Illamasqua S.O.P.H.I.E: review and swatches

illamasqua sophie2Illamasqua ‘Sophie’ powder blush

Illamasqua further reduced prices of items on sale and I broke down and got the S.O.P.H.I.E powder blusher (hereafter ‘Sophie’). Described as ‘golden coral shimmer’, on me it is decidedly pink.


illamasqua sophie4Illamasqua Sophie, freshly applied

I blew on my blush and tapped away the glitter, so you don’t see any in the photo.Yes, it is possible to do away with the glitter, should that be your preference. The lasting power is quite acceptable, although that is the case for most blushes on me. Sophie is powdery, even more so than other Illamasqua powder blushes I’ve tried.

 illamasqua sophie3Sophie, eight hours later

Orange, juicy orange

Orange is one of my favorite makeup color. Orange and coral and turquoise and olive…..

A couple of my other Illamasqua possessions are ‘Temper’ intense lip gloss (“bright tangerine orange”) and ‘Apex’ powder compact eyeshadow.

illamasqua apex temper

Temper intense lip gloss on the left; Apex eyeshadow on the right

My Temper arrived with a horribly splayed brush, and that is why it does not get as much loving as it should from me. It is bright and fun, though very sticky. It is more orange in real life than my picture depicts below.

Apex was bought to be used as blush. I love that it is compact, and that the lasting powder is great. It does not turn terracotta on me provided I do not blend it too much (I use a tapping motion for application). It’s currently on sale for £5. If you are lacking an orange-red blush, go grabby.


illamasqua apex temper3

Illamasqua Androgen Cream Pigment

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.

comparison calypso coral androgenLeft: Bobbi Brown ‘Calypso Coral’; Right: Illamasqua ‘Androgen’


Left Bobbi Brown Calypso Coral Right Illamasqua AndrogenLeft: Bobbi Brown ‘Calypso Coral’; Right: Illamasqua ‘Androgen’

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.