Today I’m reviewing eye shadow in Vernau from Illamasqua’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection ~ Human Fundamentalism. It might not be the most appealing shade in the pan but it can do wonders as a blending out shade for smokey/colorful eyes!
Price : £13.95 , approx. Rs 1100
What Illamasqua says about the product :
Each of these glorious colours makes a statement that is as individual as you are. Highly pigmented, prepare for an intensity that’s not just colour-true but extremely long-lasting. Experiment and be bold.
Check out other shades in the range HERE.
My take on the product
Illamasqua eye shadows come in a unique packaging with curved edges and a transparent lid with the brand logo embossed on it. I like the fact that the color can be seen from outside, makes the shades real easy to locate. It does not come with an applicator or a mirror.
The eye shadow is a delightfully soft and silky texture. Most matte eye shadows can be hard and dry in texture but this one is so fine milled, it feels like silk! Its blends really easily with minimal effort. It is well pigmented and you just need a touch of the brush to get the color. The only issue I have is with the staying power on my super oily lids! I would have liked it to stay on for a while without primer but it only stays for about 3-4 hours. However, with a primer, the creasing problem is solved and I can wear it the entire day without worrying about unsightly creasing/fading.
I guess I need to stop judging eye shadows when it comes to performance without a primer because my lids seems to be getting oilier by the day and it makes absolutely no sense to wear any eye shadow (Except MAC) without a primer!
The shade Vernau :
In all honesty, Vernau is not the kind of shade I would have picked out myself. I’m all for bright colors, pearl finishes and rich deep hues but I’m so glad I received this because this has added a new dimension to my blending skills! Its a dirty ochre brown shade which is excellent for blending out a smokey eye or a teal/blue/green eye. It can be worn alone also on the lid or just used to set smudged kohl, either way it gives that amazingly natural smokey look which just blends into the skin perfectly!
I think I will be reaching out for this shade every time I want to do a smokey eye with warm shades. In my EOTD here, I have used applied and smudged kohl on lid, added Coastal Scents eye shadow in Swiss Chocolate (coppery burgundy shade) onto the lid and then used Vernau in the outer lid, corner and crease area to blend it out. I have also used Vernau on the lower lash line to smudge the kohl.
It can also be used in the same way with a green or teal shade. In fact, one of the MAC Double feature eye shadow duos has a combination of a forest green along with a matte ochre brown. I had done a look with it HERE. The combination works really well!
The GOOD about Illamasqua Human Fundamentalism Collection Eye shadow Vernau :
- Unique and attractive packaging
- Silky soft texture
- Superb pigmentation
- Blends really easily
- Gives all day wear (with primer- for oily lids)
- Versatile shade
The NOT-SO-GOOD about Illamasqua Human Fundamentalism Collection Eye shadow Vernau :
- Need to be ordered online, shipping to India is expensive
- Needs primer for oily lids
EOTD : CS eye shadow in Swiss Chocolate on lid, Vernau in crease and lower lash line
Illamasqua powder eye shadows are super soft and silky in texture, the powder is finely milled and glides on the lids unlike any other matte eye shadow I’ve used. The pigmentation and blendability is great, it wears well though if you have very oily lids like mine, you would need a primer to delay creasing. Vernau is a dirty ochre brown shade with a matte shade that makes an excellent blending shade for a smokey/colorful eye! If you’re shipping to India, the cost can be little high (around Rs 700-800) but the products are worth it!
Rating : 4.25/5[note color=”#FFE4C4″]Have you tried Illamasqua eye shadows? Share your experience in the comments below![/note]