Review: Illamasqua Scandal Lipstick


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A few weeks ago I noticed Illamasqua were doing a 50% off flash sale, so I was on the website quicker than a flash (pun most definitely intended) and ordered myself a couple of things. I've always admired Illamasqua makeup from afar but have never bought any before because there's not a counter near me. But half price lipstick was too good to refuse, so I took the plunge and made my choices after a very quick Google for swatches and reviews. Blogs are mighty useful sometimes, aren't they?

Anyway, one of the things I got was a lipstick in the shade Scandal. Based on the photo/swatch on the website I wouldn't have even given this a second look, but I'm glad I did a little background research first as it looks completely different in real life. As you can probably see from my photos above, it's a very bright coral shade, but on the Illamasqua website it looks more like a muted pinky-brown. If I had ordered it expecting it to be a fairly neutral shade I would have been very disappointed, but thanks to reading a few reviews of it first I was betting on it being a lovely bright, bold colour. It's described as a "warm coral pink" and it definitely is, it looks like quite a true coral in these photos but in real life I'd say it verges on being slightly more pink toned. I absolutely love the colour and it's the perfect shade for summer.

Scandal is a matte lipstick but it doesn't feel at all drying. Like any matte lipstick (or any lipstick at all, pretty much) it will cling a little bit to dry patches, but it feels very smooth and tends to glide over the lips much more easily than most of my other matte lipsticks. I've applied two or three swipes in the photos above to get the full effect, but to be honest you only really need one swipe and you get a fairly full-on colour. It's SO pigmented! It's really creamy and easy to apply, and it creates the quickest statement lip ever. If you don't fancy being quite so bright, it also looks lovely dabbed on to the lips and then blended with a little bit of lip balm to give a more subtle tint.

As for longevity, I'm a little bit torn. If you don't do anything (i.e. eating or drinking) it will last for hours. I'd say it would last pretty much all day with maybe a little top up at midday. However, if you actually plan on doing normal stuff, it's not very long-lasting at all. I wore it recently for an evening out and, despite doing the old blot and reapply trick a couple of times before I went out, after two drinks it was looking very patchy and definitely in need of reapplication. By the third drink I decided to give up altogether, smudge it into my lips and switch to lip balm instead. It's a lovely lipstick with a really nice formula, but not the most practical of lip products. I like to be as low-maintenance as possible on nights out, so having to reapply after each drink is really not ideal. It's the perfect shade for bold night time makeup, but unless I'm planning to drink through a straw the entire night I think it will be relegated to my day time makeup bag.

Have you tried Illamasqua lipsticks?

Gillian x


  1. this is such a beautiful colour, I've now added it to my favourites! I find it's so difficult to buy lipsticks online because the colour they portray is rarely true to what they actually are, but this is lovely!

  2. Such a shame it doesn't last as it's such a pretty colour!

  3. never tried that brand but I love the colour :)

  4. It really is a perfect shade for Summer and it looks so pretty with your complexion and dark hair! I never tried any Illamasqua lipstick but I really need to! xx

  5. This colour is gorgeous!

    Katie x |

  6. You chose well, this shade suits you perfectly! Really lovely :)


  7. It looks SO drying but the shade is SO lovely. I'm TORN.

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  9. Oh my goodness this shade is perfect! I'm a complete sucker for a bold lip and this just screams summer. This really suits you, and who can complain about half price lipstick? xx

  10. great color!
    perfect for summer!! ;)

  11. Gorgeous shade :)

  12. I haven't tried any Illamasqua lipsticks, but this one looks so beautiful on you!


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