23 posts tagged "Illamasqua"
The matte nail polish phenomenon caused near hysteria three years ago when no-shine manicures started turning up on the runway at shows like Alexander Wang and subsequently at retail counters nationwide. Gone was the era of high-gloss varnish; in its place, a preference for a flat finish with no semblance of luster. The novelty ultimately wore off, of course, and as the nail art boom continues to inspire innovation from at-home gel kits to magnetic polishes, matte nail lacquer is no longer the radical idea it once was. That doesn’t mean it’s not still a palate-cleanser, though. The latest from Illamasqua offers a mixture between a matte formulation and a jelly polish, which its product development team has ingeniously dubbed “rubber varnish”. Available in six, shockingly bright shades, like the lime green Nurture and the bright turquoise Serenity, two coats provide you with a textural, shine-free effect that is nothing short of a conversation starter.
Katy Perry isn’t the only celeb making quick work of fragrance empire building. Rihanna has just announced plans for a second signature scent following the debut of Reb’l Fleur earlier this year. Her new effort will simply be called Rebelle. [Billboard]
Speaking of empire building, the cult-favorite British makeup brand Illamasqua is branching out into scent. Centered around moonflower extract, its first olfactory offering is called Freak and features a silver snail affixed to an asymmetrical purple-y black glass bottle. [Basenotes]
Queen Latifah is getting some company as the face of CoverGirl’s Queen Collection. The mass beauty giant has just signed actress Paula Patton to join the hip-hop icon as an ambassador for the makeup range. [HuffPo]
A new study indicates that a skin cancer diagnosis could come from the unlikeliest of places: your hairdresser. The report published in the Archives of Dermatology found that haircare professionals can be a necessary link between clients and their doctors, as they often examine guests’ necks, faces, and scalps while wielding their shears. [ABC News]
We’re personally advocating for fall’s nude nail, but there are certain lacquer labels that will always appeal to our innate desire for colorful statement-making. Illamasqua, which burst onto the scene three years ago with polishes in the purest shades of neon (its Radium, a lime green shimmer, skirted the line between too-chartreuse-to-wear and exactly on point) and not one but two shades of black, is just such a brand. We wait for each season’s offering with fingers crossed, hoping for something new and noteworthy to slick onto our tips. Illamasqua color creator Alex Box didn’t disappoint this month, releasing her Theatre of the Nameless collection—which includes four opulent varnishes with limited-edition rubberized black caps—in homage to those dens of iniquity in 1920′s Berlin where exotic dancers and anarchists rubbed elbows. Kink is a satin-finish dark jade that has a muted quality unlike the line’s previously released hunter green shade, Rampage; Vice is a dark magenta-cum-cerise; Faux Pas is a dusty, creamy lilac; and Taint is a taupey-brown, which could double as a fantastic rich nude for those of you hoping to keep it neutral.
Balmain fans, get psyched. The brand has just inked a deal to release a new line of fragrances at the end of next year. [WWD]
It was bound to happen eventually. Scandal has erupted inside the Lady Gaga camp as an explosive new book alleges that the pop star is “sick” of going on extreme dieting binges to fit into all of those tiny little costumes. And so it goes in the torrid life of a fame monster. [Daily Mail]
In the oversaturated market of mass-produced creams promising everything under the sun, the pared-down apothecary concept is emerging as king. [NYT]
Do you ever find yourself preoccupied with the idea of heading into the afterlife without a perfect face of makeup? No? Well, if the anxiety should befall you, know this: Illamasqua has teamed up with a London-based funeral home to help facilitate your “final act of self-expression.” [Bella Sugar]
Since its launch stateside in 2009, Illamasqua has made a name for itself as the go-to brand for off-the-wall makeup, whether you’re in the market for a real-deal white foundation or a matte-black lipstick. There are, of course, more wearable offerings scattered somewhere in between (creative director Alex Box’s signature Box Red Lipstick is a real winner, as are her lip glosses and illuminators), but that’s beside the point. “If you hit the mark with everyone, you’re beige,” Box joked of the company’s off-kilter appeal when we caught up with her a few months ago to preview her spring launch, Toxic Nature, which debuts in April. The range features a predictable assemblage of crazy fun and classically beautiful colors in one pretty package with standouts that include mint green and lavender multipurpose Cream Pigments as well as a new shade of Box’s popular Precision Ink Gel Liner in Glister, a glimmering nude. (“It will revolutionize people’s makeup bags,” Box divulged of the corrector, highlighter, eyeliner, and lip liner in one that also happens to be the perfect tool with which to draw “cyber freckles”—a.k.a. faux sun spots à la the Chloé Fall show—as she demonstrated on our own visage). Our favorite piece of the puzzle, though, is the nail varnishes, which include four new shades packaged with the pre-existing Gamma, a neon orange. As we ease into Fall’s idea of embracing statement-making neutral lacquers over the more garish bold and fluorescent hues that have dominated the nail market of late, Purity, an opaque peach, is really calling to us. A thin line of the shimmering acid lime, Radium, across the tips should help ease the transition.