Illamasqua Lipstick in Atomic Review & Swatch

Illamasqua has become an iconic British brand. Their lipsticks cost £20 each and can be purchased on their online store or at the Selfridges counter.


Atomic is described as a Fushia Violet. it’s a matte lipstick with a slight sheen of violet in it. It’s really dry and hard to apply. You can’t really apply it straight from the bullet and expect to get a clean edge. It really needs warming up on the back of your hand and is best applied with a lip brush. The fact it’s drier than most does mean it lasts longer and while it might be dry to apply it does not cause your lips to feel dry during its wear.

I do like this lipstick. The violet shift isn’t particularly obvious on the lips and the wear time is good. I am just not fond of the application issues. I much prefer to be able to apply my lipstick from the bullet.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments.