This was my first Illamasqua purchase, which I picked up in their sale recently and I have used it almost every day since. I chose the shade Peaked which is described on the website as being a dusky rose shade. Peaked is one of Illamasqua Velvet Blusher which has a cream like consistency but has a powder like finish. All of the shades in this collection are matte and extremely pigmented.
The blusher comes in small cardboard box which is quite plain and simple but I really like the fact that you can see the product in it which would be handy if you were purchasing at one of the counters. The blusher itself is housed in a plastic casing which is a sleek and shiny black with a clear top. The casing feels really sturdy and I wouldn’t be worried about it breaking if I dropped it.
The blusher is a gorgeous dark pink shade and is really pigmented so I recommend that you go lightly with your application and build up the intensity slowly. The consistency is a little strange as it’s not as creamy feeling as some cream blushes that I’ve tried but it looks like a and has the staying power of a powder blush one applied. I find that it can be easily blended with fingers but I feel that a more flawless finish is achieved with this blush when applied using a brush. I like to use my Real Techniques Stippling Brush which you can read about here, as it helps to blend the product really well and ensures that you’re not applying too much of the blusher at the one time.
This blusher has amazing staying power and I have never felt that it looked like it needed topped up any of the days that I’ve worn it. I think this blush would be perfect for those that want the quickness and easiness of a cream blush but want it to last longer than the majority of the cream blushes that are available.
You can purchase the Illamasqua Velvet Blushers on their online store for £21 but Peaked is currently on sale so you can pick it up for the bargain price of £10.75.
Have you tried any Illamasqua products? If you have is there any you would recommend I try next?