I shouldn’t forget to talk about this brand before this lovely item I was given in a swap gets old. I’m pretty excited to use this for the right occasion.
I was sent this Illamasqua Pure Pigment eyeshadow in my international swap with Charlotte of Lipglossiping. Illamasqua Marvel is a lovely loose yellow-gold pigment. The product is made in 1st World uber quality-obsessed nation, Germany.
The easiest description of Illamasqua would be this. To me, Illamasqua is somewhat like the Urban Decay of the UK, a sought after, edgy cosmetic line, albeit a more classy, artistic, professional, and expensive, and less constrained to the youth in terms of demographic market. The pigment comes in a mineral-makeup setup container, sealed for your protection.
The quality of this pigment goes unquestioned, although I am admittedly less inclined to reach for loose pigment for my eyes on a normal day I have to say that this eyeshadow is absolutely gorgeous. Marvel is super finely milled, soft, golden and vivid as you can see in this swatch.
Marvel is a powerful satin metallic, not a sparkly shade, a fine shimmery shade without a lot of glint catching the light.
The dramatically deep brand has a richer cultural history in stage, artistry, and society under its wing, including a link to its older brand cousin Kryolan, a bowed-to, no-nonsense mega brand in the professional makeup world in stage and film specifically. The Illamasqua brand is also backed by a strong sense of philosophy and racial tolerance. I personally do not align myself with the brand’s tolerance of hedonism and existential philosophy but I do have to say their products are among the best in cosmetic quality. To understand more about Illamasqua’s history and brand philosophy watch this video.