Illamasqua Rich Liquid and Beyond Powder via RY.COM.AU

Having never tried Illamasqua before, I was really impressed to see that RY stocked a decent amount of products from the brand. I got my grubby little mitts on the Rich Liquid Foundation and the Beyond Powder in OMG.

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Another week, another foundation review and wear test.  This week I was kindly gifted some Illamasqua goodies from Australian Makeup Super-Store, RY.COM.AU

Established in 2005 on the sunny Gold Coast, RY has quickly established a reputation as being Australia’s largest online beauty retailer. We are proud to be a fully authorised retailer for all the brands you see here on RY. We have over 250 premium beauty brands across cosmetics, hair care and skin care, including customer favourites Alpha H, ASAP, Dermalogica, GHD, Parlux, Redken and SkinCeuticals.

Having never tried Illamasqua before, I was really impressed to see that RY stocked a decent amount of products from the brand. I got my grubby little mitts on the Rich Liquid Foundation and the Beyond Powder in OMG.

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Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation

Achieve maximum coverage with the Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation; a coveted makeup base utilised and loved by professional makeup artists.

The liquid formula is effortlessly applied to the complexion, offering seamless, blended and water-resistant results. Delivering a semi-matte finish, the foundation conditions the skin and is able to eliminate excess oil to reduce unwanted shine. A perfect base for flawless and long lasting makeup application.

I seriously love the packaging – it is a squeezy tube but still looks oh-so-chic. Absolutely perfect for travel and to pop in your handbag without the risk of shattering. Other brands need to take note.

My first impressions weren’t great. I had washed all my brushes and sponges,  so they were downstairs drying, so when I went to apply this foundation, I used my Clarisonic with the foundation brush head. BIG mistake. The foundation was cakey, thick and immediately settled into my pores and fine lines. It created texture where there was none. You know how I love a subtle glow, but this was beyond. Within half an hour of wearing this, it looked like you could fry an egg on my chin – it was that greasy. I needed to powder before leaving the house, and while this did contain the oil, it did little to help with the other issues. In fact, it made my skin look even worse.

Throughout the day my skin felt disgusting and heavy, and looking in the mirror was a fright. These results are the exact opposite of what this foundation is meant to achieve. So I have put it down as perhaps too much product and not the best tool for the job.

 

But, because I think products can often be misrepresented by first impressions, I persevered and kept wearing the foundation, and lucky I did. I experimented with tools, primers, and powders to really make the most of the foundation and get it to work for my skin. I found that a Beauty Blender is by far my favourite way to apply. It sheers out the thick formula which, in turn, prevents caking. This, in addition to a pore-filling primer like the Tatcha Silk Canvas really makes all the difference. You can see by the photos below how much more natural and smooth my skin looks. A huge difference from the results on the first day of wear.

This foundation is heavy duty. Full coverage and really long wearing. Definitely not something you’d reach for on a daily basis. But for a special occasion, it is ideal. It photographs so bloody well and covers everythinggggg. I think it would work well for most skin types but, like me, you might need to play around with a few factors to ensure you get the most out of the Illamasqua Rich Foundation.

Illamasqua Beyond Powder in OMG

The silky powder glides effortlessly over skin, and can be used to create an all-over illuminated finish or applied with more precision to perform like a highlighter. Perfect for illuminating the high points of the face and reflecting light, the powder is effective when worn on the top of the cheek bones, brow bones and even the collar bones.

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This highlighter is gorgeous! Probably one of the prettiest in my collection and the white gold shade is just my cup of tea. The packagaing again steals the show. The shiny black plastic is so sleek and the shape is just so unique and appealing.   The powder itself is very fine and applies beautifully.  It leaves a lovely subtle shimmer that perfectly highlights the high point of the face. This is the exact type of illuminator that I lust over. Soft, subtle with a slight warm undertone – perfect.  Using the Beyond Powder with a dry brush gives your skin the most gorgeous glow, but if you wanna ramp it up and get that ‘gram worthy glow, it can also be applied with a wet brush – I haven’t attempted this, because it is just not my thing.

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I am seriously impressed with the two Illamasqua products that I have tried, and I am looking forward to browsing through the rest of the range on RY.com.au and picking up some more goodies.

 

What are your favourite RY.COM.AU brands?

 

Camille xx

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely on my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

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OFRA @ RY.com.au {Review} RY MUA Store

irstly, the sight of this little beauty alone give my those makeup tingly feelings… everyone get those right?! Right?! From the stunning pale gold shade, to the beautiful detail in the press, this little baby really is set to impress.

I was lucky enough to be gifted some ultra swoon-worthy products from RY.com.au for the purpose of reviewing.  After lusting after OFRA products for so long, I finally have some in my hot little hands. See below for my thoughts and a NON-affiliate code (meaning I make no money of it) to save you some coin.

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OFRA Rodeo Drive Highlight

Firstly, the sight of this little beauty alone give my those makeup tingly feelings… everyone get those right?! Right?! From the stunning pale gold shade, to the beautiful detail in the press, this little baby really is set to impress.  With glowing reviews (pun intended), I was super interested in getting this all up in my grill and making me glow like a disco ball. From first swatch, it is easy to see the amount of gorgeous pigmentation. I did however note that it is a little on the powdery side, which is not really concerning but I just thought I would mention. The highlight does swatch beautifully and feels super silky on the skin, but I have found that highly pigmented highlighters don’t always translate well on the skin. But I should not have been worried because, boy does this deliver. The formula is super buttery, pigmented and glides on the face seamlessly. It is easily diffused for a lovely not-too OTT glow, or you can pack it on for that Instagram glam look.

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OFRA Illuminating Blush Stripes 

This is another simply stunning product. Similar to the highlight, the formula is SUPER pigmented and buttery, plus it is just oh-so dreamy to look at. My only ‘sort of’ negative comment on this product would be its name. There is no way that these shimmers could be considered anything other than a highlight, especially not a blush or bronzer. As you can see from first glance into the pan, the stripes, although stunning shades, are not what you could call a blush. Varying from an icy white, pink and peach to a deep golden bronze, all of these shades are super glowy and shimmery and would be best suited to highlighting your face, or even used as a shimmery eyeshadow. That being said, it is a gorgeous product that allows you to create your own personalised hue from the various colours and it is certainly buildable, which gives you control over how little or how much glow you want on your precious little mug.

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OFRA Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick

I am a huge lover of liquid lipstick, but needless to say I am highly picky in regards to the formula. I need something light, long-wearing and mostly non-drying. I have a few favourite formulas, but I mostly find liquid lipstick to either ball up on the lips, emphasise dry skin or create dry skin. I have been really surprised and impressed with the OFRA formula. While I have only tried one shade and cannot speak for the whole range, the product that I do have just glides on to the lips like a dream. The staying power is fabulous and my lips stay soft and plump all day. Big win! I will definitely be investing in some more of these bad boys.

I also received some other goodies…

Olaplex No.3 Take Home Treatment 

I have spoken about this numerous times on my blog . I swear by this at home hair treatment. It makes my blonde hair super healthy and soft, plus it reduces the amount of damage bleaching can cause. I chopped my hair into a lob about a year ago and I’ve since grown it out, it is now nipple length – that is a HUGE amount of growth in 12 months. During this time I have religiously used Olaplex and never has my hair grown so fast, nor has it been so damn healthy or thick. Even my hairdresser noticed.  I have had quite a few questions in regards to where this can be purchased from, I used to recommend specific hair salons, but now RY.com.au are offering it online. Hallelujah.

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Sachajuan Shine Serum 

Yes! so much yes. This gorgeously silky serum woks wonders on my hair. It is super moisturising but doesn’t make my hair look limp or heavy; quite the opposite really. I have been using this almost daily and have noticed a huge difference in my dry ends. My hair is left smooth, shiny and as swooshy as a Herbal Essence ad.

Sachajuan Ocean Mist 

While I have only used this twice, the Ocean Mist Spray really gives my hair a little bit of oompf. I applied it to damp hair and blow-dried for a voluminous look, that really enhanced my natural wave and gave my usually fine, flat hair a bit of body. This is definitely something I will continue to add into my hair styling routine.

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I would also like to mention that RY.com.au recently launched their very own MUA Store specially curated by makeup superstar Jasmine Hand. The idea behind this concept is to provide professional brands and products to us every day beauty and makeup enthusiasts. Offering a fabulous range of brands, the RY MUA Store, in combination with the RY.com.au site is fabulous platform to discover new, and previously difficult to find brands  based right here in Australia.

Brands include:

  • BECCA Cosmetics
  • Curtis Collection
  • Garbo + Kelly (Highly recommended)
  • Gerard Cosmetics
  • Gorgeous Cosmetics
  • Jane Iredale
  • Hylamide (a personal favourite)
  • Kryolan (MUA staple)
  • Mirenesse
  • Mehron
  • Model Rock
  • Napoleon Perdis
  • Niod (A another branch of the Deciem brand that I am desperate to try)
  • OFRA
  • PIXI By Petra
  • Sigma
  • Skindinavia
  • Young Blood
  • Z Palette

 

RY.com.au has been said to be Australia’s largest online beauty retailer, and I can spend hours swooning over the incredible range of products. For the next month RY are offering $20 off any order over $99 with the code ‘MUA4RY’. Get on to it.

Have you purchased from RY before? What do you have your eye on?

 

Camille x

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DISCLAIMER – Although these products were sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated, unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.