I had always wanted to try Illamasqua lipsticks and Atomic was one shade that I was always attracted to.
Illamasqua Atomic is a bright warm pink but with a frosty purple sheen. It’s described as a fuchsia violet which is quite accurate but it’s on the warmer side. I’d say it’s one of the few frosty lipsticks in my collection. But I don’t think it looks tacky like the very pearlescent frosty ones. The sheen is purple or pink depending on the lighting and it looks amazing, there’s also some shimmer in there.
Now for some comparisons. The lipstick is quite unique and I don’t have dupes for it. I thought Revlon Wild Orchid would be similar because of the purple sheen but actually, you can see (below) that it’s more cool toned, it’s completely different. Mac Lickable comes close as a base colour to Atomic while Mac Girl About Town is a bit more cool toned. Maybelline Colorsensational Vivids in Vivid Rose is also warm but brighter than Atomic while Hot Plum is just way too purple.
The lipstick is very pigmented and super bright. One or two swipes is enough to get opaque true colour. These aren’t very hard on the lips either. While there is some tugging, they are a bit creamy. I’d rate it similar to the Mac Retro Matte finishes.
While it may look matte initially, it’s more of a satin finish. The lipstick is a bit drying overtime and you do need good lips to get away with it. While it doesn’t settle into lines, I feel like it emphasizes the texture of your lips rather than smoothening it out. This lipstick gets a lower rating from me mainly because of this. It also feels a bit heavy to wear.
The lipsticks is very long lasting, can easily be worn for 8 hours. You can also blot and apply if you want it to last through meals and be transfer proof. I think it’s the kind of colour that will look great for weddings, diwali or just special occasions in general.
The Illamasqua packaging is really sleek and sturdy. Maybe two years ago I would have given this a higher rating, but with more affordable and better semi matte and satin formulas out there, this one feels a bit below the mark when it comes to comfort and texture.
Buying this wouldn’t be a bad purchase becuase you do overall get a great lipstick with a very unique colour. You get 4ml of product for around Rs. 1400 or $22. You can buy this from Illamasqua.com or ASOS, links given below.
Photos and swatches!
L-R | Illamasqua – Atomic | Revlon Super Lustrous – Wild Orchid | Mac – Girl About Town | Mac – Lickable | Maybelline Colorsensational Vivids – Hot Plum | Maybelline Colorsensational Vivids – Vivid Rose
Brand : Illamasqua
Colour : Bright frosty pink
Product Amount : 4ml
Pigmentation : Full in one swipe
Consistency : Creamy and thin
Finish and Texture : Creamy with sheen
Durability : Lasts 6-7 hours.
Fragrance : –
Shelf Life : 18 months
Price : $22 ~ Rs. 1400
Overall : 3.5/5