Illamasqua Matte Lip Liquid
I don't think I've ever wanted a whole collection as much as I do the Illamasqua Summer collection that was launched recently! Illamasqua are a brand known for their daring shade colours which are sometimes too scary for me but I would happily wear every single shade they have to offer this summer, they are beyond perfect for the sunny months and to make it even more perfect the whole collection is matte which I just can't turn down in a lip product!
I need every shade of the Matte Lip Liquids but bank balance restrictions meant that I had to settle for just one so I went for the peachiest shade I could which is Surrender - a bright peach based coral and is too gorgeous for words. I love the sleek, simple packaging and they are like your average lip gloss in terms of twisting the lid and voila, there's a brush! The brush can get messy so I think I'd prefer a sponge applicator much like the Rimmel Apocalips but with fingers and lip brushes that's just a small complaint to make. I tend to dab a bit on my lips and then blend it out with a finger which I found easier and applied a lot more evenly. Once its dried from a liquid to the matte finish it does feel quite heavy on the lips but what can you expect from something that lasts all day no matter how much you eat, drink or chat?! And as you'd expect with the matteness your lips won't turn down a slathering of lipbalm at the end of the day.
Application can be difficult to get right and I struggle with patchiness around the opening of my mouth but once you've got it down it looks amazing and stays put - it's definitely not put me off desperately needing the shade Exotic in my life!