Illamasqua Sacred Hour Collection Review & FOTD!

Everytime Illamasqua release a new collection, I absolutely can’t wait to see what they have in store for us.  Not only is the makeup very obviously beautiful, but there is always some fantastic meaning and conceptual idea behind the range, which I love to lap up.  For this A/W, Illamasqua are back with the Sacred Collection. 

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The Sacred Hour Collection is inspired by two important parts to the day; the sacred hours of dawn and dusk.  This collection allows us to ‘embrace our inner warriors, enhance our features and express our inner fire and strenghth.  I had an incredible chat with Alex Box (Illamasqua’s Creative Director and a personal hero of mine) about the range, and we ended up discussing the notions of ideal beauty, and what it is.  Why do we feel insecure if our makeup has smudged a little, it shows that we have got through the day (each day makes us stronger) and those little imperfections make us, us.  It’s all about self-reflection, appreciation & empowerment, ladies! 

Firstly, I’m going to talk about  Shard, the blood redish purple lipstick which I can’t get enough of it.  It can be applied heavily for a dark, pigmented lip, or can be patted on and built up to create a sexy ‘just bitten’ look, which makeup artist Alex Box adores.  I love the idea of wearing a lipstick which looks like I’ve just had a passionate snog round the back of the building (so naughty) and this lippie does just this.

Next up, the New Reflection Palette which made my eyes light up like a magpie.  This contains 4 creamy, silky shadows which are light which makes them a dream to blend and layer up.  In the photo above I used the lightest shade to cover my entire eye, and then pended up Acute (the ash taupe) in the crease of my eye.  The look is simple but up close it’s mesmerising (and quite literally dazzling).
I also have to rave about the Velvet Blusher, Peaked, described as a Dusky Rose, I would never have looked twice at it but it’s the only blusher I’ve been wearing over the past week.  It adds the most gorgeous, mature blush of colour to my cheeks.

Finally in the range are false lashes (and bloody big ones at that, as well as two nail polishes (I have Hemlock above, a pale opal green shade which looks stunning layered over darker shades).
The Sacred Hour Collection is out now from Illamasqua stores & stands!

Do you have your eye on anything in this collection?

Katie xxx



  1. September 4, 2013 / 2:12 pm

    that lipstick color is amazing! so perfect for fall.
    xx Stephanie (

  2. September 4, 2013 / 2:33 pm

    Looks lovely!

    The lipstick is the same shade as the DuWops' Self Adjusting Plum Lipstick.

  3. September 4, 2013 / 2:38 pm

    That lip color looks incredible on you. And the overall look looks pretty incredible too, I like it a lot.

  4. September 4, 2013 / 2:41 pm

    What a lovely products! Especially the lipstick 🙂

  5. September 4, 2013 / 2:59 pm

    I really want to try the new Velvet Blushers from this collection! Peaked looks likes such a gorgeous colour, and Illamasqua blushes are my all-time favourite. I love the look of the Reflection Palette and love the eye look you did with it.

    – Rhi | Beauty Bucket List

  6. September 4, 2013 / 3:01 pm

    I'm completely in love with this collection 🙂

  7. September 4, 2013 / 3:14 pm

    Love the lipstick, such a perfect colour! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

  8. September 4, 2013 / 3:16 pm

    Hi katie, I love, from Spain xoxo

  9. September 4, 2013 / 3:16 pm

    Hi katie, I love, from Spain xoxo

  10. September 4, 2013 / 3:18 pm

    I got the Reflection palette and the blusher in Peaked. I am so regretting not getting the lippie too, it looks great on you. xx

  11. September 4, 2013 / 3:48 pm

    I love that lipstick! I thought I had something slightly similar but this is a bit more red – totally going to jump on board for autumn! And those lashes – amazing!

    Becks xo

  12. September 4, 2013 / 3:51 pm

    I love the lipstick! And the palette looks good too 😀

  13. September 4, 2013 / 4:54 pm

    LOVE the lipstick in this collection! Can't wait to have money so I can go swatch it in store and buy if I like it enough. 😀

  14. September 4, 2013 / 6:16 pm

    that's a really nice palette for this season and have always wanted to try Illamasqua. Also I have a crucial question to ask, your skin is so beautifully hydrated; what do you use? 🙂

    May xx

    UK Beauty & Lifestyle Blogger

  15. September 4, 2013 / 6:47 pm

    That lipstick is so beautiful!

    Katie |

  16. September 4, 2013 / 7:15 pm

    Wow that collection looks perfect! I may have to pop a few items on my birthday wishlist 😉
    You look stunning as well, that lipstick suits you wonderfully!

  17. September 4, 2013 / 7:35 pm

    You look so pretty!

  18. September 4, 2013 / 8:10 pm

    I love the lipstick's shade, gorgeous!

  19. September 4, 2013 / 9:29 pm

    wow that lipstick! I would have thought it would be a darker pigment more like a burgundy colour instead, but still is gorgeous!loving the palette as well..really beautiful 🙂

    Ila x

  20. September 5, 2013 / 1:36 am

    Oh that palette is so pretty – I really love this collection xx

    Gem │ ♥ │ Miss Makeup Magpie

  21. September 5, 2013 / 2:49 am

    The lipstick is absolutely perfect and right up my alley! I love those colors <3333

  22. September 5, 2013 / 10:00 am

    The eyeshadow pallete looks so nice!

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. x x

  23. September 5, 2013 / 3:50 pm

    The lipstick really caught my eye! What an amazing colour.

  24. September 5, 2013 / 8:03 pm

    I've seen the collection on a few blogs but this is the first Shard lip swatch I've seen – now I'm in love. Oh my poor purse!


  25. September 5, 2013 / 9:04 pm

    Stunning collection, especially the blush! 🙂 x.

  26. September 5, 2013 / 9:09 pm

    Wow that lipstick looks beyond gorgeous on you! I think it's time I gave illamasqua a go! I've wanted to for a while and this collection is just stunning. Thanks for this post!
    Lovely Notions

  27. September 6, 2013 / 3:29 am

    Love the eyes! I want to learn more how to emphasize the eyes more. Love it!

  28. September 6, 2013 / 8:33 am

    I love the new reflection palette, it's gorgeous for this time of the year xx

  29. September 6, 2013 / 8:21 pm

    Love the colour of that lipstick! It's got such a nice shade of red.

  30. September 7, 2013 / 12:17 pm

    amazing post!I love the lipstick!!xxx
    Gleaming Spire // Bloglovin'

  31. September 8, 2013 / 4:30 pm

    the eyeshadow palette looks amazing!

  32. September 10, 2013 / 8:03 pm

    You look absolutely stunning!

  33. September 12, 2013 / 8:10 pm

    Love the face of the day! The falsies look gorgeous, can't wait to see them on you sometime!

  34. September 14, 2013 / 12:38 am

    Oh gosh! I am inlove with the blusher and the lipstick!

  35. September 14, 2013 / 5:49 am

    The lipstick colour is amazing !

  36. September 21, 2013 / 7:50 pm

    I'm completely in love with this collection, especially the lipstick looks amazing!

  37. September 22, 2013 / 8:09 pm

    The lipstick looks absolutely gorgeous and I love it! Your eyes are stunning!

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