24 Mar 2011

Illamasqua Toxic Nature Spring/Summer 2011 Collection

Today I've got some product swatches and pictures from the new Illamasqua collection - Toxic Nature. The promo images really caught my eye, looking almost plastic and doll like. Amazingly, this is all makeup, not digital wizardry! I am always stunned by the work of Alex Box. (As an aside, I've purchased and reviewed her makeup book here on my Youtube channel if you're interested to see more of her work.)

The collection includes cream pigments, lipsticks, lipglosses, a liquid eyeliner and nail polishes. I'll give you the liberty of checking out the whole collection, prices and what's coming out on the Illamasqua website here.

Here are some pictures and my first impressions of some of the products.

Above you see Atomic Lipstick, Torture Sheer Lipgloss, and Glister Precision Ink. My favorite of these three is definitely Atomic - this color is just stunning! An intense fuchsia cool pink with an ever so subtle blue pearl. This is so flattering for your teeth because it makes them look whiter! I'll definitely be rocking this color in the summer. Torture is a nice orange lipgloss leaning ever so slightly to the coral side, another great summer color. As a bonus, this lipgloss has a pleasant, fruity sweet taste.

From this set, I was not so impressed with the color choice of Glister Precision Ink. As I've demonstrated in a previous post here, the Precision Inks are amazingly long-lasting liquid eyeliners with a felt tip, so the staying power is great. But the color just didn't entice me - somehow I doubt I'm going to reach for this product as much. It just doesn't scream "summer" to me. I would have loved to see a purple, or a teal, or something like that.

 Illamasqua Cream Pigments (left to right)
Back row: Delerium, Hollow, Emerge
Front Row: Dab, Mould

These cream pigments remind me a little of the Makeup Forever Flash Palette, if you are familiar with that. They are water-resistant and have a matte finish, and can be used for for various things: blush, lipstain, eyeshadows, or even contouring. They are creamy but not overly so to the point of being slick and moving all over the place, which I think is a great improvement than some of the Liquid Metals I have tried from Illamasqua. I absolutely love these for using below eyeshadows, but I still apply something like Urban Decay Primer Potion underneath. I am really looking forward to using these more in the future, so far I have used Dab and Hollow the most, but am very anxious to combine Mould with an intense dark eye makeup. The colors are all quite wearable, whereas similar products from Kryolan or Makeup Forever are more bright and bold.

Left to Right: Hollow, Emerge, Delerium, Dab, Mould

All in all I think this is a very versatile collection. There are a few bright and intense pieces, and also some more subtle and neutral shades to cater to a variety of tastes. I also think it's great that some of the more neutral shades can definitely be worn into fall and winter as well - not that you can't wear bright pink lipstick in the winter too!

What do you think of this collection? Has anything peaked your interest?

Items were sent to me for review by Illamasqua.


  1. This collection is so gorgeous, I want 'Flare' lipstick (orange is probably not the smartest decision for me, but who cares;)) and Delerium, Mould and Dab cream pigments. Precision Ink really disappointed me, I thought about something lighter than what I see...

  2. Die Promobilder sehen so heftig aus, aber total genial.
    Leider kann ich kein Engelish, hoffe aber dennoch du kannst mir sagen was für ein Produkt die Farbe Mould ist.

    Liebe Grüße,

  3. Anonymous3:14 pm

    I like the colors but the looks on the photos are really weird.

  4. Anonymous4:41 pm

    Atomic, Radium and Bacterium cought my eye.
    I just love the name of the collection and the product names :)

  5. Anonymous5:11 pm

    the colors are aaaaamazing and the pics...... even more so. WOW.... I want some now!!!

  6. everything looks great! from the pictures to the cream shadows. The lipstick shade is to die for!!!! I imagine paring it with a rocker chick eye makeup :)

  7. I could totally see myself using those cream pigments as lipsticks, hell yeah. So gorgeous :)

  8. OH I'm in love with the promo pictures for this collection and wish it was cheaper to ship to the US because I desprately want hallow. Nikkie from Nikkie tutorials said it's great to contour fair skin and I want it lol
    great review as always

  9. I can only dream about the Atomic Lipstick

  10. I want that hot pink lipstick.... O.O

  11. great makeup products!!!

  12. Hello Julia! I was wondering if you could do a tutorial on something special :) In Norway this time of year is carneval-time, and I would love to "dress up" like a sugar scull! Could you please do a tutorial on this?
    I especially love Sylvia Ji's paintings of women with sugar scull makeup! (google it and you'll see what I mean)
    Would you please consider it?

    Greetings from Katrine

  13. Anonymous7:24 pm

    Alex Box is so extremly talented, the pictures look so great and nearly unrealistic. It's really fascinating what you can do with make up, maybe you could do a tutorial on one of the images, maybe the third one? :)

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  15. Love it! Thanks for this :) I'm absolutely in love with their new spring line but not so in love with the fact that I don't know where to get it here in Canada...

    Have a great one! x http://xnta.blogspot.com/

  16. Loving that top promo image

  17. Hi! I just discovered your blog and I love it, I'm your newest follower.

  18. WOW these girl looks like she's from some SF movie.Anyway, she looks great with those beautifully collors.
    Thanks for this post.

  19. Hi there.

    I wanna thank you for your post.Looks very interesting. I like mostly those girls, they are just like some puppets. Very nice.

  20. awesome post!=P
    it´s really nice

    follow u now =D

  21. I have a suggestion for make-up demonstration, if you're still doing inspirational videos of famous cities, each having fun with make-up video that was inspired by Amsterdam. Given that holland has so much beautiful flowers, and in the world of flowers are there so many colors you can play around with.
    You can use makeup from Illamasqua, for it would be really cool, at least not super stylish.

  22. Those looks would be awesome for Halloween! Illamasqua colors are so pigmented - gotta love it

  23. omg I love mould, Consider my interest peaked.


  24. Anonymous9:44 pm

    hey misschievious could you make a zombie/dead person look? like the dead ansestors on the adddams family!! PLEASE i would love it!! well i am in a dance competition and i dont know how to do that. i am just an ansestor.
    PLEASE!! :)