May 25, 2015

12 Days of Illamasqua Lipsticks - #9 Pristine

Officially 3/4 of the way through now! Of all the black lipsticks I've owned, today's puts the rest to shame. It's easily my favourite formula of all as I find it doesn't end up a big mess on my face after hours of wear. I picked Pristine up on a whim during one of the many Illamasqua sales for just £7.50. It has a tendancy to be on sale a fair few times, which I find surprising considering the quality but I can imagine black lipsticks don't tend to sell particularly well on the high street, especially for £18.50.

Since I had the one rare day where I have no work and no plans, I did a, 'I'm not leaving the house' makeup look using colours from the Electric palette that match my newly coloured hair. Normally I wouldn't pair a look like this with such a dramatic lip and would just use a nude lipstick like yesterday's Test. With dark lipsticks, I tend to over draw my lips a bit as my natural lips are on the thinner side. Darker lip colours only accentuate the thinness. I find pristine isn't black enough with my medium skin tone so I'll usually pair it with illamasqua's repulse lipgloss.

 Despite Pristine being categorised as one of Illamasqua's matte lipsticks, it's by far the creamiest one I've tried and applies effortlessly. It's finish isn't as flat as certain other Illamasqua lipsticks. It's almost too creamy as I managed to break the bullet while applying the lipstick one day. However it's not so creamy that it disappears quickly/after a meal like Lime Crime's Styletto. Pristine manages to stay on the lips for a good 5 hours and at least 7 with a lip liner.

I can't imagine Pristine being the average woman's cup of tea but if you are into dark lipsticks and are looking into investing in a decent black lipstick, Illamasqua's Pristine is easily one of the best ones in the market. 

1 comment:

  1. I really love this lipstick.

    I wish I could pull off a black lip! :D