REVIEWS, SWATCHES & MAKEUP LOOK || Illamasqua Aftermath Collection

Autumn is a difficult one for me. It has so many pros and so many cons, and every year, as the summer goes out with it's annual whimp...

Illamasqua Embellished Broken Eye Gel Gold Silver

Autumn is a difficult one for me. It has so many pros and so many cons, and every year, as the summer goes out with it's annual whimper, I never really know quite how I should feel about the approaching Autumn. Should I be excited about the earlier nights, and the bright lights, or should I dread the cold temperatures and incessant rain? Should I look forward to the majestic colours in the trees, or should I dread the leaves falling, and turning into a slippery mush?

Either way, one thing I do look forward to is the way that people react to the changing of the season in terms of their style and makeup. Some, like me, carry on regardless, almost unaffected and wear whatever we like, whilst others tend to go for more 'autumnal' shades. Both are fine, it's all about works for you personally. I tend to edge towards brighter looks, because I feel that the dull days need a little bit of light, and we sure can't rely on the sun for that.

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Illamasqua's Aftermath Range - Swiss Cheese plant and pot of pens not included.

But on to the subject of this post, and Illamasqua have released a new range in time for Autumn's beginnings, the *Aftermath collection is their attempt at keeping alive the light in the impending darkness. The range is a series of metallic eyeshadows and eye gels with complimentary lipsticks.

The Eyeshadows

Illamasqua powder eyeshadow Superstitious


Illamasqua powder eyeshadow Hoard


Illamasqua powder eyeshadow Enchantment


The eyeshadows are HoardSuperstitious and Enchantment, all three are reminiscent of dark and moody olympic medals - Hoard is a light gold shade with peachy undertones, Superstitious is a striking gun-metal silver and Enchantment is a deep, brooding bronze. They're all highly pigmented, with some serious glimmer, but of the three, I prefer the gun-metal Superstitious as I've always been much more of a silver girl than a gold one.

When you apply the shadow initially, it does look very metallic, however as you start to blend it in, it loses a bit of that and gives much more of a refined glittery appearance. The pigment on the eyeshadow is strong enough that just one swipe gives you the full on metallic-goodness, there's no itty-bittyness here, just full, rich smooth product.

Illamasqua Powder Eyeshadows Swatches

Swatch time - (from L to R) Enchantment, Superstitious and Hoard

I often use Hoard on the brow bone to give a bit of a sheen, or sometimes as a highlight. The texture is nowhere near as your typical highlighters, but I just use a small amount, and it still knocks all other highlighters out of the park! Until you get up close, you can't really tell, but it gives that finely-milled glittery look.

Lava Lips Lispsticks

Illamasqua Lava Lipstick Tectonic


Illamasqua Lava Lipstick Emanate


Illamasqua Lava Lipstick RebirthJPG


illamasqua lava lips lipstick swatches

More Swatch Time - (Top Left to Bottom Right): Emanate, Rebirth and Tectonic

The lava lipsticks are three wintry tones, aptly named with a gorgeous marbled ripply effect that permeates each of the three colours: Emanate, is a rich, chocolatey brown with white milk-like ripples; Tectonic, a summer berry-esque pink with pastelly ripples and Rebirth, a scarlet red that bleeds black. 

Personally, I'm not all that excited by these, the colours are nice, but the lava effect doesn't really do it for me - I prefer to create my own colour combinations on my lips, but I can certainly see the appeal. The application is buttery smooth, and the finish is neither matte nor glossy, but it does have a little bit of a shine to it, so I'd go with labelling them demi-matte. 

Honestly, I can't recall the last time I actually wore a bullet lipstick, but it did feel refreshing to wear a smooth, comfortable, sort of matte lipstick. Often with mattes, you can get that dry, crusty situation, but with the Aftermath lipsticks, it's not an issue, which is great, because crusts belong on a pizza, not your lips.

The Broken Eye Gels

illamasqua embellished broken gel gold and silver

Broken Eye Gels in Gold and Silver

Finally then, and on to the undoubted stars of the show, we have the Broken Eye Gels in Gold and Silver. Illamasqua describe them thus:

"Molten liquid rises from the earth's crust taking metals to a new dimension with Illamasqua's Broken Eye Gel. Dotted lightly across the cheekbones, inner eye or cupid's bow, Broken Eye Gel catches the light, illuminating the unique cracked-foil effect."

So it starts off a bit dramatic, but comes back down to earth a little! Either way, my interest was certainly piqued! 

illamasqua embellished broken eye gel applicator brushes

Forget the Chrome Nail, just look at the Applicators please. ;)

When brushed on, you can see that it's clearly not your standard glitter, it looks like tiny bits of chopped foil suspended within the gel. I quite like it for the inner corner or adding some embellishment to the brows. Also, I'm not sure why, but the two have different applicators which made me question my sanity at first! But yes, the silver comes with a brush, and the gold one with a doe-foot applicator - this may be because these are PR Samples, I'm not really sure.

illamasqua embellished broken eye gel gold review

Gold, obviously..

Overall, I really love the idea behind the product, and if you're willing to use it for it's designed purpose - to add a little bit of light to your looks - then this is 100% for you, it will really add a bit of eye-catching glamour to your makeup. But me being me, I really like to pack on the bright things, layer upon layer and the Broken Eye Gels are not best suited to that. They do take a little bit of time to dry, and if you attempt to layer before it is dried, the foil tends to move around and gets quite difficult to control. So to make this work, I had to wait until it had dried out, which was quite inconvenient.

illamasqua embellished broken eye silver review

And ermm.. Silver

illamasqua embellished broken eye gel gold silver swatches review metallic

Third Swatch - Silver and Gold

I feel like I need to mention this, because in the look I created using these products, I've packed the Broken Eye Gels on, and I don't want to give the impression that it's easy to achieve, because it isn't, it's quite an effort, and very time consuming! But I also feel like I ought to say that this is not it's stated purpose, so I certainly won't be marking it down on that basis - the look that both gels give is genuinely dazzling, so bright and more chrome-like than metallic when packed on. 

illamasqua aftermath collection visuals broken eye gel limecrime filter makeup look

For the look above, I've used the Superstitious eyeshadow on the lid, with Lime Crime's blue Filter eyeshadow complimenting it really well in the crease and undereye. For the inner corner, I've packed on both Gold and Silver Broken Eye Gels to give that embellished look, to the point it's so bright, it looks like a light source all of its own! I've also brushed on some of the Silver Broken Eye Gel on the eyebrow to add a little depth to the look.

The Aftermath collection can be purchased from the Illamasqua site *HERE* or of course your local counter. The eyeshadows come in at £17 each, the lipsticks are £19 a piece and the Broken Eye Gels will set you back £20.

*PR Sample

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  1. These eye looks are marvelous! If you used these products to do that, then I am impressed! Thanks for sharing.

  2. What an absolutely gorgeous collection from Illamasque, I am loving the look of the marbled lipsticks and the colours when used are gorgeous as well.

  3. The eyeshadows are defintely my favourite from the collection and enchantment just looks stunning. Love what you created xx

    Amina xx |

  4. So many beautiful colours!! Those lipsticks are especially beautiful!! :) I love the look you created with these and other products!! xx

  5. Bit of an interesting mix then, the eyeshadows do look appealing. I'd probably make an almighty mess with the gels - especially if they take a wee while to dry. I do like Illamasqua but I've had mixed results with them, so I'd have to get into the shop for a proper swatch at all the shades. Beautiful eye look!

    Honestly Aine

  6. My goodness everything looks amazing! I am a big fan of illamasqua and all of this is now on my wish list :D

  7. The Illamasque products sound great I love the 3 eyeshadow shades. The look you created is gorgeous I can imagine it can't be that easy to do but it really is stunning. I really love those colours.

  8. Oh wow, the whole collection is somehow managing to be a dark theme whilst at the same time being light...if that makes sense? Like the shades are darker but dazzling? I really like it, though I think I'd have to practice to get the look you've put together, which is amazing by the way. I think the eyeshadows at the very least are going on my Christmas list.

  9. That is an amazing eye look, your skills are through the roof girl! I need the Hoard eyeshadow in my life, it's unreal

  10. Oooh wow how gorgeous are all these items! I love the sparkly eyeshadows and the marbled lipsticks, I just wish I was good at applying make up!

  11. I love the look of the hoarde shadow, I love metallic style colours x

  12. So many wow products here - loving the superstitious eye shadow and those lush lipsticks :) x

  13. I have never tried Illamasqua before, but I would love to try the whole collection. Beautiful eyeshadows! :)

  14. I'm loving the eye shadows, superstitious and hoard are lovely colours. And you make up skills are incredible.

  15. I am in love with the shades! I love everything! I am checking out the silver eyeshadows. I guess will just purchase it online. - Anosa Malanga

  16. Your photos are stunning! I love the enchanted shade - looks perfect for a smoky eye x

  17. Wow I love what you've done with the shades - looks incredible! Those lipsticks look amazing. x

  18. What an interesting take on changing autumn colours - I adore that Superstitious eye colour and have a feeling my daughters will be clamouring for some of that glitter.

  19. Wow Wow WOW!!!! You look amazing!!! That eye look is just stunning, and Illamasqua really have outdone themselves with the broken eye gels. I am rubbish at doing my eyeshadow but would love to have this look. x

  20. Some gorgeous colours! I love the Hoard eyeshadow

  21. What an absolutely gorgeous collection! I've never tried Illamasqua before, but after seeing how fab their products look, I'm definitely going to have to pick some bits up soon :)

    Louise x

  22. Oh I love those marbled lipsticks! What a fun range.

  23. We like the look of the gold peachy undertones of Hoard and the lipsticks look awesome!

  24. I love all three of the eyeshadows - shimmering metallics are a favourite of mine!

  25. I've never actually tried any of their products but I am loving these eyeshadows, they're so pretty.

  26. This make up looks amazing! I love the lipstick with marble effect!

  27. My gosh those swatches and colors are absolutely stunning! I am in love with the variations. I definitely need to check their collection out. So versatile and vibrant.

  28. Wow, this is a really impressive eye makeup! I like the lipsticks - look very cool.


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