Illamasqua Magnetism Lipstick Review

Whilst I have no reviewed all of my MAC lipsticks, this won’t stop me from carrying on reviewing what other lip products I have, and as this is one of my favourites I thought it was worth finally reviewing after nearly a year of owning it.

I remember when this lipstick came out and my friend Poppy recommended I go and try it. The first time I tried it I loved the colour, but decided to leave it because it was too much like Rebel, but after going to look at it again I realised whilst it was a lot like Rebel, it was more glossy than Rebel and it would be ideal for work, so I gave in and bought it!

This was my first Illamasqua purchase, and thus my first lipstick purchase from Illamasqua too. I love this lipstick and although I haven’t worn it since last winter, its been worn loads for work the past two weeks and I forgot how much I love it!



I remember it like yesterday that Magnetism came out for the Generation Q Collection and it looked so nice on the various different women who wore it for the promotional images. So I took myself the second time around to the Illamasqua counter in Selfridges and got them to put this on for me. It looked beautiful and I snapped it up, I had £16 to spare and thought it would be a nice autumn/winter treat for myself.

I’ve always been told how Illamasqua lipsticks are all a matte finish and to be honest, I hate matte lipsticks with a passion. They dry my lips out and chap them really quite badly so I tend to stay away, so when I found out that Magnetism was more of a creamy and sheen finish which are the type of lipsticks I sway toward.

The evening I bought this, I wore it out to a pub/bar with my friends. It lasted ages and I’ve been hooked on it ever since.



Illamasqua describes Magnetism as a deep raspberry pink, but doesn’t state what finish it is, like MAC does. This is a permanent shade, even though I think when it was released (about) a year ago, it was meant to be a limited edition lipstick for the collection. I’m glad its permanent however as its such a gorgeous lipstick and probably  the only Illamasqua one I’ll purchase, until they make anymore finishes like this one anyway. The lipstick itself comes in Illamasqua’s usual black rectangular packaging, which is shiny black and has Illamasqua’s name printed on the lipsticks lid. The packaging for their lipsticks is simple, but I like simple things, personally.

The lipstick itself can look scary to some due to the fact it is a dark pink shade, but when applied to the lips it looks like a gorgeous dark pink that most skin tones would suit. It is pretty much a dupe of MAC’s Rebel, but Magnetism is more creamy than Rebel and leaves a glossy finish, whereas Rebel leaves more of a matte finish.

The finish that this lipstick leaves is beautiful and due to it being so creamy your lips don’t feel dry and it looks like you have a clear gloss over the top. This lipstick does feather but it does so in such a nice way. An example of this being when I first wore it to work, after about three or four hours of hard labor it feathered, but it left behind a nice just bitten affect, which I really liked and with some lip balm applied to the lips and a bit of rubbing with your ring finger, your lips will look just bitten and gorgeous.

I wouldn’t wear a lip liner with this lipstick as I feel it really would ruin the lipsticks beautiful colour.

This lipstick does have a slight scent of something to it, but I don’t know if it is vanilla or just my nose playing me up. Either way the scent doesn’t bother me and it doesn’t taste unpleasant so that doesn’t bother me either.

When I first bought this it soon replaced Rebel but after a while Magnetism was beaten and replaced by Rebel instead. This lipstick is gorgeous though and for me is ideal for work, whereas Rebel isn’t.

If you’re contemplating trying Rebel but you’re too scared to due to how dark and scary it does seem, I say go for Magnetism instead as while it is a dupe, its glossy and looks less scary than Rebel does.

I’ve worn this lipstick on many dates in the past, whether they be with guys or even on dinner/drink dates with my favourite girls and I’ve always found in a hurry that this lipstick’s lid has been shot across many tables at most restaurants and bars in Birmingham. Embarrassing, yes but it has left me shaking my head at this lipstick whenever I go to apply it since.

I’m so glad I have this lipstick in my collection and this month it has fast become one of my favourites to wear for work and I get nothing by compliments from customers, which I lovely in itself!

It retails for £16.50 from Illamasqua but now that Illamasqua stock their products on Debenhams website you may be able to try and get it for a maximum of 20% off in their beauty sales in future. Keep those eyes peeled!

Magnetism EDIT

I really love Magnetism and it’s pretty much become my staple for work, especially in the mornings when I need a pick me up or I’m feeling a little low. I only wear lip products, make up wise and rely on a strong lipstick to brighten up my whole face. Magnetism does this perfectly and even in the spring and summer months, this lipstick could be pulled of beautifully.

What do you think of Magnetism? Do you own it, if not have you had your eye on it? Please let me know in the comments down below!

I’ll keep trying to write lipstick reviews, I have enough of them to talk about!

Until next time, take care and have a good week everyone!

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