REVIEW: Illamasqua Once Collection Swatches!

You know how excited I get when a new Illamasqua collection is launched, and their newest was no exception.  ‘Once’ is their autumn range and it’s perfectly suited for the season, with earthy tones and soft textures, the products are beautiful and I’m very happy to review them for you today!

Vintage Metallix: 
This is a brand new product launched especially for the range.; little pots of metallic pigment with a creamy-gel like texture which applies so smoothly.
Courtier is named a ‘vintage nude’ which makes a lovely natural base on all skin types.  Embellish is a warm brown and Bibelot is a moss-green, all of which have a gorgeous rose gold shimmer running through them – perfectly antique and autumnal.

Sheer Lipgloss in Exquisite & Opulent: 
Both of these glosses can be used over the top of a lipstick or on their own to create gorgeous depth and shimmer.  Exquisite is described as a ‘pink oyster’ shade – a gorgeous pearly peach perfect for daily wear and Opulent is a ‘rainbow beige’, both iridescent to make your lips kissable.

Powder Blusher in Naked Rose: 
I am already so in love with this blusher and can’t quite believe how I’ve gone so long without it.  Illamasqua blushers are extremely pigmented and so you only need a little to achieve the most gorgeous flush of colour on the cheeks.  Described as a ‘neutral beige pink’, this adds the most stunning natural blush onto my cheeks. Adore it.

Nail Varnish in Melange:
 I’ll admit I’m not a big fan of green nail polish shades (unless their in the mint-shade-range) but this teal-gold two-tone it has going on is striking.  It reminds me of leaves turning golden in the autumn as it looks different in the light.

The Once range is available now in stores and online.  Are you eyeing any of it up?

Which is your favourite piece from this range?




  1. September 7, 2014 / 11:02 am

    That nail polish is absolutely GORGEOUS!! Wow!

    Rachel | Beauty & The Bird

  2. September 7, 2014 / 11:12 am

    It all looks so pretty! I love the lip glosses and nail polish! x


  3. September 7, 2014 / 11:14 am

    All these products look amazing. I've really been wanting to try the blush! The pigment in all these pictures look amazing! 🙂 x

  4. September 7, 2014 / 11:19 am

    I really wanted at least one of the glosses but I went for the nail polish and the cream shadow in 'Courtier' – I love them but I Wish I could have afforded more, the whole range is just stunning

    Laura –

  5. September 7, 2014 / 11:25 am

    Those eye shadows look so nice! Very tempted to purchase that nude one. x

  6. September 7, 2014 / 12:05 pm

    I love the Vintage Metallix especially the Vintage Nude <3

  7. September 7, 2014 / 12:07 pm

    lovely pictures, everything looks beautiful but the pigments catch my eye the most 🙂

  8. September 7, 2014 / 12:20 pm

    Such a stunning collection! Love the nail shade <3

  9. September 7, 2014 / 1:14 pm

    I have never tried Illamasqua products. But the lipgloss looks great.

  10. September 7, 2014 / 1:58 pm

    Love the look of this collection, especially the vintage metallix!

    Sophie x

  11. September 7, 2014 / 3:02 pm

    This collection is a bit undertoned. I mean, they usually have wonderful concepts behind their collections and this one is a bit to nude-y for Illamasqua's standars.

  12. September 7, 2014 / 4:28 pm

    Not sure the lipgloss is for me but the blush looks lovely 🙂 xx

  13. September 7, 2014 / 5:15 pm

    This range is beautiful can't wait to get my hands on it! xx

    Beauty Girl

  14. September 7, 2014 / 5:24 pm

    Those metallix sound lovely, such great shades!

  15. September 7, 2014 / 8:07 pm

    I love Illamasqua- such a unique and arty bran with great products! Their brow cake is my favourite ☺

  16. September 7, 2014 / 8:09 pm

    I love Illamasqua- such a unique and arty brand! Their brow cake is great!

  17. September 7, 2014 / 8:13 pm

    I love illamasqua and all of this looks so great! i've got my eyes on that blusher! and the nails varnish looks so stunning, i love shades that have golden shimmers running through it like that

  18. September 7, 2014 / 9:24 pm

    Wow, love the look of this collection! Those eyeshadows look beautiful. xxx

  19. Anonymous
    September 7, 2014 / 11:18 pm

    Hi Katie!

    I really like your blog, but lately it seems that you are doing lots of reviews of products that were sent to you (and/or sponsored posts? I don't really know the right word). I kind of miss your old posts where you were more personal, writing about your own prefecences, products you had bought, tutorials where you used your favourite products, book reviews or posts where you wrote about your holidays or photography projects. Don't get me wrong, you're still one of my favourite bloggers ever and you seem like a really nice, talented and beautiful girl, and I love the pictures you take and also like your outfit posts and videos. You're doing a great job with your blog and you deserve everything good that comes with your hard work. Somehow I just feel that you could sometimes be a bit more "personal" in your posts if you know what I mean, maybe writing about things that you enjoy doing. Anyway, hope you have a good September! 🙂

    • September 8, 2014 / 2:16 pm

      Hey! Thanks for the comment.

      Completely understand this and feel terrible for it! I'll be honest that since working in a full time job and since having a boyfriend living with me, my blog has taken a back seat and I've really only had time to blog about what I have in front of me.

      I have so many ideas for blog posts and things I want to write about but just not enough time to do it! I currently have 15 blog posts drafted (including a book reviews and what i've been up to post)! I might book some days holiday just to spend some more time on it.

      Hope this makes sense – it's just really difficult to juggle but thank you for the comment – I needed it and will try to write more personal posts in the future! xxxx

  20. September 8, 2014 / 12:26 am

    The polish is pretty!

  21. September 8, 2014 / 3:12 am

    The blush colour is stunning! I find pigmented blushes can be be difficult to apply though.

  22. September 8, 2014 / 9:13 am

    Bibelot looks gorgeous! And so do the blush and the nail varnish.

  23. September 8, 2014 / 11:04 am

    Looks great! Love how you take your pictures x

  24. September 8, 2014 / 12:34 pm

    this nail polish looks stunning to me. it's so vintage.

    *Sour Girl Blog *

  25. September 8, 2014 / 1:56 pm

    Wow, the darker of the two glosses looks gorgeous. What is the formula like? I love their stuff, but have never tried one of their glosses.

  26. September 8, 2014 / 2:22 pm

    I'm in love with the blush!

  27. September 8, 2014 / 8:51 pm

    What an absolutely stunning collection. Love all the colours x

    Kate | A British Sparkle

  28. September 11, 2014 / 1:41 pm

    Beautiful Collection 🙂 Please check out my blog that i have been working on. I love make up and i am a student who just enjoys writing reviews on the products i love.

    Thanks X

  29. September 11, 2014 / 6:33 pm

    Love this collection.

  30. September 11, 2014 / 8:24 pm

    I love that nail polish! I would rock that color all day.

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