I worked my little blogger socks off to get this post out today, but it was a serious pleasure to take photos of this beautiful new collection from Illamasqua. I genuinely mean it too. Sacred Hour, like all the other Illamasqua collections, is just so well thought out – from the different products right down to the launch and the marketing – which makes each new collection captivating for makeup lovers and new Illamasqua customers alike. Anyway … here are my picks – which I bought in case anyone was wondering – and my first impressions of the Sacred Hour.
Being the keen Twitter user that I am, I found out the Illamasqua Selfridge Exchange Square were having a VIP launch event on Friday. Since the collection isn’t appearing everywhere else until the 19th August *gasp* of course I had to go. So before I start this post, a massive thank you to the talented team for such a lovely evening! If you’re ever in doubt to go to Illamasqua events, don’t be, they’re awesome.
Now on to the collection itself. The Sacred Hour collection is based all around the power of crystals, particularly Amethyst, and dusk and dawn which are the key times we put makeup on. It’s all about the giving of and spreading of power, and the campaign images are all very powerful, yet still feminine looks with sculpted features and some truly epic brows.
In total I bought 6 pieces from the collection, waging war on my bank account, so I’ll take you through them one by one.
The Reflection Palette
Pretty much the key piece in the collection, the Reflection Palette contains four beautiful, earthy colours. They’re the same formula as the Paranormal Palette which leads on from the last collection very nicely. They seem to be slightly more intense than the Paranormal shades, but you can still use them at different intensities depending on how you apply them. There are so many possibilities with this palette it makes my brain hurt. I’m just hoping none of the colours make a break from the pan!
Colours (clockwise from top left): Precipice, Acute, Graphica, Dart.
Skin Base Lift in White Light
These are a new addition to Illamasqua’s product range. The Skin Base Lifts come in various shades, depending on whether you want to highlight or contour and make up the Skin Base Trinity of Hydra Veil, Skin Base and the new Lifts. They’re much creamier than the CC concealers and blend seamlessly into the skin, perfect to use with my much loved Blending Brush!
Velvet Blushers Peaked & Sleek
These two were so damn gorgeous I had to buy them both. For the blog. They’re another new product to Illamasqua and are a new texture of blusher that goes cream to powder. Peaked and Sleek are equally beautiful used on their own, or layered over one another. They look stunning on so my skin tones too, I can imagine them looking especially amazing on super pale skin. I forgot to take photos of Sleek before I used it, so I’m sorry for the brush marks.
Lush 3F20 False Lashes
So it was a toss up between false lashes and the new nail varnish shade, now I wish I’d actually bought both. However, that said, I am glad that I bought these as I’ve definitely got more nail varnishes than false lashes, a part of my collection that needs to catch up with the rest. The band on these lashes is so fine, that I’m convinced they’ll be super comfy to wear, maybe not your every day lash but certainly great for an extra dramatic night out look.
Lipstick in Shard
Now we all know I love a good lipstick, Shard fits the bill perfectly. Another new colour, which looks amazing when you layer it with Peaked Velvet Blusher. This collection is all about the ‘bitten’ lip look, so while this colour can be worn full on, you can also use it concentrated in the centre of the lip and sheer around the edges. On the staff and in the demos we were shown it just looked gorgeous.
This was a very picture heavy post, but I hope you enjoyed it and it helped you to get an idea of the Sacred Hour Collection! The collection is available in Selfridges Illamasqua Counters and everywhere else later on in the month.
Which Sacred Hour piece is your favourite?