Illamasqua Excite Powder Blush and Sonnet Lipstick Swatches

Illamasqua Powder Blush in Excite ($23)

Excite looks scary in the pan, but it applies quite well.

This blush is extremely pigmented, so apply it with a light hand and blend it out.

Sonnet is a gorgeous blush. Don't let the color in the pan scare you. Applied with a light hand, it can work its way into your daily makeup. You will not look like a carrot, I promise. The blush is actually a little less orange and more pink than I had anticipated. That isn't to say Sonnet isn't orange. It is a bright, bold orange blush. It is very well pigmented, so apply very lightly and blend away. Just a graze of this product will give you more color than your regular blusher.

Illamasqua Lipstick in Sonnet

Sonnet is a pale, nude peach.

Swatches beautifully, but pretty unforgiving on the lips.

Sonnet will emphasize lines and dryness.

Illamasqua Sonnet Lipstick topped with Lancome Juicy Tubes in Touched by Light

I am normally a big fan of Illamasqua lipsticks, but this shade did not work for my unkempt lips. It has a matte finish and reminds me of Revlon's nude attitude, except Sonnet is peachier, less orange, and applies smoother. Although this lipstick is not for me, I have seen it look very good on others, like on Sophia from Makeup Blogette.

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  1. i would love to try that blush! would look nice with my brown complexion :D


  2. Vonnie,
    Oh, I think it would look fantastic with your complexion!

  3. I've been wanting to try a bold blush. This one looks good!

  4. Laura,
    It's a great blush and I definitely recommend it.

  5. oh Excite looks quite scary in the pan and heavily swatched - does it look natural when blended out?

    I've got the cream blushes in Dixie, Rude and Seduce that I need to get around to review sometime this week. Love the natural glowiness they give :)

  6. You can definitely blend it out naturally!