Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Lipstick Compendium: Illamasqua 'Boost' Intense Lip Gloss

Greetings from the Dark Side.

This is such an overdue review, but I completely forgot to review the Illamasqua Generation Q Collection. This collection included the lip gloss in 'Boost', which is a lip gloss form of the lipstick in 'Underworld'. 'Underworld' is by far my favorite lipstick from Illamasuqa, so I just had to try this lip gloss!

                                                                     Price and Availability                                                     
This is available on Illamasqua stores and website (£14) and also at Sephora ($22).

Illamasqua changed the packaging of their lip glosses. Before it was in a squeeze tube. Now, they are in a more classic tube form. The lip gloss has a brush applicator that is quite nice, although the bristles can become frayed and damaged over time or if you are not careful. I actually prefer this packaging over the old one because I personally do not like squeeze tube lip glosses. I don't know why but they freak me out!

                                                                       Color and Formula                                                         
Boost is a pinky-violet shade with blue iridescence. It has a beautiful shift in color and gorgeous shimmers! The lip gloss is not sticky at all and goes on smoothly on the lips. It also has a very distinct bubblegum scent. I personally like it, but I know many people will not.
Boost is the color equivalent of the lipstick 'Underworld'. I think they look very similar, although they are far from identical. I find that the lipstick is sheerer and looks more purple on the lips. Boost is far more pink and the blue iridescence is stronger. Boost is more moisturizing but Underworld lasts longer on my lips.

                                                                           Product in Action!                                                        

Below is Boost on my lips on its own.

Here is a swatch of the three lip products I purchased from the Illamasqua Generation Q collection: Magnetism Lipstick, Underworld Lipstick, and Boost Lip Gloss.

 I am extremely happy with this lip gloss. In my opinion, it is even better that the lipstick because it is more pigmented, moisturizing, not sticky, and does not settle into fine lines. I think more people would like this lip gloss over the lipstick because of those reasons. If you like purple or very unique lip colors, this is a product worth checking out. I am not a huge fan of lip gloss, but this will definitely be a go-to lip product for me~

I really only have two complaints about this lip gloss. Firstly is the price. $22 for a lip gloss is really expensive. I got lucky that I bought my order through Illamasqua and I had a 25% discount with free shipping. There other thing is the brush applicator. I like the brush applicator,  but I am also wary of it. Brush applicators can get messed up really easily and I would rather not have to apply lip gloss with a really messed up brush! Another thing I want to bring up again is the smell. I personally LOVE the bubblegum scent. It is very pleasant for me. But, if you are very sensitive to smells, this might bother you so be aware of that if you want to try this product.

Rating:  9/10 
(-.5 for price, -.5 for brush)

Giveaway for Boost lip gloss and Underworld lipstick coming soon :)


  1. This is a really pretty color! Looks great on you! :D

  2. mmmmm bubblegum...
    and the color is indeed fantastic and looks lovely on you!

  3. super pretty, love the blue shimmers in it


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