14 July 2014

Illamasqua sonnet lipstick

Illamasqua - Sonnet - Lipstick - Matte lipstick - swatch - review

I'm a massive fan of Illamasqua and I love a nude lip so when I saw this lipstick. I knew I had to have it. Sonnet is a cool peachy nude with a matte finish. It's the first light matte nude I own.

The finish is extremely matte and fully Opaque which I love. The formula is quite drying even more so than all the other matte formulas. I have used previously, such as Mac's retro matte. So even with the if you have soft lips, you without doubt need to apply a lip balm underneath. To stop the lipstick drying out your lips. The texture is really odd it feels almost waxy on the lips. It seeps into any dry lines and exaggerates them so not one for those of us who have lips on the dryer side.

The colour is really pretty yet it is quite hard to pull off, due to the finish. I wish it was slightly less matte, as I love the shade yet think it would be alot more flattering in a different formula. The plus side to having such a matte finish is the durablity this is one of the longest wearing lipsticks I own. It lasts a good 5 hours without the need for touch ups and is super pigmented with just one swipe.

Illamasqua - Sonnet - Lipstick - Matte lipstick - swatch - review
So after not being to fond of this super matte finish, I decided to add a little clear gloss over the top. Hoping this would soften what looked like quite a chalky finish on my lips. I also put a little bit of lip balm over the top for a more everyday look. I'm really glad I did as I find that this makes it alot more wearable for me.

Illamasqua - Sonnet - Lipstick - Matte lipstick - swatch - review

This is my first Illamasqua lipstick and it hasn't put me off, I will just make sure I stay clear of the matte finish. This finish really isn't for me, I already struggle with fine lines on my lips. This just didn't do me any favours and made them stand out even more. The next Illamasqua lipstick I buy will be a satin finish! Fingers crossed I will get on alot better with it as I love the shades Illamasqua produce.

Have you tried any of the Illamasqua lipsticks? what did you think of the formula? Have you tried any super matte lipsticks? Did you find them difficult to wear? Which shades have you tried?

Lots of Love,
Laura x


  1. Aww, what a shame! Get it on Depop! lol. I have the exact same problem so I now know to steer clear!! x

    Kate | raspberrycheeks

    Currently running a Nuxe & MAC Giveaway here xx

  2. Oh I really want a Illamasqua nude lipstick, this colour is gorgeous. I know what you mean though, I have another one from them which is slightly dry. Good too wear with a lip balm. KBxx

  3. This is such a pretty shade, shame about the finish! It looks lovely with the balm or gloss over it though :)

    Jess xo

  4. Lovely shade but looks way too matte for me! :(

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  5. What a pretty shade!

    Emma x


  6. Lovely colour, it's a shame about the finish. I think this would be way too drying for me! xx


  7. I've never tried the Illamasqua lipstick but I do like this shade. And I do like matte lipsticks but this looks a bit too matte, even for me!

    Belle ♥xxx
    Mascara & Maltesers

  8. I love Illamasqua, I have a couple of their lipsticks and they are brilliant, this colour looks really nice, shame about the matte finish though.

    Melissa || My Blog

  9. I love illamasqua. They are new to Australia, but everyone is truly starting to see how great the brand is (yay)!

    L x


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