Monday, October 8, 2012

Look featuring Illamasqua's Ore pigment


Here's a simple look I wore last week to work that centers around a rediscovered item from my stash, Illamasqua's Ore pigment. (Side note: Have you seen the "moving swatches" on Illamasqua's web site? They are so helpful!) I picked this up a couple of years ago but it is still available as part of the Art of Darkness collection. I tend to reach for pressed shadows on a day-to-day basis (purely out of laziness!) and have avoided using this but decided it was high time to give it a go. I'm glad I did because it is a gorgeous shade. 



Products Used

  1. MAC blush - Launch Away
  2. Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer 
  3. Chantecaille lip gloss - Crystalline (sample size) 
  4. Laura Mercier lip stain - Peach Glaze 
  5. Trish McEvoy lip pencil - Bare (discontinued) 
  6. YSL Touche Eclat - #2
  7. Estee Lauder Double-Wear powder foundation - Desert Beige 
  8. Urban Decay eye pencil - Bourbon
  9. L'Oreal Lineur Intense - Carbon Black 
  10. Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill mascara 
  11. Illamasqua pigment - Ore

Laura Mercier's Peach Glaze lip stain

MAC's Launch Away! blush (love this color)

Illamasqua's Ore pigment 


Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer
Chantecaille Brilliant Lip Gloss - Crystalline
 

From left to right: Trish McEvoy Bare, Chantecaille Crystalline, Laura Mercier Peach Glaze, MAC Launch Away!, Urban Decay Bourbon, L'Oreal Carbon Black, Illamasqua Ore, Josie Maran Illuminizer



The sparkle of Ore is stunningly beautiful. This pigment is finely-milled, like fairy dust. I recommend loading your brush with care to minimize product fly-away. For best results apply your favorite base and then get a bit of the pigment on your finger and pat it on your lids and into the crease until you get the desired intensity, then blend lightly upwards with a soft, fluffy blending brush. I used a bit of the Josie Maran Illuminizer as a base for the powder to adhere to. It did well for that purpose and the color stayed put through my 9-hour workday. I think this pigment would look amazing over a dark brown or black base, or smudged-out eye pencil. I only used the Illuminizer since it was handy (I also used it as a cheekbone highlighter). 


Stealth blogging at the office -- not a recommended practice! 

Although Ore is very sparkly and metallic, I do think it can still be appropriate for the workplace. In my case because of my eye shape and as I am getting older and gravity is taking its toll, much of the color in the crease is hidden from view when my eyes are open, so I don't feel as if it is over the top for a conservative environment. On cheeks and lips I stuck to my usual go-to peachy/pink shades. 



Have a great week everyone! 

32 comments:

  1. Wow, Ore looks stunning on your eyes! I let out a little gasp when I saw the full EOTD. Another great pick!

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    1. Aw, thanks so much Liz! You are kind :)

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  2. Oh my goodness! You look amazing in these colors! I just love the packaging with the beetle, and gold colors are some of my favorite. Glad to see you back to posting more frequently- your blog is one of my favorites :)

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    1. Hi Martha, Thanks very much for the sweet comment! Your blog is one of my favorites as well - you have the best FOTDs and love your photos of life on the farm :) I like the beetle packaging as well - I like Illamasqua because their themed collections are a little more interesting & edgier than other brands!

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  3. Launch Away is such a pretty blush, and looks great paired with Ore here. I like how Ore brings out the golden flecks in your eyes (and the scarab reference is fun as well) :)

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    1. Thank you Dovey! I've been using Launch Away on a regular basis - it pairs well with so many different lip colors. :)

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  4. Interesting, classy & never OTT!! Your make up presentation & looks are inspiring & ALWAYS my favourite.
    I'll be fishing out my Illamasqua ore tommorrow a.m. to give it some love:)
    Thank you!

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    1. Hi Buggsiebee, Aw thank you! I appreciate the kind words :) My makeup looks are always pretty simple, but I'm glad you were inspired to break out your Illamasqua Ore :)

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    1. Hi Gaelle, Thank you! I love peach for lips - it seems to be the easiest color for me to pull off :)

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  6. Adore this - it looks amazing on your eyes and is the most perfect shade of gold.

    Nic x

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    1. Hi Nic, Thanks so much! I'm glad I finally used this color - it would also be great for a night out :)

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  7. That whole look is perfection on you! Ore is definitely worth the loose pigment hassle!

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    1. Hi Christa, Thank you my friend! I definitely need to use Ore more often from now on :)

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  8. And again, a Laura Mercier lip stain I adore (the swatches), I think I have to get one finally, they all look so nice. The Josie Maran illuminizer looks amazing, so shiny and golden! You always have the perfect lip products. / Claire

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    1. Hi Claire, Thank you! :) I like the few Laura Mercier lip stains I have, even though the name is a little deceiving because they aren't actually stains, they're just like a regular opaque lipstick, but in a pot. They can be a little dry looking, so I usually wear gloss over them. I really like the Illuminizer & the amount of product in that bottle will last me forever!

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  9. Launch Away is so beautiful! I love Ore, I often wear it when I go out at night as it hits the light so well. Love the way you've paired that liner with it, really beautiful x

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    1. Hi emmabovary, Thank you so much! Ore really does look pretty in the light -- definitely a great night-time shade! :)

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  10. Gah--that color is so beautiful on you! I love how that intense pigment looks against your lightly flushed cheeks and gorgeous peachy lips. Love the entire look!

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    1. Hi Becca, Aw, thank you! It was a super-quick look to do - I enjoyed wearing it and I definitely recommend the Ore pigment! :)

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  11. One of my favourite products from Illamasqua, looks beautiful on you x

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    1. Hi Marina, Thanks very much! I think I'll take a look at some of their other pigments next time I'm in Sephora xx

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  12. It looks so gorgeous on your lids. Love!

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    1. Thanks so much Jacqueline :) Highly recommended to give a little sparkle to a look!

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  13. The Ore pigment lends a dramatic look to your eyes..I love your collection.


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  14. Hi Magpie,
    I always adore your pictures! Very beautiful!
    I'm not a big fan of pigments as they tend to have fallout more than pressed eyeshadows. Nonetheless, you have created a very beautiful look :)

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    1. Hi Memoiselle, aw, thank you!! :) I love the look pigments give, but rarely use them because they take a bit more time to apply. I like to use them over a sticky base which helps avoid fallout :)

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  15. Gorgeous look, Ore is so beautiful! Love your photos by the way, following! :)

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  16. I must check out Ore, I can't get enough gold and glitter for the holidays coming up.

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    1. Hi Rola, Ore is really beautiful and great for some holiday sparkle :)

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