Illamasqua Precision Gel Eyeliner

Illamasqua, oh how you have been a brand on my radar for so long, but like a unrequited love story you have never quite come within my grasp. I was very pleased to get my mucky paws on some of Illamasqua's new Paranormal range recently when their super sweet PR lady contacted me, literally how could you say no? Like a massive stick in the mud I always want to hate higher end brands, mainly because I'm  a connoisseur of the more frugal things in life. I can often be over critical of things that cost more and weigh up their worth in a very complex way (in my head) which weighs up pro's and con's and analyses things in a ridiculous way. I guess that's why I blog and people read it, I always share an honest and well rounded opinion! Illamasqua are a brand on my radar for a few reasons though, they come across as high end without the pretension. They celebrate individuality and are a cult beauty brand everyone can relate to in their numerous collections and constant array of innovative product arrivals. It's all getting a whimsical now, I digress, let's focus on one of the products I got to try, which is the Illamasqua Precision Gel Eyeliner.


I'm a die hard fan of liquid eyeliner, I wear it every single day and feel completely bare without it on. I would happily go without foundation as long as I had my trusty eyeliner (that's actually a lie, do not ever take my foundation away from me please). Whenever I have tried other variants of eyeliner I'm left disappointed and it is left in a drawer collection dust. From pencils, to fibre pens, to pots - it all just get disregarded after the second try. The Illamasqua Precision Gel Eyeliner though, oh you sweet little baby of mine. I've worn this every day since I've had it. It's the blackest, slickest gel eyeliner I have ever tried. It is incredibly pigmented and applies so smooth. I've been applying it with the brush I got from the dreadfully crap Maybelline pot of eyeliner I got ages ago - which was awful. It was dry, it was clumpy, it was just a waste of money. I did think it may have been the brush but this proves it wasn't. Although I do need to invest in a proper brush though as I'm not getting an overly precise line at the moment, but the formula is so smooth you can easily make a lovely slick line even with a rubbish brush! You can also build up the colour, so sometimes (due to lack of practise) I do apply it a bit too sheer, but another layer and I'm good to go. The downside for me is that it doesn't come with a brush included BUT saying that you often find when brushes are included they're sub quality and you end up buying one anyway, so it's swings and roundabouts I guess! You get a generous pot of the eyeliner too which would last for, gosh I don't know.... a YEAR? You need so little and it applies so well. As you can see from the above image you only need to gather the smallest amount on your brush.


Retailing for £18 I would usually never consider spending so much on a make up item, but...oh what a big BUT, taking in to account how long this will last, how amazing the quality is, how important eyeliner is to my every day make up routine, how brilliant it is in comparison to the numerous others I've tried; it's definitely something I would purchase again. Oh and on a different note, it took me a good few months of trying to pronounce 'Illamasqua' when reading it (coming to all kinds of hilariously inaccurate conclusions) so in case you are wondering, it's apparently pronounced 'Ill - ah - mask - ah'.... Terri Lowe, stating the obvious since 1985.

Now can someone recommend me a brush pleaaaaaaaaaase?

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19 Comments:

  1. I'd love to try this, it sounds fantastic!

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    1. It's awesome, you'd love it. I'd expect it would be extremely good at some fancy pants effects!

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  2. Can't believe you couldn't pronounce it ;)
    They are fast becoming my fav makeup brand. The lipsticks are amazing!

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    1. I have a lipstick too but haven't tried it yet! I'd better crack it out.

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  3. A month ago I didn't own any Illamasqua products. Now I own 4 lipsticks and a foundation. Colour me a massive bloody fan!

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    1. Haha! I feel that once you've tried them you never go back. I love their nail varnishes!! I want MORE.

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  4. I struggled with name too for a while. Looks like a good eyeliner, I've still got a lot of my mac one left at the moment though.
    xx

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    1. If your MAC one is anything like this I bet it's lasted for ages! I've hardly made a dent using it every day.

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  5. This looks like a fantastic product. The only product I've tried from Illamasqua was their sparkly powder meant to make any shadow glittery. I'm always eyeing their makeup at Sephora! Just found your blog and I'm loving it. Looks so cute and love the design! New follower :-)
    www.justinasgems.com

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    1. Oooh that sounds interesting! If I wore eye shadow I'd give that a whirl haha. Aw thank you!

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  6. Looks amazing! I'm a big eyeliner fan too, I use kohl in day and liquid for going out! Love the feline flick.

    Where do you buy illamasqua products? I've only ever heard of it via blogs x


    http://hipslikecinders.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. You can get them from online or they have counters in Selfridges I think. There's an actual store near Soho too!

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  7. This looks really great, I ended up binning that brush from Maybelline as I found it really hard to use! I picked up the Real Techniques eye-liner brush which cost £6 I think roughly to use instead. I unfortunately haven't tried it yet but it can be no worse than that pesky Maybelline one, may be worth trying to find some reviews online? :)
    Amy xx
    A Little Boat Sailing

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    1. I think the Maybelline brush might be OK it's the combination of that and the awful product that makes it bad! Although I'm sure others are going to be better! It does seem a little cheap.

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  8. This looks amazing! I also really didn't like the Maybelinne gel eyeliner, it faded so quickly on me and the brush was just an absolute nightmare! This sounds lovely, I've also heard great things about the MAC and Bobbi Brown gel eyeliners, but now I'm definitely tempted to try this. It looks so great on you!
    xx

    http://crookedteethxo.blogspot.be

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    1. Someone else has mentioned the MAC one! When this one runs out (some time in 3 years at this rate) I will have to have a look at it!

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  9. I've been using their skin base foundation which is fantastic and have a few of their brushes!

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    1. I'm pretty impressed with everything so far!!

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