Tuesday, 21 December 2010

A Week of Lips: Illamasqua Box

I have been stuck in doors a lot over the past few days, so to cheer myself up, I've decided to have a week of bold lip colours. It was Welsh Beauty Blog that actually inspired me with her stunning Chanel red lips.

Yesterday's shade was Illamasqua Box. I've had this quite a while but I think it's only the second or third time I've worn it. I also lined my lips using Le Metier de Beaute pencil in Rose and I have included a swatch with the lipstick.

Box is a stunning colour, some of the pictures make it look quite bright but it's actually a dark, scarlet red which has pink undertones rather than orange. It looks fabulous, the wear is excellent and it's heavily pigmented. There is a downside to this pigmentation though, especially if like me you have small children who like to poke at your face! My baby succeeded in smearing this everywhere and I stained her head with it accidentally a few times. It doesn't smudge easily but it does transfer to anything that it touches.

The texture of the Illamasqua lipsticks is a little strange too. They're matte and have what I can only really describe as a waxy texture. Whilst it isn't totally drying it can be more comfortable to wear a gloss over the top. I haven't done that with Box though as I think it would be too much of a statement lip for me.

Despite the flaws, I really like this lipstick. It's not for everyday but every once in a while it's nice to wear something really dramatic.

Disclosure: Le Metier pencil in Rose was a PR Sample.


  1. Thats a lovely shade and you wear it well!

  2. Wow simply stunning! If you wore this out you would turn heads for sure!

  3. This looks stunning on you!
    But I know what you mean about dark lipstick and babies ;)

    Fee x

  4. You look gorgeous, such a beautiful shade of red on you.
    Will be swatching this next time I'm at an Illamasqua counter xx

  5. It's so lovely, Jane! And I'm interested in how baby reacted to the strange red pigment haha

  6. @Charlie: Thank you, I take that as a huge compliment as you look so fab in reds.

    @Skin Scrubs: My eldest son kept giggling at me though, I asked him if Mummy looked nice and he replied “Your lips are red Mummy”. That’s good enough for me!

    @Fee: Thank you! It just ends up everywhere. They’re so fascinated even when you don’t want them to be!

    @WBB: Thank you and thank you also for the inspiration. I think this would look lovely on you. You wear red so well.

    @MLBB: Thank you. Abigail was totally fascinated. I came down from putting her to bed and my husband said very politely that I might like to just fix my lipstick. She had stuck her fingers in my mouth and dawbed it all over my face!! Little minx.

    Thanks for the lovely comments,
    Jane x

  7. Wow, that's such a gorgeous colour on you! Loving that tone of red, very proper. I like the look of the Le Met pencil, looks like a perfect match! I've been looking for a red lip pencil but didn't want to bother with MAC. I'll have to peek it next time I'm down that way.

    Looking gorgeous as always MB!

    Mercee xxx

  8. That looks stunning on you, really head turning.

  9. Thanks Mercee! The Rose is a touch more orange based than the Box lipstick. Illamasqua do a couple of red pencils that my be worth looking at too.

    Hi Debbie, thank you. It's definitely a show stopper!

    Jane x

  10. Wow, very impressive red!!!
    Looks amazing on you girl!!!

    I was contemplating getting this at some point but I decided against it, fearing it wouldn't suit my undertones, but now you've completely made me regret it!!! ;)


  11. Hi Tina, it's really an amazing colour. The pigmentation is incredible too x


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