Product Review: Illamasqua Powder Blush in Naked Rose

by Gio

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Name: Powder Blush in Naked Rose
Brand: Illamasqua
Size: 4.5g
Price: $26.00

From Illamasqua’s website:
Illuminate, radiate, make your face come alive with the colour and drama of Illamasqua Powder Blusher. Colour-intense and highly pigmented, use it to shade, brighten, enhance and define the shape of your face.

What I liked:
– excellent colour payoff
– almost matte finish that doesn’t look dull
– versatile, it is suitable for most looks, occasions and skintones
– smooth texture blends like a dream
– great staying power

What I didn’t like:
– pale princesses need to apply this with a very light hand

Naked Rose, a medium rosy pink shade with slightly blue undertones and an almost matte finish, is not a shade you would expect from a sassy and edgy brand like Illamasqua. Just look at it in its chic but quirky warped square-shaped compact. It looks so sweet and innocent, doesn’t it?

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And yet, it packs up quite a punch, as I discovered at my expense. The first time I used it, I simply picked up a bit of product with a big fluffy brush, like I always do, swirled it on my cheeks and, next thing you knew, a clown was staring back at me in the mirror.

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Luckily, the blush has a soft, smooth and finely-milled texture that blends like a dream, so with a bit of patience and blending (and a wipe), I managed to tone it down somewhat. But lesson learned. Never assume that just because a colour looks tame, it actually is. Especially if it is from Illamasqua.

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Of course, my skin is very pale. If you’re a dark diva, a swipe may be subtle for you. But for most skintones in between, its pigmentation is just right. The shade too, will suit most occasions. When applied right, it gives a neutral pink flush to the cheeks that beautifully complements both a natural look for school or work or a bold and dramatic one for a night out.

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And you won’t need to retouch it throughout the day. On my dry cheeks, it stays put for about 9 hours. Then, it starts to fade slowly and subtly.

Illamasqua Powder Blush in Naked Rose is a versatile, neutral pink shade that is suitable for most looks, occasions and skintones. It has excellent colour payoff and staying power and a smooth texture that’s very easy to blend.

Rating: 4.5/5

Disclaimer: My friend Janessa gave me this product. In addition, the review contains an affiliate link. For more information, please see my disclaimer.

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Trisha December 16, 2013 - 6:55 pm

I love this color. It’s beautiful!

beautifulwithbrains December 16, 2013 - 10:48 pm

Trisha, it is indeed.

Icaria December 18, 2013 - 11:41 am

Ooooh I like this! I still haven’t tried anything from this brand, in fact I haven’t had the chance to stop by their new downtown counter yet. I guess I’m a little afraid at the damage it could do to my wallet! 🙂

beautifulwithbrains December 18, 2013 - 9:39 pm

Icaria, Illamasqua is a dangerous brand indeed for any wallet. I love their blushes, they are pigmented and blend easily. And this shade is really lovely.

kuri December 19, 2013 - 3:31 pm

How very pretty!
And I love that blue/purple eyeliner!

Gio December 19, 2013 - 9:13 pm

Kuri, it is very pretty indeed.

That’s Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Ransom. I love how bright it is.


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