Illamasqua Generation Q (preview!) – Where beauty has no age limits

Illamasqua is a brand that make me fall more and more in love with them every time I attend their events, every time I see one of their collections or even walk past their counters in Selfridges.  I can not fault one thing about this brand – they are unlike any other makeup company out there and they are really trying to change the way women feel about makeup.

Earlier in the year, Illamasqua held a competition online where you could ‘nominate’ and ‘vote’ for a friend or relative to be the face of their new Generation Q campaign.  They urged absolutely anyone to send in their photograph, anyone you thought has a real sense of beauty.  Beauty has NO limits and Illamasqua want to celebrate this fact by using real people.  ‘Generation Q will go against the industry’s unspoken and despicable taboo, by featuring old models as well as young.  Because to us, hiding your age is like hiding your true identity’.

‘Generation Q is a celebration of beauty.  Ageless, without limits or restrictions.  It’s our declaration to the world that beauty is inclusive, not exclusive’.


At the preview event of the Generation Q range (which was held in the lovely Soho Cinema) we were able to have a play around with the new collection, as well as hear Creative Director Alex Box (possibly my favourite makeup artist, ever!!) and Director of New Product Development David Horne talk about what they feel about the range and why they made it. 

The whole evening was completely over whelming for me (being an emotional gal) and at one point I actually nearly broke down in tears – why should women feel like they can’t wear as much makeup when they hit 40/50/60?  They are the ones of have lived, loved and lost and hold so much more wisdom and in the words of Alex Box, that makes them more beautiful than ever. 

The range itself is simply stunning.  The two palettes are both absolutely perfect and will suit any age, skin tone or type.  Both the Complement and Empower palette each contain a New Liquid Metal, a New Pressed Pure Pigment and two Powder Eye Shadows – giving you a variety of textures to layer up and play around with.  I can not wait to show you swatches of the Empower palette as it is just incredible – after layering up the shades you are left with the most incredible two-tone green, purple, pink and brown mermaid-tail-like colour and texture.

generation q palettes
generation q range 

Also in the range are two Intense Lipglosses in Boost (a Blueberry Violet) and Opulent, described as a Rainbow Beige, because there are no other words to describe how unique this gloss is – it literally shines and sparkles every colour you can imagine in the light.  There are two blushes available – Sophie (a Peachy Golden Coral – pictured above) and Allure (a Dusky Rose Pink Shimmer).  Something I am very excited about are the nail polishes – Creator (a Magical Black) and Charisma (a Deep Raspberry Pink). 

There are two lipsticks in this collection – Underworld (a Blueberry Violet Shimmer) and Magnetism (a Deep Raspberry Pink), a new Gleam Lightweight Compact Highlighter which can be applied wherever you desire (cheeks, cupids bow, décolletage) called Aurora which is a Light Champagne shade – perfect for all skin tones and finally, a new Precision Ink pen in Wisdom which is an Antiqued Gold shade.

One thing that is very apparent in this collection is shimmer… hands up if you’ve ever read a ‘beauty bible/book’ state that you can’t wear shimmer makeup when you’re older?  I HAVE!  Illamasqua firmly believe that that statement is a load of tosh – I myself adore shimmer eye shadows, in fact I wear shimmer shadows every day and the thought of not being able to when I grow older is a little devastating for me – how will I emphasize my brow bone or cheek bones without a bit of shimmer highlighter?!!!!!  Well, with this new range and Generation Q campaign, Illamasqua are proving to everyone that you can wear whatever makes you happy and feel confident – including shimmer.  One of the models chosen to be the face of the range is Evelyn, who is 72 (and whom I met at the event).  She looked absolutely incredible (I hope to ooze confident, charm and charisma like her when I’m 70!) and she was wearing and embracing the Generation Q range (and all of its shimmer) and looked just, fantastic.  Evelyn was also wearing the shimmery black nail varnish (Creator) on both her fingers and toes and this added to her confidence and charm.

‘All products and shades included in Generation Q have been formulated and chosen irrespective of age, race, gender or sexual preference to give everybody the tools to express their alter ego’.


Now, the bad news is that the Generation Q range isn’t out until September! Booooo!  Hopefully nearer the time I’ll be able to show you some of the products in a little more detail with swatches and tutorials but until then, I hope this feeds your Illamasqua thirst!

Do you like the look of this collection?  What do you think about age & makeup?




  1. June 28, 2012 / 4:01 pm

    Wow… Evelyn's gorgeous! I want to look that good when I'm 72! This range looks lovely, I don't own any Illamasqua (yet…) but I might get that beautiful rainbow beige lipgloss along with the nail polishes because they really stand out for me 🙂 Thanks for the great review! 🙂 x

  2. June 28, 2012 / 4:03 pm

    The story behind this collection is beautiful. I'm very interested in the palettes and I love their names! Empowerment & Compliment. Great choices!

  3. June 28, 2012 / 4:44 pm

    It looks like a great collation! There is a good variety of shades and products, If illamasqua weren't so expensive I'd definitely purchase all the things from this collection (haha, yes in my dreams!) Lovely post :)x

  4. June 28, 2012 / 5:52 pm

    This looks amazing!! Can't wait till it comes out in September, think I will be after the two palettes, some stunning colours in there!! Totally agree with illamasqua- beauty is unlimited and age should not get in the way of people expressing themselves! Admire older people who stand out from the crowd and are abit more daring! Now hurry up September!! Xx

  5. June 28, 2012 / 6:04 pm

    This looks incredible, I love everything you've photographed. I definitely need both palettes.xo

  6. June 28, 2012 / 6:12 pm

    This collection looks gorgeous, the colours in the palettes look really pretty. I think that you should be able to wear whatever makeup makes you feel good, and if that means a bit of shimmer at 80 why not?! 🙂 xx

  7. June 28, 2012 / 6:52 pm

    This is such a fantastic idea. I recently wrote a post on age and beauty and how we are so preoccupied with youth. It's crazy when you see so many beautiful older women – the lady from the event above is a prime example xx

  8. June 28, 2012 / 7:09 pm

    Beautiful collection xx

  9. June 28, 2012 / 7:20 pm

    Im so in love with the shadow palettes! this is my favourite collection theyve done so far i think!x

  10. June 28, 2012 / 8:00 pm

    I havrn't yet used any of their products. But I definitely will now, after reading this post. They sound like a great brand, I love their campaign! xx

  11. June 28, 2012 / 10:37 pm

    Ahhh this lady is beautiful, her skin is fantastic, I hope I look like that at her age.
    I love to see all ages looking after their skin and making the most of what they have, my mum has always worn make up and is never seen without lipstick xx

  12. June 29, 2012 / 12:07 am

    That collection is lust worthy! argh I want everything Illamaqua bring out!

  13. June 29, 2012 / 5:55 am

    I am so in love with the palettes!
    Actually, I seem to like everything here.

  14. June 30, 2012 / 1:36 pm

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  15. June 30, 2012 / 3:28 pm

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  17. July 2, 2012 / 4:25 pm

    the nude/brown eye palette looks amazing!

  18. July 3, 2012 / 5:17 pm

    I love Illamasqua make up. Glad to see someone else does to, their Shadow Palets are amazing. Beauty is unlimited and age should not be a factor!

  19. July 3, 2012 / 6:37 pm

    Interesting article. I think it's important for women with more mature skin to know "how" to apply makeup, the right colours and how much of it. All too often you see older women wearing unflattering colours or just too darn much! Good on Illamasqua for giving them a range they can be confident wearing. It's often hard for more mature women to take advice from a stunningly beautiful 23 yr old but I think you've done a decent job describing the benefits.

    take care

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  21. September 18, 2012 / 12:33 pm

    i really love the idea ..

    i am sure i'll still want to wear some make up when i'm old!

    *oh well, my grandma still wearing lipstick til now (she's 73 y.o)

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