Monday, 20 October 2014

Look of the Day: Immodest, Exposed

At the risk of promoting an oxymoron, Happy Monday, everyone! If there are two things I go gaga for, it's lipstick and sales. The star product of today's Look of the Day comes from a happy marriage of these two delights. As I've mentioned previously, Illamasqua is set to leave North American shelves quite soon, and for the past two months has been offered at a discount at all Hudson's Bay locations. On my last stop at the counter, the whole lot (at least the scarce selection of shades remaining) was 50% off. I couldn't help but pick up a few goodies, one of which is the cheery pink lipstick featured below.

Illamasqua Matte Finish Lipstick in Immodest is perhaps the most Barbie-like shade in my stash. It's vivid, cool-toned, and princess-like to the extent where it's almost not wearable (unless I was hoping to parade around as Ms. Barbie herself), but I've done my best to make it work because I'm always up for the challenge of taming a wild lipstick. 


To complement the vibrant pink lip, I opted for matte, muted shades of plum on the eyes. I turned to the master of such tones, the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. I started by applying Limit (a matte dusty rose) all over the lid, blending up to the crease and created some shape by sweeping Nooner (a mid-tone dusky plum) along my socket line. In place of traditional eyeliner, I smudged some of Darkside eye shadow (a deep, blackened purple) along my upper lash line. 


For the cheeks, I opted for as neutral a shade as I could find. The first time I wore Immodest, I paired it with the similarly hued NARS Mata Hari blush, which actually looked a bit costume-like. One can only handle so much cotton candy colour on their face at once! To remedy this, I reached for Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed this time around. Its subtle plummy hues complemented both eyes and cheeks nicely, rather than trying to match or compete with Immodest. The result- a much more wearable look!


The Breakdown:

Foundation: Shu Uemura The Lightbulb Fluid Foundation #774
Concealer: BeneFit Fake-Up in Light (under eyes) and MAC Select Cover-Up NC20 (on blemishes and redness)
Powder: Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot (lightly on t-zone) and Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light (all over)

Contour: Inglot HD Sculpting Powder #504

Blush: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed


Brows: Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Taupe and Tinted Brow Gel in Caramel
Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion Original Formula
Eye Shadows: (From the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette): Limit (all over lid, blended up to the crease), Nooner (on the crease), Darkside (smudged into upper lash line, as a liner), and a mix of Strange and Dust (on inner corners and brow bones as a highlight)

Mascara: Revlon Lash Potion Waterproof in Black

Lips: Illamasqua Matte Finish Lipstick in Immodest


And a few more shots of the look:






Overall, I think I did a decent job at wearing Immodest without traversing into fairy princess territory. It really is a fabulous shade and I'm so happy I could make it work! As with most matte lip offerings from Illamasqua, this can look a bit chalky on the lips, but nothing a touch of lip balm won't fix. Although this isn't a typical Fall-like lipstick, I think it's an ultra fun complement to the plummy tones of shadow and blush that are so appropriate for the season. And really, who doesn't want to be a little Immodest once in a while?

Thanks for stopping by! xo

51 comments:

  1. I love Exposed on you! It pulls the tiniest bit red on me, so I think it might just be more suited to a less olive, paler skin. I used it in the tutorial I posted today, and it's gorgeous on the model, but I can never quite get the same effect on myself!

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    1. Thanks! I'd been considering swapping it away cus I hadn't reached for it in a while, but after wearing it yesterday, I was inspired to keep it. So versatile :)

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  2. I've been thinking about purchasing Exposed for quite some time now, I think I will this week now, you've sold it to me ;) x

    Rebecca | morerebe.com

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    1. It's really quite a pretty and versatile blush! xo

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  3. Gorgeous look! I love this lipstick on you, suits you really good xx
    Ana Céline Labod

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  4. You look great! You've done a really good job of making the lipstick look soft and pretty and not too 'Barbie girl'.

    macinmybackpack.blogspot.com xx

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    1. Aww, thanks! That was the goal :)

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  5. Stunning look.
    Who knew a bubble gum pink could look so chic!
    TarteTanya

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  6. What a gorgeous color on you xx

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  7. The choice of the blush and lipstick combination works wonderfully on your skin!
    xxx Kat @ Katness

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    1. Thanks so much, Kat! I always worry about being able to pull off cool-toned pink lips, but this one works :)

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    1. Thanks, Fabrizia! It's such a fun shade :)

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  9. Mooi! :)

    xxx Linsey from POSE-BLOG.com

    You can also check my BLOGLOVIN & FACEBOOK if you like! :)

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  10. Subtle eye with bold lipstick? Fave!

    Also, your lashes are amazing - they look so natural yet captivating.

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    1. Aww, thanks so much! I'm a sucker for a bold lip, always :)

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  11. You are gorgeous! Especially love your eyebrows!
    comment back if you'd like
    www.lisadebonnet.com

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  12. You are SO good with makeup! When I first saw that shade, I was like no one can pull that off for an every day look! But I think that you did. I especially love the way that you did your cheeks and eye shadow. Gorgeous!
    -Anne
    www.anneandspencer.com

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    1. Aww, thanks so much! I did have a lot of fun with this look :)

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  13. You were a BRAVE girl for pairing Mata Hari with Immodest, but I can see why it didn't go all that well ;) Immodest is such a fun shade on you, Jennifer! I like how smooth it looks despite the fact that it has a matte finish!

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    1. Haha, I thought they'd complement each other, but it ended up being *a bit* much ;) Thanks so much, Sunny! I just applied a touch of lip balm underneath and that did the trick!

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  14. Wow, so beautiful pictures. *__*
    Greetings Nessa

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  15. I think you've done SO well in trying to make it work. You have such a natural glow, it looks soooo good.

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    2. Aww, thanks so much, Rebecca! xo

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  16. I love your lipstick - it's such a gorgeous shade of pink!


    - Deniz
    www.dressedupdeniz.com

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    1. Thank you! I really surprised myself at how much I liked Immodest :)

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  17. I should've picked up this shade of lipstick while I was grabbing the foundation and eyeshadows at Illamasqua! It looks gorgeous on you; the whole look is beautiful. It's hard to make such a bright, hot pink look pretty and classy at the same time. Well done!

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    1. Aww, thanks so much, Terri! Immodest is definitely worth picking up if you like bright pinks :)

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  18. Love 'dem brows!And that lip shade is gorgeous on you!

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  19. I really like the shade of the lipstick, although I get what you're saying about matte lipsticks sometimes looking quite chalky. It is such a pretty colour though :) xx

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  20. Ahhh what a great color. I love Barbie pink lips! Illamasqua comes up with the best names for their stuff.

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    1. They really do! Thanks, Ingrid :)

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  21. I just love the pink softness seen in both your eyes and cheeks. It's absolutely romantic. Gosh, I do love Naked 3!!!

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    1. Thanks, Natasja! Naked 3 really is the perfect palette for romantic eye looks :)

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  22. Seriously though, I need you to take me under your wing and make me wear all the bright lipsticks! I have so many! They look so good on you! Bright lipsticks call for lots of exclamation marks!!!!

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    1. Aww, I'm always happy to be a bright lipstick guru ;) And yes, so worth a huge exclamation!!!! :)

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