Initially I was drawn to all the nude and pink / coral shade lipsticks, as they're my favourites, but nothing seemed to stand out as being all that different from colours I already owned, and as I hadn't spent any time researching I didn't want to get home and find I'd bought a dupe.
I picked up the shade text because it seemed like a really lovely wearable warm lip colour, not nude, but neutral all the same. On my first time wearing this, I had some quite dark eye makeup on and a brownish blush, and the lipstick appeared like a bit of a sludgey brown on me. I think I applied it a bit too thickly too, and this left me feeling pretty disappointed and annoyed with myself for grabbing this on impulse! Not one to be defeated, I gave it another go with lighter makeup colours and a lighter hand for application, and it came out very differently, and I liked it. It must have been a very grey day when I tried it before and felt that it was showing up as a brown - in proper daylight it's a really rosey sort of nude which also leans towards some peachy tones too and I think it really suits me.
The lipstick has a fairly matte finish, but with a slight creaminess too, so it's not over-drying, but my lips do need to be in good condition to wear this. Because of the semi-matte finish it's fairly long lasting - I get a good few hours from one application. This colour and finish also works really well with a nude gloss over the top too - I've been teaming it with a MAC cremesheen in a nude colour if I fancy my lips a bit glossier.
This lipstick costs £15.50 and you can pick it up direct from Illamasqua here.
I don't recommend choosing a new lipstick shade on a whim and in a complete rush, but luckily this time that method turned out okay for me!
I have a feeling this won't be the only Illamasqua lippie in my collection for long - which colours do you recommend I try next?