minutes. 
Would I pay £17.50 for it...no. 
Will I try and buy a couple more colours on pay day? Yes, probably! 
I'm determined to find a way to make this work for me because I so badly want to fall in love with this product. 

Have any of you ever had any experience with Illamasqua products, and have you been pleasantly surprised or been left a bit disappointed?
If you want me to write a review of any of the products I've mentioned, just let me know!


As a side note, let me know if you'd be interested in seeing posts of 'Make up of the day' or something along those lines. Every so often I end up particularly pleased with my make up, so it'd be useful for me to remember what works and what doesn't, but what's more important is if it's beneficial to you guys!


  1. Hmm how disappointing that it only lasts such a short amount of time. Definitely one to try with a primer, then... Or have you got a Barry M silver or white eye pencil by chance? I like to apply those first as they really help eyeshadow stick. It would probably look really awesome over smudged black pencil all over the lid too, ooh in fact please try that and post pics haha xxx

    1. That's something i've never thought of doing before, I have both colours so I shall give that a try in the future!
      Hahah your wish is my command, I'll try and get that up at some point tomorrow :) xxx

  2. Such a lovely shade, shame about it not lasting long! I love makeup of the day posts and would definetly be interested! Following your blog now :-)



    1. Aww thank you! :):)
      I'm definitely considering starting up a MOTD post...I might give it a go tomorrow and see how well it goes down! Pleased to know I'm not the only who thinks it'd be interesting ahha!


  3. what a beautiful colour - shame about the lasting time though :( xx

    1. I know! Quite disappointing because I really do love the colour! xx