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Illamasqua Ore Pure Pigment swatches & EOTD

Illamasqua’s Ore Pure Pigment is one of the most beautiful pigments I’ve ever tried. I always describe it as sophisticated glitter which some of my more glitter-phobic friends tell me is an oxymoron but I think the description fits.

I love the little container it comes in but it took me so long to figure out how to open it! FYI, you need to basically get your nail under the lid and pop it open. Be careful though because, as a loose pigment, it tends to go everywhere and I mean EVERYWHERE! I open this baby up and I can see a cloud of fine shimmer floating in the air.


The shade is a beautiful bronzey taupe which has red and green flecks running through it. It was love at first try for me when the Illamasqua MUA applied this over the gold eyeshadow I was already wearing.

I tried to swatch it but the beauty of this product is really hard to capture. It’s really metallic but is also such a rich and complex shade and it leans more cool or warm depending on the light it’s under.

You can also use this shadow applied wet but I don’t like the end result as I feel like it becomes one big metallic blob and loses some of its depth.

This last picture is blurry but it really picks up the reflective quality of this pigment.

I decided to try out a quick EOTD for you using Illamasqua Ore applied over Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Illusoire. I took this picture a while ago and can’t remember exactly what I used but I’m assuming that I also applied some MAC Cork eyeshadow into the crease.

Even though it looks super shimmery in the pot, on the face the effect is really subtle and no one would ever look at you and think you were wearing glitter. I like to use it on its own on top of a cream shadow but I’ve also used it as a finishing touch to my bronze and gold EOTD’s with much success.

I purchased mine for $39 AU but it’s £15.50 from the Illamasqua site and $24 US from Sephora. I was on the online waiting list for this but it was taking so long to restock that I just went and bought it instore… only to get an email literally 3 hours later telling me it had restocked! Doh!
You get 0.04oz worth of product in the container versus 0.15oz in a MAC pigment which is a substantial difference considering they sell for the same price in Australia. At the end of the day, while I think the Illamasqua pigments should be cheaper for such a minimal amount of product, I don’t have issues with the size itself because I’ll never get through a whole container. I still recommend this shade and think it’s worth checking out.
What do you think of Illamsqua Ore? What’s your favourite way to apply it? Let me know below!

Chanel Genie Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss: Alladin would have been lucky to get this from his lamp!

Chanel continues to entice me with its beautiful lip products and I’ve been working my way through all their formulations of lipstick and glosses to find out which are my favourites. So far my lipstick of choice is Chanel’s Rouge Allure Laque and I think the gloss choice front runner is currently Chanel’s Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss. I purchased it in the shade ‘Genie’ and this name is well deserved because this stuff is pure magic.

It comes in this gorgeous sleek packaging which is just like a longer version of the Rouge Allure Laque.

It has a doe foot applicator but this one is unique as far I can tell as it has a bit of an unusual shape.

You can see that instead of being rounded in any way, this applicator is flat on both sides and looks triangular. I’m sure a lot of research went into picking this particular shape but all I can say is that it applies the product well and I actually prefer it over a traditional doe foot.

The shade Genie is this beautiful peach shade with tiny shimmers running through it. It looks really orange in person and looks really orange when first applied but then it kind of melds with your lips to become this beautiful natural shade.

Bare Lips:

Chanel Genie applied:

Yes it does settle into the lines in my lips but that’s not a deal breaker for me like it is for some people. I only worry about a lip product doing that if it’s a very bright or dark shade but for something as sheer as this, I think you really only notice in major close up’s such as the one above. In person the result is not noticeable at all:

I highly recommend this shade and this formulation because it’s really moisturising and not sticky at all. The wear time is not very long since it’s a gloss but I can still get at least a good hour out of it if I’m not eating or drinking. It’s just a really easy shade to wear and works well with dark smokey looks as well as with light and pretty spring looks so check it out!

The only drawback for me is the price (around $37 US from memory) but I love it and I think it was worth the splurge.

Have you tried any of these glosses before? What are your thoughts on them? Also, what other shades from the range would you recommend because you know I’m already eyeing some more 😉

Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Dragon just may be the perfect red.

I’m trying hard (well not really) not to turn into a Chanel addict but my favourite items from my recent haul have all been from Chanel. I’ve been really impressed by the quality of both the packaging and the product and the Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Dragon has been no exception.

This product has topped lists for ‘the best red lipstick’ ever since it came out so I don’t know why it took me so long to purchase it.

It’s a liquid lipstick so it comes in a lipgloss type tube with a doe foot applicator.

The applicator is different to a standard doe foot though as it’s straight on one side and angled on the other. I think this shape is meant to better deposit the product and it does except I think it tends to deposit too much product.

This wouldn’t be a problem with a less intense shade but Dragon is so pigmented that you can get just as full coverage with thin layers as you can with thick layers. My preference is to apply this with a lip brush… well eyeshadow brush in my case since I’ve been using the brush that came with my Chanel Illusion d’Ombre.

On to the swatches…

How gorgeous is this red?? It’s not just the shade that makes Dragon special (which lies somewhere in between a cool red and a true red) but also the gorgeous texture and finish. This product is like a really pigmented gloss that isn’t sticky and which doesn’t dry out your lips. It also has this beautiful almost metallic fine sparkle that runs through it which makes your lips look like they’re covered in crushed rubies, not to oversell it or anything ;).

I decided to swatch it next to some of my other red’s so you can get an idea of the shade. From left to right: NARS Heatwave lipstick, Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Dragon, NYX Round lipstick in Snow White and MAC Pro Longwear Lip Creme in Prolong.

Hopefully you can see the beautiful sparkle and complexity this product has compared with the other shades.

Here are some lip swatches:

The first one shows Dragon freshly applied and the second one shows Dragon after a few hours wear.

You can see that the shade still looks really good even though it’s lost some of it’s shine and intensity. I’ve been able to get at least 3 or 4 hours of solid wear with this product without having to reapply. When I do reapply I don’t have to reapply to my whole lips and really only need to touch up. I also never have to apply any lip balm which is fantastic for a lipstick, especially a long lasting red like this!

One of the major reasons I love Dragon is because it works beautifully as a work place red but also looks lovely with a more casual look which is why I’ve been wearing this shade constantly.

This product is pricey (by American standards) at $37 USD but well worth the splurge especially if you’re a lover of red lips. I’ve also been eyeing off the shade Phoenix which is a gorgeous bright pink.

Have you tried any of the Rouge Allure Laques? What are your thoughts? Also, what’s your favourite red lipstick?

Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Illusoire: Love at first swatch

One of the few things I actually purchased overseas was this Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Illusoire and I have used it constantly since I got it.

It came packaged with its own little brush that fit snugly into the box.

The brush is of a really good quality but I already have too many eyeshadow brushes so I’ve been using it as lip brush and it is perfect for that. It’s also great to throw in your makeup bag when you’re out and about because it has a cap.

The jar is almost the same size as a MAC Paint Pot except the Chanel jar holds 4g and the MAC comes with 5g.

These texture of these shadows is hard to describe and it’s some type of gel/cream/mousse texture. The product is bouncy when you touch it and you can actually see it spring back up when you press the top down.

I picked up Illusoire which is a purpley-taupey-silvery shade that is so stunning and oh so Chanel. That may not be the most sophisticated description but it’s hard to describe any other way. I was told by the Chanel MUA that this is the shade that is used in the promo images. 

There is quite a lot of shimmer in this product but it’s not obnoxious in your face shimmer but this beautiful fine shimmer which flashes purple in the light.

What I love about this product is that it’s so lightweight but it can still be built up to provide quite an intense look. The finish is so lovely that I’ve been wearing it on its own quite a lot with no shadow applied on top. This is actually quite rare for me as I don’t like the look of most cream type shadows on their own but this Chanel product is so unique.

For an easy effortless subtle smokey eye I’ve been applying a sheer wash of this over my lid using my finger. I do like to blend out the edge with a blending brush but it’s not necessary. The product doesn’t dry too quickly so you get enough time to blend it if you decide to.

For a more intense look it works well applied with the supplied brush or any other flat synthetic brush. I tend to apply the product this way when I plan on using it as a base under powder shadows. I have an EOTD using this as a base coming up soon so you’ll be able to see how it looks.

The wear time on this is great and I’ve been able to get through an 8 hour day with minimal to no creasing. I do always apply it over Urban Decay Primer Potion though so I can’t speak to how well it lasts with no primer.

I picked this up for $37 from memory and I don’t regret the purchase for a second. I’m actually eyeing a few of the other shades and will be going back for them soon. I do admit that it is quite pricey though when compared with other similar products from other brands but I think it’s well worth the splurge.

Have any of you picked up any of the Illusion d’Ombre’s? What are your thoughts on them?

Chanel Aqualumiere Gloss

I don’t know how or why I went for so long without buying this gloss. If I had of known how good it was this gloss would definitely have been at the top of my Wish List because this is the softest, smoothest gloss I have ever tried.

Here’s the packaging. Timeless and elegant as you would expect from a Chanel product.

I purchased the colour ‘Glass Quartz’ and it is the ultimate ‘my lips but better’ colour. It’s quite a sheer gloss but it’s opaque enough to cover the discolouration I have on my lips and makes them look even. I’ve been using this gloss everyday even when I’m just heading to the supermarket and it feels a bit decadent using a Chanel gloss as an everyday lip product but with a gloss this beautiful, how could I resist?

Here’s a swatch of it on my lips:

The product doesn’t have a smell or a taste that I’ve noticed which is great because alot of scented or flavoured lip products make me a bit nauseous. I also love that it comes with a brush applicator and not a doe foot one. I don’t know about you but lip products with a brush applicator just seem like they apply better in my opinion and the brush in this gloss is super soft.

I’m trying to work out the cons of this product and the only one I can come up with is the cost. It’s not the cheapest gloss but you do get a good amount of product (6ml) for the price but this is definitely a splurge item so save it for a day when you want to treat yourself. If you haven’t already tried this gloss then I urge you to go out and get one. You won’t be disappointed!