This is just a quick post for Stashmatters, who wanted to know how Illamasqua Powder Blush in Naked Rose compares with Milani Rose Powder Blush in Romantic Rose.
In the pan, they do look a little dupe-y, with Romantic Rose appearing a bit deeper. However, when swatched, you can see that, at least on my warm skintone, Romantic Rose isn’t really darker, but it is warmer. Naked Rose skews blue-pink when compared directly with Romantic Rose, which by comparison looks a tad peachy-pink.
I have not actually tried Romantic Rose yet, but Naked Rose is wonderful and one of my faves.
Now that we’ve been seeing more sunny days, it’s nice to pull out some brights, and there are not many polishes brighter than Rare. I was lucky enough to pick it up when it was on clearance at Hudson’s Bay, since Illamasqua is pulling out of North America.
Brown nail polishes aren’t usually my thing (unless they’re vampy), but Faithful had enough of an interesting orange tone to sway me. Illamasqua calls it a “coppered metal, metallic finish”. I think it looks deeper and like it has a lot more depth to it on Illamasqua’s website. My bottle’s color looks a little muted and soft. This isn’t necessarily bad, but it’s not what I expected!
I got into Illamasqua late, only just last year, and then, as is my luck, not a few months later the company started to pull out of North America! On the positive side, Canadian department store Hudson’s Bay started to clearance their remaining Illamasqua products, so I have been able to accumulate more at discounted prices (there’s still some stock left, so go check it out!). To my initial purchases of Alarm and Boosh Nail Varnishes, and Lover and Hussy Powder Blushers, I added a whole bunch more of both products, as well as some powder eyeshadow singles and a powder brush. I would have bought lipsticks, too, but I checked out their lipsticks in store and wasn’t a fan of the super matte formula.
I aim to eventually review everything of theirs that I have, so here’s Stagnate Nail Varnish, to start!