New Found Love with Illamasqua and a Rant.

Hi guys! It's been a while..... I know. I've been 'relaxing' and also celebrating a bit since it is 2013! Crap, time flies so fast! A few minor and exciting things has happened over the new years break and all. As usual I'm ALWAYS on instagram (follow me if you haven't! @jolinemelina) more than me blogging away here.

Hopefully with the holiday time I still have remaining before Uni starts, I will try to post more often here. (Do you remember when I use to post often? Yeah, I've been lazy. But I do miss this blog!)

So... I was after a bright fuschia lipstick for a while since (I'm assuming) everyone's has been going crazy about MAC's Girl About Town (for some reason... considering it's summer and everyone likes bright colours? I don't know, but there's been a bit of a hype from what I've seen.)

Anyways, I actually wanted to get MAC's Girl About Town cause it would look so nice with my current MAC collection I have going on but, I was like... 'I think I'll try something from Illamasqua for once' so I did. I purchased this beautiful fuschia lippy in the Shade 'Corrupt' for $25AU. (I'm pretty sure for those who follow me on Instagram you would've seen me post this!)

Anyways, I've been wearing it every now and then cause the colour has that in-your-face fuschia which I'm not that flamboyant to wear on a daily basis. 

The formulation of this lipstick is quite dry (so you'll need a little bit of lip balm to have it applied on smoothly) considering that it's a matte lippy it has amazing staying power. I wore this lippy on a day out to the city and it was on my lips for a good 4-5 hours. When eating and drinking it didn't come off my lips completely but was still intact as opposed to many other lipsticks I've used. 

Packaging wise, the lipstick looks luxurious and elegant (well in my opinion). It's has this classic vibe to it (or is it just me?) and something a little unique to what I have (and what I have is mainly MAC lippies and Revlon Lip Butters). Would I repurchase another Illamasqua lipstick? Yes! Love the formulation!

Despite the fact that I dearly love MAC lipsticks, I think I've found new love in Illamasqua lipsticks. I usually get my MAC lippies from the US (cause the prices in AUS are ridiculous) and comparing MAC's AUS RRP of $36 and Illamasqua price (which has been lowered down due do the 'Fair Price for Beauty campaign') at a decent $25AU I think Illamasqua's lippies are quite good. 

I'm looking forward to trying more things from Illamasqua and I thought, since we're on the topic of Illamasqua. I would like to share with you my negative experience I had on Boxing Day. So if you want to read on, please read on if not you can stop here. LOL

So yeah, I wanted to share about my experience with Illamasqua (being a first timer with them) and also the Myer City Store in Sydney. I thought this would be somewhat relevant and I didn't want to make a whole seperate post and all... but here it goes. 

It was on Boxing Day whilst taking my relatives to go sight seeing around Sydney and I popped by the Illamasqua counter at Myer Sydney. Let me just say that - despite it being Boxing Day (you know people all going crazy over sales and SA's going nuts) the MUA at Illamasqua was really arrogant... I was after a few things so I told him but after how he addressed my needs and also what I wanted, he was so hesitant to not deal with my needs even though I'm there to pay for the products he represents, let alone he didn't seem like he wanted to help me at all. I was so frustrated but I continued to make a purchase since I needed some staples. (Urgh, End of Mini Rant)

Anyways, I really needed a new primer. I tried on the Stain Primer and loved it so I purchased that first. Not shortly after arriving home I found that my primer was 3 months expired. I called up Myer and also was hung up on three times since the call did not make it through to Illamasqua's counter. By the 4th time I finally got to someone at Illamasqua and the call cut off? I was so persistant at this point and also furious, I called for the 5th time and FINALLY someone answered me, I obviously told them about what happened and they said they will refund/exchange blah blah. You get the point.

The most annoying thing for me is that I had to go all the way back to Illamasqua (since there is only 1 counter in the whole of Sydney) and get a refund. I was going to get a new primer but since the MUA was being arrogant and also the idea that I might be copping another expired primer just put me off. Let alone, I cannot explain the countless times I've experienced such horrible customer service at Myer. Let alone, the Myer store at City (Pitt St). It really frustrates me because I'm there to give my hard earned cash to buy products that I wanna enjoy but get put off but crappy customer service. It sucks. Anyways, I'm done with this rant. I ended up sticking with one Illamasqua product which I'm so in love with now but I'm going to be forever put off by buying from the Illamasqua counter. I think I'll just do my Illamasqua shopping online.

End of Rant. 

Anywho, on a brighter side I'm glad I'm happy with my lippy now! Hope to see you guys soon in my next post!

Love, J 


  1. Wow, that was one experience you had! :O I would have done what you did and just stuck with the lipstick and not repurchase the primer because if the SA was rude to me, I would leave immediately!

    The lipstick looks great though.

  2. Sounds like you got some pretty shitty service. Honestly, this is why I do most of my MU shopping online now, you really don't get the service brick n mortar stores claim to provide.

    When I worked at a MU counter a few years back, I got told off for "spending too much time with customers" and "being too accessible". Sigh.

  3. I think I know who you're talking about. And yes it sucks when you get put off by experiences like this. I've always said to people I don't MIND paying more if I get exceptional service. Sadly, that so far only lies in Japan and they work hard for your Yen over there. Hell I get better service at Maccas. And they wonder why we shop online more...

  4. This lipstick shade is so bright and great for a statement lip! How awful your experience with Myer was, I absolutely hate terrible customer service with assistants who don't even care at all. Unbelievable that you had to call up 5 times before they even answered your call, and the nerve of them to say you were giving in a primer you had already that was expired! After something like that I wouldn't want to go back at all :( One of the benefits to online shopping I guess :)

  5. I know what you mean about the Illamasqua staff, they can be really snobby here in Britain too. I love their products, though, so I put up with it! Lol xx

  6. Im really eager to try Illamasqua lipsticks. :)


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