Illamasqua Obsidion Eyeshadow Review

by mehak on April 28, 2012

in B Grade, Eye Products, eyeshadow, Reviews

My mom is the type of person, whome i feel should have been born to  English royalty in a previous century where she could have enjoyed tea and crumpets over readings of Shakespeare. See, when normal people say things like “Dont be naughty“, she says things like “Oh you are such an imp!!“.When normal people say “She is so fake“, my mom will say “She is utterly superfluous“. You get the picture right “The food is so yummy“gets translated into “its a delectable spread”  and so on. Haha, its quite entertaining, watching her switch between a thorough convent educated ‘propah’ english accent  to a Punjabi dialect !! So when I got Illamasqua’s Obsidion eyeshadow, i immediately googled Obsidion to find that it means a blackish volcanic rock. The next time i talk to my mom i will use this word like ” That rock is as black as obsidion” or something . Im sure she will wonder how the hell her daughter whose vocabulary contains words mostly like “Yummmmyy, Yipeeee, Mommieeeee” ever came up with a word that she didn’t understand ! Who knew, makeup could make you smarter huh? *Wear glasses and feels cool*

Apart from making me a tad smarter, Illamasqua Obsidion also made me feel smokier, because Illamasqua Obsidion is perfect for a black smokey eye. A matte black is really the first shadow you need to buy, even though its the most boring….but its really the shadow you will turn to for any type of makeup- to build up the color in your crease or to flat out smoke it out on your lid. The black eyeshadow i use is from my Sleek Oh So Special Pallette which is one of my favourite eyeshadow palletes, but Illamasqua Obdision is a welcome addition..

In terms of pigmentation, Illamasqua shadows need a slight bit of work because i find you really need to dig your brush into the shadow and layer it on the lid. Once you do get the technique down though, you will get rich color payoff. This particular one is slightly dusty and dry and not really buttery, but that might be because the texture is matte. The thing about obsidion is it may look patchy when swatched on the eye but its actually quite easy to blend on the lid. I do wish it were a more intense black and a bit smoother though.

Verdict: B

Product:3.5/5, Pigmentation:3.5/5, Texture:3/5, Longevity:4/5, Value & Packaging:2.5/5

Price:  Rs 1200/-

Recommendation: Illamasuqa Obsidion is a matte, rich black. Its a pigmented shadow, and has all the  qualities of a good basic black eyeshadow but i wish it were a bit  smoother and a tad  less dry ! It would have scored better than this, but i need to  take into account just how expensive this shadow is…

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Sukanya April 28, 2012 at 2:59 pm

LOL even my vocab is limited to yums n yippies :D with shreiks of maaaaaaaa thrown in between !! :P
As, i ventured into the world of beauty n makeup i absolutely felt the need of a perfect matte black eyeshadow and Sleek noir is my holygrail black :D
I liked this one too,but the price is a bit on the higher side na ? :( Please do a black smokey eye look with this one na… :)


mehak April 30, 2012 at 12:31 am

hehe yar alll black smokey eyes r the same i feel….ek bar kiya tha..thts enough ifeel!


shivangi April 28, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Thanks for the review! I am good to skip it :)


M April 28, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Obsidion sounds like name of some ship waiting to be the next Titanic, maybe it’s just me:/


Sophia April 28, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Look how you added another word to my vocab-may you get more stuff from Illamasqua so you can educate us too ;-) Even I used to turn to Sleek Noir whenever I needed a matte black-I’ve wanted MAC Carbon for a looong time but heard its not the blackest black out there so I went ahead and got myself the Bourjois intense shadow in No 10-its the most pigmented black I’ve seen.Unfortunately its been collecting dust in my vanity coz this summer is draining me so much that I’m half dead by the time I finish putting on foundation so I use only kajal n a whoosh of the mascara wand n im ready to go…..


mehak April 30, 2012 at 12:30 am

Ooh yes iv seen tht black shadow from bourjois its toooooo p[retty!!!! i avoid buying these baked shadows but yar….they gt hard aaftr sm time


Shalini April 28, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Shade is pretty but yeah price is too steep :(


Jyoti April 28, 2012 at 7:51 pm

sucha gorgeous black. :) Was hoping to see it on your eyes in the end. :P


mehak April 30, 2012 at 12:32 am

I used it in the bronze gold smokeye eye post!


Jyoti April 30, 2012 at 7:28 pm

ohh is it! Chking out now. :)


Chris April 28, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Phooey on Illamasqua for not making this smoother. Have you tried NYX Black e/s?


Niesha April 28, 2012 at 8:27 pm

lovely smokey color though pricey…
u were right Mehak.. i can imagine switching from a sophiticated english accent to punjabi dialect.. :) enjoyed reading..:)


janisj. April 28, 2012 at 9:39 pm

i love adding new words to my vocabulary & makeup ofcourse…if illamasqua (phew even if that’s a mouthful) can manage to bring those two loves of my life together then more power to them, i say :)
btw can you share any cheaper alternatives to this??as in a matte black e/s??


mehak April 29, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I like the nyx matte black, and i live the black tht comes in the sleek palletes!


Pooja@IBC April 29, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Love the name, illamasqua gives it’s products Totally edgy!


Zahra April 30, 2012 at 10:29 am

Gimme my Bourjois Intense Extrait anyday!! :)


Nisha Khan April 30, 2012 at 9:43 pm

hello everyone,
rs.1200 for 1 eyeshadow color,i still need to have big heart for these kinda of expensive products…
trust me i am trying…lolz.


Nidhi May 2, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Hi Mahek..I am looking out for a black eyeshadow..this one sounds pricey enough..
anyways howz this one?


mehak May 2, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Hi nidhi…i like the deborah quads quite a bit u can go for it..if you want a black you should also check out the bourjois black..its stunningly deep black


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