Illamasqua Fable Lipstick Review, Photos and Swatches!

illamasqua fable

Illamasqua Fable Lipstick

Illamasqua Fable Lipstick ($22) is described as a matte, bubble gum pink on the Sephora website, and a bright, rose pink on the Illamasqua website. It’s for sure bright, in a pastel sort of way. It has a warm undertone, as it leans slightly coral rather than purple or blue. I can’t really call it a bubble-gum pink, because in my opinion, a bubblegum pink would be like a bright, neutral or slightly cool pink. Fable is more of a bright, pastel flamingo pink or salmon pink.

Anyway, Fable is a shade I knew I would love because I seem to have a fascination with warm pinks that have a hint of peach or coral. They just seem to suit me the best, especially when I’m sporting a tan.

I’m a big fan of Illamasqua’s lipsticks, even though I’ve only owned one prior; Illamasqua Obey, which is one of my favorites. All of the shades are packed with pigment in one swipe. In fact, most of Illamasqua’s products have amazing pigmentation, which makes me so sad it’s so hard to find in the US! I want to do some swatching! *sigh*

illamasqua fable lipstick

The only bad thing I can say about this lipstick, which is usually the case with light colored matte lipsticks, is that it can accentuate any dryness present on your lips. To avoid having shriveled lips, apply a generous layer of lip balm prior to application of the lipstick. If you’re not a fan of the matte finish, pop a little lip gloss on top!

I personally like a little shine, as I just don’t care for a matte finish in a lipstick – unless it’s a bright red, orange or deeper shade. So usually, I’ll apply a sheer lipgloss on top.

illamasqua fable swatch

It’s crazy pigmented like mentioned earlier, so one swipe is all you need for touch-ups!

illamasqua fable

Illamasqua Lipstick Swatches
(Image Credit: Karlasugar)

Karla‘s swatches are always amazing, so I thought I’d toss in this image. It’s a really good representation of the color in daylight. Indoors, it’s slightly deeper.

illamasqua fable swatches

From left to right: Illamasqua Fable Lipstick, Illamasqua Obey Lipstick and Nars Bolero Matte Lip Pencil. Fable is like a pink version of Obey. Bolero looks like the combination of the two shades. All are very similar on the lips.

Like I already mentioned, I’m not too crazy about it alone on my lips, but I love the way it looks with a sheer pink lipgloss over top. I’ve been pairing it mostly with one of my favorite glosses; Chanel Mica Glossimer.

illamasqua fable swatches

What do you think of Illamasqua’s lipsticks? Do you have any favorites?

25 thoughts on “Illamasqua Fable Lipstick Review, Photos and Swatches!

  1. That's a gorgeous colour on you, I'll have to check it out next time i'm near an illamasqua counter. The brand isn't widely available here in Australia either but luckily there's a store not too far from me. I have their lipsticks in Obey (thanks to you!) Plunge (pale mauve pink) and Corrupt which is my fave bright rose pink. You should check out Corrupt as it would suit your complexion.


  2. love this on you! but any lipstick shade looks great on you ha. i havent tried any lipsticks from illamasqua. i think i am more interested in their blushes, which i also havent tried yet


  3. I loooove it, such a gorgeous colour! I really must try Illamasqua lipsticks, so far I've bought only blushes from them (which are amazing as well). Love your blog, and you're super gorgeous ❤


  4. Natalie, your foundation is looking great in these pictures! Please divulge… but anyway, onto the lipstick, it's a great color and WAY better with the gloss over… I'm sold! 🙂


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