Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in Belladonna: Review and Photos

Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in Belladonna.

Occasionally you encounter a lip colour that is so pink, so rich, and so luscious that you simply can't imagine leaving the store without it. Such was the case with Belladonna and me. So far, it's been a beautiful relationship.

Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss is like a glorious hybrid between lipstick and lipgloss. You get the glossy, moisturizing smoothness of a gloss with the vibrant, opaque colour of a lipstick. The best part? It's not sticky!

When I say opaque colour, I mean opaque. Belladonna is a deep, vibrant blue-pink, and it goes on thickly with the included applicator, and we're talking some crazy pigment. Applying it evenly is no problem, but I find it can look a tad over the top when applied with the included brush. I recommend taking a bit with a clean lip brush and applying it that way, or just going ahead with the applicator and blotting. I do suggest using a liner to make things look crisp and even, but it's not essential. It wears for several hours and leaves behind a lovely, bright-pink stain.

Ready for a look?

Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in Belladonna is a deep, vibrant blue-pink.

Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss comes in a sleek plastic tube. You get seven grams of product.

The applicator is a small brush.

Here's how it looks on:

Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss swatched on the back of my hand.

Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in Belladonna applied. For reference, I'm about an NW20 (fair with rosy undertones), and this photo was taken in natural light.

I'd say the only downside is the price. It's a tad steep at $22, but, in my view, totally worth the occasional splurge—especially for the holidays. 

The verdict: Love it. I haven't come across another gloss this opaque or this smooth and un-sticky. (Take that, MAC Lipglass!) Plus, the colour is a stunner—this pink is bold and classy all at the same time.

Rating: Four and a half stars out of five (less half a star for the price). 

Available: The Bay, thebay.com, and illamasqua.com for C$22.

Have you tried Illamasqua's Intense Lipgloss? What did you think? Will you be sporting it this holiday season?

Disclosure: This product was purchased by Eyeshadow Addict.

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