Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick Swatches

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Illamasqua's Glamore Lipsticks are a fairly new finish of lipsticks introduced by Illamasqua in 2014, and the shade range has been steadily expanding since then. The lipsticks have a satin finish (as opposed to the more matte finish of the brand's previous lipstick offerings), and these have been pretty popular.

Since Illamasqua has just come to Singapore (there is a store at B1 at Takayashimaya), I took the opportunity at the store opening to do what I do best - swatch makeup! I just love swatching stuff, it makes me look all weird and anti-social at these events since I'm basically hunched over the testers swatching up my arm intensely (I swear I'm totally normal and sociable! I like people! Really!), but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do!

Anyway, let's move on to the swatches.

Illamasqua Glamore Lipsticks Swatches 1
Illamasqua Glamore Lipsticks Swatches: Rosepout, Naked, Starkers, Tease, Buff, Pinkie, Kitsch

Rosepout is described by Illamasqua as a "neutral pink brown", and I'd say it's about right. It's a MLBB nude shade with neutral undertones, and would look quite nice on most people. It's a work-appropriate shade.
Naked is a "creamy nude" according to Illamasqua. On me this was more of a caramel tan nude that looked rather brown. Maybe it's the yellow lighting in the store, or my undertones pulling out the warmth.
Starkers is described as a "soft flesh pink", but on me it is a bit more of a nude with a hint of brown more than anything. This is deeper than Naked. It's a good option if you're looking for a wearable brown lipstick, although I suspect on darker skins this might be a nice nude shade. Also an office-friendly shade.
Tease is a "pink beige", and perhaps it's the lighting at play (yellow lighting is so not optimal for swatches), but this looked rather like a light peach nude on me. I think my undertones pull out the beige part of the shade, rather than the pink.
Buff is a "fudge brown", and I'd say I agree with Illamasqua's description - it's a cool brown shade, perhaps useful as a nude if you have a deeper skintone.
Pinkie is described as a "cool pink", which is accurate, but it's also a very light Barbie pink, kind of Nicki Minaj-esque circa her "Superbass" days.
Kitsch is described as a "rose pink", and this is perhaps my favourite colour - it's a bright but wearable pinky-plum-rose shade that leans cool. I can totally imagine myself wearing this on a fairly regular basis.

Illamasqua Glamore Lipsticks Swatches 2
Illamasqua Glamore Lipsticks Swatches: Luster, Soaked, Rockabilly, Glissade, Vampette

Luster is described as a "candy pink", and to my eye this is a cool-toned pink with some lilac thrown in. Although at first glance it looks similar to Pinkie (which I've swatched again at the end of the photo so you can get a direct comparison), it's actually darker and more purple than Pinkie. It's the more wearable of the two, in my opinion.
Soaked is described as a "vibrant orange", and I 100% agree on the description. Bright orange, very opaque, and not for the faint of heart.
Rockabilly is described as a "cherry red", which is an alright description. To me this is a red that leans slightly cool.
Glissade is described as a "bold pink", but on my arm this really looked more like a soft rosy red with slightly cool undertones. I guess perhaps it's one of those shades that's similar to the Etude House Wish Lips Talk Lipstick in PK003 that I recently reviewed, in that they are so pink and bright that they start to veer into red territory. This is also, as you can tell from the swatches, not quite as opaque as some of the other shades and a tad more wearable, although it certainly is well-pigmented.
Vampette is a "deep berry" and I guess that's right. To me this looked like a deep burgundy, black cherry sort of shade.

My first impression of the lipsticks is that they had a nice texture, and were creamy and smooth rather than drying. They were also very well-pigmented - all of these swatches are one or two swipes on my arm only. The finish was also nice, with the creamy finish giving lips a slight sheen, and none of the lipsticks had shimmer or glitter.


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