Thursday, November 22, 2012

Soft Sculpture

Illamasqua Zygomatic was totally an unplanned purchase. I had already bought Naked Rose on holiday in the US less than a month earlier, and thought that effectively eliminated Zygomatic from my mental wishlist (it was a choice between the two of them, and I'd made mine). But what happens when Illamasqua decide to lower their Australian prices, making a blush almost the same price as in the US? You know what happens. An innocent trip to the Illamasqua counter in Myer, to merely check out what's on offer, with no intention to buy, of course. Until I decide to try some Zygomatic on my cheeks, and the rest is history.







In the pan, Zygomatic looks like a medium rosy brown, kind of like a dusty pink but more brown-leaning. I've been getting more into neutral blushes rather than the usual pinks and peaches I gravitate towards, and Zygomatic is exactly what I'm after. Though it swatches quite brown, it actually appears more pink on my cheeks. The effect is quite subtle and natural looking. It's not a bright or warmed up pink, it's more of a toned down, neutral pink that melds with the colour of your own skin. If built up, it can start to look more brown than pink, so I prefer to apply it lightly. I usually apply this with my fingers, mainly on the apples of my cheeks and then blending outwards and upwards, but I've tried it with the Ecotools baby kabuki brush and it worked well, though it dispersed more product over a wider area. This is a cream blush, so it's a little messier than a powder, but it texture is non-sticky and it's easy to blend.

I think this is the perfect blush to add really natural, subtle colour to your face. I often find blushes are too dark, too red, too shimmery, too bright, too difficult to apply — but Zygomatic is none of those things. This sophisticated pinky nude is soft, understated and easy going.

48 comments:

  1. Blushes like this are such great assets to the makeup collection. The subtlety is so pretty :D
    x

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  2. It looks so pretty and natural :)

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  3. wow... Illamasqua blushers are my fav.... they are so good in pigmentation and amazing in texture..

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  4. This looks gorgeous, and I've never tried anything by Illamasqua....

    xoxo

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  5. I've never considered Illamasqua's cream blushers, but this is such a curious little thing! It looks so scary and theatre-makeup-esque in the pan- I would never think it works as a neutral pinkish blush! I was so happy when Illamasqua lowered their prices- hehe yay blushers! I've been looking into neutral blushes too! Been looking at swatches of Tarte Exposed and it looks gorgeous but it's such a pity it's not sold in Australia. :(

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  6. That is absolutely gorgeous! Looks like it's going to be shimmer city in the pan but it gives you a gorgeous, subtle glow!

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  7. Wow, after such an amazing product description I can't help but add it to my endless wishlist. I probably will never be able to purchase it but still ^^
    It looks lovely on you. I'm on the other end of the spectrum, experimenting with my new Sleek Blush x3 in Lace where all shades are coral-oriented. I still don't know how I feel about it but it's nice to have stepped out of my comfort pink zone and dove into peach and coral colours : ) xx

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  8. I think I'll add this to my Sephora basket! I love how subtle it is!

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  9. hrmm, wish we had illamasqua on the west side! This is a gorgeous blush on you, pretty & subtle :P)

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    1. Whhaaattt, I didn't know there was no Illamasqua in WA. I thought it was available around the whole country. Awww, that sucks :(

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  10. So gorgeous! I love Illamasqua, both their creams and powders are amazing.

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  11. I love Zygomatic! With Lover, it's my fav illamasqua blush! They're both on my wishlist with over lipstick!

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  12. It looks great, subtle but perfect! xoxo.

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  13. This is so pretty, subtle, but has a great effect!


    Black&Vanilla
    xx

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  14. beautiful color on you!

    there is no "innocent" visit to a makeup counter. you know that. ;p
    kudos to illamasqua to lower the price!

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  15. I'm disappointed we don't have an Illamasqua counter where I'd live, I love how they've lowered their prices - it makes everything so much more affordable! Zygomatic is lovely, I'm waiting on Tarte's Exposed in the mail, I love nude coloured blushes xx

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    1. I didn't know there was no Illamasqua in WA! I thought it would be nation-wide. Oooh, where did you buy Exposed? I STILL NEED A NARS BLUSH PALETTE REVIEW FROM YOU LADY! :p

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  16. Natural, subtle color indeed! It looks so pretty on your skintone! I need to hop on the Illamsqua bandwagon soon.

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  17. That looks so beautiful on your skin :) xx
    http://xstylishbeautyx.blogspot.co.uk/

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  18. im not a usual fan of cream blushes but this shade looks really good!!

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  19. I have always wanted to try Illamsqua! This blush looks so natural n' pretty on your skin!
    *Besos*
    http://www.cmichellestyles.com

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  20. This is such a gorgeous colour and looks so good on your skin! Added to my wishlist now!
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  21. Oh no no no I dont need this T___T
    Illamasqua blushes are on the top of my wishlist.. I've heard too many good things about it but havent tried one yet..
    here in germany, illamasqua blushes retail for around 20-24€.. how much are they in australia?

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    1. They are $28! I believe before the price drop, they used to be $42 or something (wayyy too expensive). Illamasqua blushes are so pigmented, probably the most pigmented of the blushes I've tried.

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  22. Such a beautiful shade! I've heard of the brand before, but never tried any of their products. x

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  23. To be fair to you, it looks so pretty in the pan I'm impressed that you managed to avoid buying it in the first place! haha It looks lovely on aswell! :)

    Aimée X
    dress-it-up-6.blogspot.co.uk

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  24. it's so subtle but still gorgeous, i love the way it blends perfectly on the face :) I've never thought of trying this brand though, I'm such a brand snob, haha. maybe i should broaden my horizon and try other beauty lines apart from the ones i'm used to =D

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  25. I've never tried a neutral blush, I like the natural and subtleness it gives your cheek!

    -Lisa
    The Lovely Memoir

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  26. not sure I like the packaging but it's a lovely colour! x

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  27. I love the subtle flush of colour it adds to your cheeks!

    Oh and on a side note - damn girl you make-up collection must be ridiculous considering all your reviews and what not recently! Haha. xx

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    1. Lol, most of the stuff was what I bought in the US, which has created a huge backlog of items to review. But I've been naughty as well post-New York :p Yeah, all in all, I'm hopeless!

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  28. The color of this blush is perfect in you, normally i think the creamy blush are difficult to apply! Maybe this is different, i thinks is neutral i use this blush for a makeup wedding becuse is sweet and natural!

    Xoxo

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  29. I did a similar thing and chose one cheek product from that collection, and Naked Rose was it. Sadly Zyg didn't work for me, but it was probably for the best anyway. I love my Illamasqua blushes, Sophie is a great one and so is Naked Rose-looking forward to seeing what they come out with next!

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  30. Lovely, just when Im needing a new blush!
    I love your reviews!!

    xxx

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  31. Wow, it looks stunning on you.

    I'll have to take a look next time I'm at a counter, it seems like it might be a nice, subtle contour shade.

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  32. Oh my this is the most stunning blush shade I have ever seen. Either I have to save up for this or find a close dupe soon. Love it! x

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  33. What an amazing nude blush colour! Very modest yet so pretty. The formula looks nice and creamy and it looks amazing on you :)

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  34. Oh wow, this looks like the absolutely perfect blush! I have tried only a few things from Illamasqua and I haven't been overly impressed, but this looks amazing!

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  35. Ooo this blusher looks gorgeous - very creamy. Looks perfect for contouring! x

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  36. Wow this looks like the nicest natural looking cream blush I've ever seen! So pretty! xx

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  37. You look great with Zygomatic! :o I'll have to check it out!

    chochalistas.blogspot.com

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  38. beautiful color! i like how it blends <3

    happyleeliving.blogspot.com

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  39. BOO, my skin is way too dry for matte :( Thanks for commenting on my blog. Would you like to follow each other??

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  40. I have heard about Illamasqua's campaign for a fairer price for cosmetics. I think it's such an admirable thing for a brand to do. Zygomatic looks brownish in the pan but I love how it has a pinkish tinge when it is blended out on the cheeks! It has a very soft and pretty look.

    I did get all the Revlon balm stains. I got them off ebay when they first came out but I have't gotten reviewed them on my blog yet.

    Liz
    chewylove.blogspot.com

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  41. Gorgeous color! Very subtle and pretty. :-)

    ~ Yun

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  42. omgggg this color is amazing *adds to wishlist

    à la foliee

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