Illamasqua Indulge Intense Lipgloss
In the tube this shade looks a little deeper – almost like a slightly reddened neon pink. But once applied to the lips, the shade is a lighter, milky neon pink. Think Betsey Johnson or Barbie pink.
I’ve been wanting to try Illamasqua’s Intense Lipglosses for what seems like forever. I always imagined they would be like a toned down & more moisturizing version of OCC Lip Tars. What sealed the deal was seeing Temptalia‘s reviews for them over and over in bright, gorgeous hues, which of course built up my “need” for them even more.
The formula is a little thick and gooey, but not sticky. It feels nice on the lips, and has good lasting power because of the thicker texture. It has very good pigmentation for a gloss, so a lot of product isn’t necessary. I’ve found when I applied too much, it looked thick on my lips, felt heavy and even ended up on my front teeth – not a pretty sight! A few drops is all you need.
I’m still deciding if I like the packaging or not. It’s basically a (hard plastic) squeeze tube with a small opening and slanted tip to smooth the product on your lips – much like a tube of Carmex. It’s probably more sanitary than standard wand applicator, but it makes applying the gloss evenly a little more of a challenge, especially if you don’t have a very defined lip shape. The packaging itself is very small, slim and incredibly lightweight, so it’s very ideal for traveling or keeping in your bag.
Aside from the awesome pigmentation, I love the shiny finish. It can be worn on top of any pink lipstick for an extra kick and added shine, or simply solo.
Price: $20, Sephora.