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Wednesday, 22 May 2013

wildcard: illamasqua esp

ILLAMASQUA ESP LIPSTICK review swatch photo
ILLAMASQUA ESP LIPSTICK review swatch photo
ILLAMASQUA ESP LIPSTICK review swatch photo
illamasqua esp lipstick: £16.50*

I bet you'd never thought you'd see me rocking a vivid purple lip? Not exactly a LLYMLRS trademark now is it! But for some reason I've been looking at it longingly all week and thought I might as well at least give it a wear. Thus a new category on my blog has been born. Wildcard. I tend to play it safe with the things I try out on this blog because I know what I like at the end of the day. I turn down things I know I personally won't like because I don't like to waste products. But I've decided it's time to give things a go that are a bit out of my comfort zone! Let's see how it all pans out!

Illamasqua ESP is a bright matte violet lipstick which is unlike anything I've ever seen before. Zoe always tells me about how much she loves Illamasqua Kontrol and how awesome purple lips are but lets face it. I'm hellla girly when it comes to makeup. I'm all about the natural eyes, slick flick of liner and a peachy pink lip. But all in the name of giving it a go, here is me in a purple lip. Makeup is all about experimentation right?

The colour itself is absolutely stunning, a bright purple. The formula is a very old fashioned chalky matte, very similar to another Illamasqua lipstick I recently reviewed. It's quite stiff if I'm being honest but I quite like matte formulas like this. You could probably get away with just patting it on rather than applying straight from the bullet. A gloss on top would also probably make this a little bit easier to wear too. I like the colour on my skintone and it does contrast well with my eyes. While I think it's something I could probably pull off in theory, I cant see it being something I'll be wearing all that often. In a strange way Illamasqua ESP is werable but I can tell you now that it's not going to be it be something that everyone is going to love. Hats off to Illamasqua for always being creative and innovative with their collections. Illamasqua Paranormal is on counters now.

60 comments

  1. It is a bit different but actually I really love it!
    It looks super cool.

    Kelly || DayDreamsDaisyChains.com

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  2. I like how it's kind of different! It suits you but I could never wear it without looking weird :) Great post!

    X Valérie
    scribblesofvalerie.com

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  3. I think it would be a good one for mixing with hot pinks, it would still look 'loud' but generally more wearable if straight up purple aint quite for you :) Gorgeous colour, anyway!

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  4. Love this, it has a kind of gothy vibe :)

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  5. Daring but it really suits you!

    xoxo
    fashionable-addict

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  6. Gorgeous colour, it looks lovely on you
    ♥ Filthy Fashion ♥

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  7. This actually really suits you! Your skin looks perfectttttttt btw x

    styleaffix.com

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  8. wow, i´t looks so sweet! ♥*_*

    Love it!

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  9. This is very different but it actually really really suits you! I love really deep purples, espesh in the winter! xx

    Abby | Beauty and a Blogger

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  10. Very unique! Looks good on you

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  11. I think this would have to be one of those 'wear-in-the-house-only' lipsticks although it looks so good on you! x

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  12. I would love to be able to pull off a purple lip, looks nice on you though :)

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  13. Surprised how nice this looks - not sure I could pull it off though! xx

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  14. Wow!!! What a gorgeous shade.. you totally do pull it off though, I reckon it'd look fab with a smoky eye. I love Illamasqua products! <3 xx

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  15. such a gorgeous shade, bit of a punchier alternative to macs up the amp.

    xx

    2wanderlust.blogspot.com

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  16. Its good to try something new every now and then. You may find that a bright lip looks better with a slick of clear gloss, you know to tone it down x

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  17. Oh wow, such an amazing shade! x


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  18. I actually really love the colour, don't think I could pull it off though!xx

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  19. I love a purple lip, this colour is gorgeous but for a more subtle purple lip I use mac's asian flower

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    B xx

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  20. Wow this is really different but it's actually really pretty!

    Jasmine | ohso-flawless.com

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  21. I could never wear a lipstick that shade! It looks very nice on you though! x
    Amy | http://amysbeautyjournal.blogspot.co.uk/

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  22. so unusual but you look great! where they heck would you wear it to though?!?!! xx

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  23. I would never of thought I'd see you wearing purple lipstick, you're right! But I like how it's different :)

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    Jamie ♥

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  24. Really nice! I've been looking for that perfect purple lipstick.

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  25. I love that Illamasqua don't follow the rules. I'm definitely more of a neutral girl myself but this actually looks awesome on you!
    And Katie / Beauty & Lifestyle x

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  26. Oh my, I actually really like this shade x

    Amy / srslylou.com

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  27. No way that I would ever wear this... But somehow you pull it off :-)

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  28. This looks amazing on you, it isn't something I would normally like but I actually do! xxx

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

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  29. I love this on you :D You pull it off fantastically, however, I know what you mean about not wearing it on a day to day basis.
    Amy xx
    A Little Boat Sailing

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  30. Looks great, but like you said, I just don't think it's a 'daily' colour, more of a fancy dress thing!

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  31. It's a pretty shade but out of my comfort zone. I don't think I'd be able to pull it off but it actually really suits you! xx

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  32. It looks really good on you! I am always scared to try a purple lip because I never know what it will be appropriate to wear it to! xx Rena
    Kiss and Make Up

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  33. That is such an awesome color! Super bright, but still wearable. It looks great on you.

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  34. This colour looks amazing i've always wanted to try purple lipstick but have been too much of a wimp!

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  35. You can wear almost everything <3

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  36. Been looking for this colour for so long, its lovely xx

    LongHairDontCare

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  37. I don't think I'm brave enough to wear this colour even though it looks super cool!
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  38. I love the colour, it suits you so well. Don't think I'd be brave enough to try and pull it off!

    Little Black Russian

    x

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  39. You definitely pull off the purple lip! Love it!

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  40. I bought this a couple of weeks ago and I love it! Sometimes it does drag a little on the lips with the formulation but I love the colour! You really suit it :)
    Rachelle x
    inspiredbytheretired.blogspot.co.uk

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  41. It looks really nice!! You can defo pull the purple off!! Xx

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  42. Very different but it actually really suits you. Ive been eyeing up a lilac lipstick from Lime Crime for a while and I just need to take the plunge. After trying Immodest from Illamasqua though, Im totally taken on this lipsticks so I might have to give this a swatch next time Im in Selfridges :)

    Victoria from In the Frow xx

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  43. wow!! It's a really bold, different colour. But it suits you so well! You definitely pull it off! You should really wear this often. :)

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  44. Absolutely love this on you!
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    S xx

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  45. This is a very different and daring colour but it looks really amazing on :) and it doesn't look wacky or 'out there' at all. Something we're not used to, but just lovely xx

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  46. perfect for festival season, can it be pay day already please?!

    Lemonade Lifestyle xx

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  47. Now here's a lip colour I never thought I'd see you wear, and you look amazing!! Really suits you! x

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  48. This colour looks amazing on you, I'm slightly tempted myself!
    :)

    Emily / Glittery Teacups

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  49. Love that colour! I've been very into purple lips lately too. You should try Underworld lipstick by Illamasqua, a gorgeous purple with a pink/blue duochrome. Very different!
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  50. That looks so nice, it's crazy the difference a lip colour can have on a whole outfit! x

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  51. I love this on you! I'm obsessed with bright oranges at the moment!
    xoxo

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  52. Love this, Branching out! Cant wait for future blog posts!

    Pipp xx
    http://pippjones281190.blogspot.co.uk

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  54. Ohhh I love you branching out to something more 'out there'! Keep experimenting and post it on blogs, we definitely love it! X

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