Purple Lips with Illamasqua ESP

I like to experiment quite a bit with colour, but I generally keep it to the eyes. I’ve never been one to experiment much with lip colour, but I recently gave Illamasqua ESP Lipstick* a go and I’m pleased to say, I actually quite like this purple lips thing!

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Whilst Illamasqua are almost undoubtedly the kings of unconventional lip colour (think teal blue Apocalips, blueberry Underworld, deep navy Disciple etc) this is their first true violet purple shade. As much as I wish I did, I don’t quite have the balls required to rock a teal or navy lip but I find Illamasqua ESP to be strangely wearable. What do you think?

Illamasqua lipsticks tend to be quite drying due to their matte finish, and even though you can normally combat any drying effect by using a good lip balm underneath I wanted glossy finish rather than a matte one so I topped it with Illamasqua Boost Lipgloss* from last year’s Generation Q Collection. The violet-blue duochrome of the lipgloss is the perfect compliment to ESP!

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To complete my Paranormal look, I paired the purple statement lip with epically scruffy untouched bed hair and green shadow from the Illamasqua Paranormal Palette (which I’ll be posting about soon for sure!). I actually went out with this on and didn’t feel too concious of it. I’d do it again – weirdly enough I don’t feel comfortable in a red lip but I really like the purple!

Illamasqua ESP Lipstick costs £16.50 and, along with the rest of the Paranormal collection, is out now on counters, in standalone stores and online.

What do you think – would you rock a violet lip?

  • http://twitter.com/coco_tbm Coco

    Finally a clear swatch of this on the lips! :) Yay I want this color xx

    • http://donotrefreeze.com/ Do Not Refreeze

      A couple of people have said they hadn’t seen a clear swatch of this before – glad I could help! It would look AWESOME on you! x

  • makeupmonster1

    That lippie and gloss are incredible on!

  • beautysbadhabit

    Really suits you, especially with your hair colour!

  • Rebecca Ng

    You’re right when you said it’s wearable! Looks amazing on you :)

  • peenerbambina

    Looks lovely,but I have to ask. What did it do to your teeth? I found when I was younger and would wear these kind of colours they gave me the yellowest teeth that have ever dared to chew. Haven’t worn anything like it in years but would still be worried about the yellowing!!

    • http://donotrefreeze.com/ Do Not Refreeze

      Well… the photos aren’t edited, but you can’t see my teeth too much anyway so not the best representation. I have disgustingly yellow and stained teeth anyway from years of smoking (I know, I know) but to be honest, I don’t think ESP exacerbates the yellowness. If I were you, I’d head to a counter and ask them to apply it for you – see how you feel with it on and how it looks against your teeth for a couple of hours then make a decision. :-)

  • Lady Julianne

    I have a couple of colours that are kind of like this already – Lush Passionate is a pink with a purple flash that reminds me of this, and I’ve got a discontinued RImmel one that’s really similar. It’s great to see how you wear this!