Like a few other UK beauty bloggers, I was sent some items (beautifully wrapped) to try out, from the latest Illamasqua collection Body Electrics. The latest offering from the 'cult British make-up brand' features creams, powders and dry body oils infused with light, shimmer and shine and is also the first collection by Illamasqua which introduces make-up for the whole body.
If you're new to Illamsaqua's infamous liquid metals, then the quad including all four available shades may be right up your street. I already own Solstice and have swatched other shades at their counter in Selfridges, so I'm familiar with the formula and texture, which is smooth and extremely pigmented.
A new shade Surge, which is described as 'a molten pewter' has been introduced with Body Electrics and is included in the palette, but it didn't really wow me. I think these work better as highlighters or eyeliners as they crease like a b**ch on my eyelids. When I initially tried to use Solstice as a lid colour about a year ago or so, it lasted for a couple of hours and then the creasing began.
I haven't attempted to use it in that way again and I'll personally stick to using these for an electric flash of colour on my lashline or as a cheek highlighter, but you can have fun experimenting as they can also be used on the body. I've used Solstice on the middle of my lip with a slick of gloss over the top and it looked pretty. I don't know if they're actually lip-safe. I didn't get any reaction but double check cos I'm not taking responsibility if you lips swell up like Joan Rivers!
My favourite of the items I tried is the bronzer in Burnish. I would have completely ignored this and missed out had I not been given the chance to try it. It gives a gorgeous golden bronzed effect to the skin and I'm surprised at the pigment in it too - very impressive.
You may need to tilt your screen or position your head in a particular manner to view the swatch at its best. At first glance it looks like any ordinary powder bronzer, but this doesn't give a dirty finish to the skin, nor is it matte. It shows up as a non-sparkly, golden bronzey sheen which looks beautiful when caught in the light. I'll be using this a lot - fab product! It's also available in another shade, Writhe, which is described on the website as 'a golden tan'.
Finally, I also received the Kabuki Body Brush, I don't have any body brushes at all, so this is a welcome addition to my make-up tools. It's large and dense, so perfect for applying bronzers and other powdered illuminating products to the body. The fibres are synthetic yet extremely soft. It's pretty expensive but will do the job it's intended for, so if you do fork out for it, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
I'm still curious about one of the polishes in the collection, Jomina, and I know Holly received it in her package and I'm waiting (albeit impatiently) for her to do some swatches, so if you're reading Holster, hurry up!! I wanna see it! LOL
When the collection was unveiled last Friday, I conveyed some disappointment and I still stand by my initial thoughts - I'm not going to do a 360 just because I've now been sent free products to try, that's not my style. With the exception of the bronzer which I frickin' love, the collection doesn't have me bouncing off the ceiling with excitement.
I would have liked to have seen something new from Illamasqua instead of the Liquid Metal Palette. I think the Liquid Metals are one of the first products that already come to mind, when people think of Illamasqua and its wide range of products, and I would have loved to have seen something new in its place to compliment the introduction of the new dry body oils. Whether it had been a new blush shade (being the blush whore that I am) or new lipglosses, I dunno, just not more emphasis on the Liquid Metals.
What do you think of the products in the Body Electrics collection. Do any products stand out for you? Have you tried any yet? Will you be purchasing anything?
You can check the full collection out here.
You can check the full collection out here.
Receiving these items came as a complete shock as I wasn't notified in advance that I'd be sent anything and I'd like to thank Alex & the rest of the team at Illamasqua for their generosity. They didn't have to go out of their way to send me or anybody else who was lucky enough to receive items, so thanks again.