You may or may not know this, but I absolutely love Illamasqua. I love cosmetic companies that are innovative and bold, ones that completely stand out and don’t exactly fit the “norm”. I bought my first Illamasqua polishes about a year ago at a Sephora in Times Square. That was the first time I actually saw Illamasqua in person, ever since then I’ve loved everything about the brand. Unfortunately I don’t have any access to Illamasqua where I live, except for online. Which sucks because online gets kind of expensive and its just not the same as seeing makeup in person. ANYWAYS! I have for you my first non polish related post today.
May I introduce to you Illamasqua Freak.
(Yes that is me holding the bottle…j/k my hair could never do that)
Now, why am I posting about a fragrance when my blog is clearly called “Lacquer Me Silly” ?? First, I eventually want to branch out a little more and occasionally post about other beauty products since I’ve always been in love with all cosmetics, not just nail polish … but polish is a bit more practical (financially) to blog about. Lastly, Freak was given to me as a gift by the amazing…AMAZING… Julian Kynaston, the founder of Illamasqua. How awesome is that? So freaking awesome that of course I had to share it with someone…anyone who would listen really The powers of social media are just simply great sometimes. This kind gesture just solidifies what I already thought of Illamasqua, an amazing brand with equally amazing people behind it.
I’m so excited about this perfume. It is Illamasqua’s first fragrance and hopefully not the last. I’ve admired its amazing design since it was released that I wouldn’t even really care if I didn’t like the scent…the bottle and packaging is just so gorgeous and unique.
It comes in a sturdy box with a see through window that looks onto a snail on the side of the bottle and a full moon in the background. The top lifts off from the base for easy opening.
The back of the box has some writing which pretty much states what Freak is:
Incase you can’t make it out here is the short promo Illamasqua put out for the release:
Once you lift the top off, you have the bottle sitting comfortably in a nice sturdy base.
As you take it out of the base you can see a corner of the bottle is “cut off” so it sits on an angle. I absolutely love this about the design.
About the Scent:
“…Freak is a concoction of dangerously exotic unconventional flowers that Illamasqua has unashamedly blended together to celebrate the night.”
Black Davana, Opium Flower and Belladonna bewitch the senses into uncontrollable lust and passion.
Poison Hemlock, Datura and Queen of the Night blossom, caress and kiss.
Aromas of Frankincense, Oud and Myrrh, addictively mesmerises and captures the senses.
Freak is a unisex fragrance and once I smelled it I can totally see why. It is very heavy and musky at first, but once it settled it became a bit more floral but still kept that dark muskiness just not as heavy. I wouldn’t recommend this as a spring or summer scent, definitely a fall/winter or night time scent. Even though I said I’d love this fragrance just for the bottle, I luckily really like the scent as well. I love heavier darker scents for the winter so I will be wearing this frequently when the season comes around.
I give Freak two polished thumbs up for myself, if you prefer soft floral or fruity scents I wouldn’t recommend this for you. But if you like something bolder and different I would say give Freak a try.
Freak can be purchased through Illamasqua directly or Sephora.com (not sold in stores)
Now if only Illamasqua PR would put Lacquer Me Silly on their special blogger buddy list … *hint hint* *wink wink* *NUDGE*
* This product was sent to me as a gift, not for review, but I decided to review it anyways. All opinions are honest and my own.