Illamasqua has always been a brand that has intrigued me as I think it really stands out from all the other make up brands currently on the market. The brand is daring and bold and does something that nobody else can really quite achieve; it for me certainly stands out from the crowd.
I’ve always wanted to try something from the brand so when they did a big sale not so long back I ordered myself a couple of things to try, it would have been rude not to. One of the items I ordered was the Illamasqua Eye Liner Cake in the shade Mislead, a nice simple black.
Mislead is a simple black liner that is used by activating the dry pigment with water or sealing gel. This for me was a completely new concept as I had never heard of using any eye liner product in this way before. The product itself is completely dry in the pan whereby if you pop your fine liner brush into some water and then proceed to place this within the product it works up into a black paste liquid allowing you to create a smooth intense black line across your eyelid.
I currently use water as my activation method as I thought I would try that before purchasing the sealing gel, I do find that this works fine for me and that it lasts pretty well throughout the day. However, I would like to try the sealing gel just to see if there is any difference in longevity or indeed in the way it looks. I’ve read some very good things about the sealing gel therefore my interest is growing.
I use my Real Techniques Fine Liner Brush for applying my eye liner and I have to say…why has this not been mentioned before on any blog I’ve ever read? It’s such a good brush and cost me around £6, bargain!
I originally purchased Eye Liner Cake because I had found that my current gel liner had dried up and had gone beyond usable therefore the idea of this product really did appeal to me as I knew I would be able to use it for quite a long time seeing that it was already a dry product. I wanted to get something from a higher end brand as black liner is something I use on a daily basis therefore I wanted to get something ‘nice’ if that makes sense. I have to say I’m so impressed with this product as for me it applies so nicely, it wears well and does not smudge, a perfect eye liner product. My only issue that I have found is that it can bleed ever so slightly; this may however be down to me using a little too much water, perhaps I need to be making the paste thicker which is where I think the sealing gel would come into play.