Illamasqua’s summer sale on its UK website has been going on for a few weeks, and actually I’m not surprised it’s still on. There isn’t much good stuff. It’s the last week of the sale though, so if you haven’t already, go check it out. There is free international shipping for a minimum purchase of £50.
For myself, I got the cream pigment in ‘Androgen’ and the cream blusher in ‘Seduce’, mostly to quiet that inner voice telling me it is a good deal. Surprisingly given the height of postal traffic nearing Eid, my order arrived very quickly. This review is for Androgen.
Below is a comparison with Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge ‘Calypso Coral’ (an old version when it was still in the pot). Obviously they are quite different, with Calypso Coral being redder and with a dewy finish. Incidentally, my Calypso Coral is probably more than four years old, and it’s holding up quite well. I don’t use it often, but periodically I wipe off the top layer and drench it in alcohol for a few seconds. i do this randomly to all my cream blushes and old(er) lipsticks, to extend their life a bit. The ideal solution, of course, is to have a dedicated makeup fridge.
Androgen is quite a lovely orange-y coral. It is solid to the touch, creamy upon swipe of a finger, easily blended and dries quite matte. Its lasting power on my oily skin is quite good with primer.
I also quite like it on the lips; there is a mod feel to the color. Androgen is also lovely layered under gloss. I haven’t tried it on the eyelids, but I think this would be a good base for peach, lighter browns, and orange eyeshadows. Will need to try that soon.
When I bought it, Androgen was priced at £10. Now it’s down to £7.50. For such a fun and versatile product, I think it’s one of the best values you can find in Illamasqua’s current summer sale.