Friday, 12 October 2012

Illamasqua Generation Q - The Haul

There's nothing more I look forward to than the Autumn/Winter season. The promise of colder weather, wrapping up in chunky knits, walking on crunchy leaves, and the sumptuously rich colours adorning cosmetic counters everywhere. And of course the time of year brings with it a new collection from what is fast becoming one of my favourite brands. Illamasqua's Generation Q ticks all the boxes for me with just the right amount of shimmer, sparkle and rich dark shades.

Empower Palette

L-R: Clockwise from top left - Blink (matte), Synth (shimmer), Slick (liquid metal) and Fervent (shimmer); Swatches in the same order

I have to say I didn't order this originally and kicked myself when I saw it in store. It's absolutely lovely. There are three powder shadows and one liquid metal. Blink is a great neutral beige-brown. Synth is like nothing I've ever seen before - a beautiful iridescent pink - and layers incredibly well, especially over Slick which is a gorgeous shimmery pewter shade. Fervent is an absolutely stunning colour. In the pan it reminds me of MAC Club but this is a lot more red-toned. It looks fab paired with Focus liquid metal from the Complement Palette.

Gleam Aurora

I saw the beauty of Gleam Aurora back in the summer when I visited the Beak Street store with Leanne for a masterclass on mature beauty. I knew I had to have it and it was the first thing on my list to order when the collection launched. It can be used over or under foundation to highlight or to give a natural glow. Absolutely stunning and its perfect for brightening up your complexion over the coming winter months.

Magnetism Lipstick & Wisdom Precision Ink

L-R: Magnetism Lipstick, Wisdom Precision Ink, Swatches: Magnetism, Wisdom, Gleam, Gleam blended

For some crazy reason, I'd also overlooked Magnetism lipstick until I saw it on the gorgeous Milly. I've tried this straight from the bullet and muted down using a lip brush and both give such a lovely effect. This will definitely be my go-to lippie this season.

The new Precision Ink in Wisdom was a no-brainer for me. I've tried three Precision Inks prior to this one and they're all amazing. Colour pay-off is excellent and the longevity is unrivalled. I became impatient for the release date as soon as I saw Leanne's post with the press sample. I've used this pretty much every day since I got it. Wisdom is so, so beautiful. You need this in your life.

Complement Palette

L-R: Slink (shimmer), Focus (liquid metal), Queen of the Night (shimmer), Forgiveness (matte); Swatches - Slink, Focus, Forgiveness, Queen of the Night

Complement is my favourite of the two palettes from Generation Q. Again, there are three powder shadows and one liquid metal. Slink is a beautiful champagne shimmer that looks beautiful as a highlight or all over the lid. Focus liquid metal is stunning alone or you can layer other colours over it. Queen of the Night is lovely for an intense purple smoky eye or great as a liner. Forgiveness is like MAC Cranberry minus the shimmer and I like it layered over Focus.

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Generation Q is online, in store and on Illamasqua counters now.

If you fancy ordering now there's currently free delivery on all orders, UK and international, with no minimum spend or code to enter. You best be quick, the offer ends 9am Monday 15th October!

What do you think of Generation Q? Have you bought anything?

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  1. OH MY GOD. That lipstick is beautiful!

    I have never tried Illamasqua... is that awful?
    No counters near me, and I am not going to shell out online for makeup I have never even seen. Glasgow has one I think though.. may just have to go check it out! Ah, gorgeous x

    1. I know right? A stunner and right on trend for this season. Oh wow. I was the same until Leanne took me to their store and then I fell in love and wanted everything! Definitely worth checking out the counter before purchasing, although I guarantee your bank account won't like you after your visit ;) x

  2. Thanks for all the linkage! Ahh I'm so glad you love everything. Of all the eyeshadow colours in the two palettes, I think Forgiveness is my favourite :-D x

    1. No problemo :) Forgiveness is lovely and a good way to try out the red shadow trend! I'm not sure I can pick a favourite - there are too many vying for my affections! x