Hi!! This is a quick but rambling review of my Illamasqua Sirens Quad. Please bear in mind that: 1. This is the first time I am using it, and 2. This review is just my own opinion! :) With that out of the way, let's get started:
Cost: 29 pounds, and can be bought at the website here. * They ship internationally, of course. 8 pounds flat per order. I guess you can do combined sprees to share the shipping costs (I suppose there is a weight limit) etc...The ordering process is quite easy, and fuss free, and the delivery is fast, I think it took about a week for the package to arrive, and if you recall my haul entry, is super cute. One thing though, the color swatch on the site is useless, you need to use a bit of your imagination, go on a whim, choose the color which has a cute name, or watch the YT videos out there talking and showing these products (even so, you know how the lighting can play tricks and colors don't show up etc). So... be bold, and be a risk taker, you will be rewarded! :)
This is the product description:
Be bold. Be beautiful. Be a Siren every day. Our Sirens 4-Colour Powder Eye Shadow Palette contains four glorious, highly pigmented shades that capture the essence of the collection. Create lasting looks that express your inner goddess from dusk ‘til dawn.
Colors: 2 blue/teal shades, and 2 neutral shades. The neutral shades are shimmery, while the teal shades are matte, which is very interesting, because all my teal colors are shimmery.
In terms of pigmentation: Yes, they are pigmented. I won't say SUPER crazy pigmented, but if you apply the usual eyeshadow base, and apply the colors using a patting on method, you can easily achieve the true color of the eyeshadow in the pan. And if you want really POPPING colors, I suggest using a color base like a paintpot or one of those crayon/shadesticks product in matching colors.
Blendability (?): In terms of blending, I think the matte shades are easier to blend than other matte eyeshadows I have used before. The matte shadows don't look chalky, or powdery/flaky, you know what I mean. Very soft, and goes on smoothly. The powder is also very finely milled. The shimmery shades are even easier to blend, esp the dark brown shade. And the pale gold shade looks yellow in the pan, but is more whitish when applied on the eyes, which makes it great for highlighting.
A little bonus: As I was using the eyeshadows, I smell something like vanilla, very fragrant. And I sniffed the palette, and hey.... it actually has a smell! :) Nice surprise.
Bonus: The mirror inside the palette is super big, and you can practically do your whole makeup by looking into the mirror.
Versatility (I checked the spelling of this word it's correct but looks weird to me): You can do neutral looks, or smokey dark blue looks, or like what I have done here, mix everything together! Ha ha. So, great as a starter palette, try out 4 colours at one time with this relatively new makeup brand.
Hmmm. What else can I say?? If you have any more questions, leave me a comment, I will try to explain.
Here is the look I came up with.
On my cheeks: I used PANIC powder blush, which is a bright red cheek color, and the pigmentation on this is SUPER DUPER UBER pigmented!! My MAC 131 brush comes to the rescue. You can also use a fan brush or a 187, 188 brush to pick up just the tiniest amount of product, and blend the hell out of the color on your cheeks---it is super easy to blend, and makes you glow. I love this color!
I also used a little Porcelain Pink msf for some cheeks highlight.
Lips: I used Extra Amps dazzleglass.
On a side note, I have mentioned in my previous post, that I mixed my NC15 studio sculpt foundation (which looks a little too bright in day light) with the MUFE HD liquid foundation which was too dark for me, and I am really happy with the results! Now I have a perfect match! :)
For other my look which features Illamasqua products esp the Intense Lipgloss, click here.
This brand is going to retail in US Sephora soon, and I hope very soon we might see this at our local counters too! If not, online shopping is the way to go. My next lemming from Illamasqua? Their cream foundations and I have already decided on my shade (thanks to gossmakeupartist -Wayne's breakdown of shades and comparison to MAC ones, I think I am a CF120 or 115, can't remember).
Final words: If you want to try something from Illamasqua, start with their blushers (amazing range of colors), and lipgloss (both intense and sheer textures). I heard Katie powder blush is a really pretty Pink blush!
That's all, and hope you find this entry helpful!