So, we’re counting down to the opening of the first Illamasqua counter here in Singapore! Actual date is still a mystery, but it should be within the next couple of weeks. And everybody’s been raving about their blush, so I thought I’d check it out for myself.
And what better way to get started than with the famous Illamasqua S.O.P.H.I.E. Powder Blush. Billed as a “golden, coral shimmer”, Sophie actually appears a warm-toned medium pink when swatched. There are flecks of shimmer but they are very fine and give a luminous glow that is quite subtle.
This is the kind of color that works for almost everybody I think, and can be quite flattering. I swatched it against some other similar blushes that I currently own, to give you an idea of how it stacks up.
Illamasqua’s SOPHIE blush is at once similar yet slightly different from each of these blushes. Stila Custom Color Blush in Sheer Coral has the same micro-shimmers but turned more pink than coral on my skin. Guerlain’s FW2013 limited edition blush Madame Rougit (reviewed here) surprised me by turning out slightly more pink. Chanel Affinite (reviewed here) is perhaps the most similar but is a cream blush. And Guerlain’s Summer 2013 Terracotta 4 Seasons Nude 00 (reviewed here) is much more pink.
As one of Illamasqua’s most popular product, I was somewhat disappointed to find that it felt hard to the touch and not as finely milled and creamy as I’d like. Notwithstanding, it was well pigmented, and a single swipe with a dense cheek brush picked up more product than I needed. The only downside is that it only lasted me about 6 hours before fading.
The Illamasqua SA also recommended layering their powder blushes over their cream blushes, and I tried it out to great success. Unfortunately, I found the cream blushes on display to be all in various states of meltedness, and the new piece that I almost purchased had developed bubbles on the surface (which speaks to me about potential humidity or temperature control problems during shipping & storage) and so being OCD, I decided not to purchase a cream blush.
As I mentioned earlier, SOPHIE is one of Illamasqua’s famous products, due to its interesting origins.
In 2007, Sophie Lancaster and her boyfriend were kicked and stamped on and left unconscious because they looked different. Sophie eventually died from her injuries, and the Sophie Lancaster foundation was set up in Sophie’s memory. Today, the Sophie Lancaster foundation works to stamp out intolerance and discrimination in society. Illamasqua proudly supports the foundation and designed a few S.O.P.H.I.E branded items to help the foundation out.
I purchased the S.O.P.H.I.E. Powder Blush in Bangkok for the equivalent of SGD40, and the UK rrp is GBP18. It is yet unclear how much it will be priced at in Singapore. This is a decent quality blush, certainly not the best in terms of texture and longevity, but surpasses many MAC blushes and some other more expensive brands that I’ve tried. Given the back story, it might be interesting to check this one out.
If you’re interested in more Illamasqua items, please check out my review on the Empower Eyeshadow Palette here.