Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Review: Illamasqua Liquid Metal in Enrapture

A good friend of mine gave me this beautiful metallic bronze cream for Christmas - what a lovely gift! This marks my first foray into Illamasqua - I've been wanting to try something out from their range but didn't want to spend (quite a bit of) money on something that wasn't unique - my stash is already full of pigments, eyeshadows and blushers. So I was glad to receive something which really stands out from other products on the market.

Liquid Metal is described as a "gloriously rich and highly pigmented metallic cream". I have it in Enrapture, which is a "molten bronze". Metallic here doesn't mean ultra-sparkly as it can with other brands - but a very rich, absolutely metallic finish which is definitely high impact. It comes in a small box with a lid that just clicks on - which feels a little flimsy to me. Seems a little too easy for the lid to come off, which would cause the product to prematurely dry out.

The formula isn't as liquid as you would expect - it's actually a fairly solid block of emollient cream. Once warmed up, it can be used with fingers or a brush, and so I swatched it with both. The right hand swatch is dabbed on with a clean finger, and the left hand swatch is dabbed on with a loaded clean brush. You can see that you get a good deal more opacity with a brush. I was expecting the cream to dry down after a few minutes to a set finish. Unfortunately, it didn't - it remained creamy, even slightly greasy, and was still creamy a good 15 minutes later.

And therein lies the problem with this product. In order to get opaque coverage, you need to use a brush that's been loaded up quite heavily. And if you put it on your eyes as I did, it creases very badly within 5 minutes. Given that this product doesn't dry down, I couldn't use it on my eyes. Similarly, I wouldn't want to use it on my cheeks, as I would worry about transfer onto clothes and people during the course of a day or night.

So, I'm not really sure what I could use it for. Maybe a base for glitter or pigment, but again, I'm not sure it would last without creasing. Maybe as a collar bone or leg highlight, but this is a pretty expensive product for sheering out on the body. All this makes it a beautiful product that's pretty impractical, and as such this isn't one I'd recommend.

If you'd like to try it yourself, you can find it at Illamasqua.com, at £16 for 1.5g. It also comes in gold and silver shades.


  1. Hmmm....the item looks beautiful but that creasing is just not an option. What about setting it with an eyeshadow? base perhaps? even on your cheeks you could still set it with a transluscent powder. That might work. Good luck...

  2. Setting it with a powder would dull the metallic sheen, which for me is the whole point of the product - same with putting an eyeshadow over the top - obscures that beautiful metallic finish!

    For me I think something with a finish like this needs to work alone or over a base, and because it doesn't dry down, using UDPP doesn't really help matters :(

  3. Ahhh I'm so bummed that this is such a fail :( I wouldn't have minded trying Solstice as a cheek highlight or something, but I'm glad I didn't waste any money on this.

    Sucks that your first foray into Illmasqua was so disappointing D:


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