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ILY Ilia? Tenderly and Polka Dots & Moonbeams

In the recent Beauty Bay mega sale, I ummed and aahed over the goodies on offer, but finally settled (in part through not acting fast enough!) on two Ilia Beauty chunky make up sticks:  Tenderly and Polka Dots & Moonbeams.  Each retail normally at £30.00 each, so the chance to try them both for the price of one was an opportunity that doesn't often come along.

ILIA Beauty is a high-end organic brand that have been on my radar for quite a while.  Their lip products get a lot of time and love from the blogging community and I've been intrigued by them for quite a while.   Beautiful clean lines and luxurious practical packaging combine with brilliant names and wonderful shades to produce a brand that calls out to me!  However, lip colours are quite a thing to get right, so with time against me I chose a Multi stick and Illuminator that seemed like they had the most chance of suiting me.  (I am kicking myself slightly for not going with I Put a Spell on You, but you know... gotta let it go...!)  Here's what I got:


Tenderly:  Multi stick that can be used on the lips, cheeks, eyes... but most probably on the cheeks and lips.  It's a chalky baby pink that's very pigmented.  This works great on the cheeks as a soft dash of colour, and works well with a nude lip.  My complaint about it would be that it is really too dry for me to use on the lips alone as it settles into all the dry patches.  Not ideal.

Also, as you can probably see from the photos, it is impossible to keep clean!  In trying to make sure that I don't spread germs around my face I've mostly used it with a brush, but it is a magnet for any little specks of hair or dust that happen to be around.  Due to the chalkiness it's very hard to clean off without taking off a lot of product.

Polka dots & Moonbeams:  A shimmering highlighter, I was excited to receive this as it brought back memories of clamouring over Benefit Highbeam when I was younger.  Of all the make up looks I have coveted over the years, the fresh-faced glow is the most enduring.  I had high hopes for this.  So, in some respects I am pleased with it, as it imparts a light shimmer which can be applied across the cheekbone, browbone and along the nose to give a hint of glow.  

The swatches below show quite well how it manages to be a subtle effect rather than streaks of glitter and I was happy with the payoff.  I don't know how noticeable it actually is to others, but I like to think it gives me a little glowy-ness.  It's a fun addition to the make up bag and I think it could be one of those products you pair with just a little mascara and lip balm for a fresh everyday look.   


Good for me?
Although I have lusted over many items from Ilia I wouldn't repurchase these.  I do wear them, I do like the colours and I do reach for them, but I wouldn't be lost without them in my make up bag. So although I'm still interested other items by ILIA, such as the much loved Tinted Lip Conditioners, for now I'm holding on to my money.  

Good for you?
I think if you don't lean toward dryness then these might work better for you.  Ingredient wise, Ilia are on a par with some of the best brands out there.  If you have the cash to splash, they might be something new to try - but if you're looking for investment pieces I would probably go elsewhere.  Amber from Amber's Beauty Talk also reviewed the Polka Dots Illuminator if you'd like to see what her thoughts were.

Do these work for you?  What ILIA product do you want the most/love the best?


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Tenderly:  Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Beeswax (Cera Alba)*, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Butter, Manihot Esculenta (Tapioca) Starch, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocopherol Acetate (Natural Vitamin E). May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide (Ci 77499, Ci 77492, Ci 77491), Red 7 Ci15850, Red 28 Ci45410, Yellow 5 Ci19140. *Certified Organic Ingredients. 

Polka Dots & Moonbeams:  Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Beeswax (Cera Alba)*, Trioctyldodecyl Citrate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Manihot Esculenta (Tapioca) Starch*, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil, Tocopherol Acetate (Natural Vitamin E). May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide (Ci 77499, Ci 77492, Ci 77491), Red 7 Ci15850, Red 28 Ci45410, Yellow 5 Ci19140. *Certified Organic Ingredients. 

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  1. I've not tried anything from Ilia yet though their tinted balms are high on my list. The highlighter looks pretty and subtle!

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    1. It is a lovely shimmer. I think their Cosmic Dancer one is beautiful too x

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  2. I really want to try the Polka dots & Moonbeams! Try some ILIA Lipsticks, you'll love them. I love them even more than MAC lipsticks (when I used to wear them before going natural!)

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    1. I see them popping up - Arabian Knights is definitely on my radar! Thanks for the reccommendation :) x

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  3. I love the packaging of these lipsticks...something really sweet about it :-)x

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  4. I agree with you about not repurchasing, I have the highlighter and whilst it is lovely and shimmery, I don't think it's that noticeable and not worth £30 in my opinion :) x

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    1. Glad I'm not the only one! Have you tried any other ILIA products? How did you get on with them? x

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  5. Gorgeous colours, and Tenderly looks really lovely on :) x

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    1. Thanks :) It's definitely different to the darker colours I'm usually drawn to x

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  6. I've just written a blog post on their lipsticks, which are incredible. Loved this blog post as I was debating trying the polka dots & moonbeams highlighter but have heard a few people say since that it doesn't really show up. Think I might try the RMS Living Luminizer instead! £30 is a lot for something with little pigment I think x

    http://fernandmoss.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I like that it doesn't show up too much - although I did have my mother comment the other day that I had a line on my face - so clearly shows up more than I thought! £30 is a lot, and I'm glad i didn't pay full price for it. Look forward to seeing your thoughts on a the RMS if you go for it. :)

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  7. These look gorgeous, want to get my hands on polka dots and moonbeams!! xx

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  8. Ohhh I really like both! I still haven't tried Ilia yet, but I really would like to try some of the make-up products!!

    Ila x
    http://cleanserblog.blogspot.co.uk/

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