March 31, 2012

Illamasqua cream blush in Laid - review, swatches and FOTD

I was so impressed when I bought my first cream blush from Illamasqua, the wonderfully pigmented coral coloured "Rude", that I knew I wanted to get another one in a different shade. I really wanted to get "Promise", a warm pink, but that was sold out. So I ended up buying "Laid", a bright rose pink. {Editor's note: I first wrote "I ended up getting Laid but quickly changed it to buying... this is a family friendly blog after all!}
Illamasqua cream blush in Laid

The colour looks really scary and bright in the pan, but used lightly it can give a wonderful rosy glow to cheeks. You seriously only need a tiny amount as it's incredibly pigmented.

Swatch of Illamasqua cream blush in Laid

The quality of the blush is just perfect, especially for a cream blush novice like myself. 
  • It feels very light on the skin and is non sticky. 
  • Can be worn under or over powdered skin. You know how if you try to wear a creamy product over powdered skin it goes patchy? Well this doesn't! Which in my book makes it the perfect cream blush for people with oily skin who absolutely must powder their face or risk becoming an oil slick by lunch time. 
  • Worn straight over my foundation this lasts 4-6 hours. But if I wear it over my powdered face it lasts 10-12 hours for me easily!
  • Gives a beautiful healthy sheen to the cheeks, for that "of course I have naturally rosy cheeks" glow. 
  • Can be worn on the lips

Here's what it looks like on the face. See, not scary bright at all. And I haven't used flash in these pics so the glow is not from any artificial lighting, but is rather from the blush itself.
On lips - MAC Viva Glam Nicki 

And here's a close up of my cheek with "Laid" on.

What do you think of this blush?
What are your favourite cream blushes?


  1. Oh wow, this shade is gorgeous!! I love Illamasqua cream blushes, so I will definitely have to think about picking this one up. Also, you're looking fabulous!

    Sharleena xx

  2. It looks really pretty on you :)
    Great review!

  3. What a beautiful colour! I have never bought anything from Illamasqua but their products and marketing and packaging all looks fantastic!

  4. I just brought my first cream blush and I'm a total novice, I don't even know how to apply it ha! This looks amazing! Great review! xxxx

  5. gorgeous shade Lilit, looks great on you, I am Illamasqua virgin :(

  6. I love this color on you Lilit!
    I bought my first Illamasqua cream blush in January, in the shade Seduce. I've been loving it since!
    I wish Illamasqua was available in italy, I'm not a big fan of online shopping! xxx

  7. This looks gorgeous and perfect with Mac Viva Glam Nicki :) x

  8. Wow, this blush is gorgeous. It definitely gives a pretty glow xx

  9. These look lovely, I really love maxfactor miracle touch creamy blushes and mac restores dazzle.

    Ria x

  10. So pretty! Love it paired with MAC Nicki!

  11. Beautiful shade, it looks really great on you :)

  12. What a lovely color! It looks great on you.

  13. HEE HEE HEE. Sorry >w>; Getting laid...snicker. (This is how you know i'm mature.) This totally looks like your type of blush. I love the glow, the rosy brightness it brings to your face. :D <3 Huge thumbs up.

    1. Hehehe, I'm immature too! But I thought I'd better change it to buying Laid. Can't have everyone find out my maturity level!

  14. This blush looks gorgeous! I'll have to look at picking one up. :)

  15. This color is gorgeous! I'm always apprehensive to try cream blushes because I have oily skin but this might just have convinced me.

  16. A cream brush you can wear over powder?! Amazing! I'm going to have to check these out next time I'm at an Illamasqua counter.

  17. lol at i ended up getting laid!!! I picked this up at IMATS last year and love it. Now i need to try out more Illamasqua blushers, they're really good

  18. I have just gotten into cream blushes and have seen so many great reviews on the ones by illamasqua. I think it's time to try them out for myself. Ps. You look so beautiful, you are absolutely glowing!

  19. so pretty! i love nyx cream blushes currently, i can afford lots of them lol

  20. wow the color is gorgeous! i love it!

  21. It's been long I wanted to pick this shade! Thanks for reviewing and love the dolly look in you! ^_^



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