Illamasqua Lip Twin Sets Make for No-Brainer Pairings!

Throughout my entire New Zealand trip*, I never purchased one cosmetic save for a mascara in the airport en route, so it was a nice end to my self-imposed purgatory to arrive home to three different holiday sets to play with.  I was most excited to play with one of Illamasqua’s holiday Lip Twin Sets ($41CAD), which provide you with a matching gloss and lipstick to wear separately or together depending on your look that day.  The set I received contained Obey, a pale peachy pink matte lipstick (reg. $29CAD), and Plentiful, a bright peachy pink gloss (reg. $27CAD).

*note: I’m fairly certain I’ve mentioned New Zealand in every single post since I got back – forgive me, I’m just hanging on to those memories for dear life!


Illamasqua Twin Lip Set

The two shades are very close, albeit Obey is lighter, and compliment each other exceptionally.

Illamasqua Lipstick in Obey and Lipgloss in Plentiful swatches (2) Illamasqua Lipstick in Obey and Lipgloss in Plentiful swatches

On a pale complexion, or perhaps someone lighter with less pigmented lips, these shades would be quite pretty.  They veer into nude territory without being dead-looking, and the effect would be very flattering.  However, because the two lip products are so pigment-rich, the paleness of the colors in their opaqueness do not work well on me.

Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in Plentiful (2) Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in Plentiful

If blended out as I’ve done here, Plentiful is a nice peachy shade that makes me think of spring.  With the makeup I have on in the photo, it actually works well as a more nude-natural lip.  The gloss is fairly thick however, and must be applied carefully to avoid it looking milky and obvious (at least on me).

Illamasqua Lipstick in ObeyIllamasqua Lipstick in Obey (2)

Obey, on the other hand, washes me out completely.  If I had a smokey eye here, it *might* work ok, but I would have to sheer it out to be comfortable with the shade.  As well, due to the somewhat chalky nature of the color, you MUST have your lips in perfect condition – otherwise flakes and other issues are entirely apparent.  I had exfoliated and hydrated my lips for a good hour before trying this again, with the same patchy results.  Again, I think if your lips are less pigmented than mine (and you hair a more fair complexion),  you could wear this shade well.  I don’t think it’s a total no-go, just a complete NO-NO for me.

On top of the general shade issues of Obey, I discovered that the Illamasqua lipsticks contain lanolin, another no-no for me.  The gloss also contains linalool and limonene, two potentially irritating ingredients I try to avoid, and both the lipstick and gloss contain fragrance.  Neither appear to contain parabens, however.  Here is the ingredient lists for both products:

Illamasqua lip ingredients

Overall, I love the idea of the twin sets and I think Plentiful would be a gorgeous shade on the right person.  I withhold making a full judgement on Obey until I see it on someone with the ‘right’ skin/lip tone, but have my reservations.  Even the lip swatches on the Illamasqua site don’t make it look all that appealing.  However, if you’re interested in the twin sets, there is another available on the website with the shades Sangers and Succubus, a rich blood red duo (and much more up my alley!).

What do you think of the lip twin sets? Would you wear a matching gloss on top of your lipstick? What lip shades do NOT work on you and why?

Products were sent by PR company/brand for my unbiased consideration.

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  1. #1 by Eugenia on December 11, 2012 - 8:45 am

    With my skin tone, I’d end up looking like a Walking Dead extra if I wore this shade of lipstick; plus, matte lipsticks – especially pale shades like this – so totally do NOT work with the texture of my lips. If I have to spend eons getting my lips in optimum condition to wear this, then it’s not worth the bother. The gloss, on the other hand, is stunning – especially on you! I would love to see the Succubus set, for the colour you mentioned as well as the name!

    • #2 by Latoya on December 13, 2012 - 8:03 am

      Yea, Succubus would be fab I bet! These colors here are definitely challenging to wear for the best of us. I am curious to see it on the right person though! 🙂

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  2. #3 by Larie on December 11, 2012 - 2:52 pm

    I would have to pass on this one. But thanks for the ingredients! There is hope for me yet 😀

    • #4 by Latoya on December 13, 2012 - 8:05 am

      It’s funny how we’re all on paraben alert Larie, I always notice if they’re in products now 🙂 Which is a good thing! I totally get it too, that’s how I am with fragrance and lanolin. I don’t even mind if it eliminates a product for me – one less on my wish list! LOL

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  3. #5 by Amy on December 12, 2012 - 8:04 pm

    Darn, such a bummer that the shade and formula didn’t work out. These kinds of shades are my nemesis, but I think the gloss looks really nice on you! Though hard-to-work-with formulas just aren’t worth the effort, most of the time.

    • #6 by Latoya on December 17, 2012 - 7:52 am

      Agreed. While I like it, I probably won’t reach for it that often. Just too much hassle!

      I wonder what’s the right combo of skin tone, hair, eyes etc that Obey will work for…?

      Sent from my iPhone

  4. #7 by Liz (@Reductionista) on December 17, 2012 - 10:07 pm

    I’m not crazy about these shades either but it’s probably cuz my makeup is so light usually that adding these sort of shades on lips will just wash me out. I do agree with you that they might complement a dramatic smokey eye very nicely! It’s too bad about the lanolin too. 😦

    • #8 by Latoya on January 8, 2013 - 8:10 am

      Yea, the lanolin is a total bummer. I tried wearing another Illamasqua lipstick this weekend and my lips are all chapped now :S Can’t win ’em all! It’s a shame about these colors too but if I could find something in similar tones but darker, I think I’d be on to something!

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