Illamasqua Cream Pigments in Dab, Emerge and Mould. Review and Swatches

As you may remember, Illamasqua has launched the brand new product which is called Cream Pigment and you can read about it here.

There are 6 shades in general and I was given 3 of them to try out. I have Emerge, Mould and Dab. So here is what Illamasqua says about them and my opinion.

First of all I have to say that I like the idea that you can use these on eyes/lips/cheeks/face/body- whatever you can think of and whatever suits you.

I  also like what Alex Box said about these: “I don’t think we have ever created a product that is as hard working as Cream Pigment. They can correct or enhance, disguise or reveal. I am obsessed with their versatility; blush, lips, eyes, contouring … they are absolutely my favourite product right now. Super-blendable, they can be pressed and blended into skin or slicked on for graphic shapes. Education is key with the pigments. Once you have learnt how to master them, you can control their impact.”

So here we go:

Emerge (peach) – “This peach brightens under eye shadows and is beautiful as a highlighter on olive – darker skintones. It’s also a very flattering blusher on paler skin tones.”

Unfortunately, it doesn’t work for me as an under  eye concealer as I find the texture  heavy for my taste and it looks too obvious on myself. As for the lipstick – I wouldn’t wear it on it’s own as it looks like concealer on me but it’s great to mix with other shades to make them lighter! I like to use this as a blusher as it looks very pretty on my skin tone,  really suitable for Spring – fresh and peachy.

I was interested in how it is compared with Rude ( I L-O-V-E Rude, definitely, a must have from the brand) so here you go. If I had to choose between both – I’d go for Rude as I love the shade, texture, blend-ability, well, everything about it.

Dab (lilac) – “This gentle lilac is beautiful for eyes lips and cheeks, especially for a 60s look.”

I agree that this is a great shade for Spring and a great shade for 60’s inspired look.  Cream Pigments stay on much better than the Liquid Metal. Yes, they do crease but I find that if you use a thin layer it looks fine for my taste. Yes, I don’t mind some creasing especially when it comes to darker shades. You can try using the primer or just don’t go for this products if you want your shadows to be very neat.

Mould (grape) – “Because every Spring collection needs a touch of darkness, this grape is stunning as a base for a smoky eye or intense, statement lip.’

This is my favourite. Of course, who would have doubted! I love it as a base for a smokey eye, in fact, I am wearing  dark purple smokey eyes as I am writing this. It looks nice on it’s  own and with the powder eye shadows on top. Yes, it does crease but I like it actually. And it creases reasonably, if you can say so, it’s not all over the place just doesn’t look too neat and tidy which is great for the casual smokey look.

It works great for mixing with the lip products for getting the darker shade. It looks nice on it’s own but I don’t think I could wear it out, at least not to work. I will also try  mixing it with the  cream  blushers to see what shades I can get.

So overall impression:

I think these are great for mixing with other shades and for experimenting, it wakes up your creativity I would say. They do crease on the eyes but not as bad as the Liquid Metal and I personally kind of like this kind of creasing. You can use these as an eye shadow base, as a liner or whatever you can think of. Some shades can be used as a blush and for contouring.

I would say that it’s a nice product to try if you want to play around. The price is £17.00

4 thoughts on “Illamasqua Cream Pigments in Dab, Emerge and Mould. Review and Swatches”

  1. I’m eye-ing these for a while now they’re gorgeous. I just wanted to know something tho, does those dry to a powdery finish of they remain wet and dewy?

    1. hi, Nouf
      I wouldn’t say that they have a powdery finish, you can definitely see that it’s a cream product unless you blend it out a lot. So it really depends on the application and the amount of product you use.

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