The Weirdly Wearable Illamasqua intense Lipgloss in Opulent shines in person (But Not So much in Pics)

I can’t decide if I like the new Illamasqua intense Lipgloss in Opulent ($20) much more because it’s weird, or because it’s wearable. A bit of both, I suppose.

In its tube, this blend of beige, gray and taupe could have fooled me. If I hadn’t known better, I would have guessed it was an eyeshadow. The complex color, the undercurrent of golden pearl, and the way it flashes purple and pink when the light hits it just best remind me much more of traits I’d find in an eye product than something I’d slick on my lips.


Not that I’m complaining (at all).

I like it, but strange colors are always a risk… Some tend to sit unused at the bottom of my makeup bag like shipwrecks lost at sea (hear what I’m sayin’, Apocalips?).

But this time — hallelujah! — Illamasqua figured out how to combine strange and easy to wear.


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The trick: they made it surprisingly sheer. When I’m standing in the shade, it’s a clear pinky beige on my lips, and not whatsoever like the storm cloud of color it resembles in the tube. but then, when I step into full sunlight? — that’s when the real fun begins.

Wearing Opulent’s flecks of pink, gold and purple glitter, my kisser sparkles like Vampire Edward’s lips!

I tried to capture the effect in these pics, but I think it’s a little too subtle, except for some of the arm swatches, perhaps. In person, though, BAM!

What’s the scoop on Illamasqua intense Lipgloss in Opulent?

It’s part of the new limited edition Generation Q collection.

While unflavored, it goes buck wild on scent. the best way I can describe it? — concentrated fruit punch. It’s too strong for me, but at least it fades rapidly (within about 5 minutes).

Comes with a brush applicator.

Has a slightly gritty texture, on account of the glitter.

The formula feels a little drying to me, but applying it on top of a moisturizing lip balm certainly helps.

Opulent might be better for parties than photo shoots, but that’s fine by me. I can’t wait to try it with a set of sultry smokey eyes (OOH! how ’bout golden brown?), or maybe layered on top of a bright lipstick like Illamasqua Magnetism.

PRICE: $20
AVAILABILITY: available now at Sephora stores and
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Sally Hansen Fingerlace Gloves: part II

Did I mention that I’ve been playing with Sally Hanson’s rock of Ages beauty salon effects nail polish Strips in Fingerlace Gloves? Well, the verdict’s in. love the idea, but these pre-printed press-on nail stickers don’t last as long as I hoped.

The box said up to 10 days, but they look pretty to’ up after five… When I hopped out of the shower this morning, I saw the stickers peeling from two of my nails in big chunks!

Bummer…but not altogether terrible. I’m pretty difficult on my paws, after all.


Now I’ve got my sights set on these $12 Pink and Black lace nail strips from OPI By Sephora. ever tried OPI’s nail strips before?

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