Saturday, July 7, 2012

Illamasqua Naked Rose powder blusher review + swatches

         Despite the futuristic promotional photos for Illamasqua's Naked Strangers Summer 2012 collection, the colors are quite tame. I picked up two items from the Naked Strangers collection: Illamasqua Zygomatic cream blusher (reviewed here) and Illamasqua Naked Rose powder blusher. Illamasqua Naked Rose in particular has me thinking more English country garden than gladiator chic. The name is spot on. It's like a rose, exposed.


        The packaging is a warped square, which coincides with their out-of-the-box take on makeup. In the sunlight, you can see a cool prism effect from the lid. The blush texture is smooth, very pigmented, and easy to pick up.

         Illamasqua Naked Rose is a light-medium matte neutral rose color. The pigmented color definitely shows up on my medium skin. Naked Rose is more in the clean flowery family of colors, as opposed to Illamasqua Zygomatic (reviewed here), which had beige tones. You can see it has very little peach, when  compared to NARS Deep Throat. You can see how light and summery it is when compared to NARS Oasis (reviewed here), a dusky pink champagne. I wish I still had Bobbi Brown Desert Rose (see swatch here); I think it might have been quite similar!


          The Illamasqua Naked Strangers collection might have been theatrical, however Illamasqua Naked Rose is quite tame. It's wearable, versatile, and would work with so many looks, including futuristic power femme. After all, a rose by any other name would look just as sweet.

        Thanks for reading! Have you tried Illamasqua Naked Rose or any other Illamasqua blushes? (I've wanted Katie for a while now). What is your favorite rose toned blush?

Love, Dovey.

Made in Germany
Illamasqua Naked Rose Powder Blush Ingredients: Talc, Dimethylimidazolidinone Rice Starch, Mica, Aqua (Water), Magnesium Myristate, Propylene Glycol, Octyldodecanol, Isopropyl Myristate, Glyceryl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Peg-150, Silica, Ricinus Communis Oil (Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil), Cetearyl Alcohol, Quaternium-26, Methylparaben, Glyceryl Ricinoleate, Ethylparaben, Cera Carnauba (Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax), Candelilla Cera (Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax), Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Stearic Acid, Propylparaben, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Cetyl Alcohol, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Parfum (Fragrance) And May Contain: [+/- Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, Carmine CI 75470, Ultramarines CI 77007, Red 36 CI 12085, Yellow 5 Lake CI 19140, Red 7 CI 15850, Red 21 Lake CI 45380, Bismuth Oxychloride CI 77163, Yellow 6 Lake CI 15985, Manganese Violet CI 77742, Ferric Ferrocyanide CI 77510, Red 40 Lake CI 16035, Red 27 Lake CI 45410]. May contain Carmine as a colour additive.

30 comments:

  1. Naked Rose is so gorgeous!
    I haven't tried any of their blushes yet.
    Someday, hopefully. <3

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    1. Thanks MSodaPop! I hope you get to try one someday; they are nice!

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  2. I like this colour, thought it will look less pinkish/rose but that's actually good! it doesn't seem muddy. Ah, Katie is pretty, one of my fav light cool pink blushers :)

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    1. Hi Claire, I really want to try Katie now! I was surprised at how 'rose' this actually looked too, especially when worn.

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  3. I'm happy to see Illa coming out with more wearable facial MU...although they do a great job with brights, I can't justify spending the money on something I won't use that often!

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    1. Hi Caroline, I totally get what you're saying. I've always admired from afar since I don't jump often for too crazy or seasonal colors!

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  4. Very nice! :) Naked Rose is very pretty and reminds me so much of their other blush, Katie, which I own. I love that it's wearable and tame :D

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    1. Hi RD&L, So many people have Katie it seems; it seems like one of those must-have blushes!

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  5. Oh my gosh, Dovey. This post is too cute! I'm still waiting patiently (okay, fairly impatiently, but shhh) for Illamasqua to finally hit Canada -- their matte blushes all look so gorgeously wearable.

    <3!

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    1. Thank you so much Rae! I had no idea they hadn't hit Canada yet. So close, yet so far!

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  6. Naked Rose is a perfect name for this blush.
    i am sure i have something like this somewhere but this muted matte shade is strangely attractive. i want this! ;)

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    1. Hi Lena, haha! That's what I though too. I should have something like this, but I still want it :)

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  7. I own their blush in Ambition. It is a shimmery pink, probably darker than Naked Rose. I love Ambition and now you got me wanting Naked Rose.

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    1. Hi Rola, I remember seeing swatches of Ambition recently and really wanting that one too. Sigh, another one to add to the list!

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  8. So soft and pretty! Illamasqua definitely knows how to name their shades well.

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    1. Hi Liz, I love a good cheeky name too!

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  9. I can't decide between Zygomatic and Naked Rose, they're both just so pretty xx

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    1. Hi Michelle, that was me too! They're actually surprisingly different when worn, though they look somewhat similar in swatches :)

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  10. Ooo, Naked Rose looks so pretty and wearable! I actually just got Zygomatic because I'm kind of obsessed with cream blushes at the moment :)

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    1. Hi Tiffany, it is! I do like cream too, and I think Zygomatic is a tad more original of a color!

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  11. I must have this blush! It's gorgeous.

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  12. I just realised I need to just finally man up and buy Deep Throat. I've wanted it for ages and your swatch of it is just too darn beautiful! Naked Rose seems amazing too though! :) thanks for the review and swatches!! x

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    1. Hi Ellie, Haha! Deep Throat is really one of my favorite all time blushes. I can't wear it often due to sensitivity, but I'd wear it every day if I could!

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  13. This is really pretty! The only thing I own that might be along the same line is Tarte Exposed. I love it for when I can't think of what blush I'd use! Illamasqua is sadly out of reach for me (both in Belgium and in Taiwan where I'm from). I might do enough research at some point and order something online though!

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    1. Hi Sunny, I think Getting Cheeky had a good comparison. I've wanted Tarte Exposed for a long time now too. It's such a classic blush color :)

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  14. I love your pic of the blush with roses! This looks to be a perfect rose blush. Similar but different to Tarte Exposed which is my current favorite "not-sure-what-blush-to-wear-today" blush! I have added it to my wishlist. I just need to pull the trigger on an Illamasqua blush & be done with it! I've got several wishlisted! : D

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    1. Thanks Kristi! Jessica had a good swatch comparison with Tarte Exposed; they look close but def. different! Exposed is so high on my wishlist. I don't know why I haven't pulled the trigger yet :)

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  15. Such a beautiful shade! I also love your photo of the blush together with the roses :) I've tried Illamasqua's powder blushes in-store and they are impressive. I think Naked Rose will be my first purchase!

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  16. Naked Rose looks so beautiful and easily wearable!

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