Liquid Metal creams from Illamasqua are a highly metallic cream that can be applied to the eyes, lips, face, body, and anywhere else you care for a little shimmery sheen. I treated myself to Enrapture last week at the new Illamasqua stand in Myer Sydney City, keen to try a couple of hero products from the brand. Described as ‘molten bronze’, it’s a super metallic finish without any glittery chunks or an overt pearly finish. I stuck my fingers in a couple of the other Liquid Metal creams and they were much creamier than Enrapture – best comparison I can think of texture-wise are the Metal-X cream shadows from MAC back in 2007, that same sort of creamy-but-powdery feel in the pan.
Despite the slightly powdery finish, I’d still advocate wearing a dry-finish eye primer (I’m fond of Two Faced’s Shadow Insurance) and keeping the Liquid Metal to the lid and browbone only to minimise any creasing that might happen. If you have a very fine invisible powder like Make Up For Ever’s HD Powder, a very sparing application of that is enough to further set the cream without dulling that brilliant metallic sheen.
I wore Enrapture for a good seven or eight hours and didn’t have any creasing issues. That being said, I made sure to prime properly, applied a wash of neutral bone-coloured eyeshadow underneath for further lasting power, and packed a little of MAC’s Mythology in the crease to make sure it didn’t slide. The curse of cream products – the nature of a cream can give a metallic finish that powder eyeshadows can only dream of, but you end up reaching for those same powder eyeshadows to wrangle the cream into line.
Enrapture and the other shades of Liquid Metals are available from illamasqua.com for £17.00, and for AU$44 in store. Out of curiosity, what Illamasqua products do you all recommend? I’m thinking of trying the Illumine Oil in Volt, the shimmery violet one, after reading an older review at Lipglossiping.com yesterday.