22 Apr 2010

Illamasqua Body Electrics Review & Swatches

I've received some samples of the Illamasqua Body Electrics Spring/Summer 2010 collection so I thought I'd show you what's coming up. Click on the pictures for full size.

L to R: Bronzer in Burnish, Bronzer in Writhe, 4-Colour Liquid Metal Palette

Clockwise from top left: Enrapture, Surge, Solstice, Phenomena £29.50

Top to bottom: Surge, Enrapture, Phenomena, Solstice

Bronzer in Writhe £20

Bronzer in Burnish £20

Top to bottom: Burnish, Writhe

Nail Varnish in Jo'Mina £13

L to R: Illamasqua Jo'Mina, Illamasqua Wink, OPI Done Out In Deco, China Glaze Grape Pop

4-Colour Liquid Metal Palette (£29.50)
This is the product I was most intrigued about since I've never tried out the liquid metals from Illamasqua before. I would characterize these as cream eyeshadows or cream highlighters. The colours are really pretty, Surge and Enrapture being my favorites. Surge I'd describe as a tarnished silver olive, Enrapture a coppery rust, Phenomena a silver, and Solstice a tarnished gold shade. I was a bit surprised at their texture, they are very slick and to get a true colour payoff as you see in the pan, you need a generous application. The problem, however, is that because they are rather slippery, if you apply too much product especially on your eyelids, they crease. I wouldn't recommend these to people who have oily eyelids, and I wish the texture was a bit drier and more intensely pigmented. I have to admit I was a little disappointed with this product.

Bronzers in Writhe and Burnish (£20)
I was provided with both bronzers in the collection and found the colours of these are fairly similar. Both are golden tones with a satin shimmery finish. Note that these are not just spray overlays, the product is shimmery throughout, but does not contain glitter particles, a plus point to me. Writhe has a noticeable red undertone, whereas Burnish has more of a golden-tan undertone. These bronzers are very pigmented so if you have fair skin like myself, a light hand and a stippling brush is required. These would work well on darker skintones as well.

Nail Varnish in Jo'Mina (£13)
I haven't applied this to my nails yet (will do so tonight) so I cannot comment on application yet. But the colour I would describe as a bright medium purple with a slightly red undertone. The picture is not entirely colour accurate, purple seems impossible for me to photograph. You can see it in comparison to some other purple nail polishes I own, so far I don't know a dupe that is comparable in colour. As you can see, it is quite a lot brighter than Wink, which Illamsqua released with their spring nail varnish collection. You can see a swatch of Wink here.

Keep on the lookout for future videos using these products! I filmed one already using one of the bronzers and the liquid metal palette.


  1. You got some great products! I love the nail polish its looks amazing! :) Im not sure if you follow Nicolas blog but she swatched the nail polish and it looks so nice! http://www.nicolavc86.com/2010/04/notd-illamasqua-jomina-body-electrics.html

  2. burnish is pretty ^_^ love it

  3. Anonymous7:02 p.m.

    how do you get those thing?, I mean, do you suscibe in something?, its free? just asking, thx

  4. Coastal Scents has a Metallics pallet. I say that to say I can't afford these products.

  5. wow the color is super pretty!! i love it!! girl u got some good taste in makeup!!!

  6. I was thinking about getting the 4-Colour Liquid Metal Palette. I think I'll stick with my flash colors from MUFE. Thanks for your review.

  7. The palette for cream product is a cool concept... I wish other brands do same for their cream bases...

  8. The nail polishes look gorgeous! I like that the bronzers are shimmery throughout the product, but I never use brozers myself, they don't go well with my fairness and skin tone.

    I've had the same experience with the cream eye shadows as you had with the liquid metal. No color payoff, and heavy creasing (even if used over MAC paint pot, UDPP or TF shadow insurance!)
    Was disappointed too, as I thought Illamasqua promoted heavy colour

  9. yes same question to your buddys down there.. i mean how do u get them as sample? i sure want some samples too!!! i love make up!!

  10. Anonymous4:55 p.m.

    Those products are beautiful but a bit pricy !

  11. Really?! I love the liquid metals, I of course do not use them on the entire lid unless I am looking for the "creased" look but they are amazing on the inner corner as a highlight and you can also use them to smudge eyeliner out to make a pretty shadow, when you do this they are less likely to crease. The color payoff is better if you use your finger but they aren't partial to brushes you just have to know how to use them. :) Lucky you I wish Illamasqua would send me products lol.

  12. The polishes look divine :)


  13. violetvamp827:20 a.m.

    Oh wow - I'm surprised that Illamasqua is stocked here in Sydney myer! Quite often its hard to get things in Australia....

    Thanks again for a wonderful review.