I always have mixed emotions when trying a brand for the first time.  A bit of excitement, hope and skepticism all blend together as I give the products a test run – putting them through the daily gauntlet that I call my life – work, after work, weekends and beyond.  And then when the brand passes with flying colors, it’s as if I won the makeup lottery and then the need to share my findings with everyone and anyone ultimately ensues.  Well get ready my friends because this may be the first time I talk about the organic beauty line, Ilia but I can assure you that it will not be the last. 

When I first received the products, the sleek and minimalistic packaging was an initial draw, followed shortly thereafter by the color and textures of the tinted lip conditioners and blushes (c/o).  I grabbed that pinky nude lip called ‘Nobody’s Baby‘ and ran immediately to the bathroom to try it on – and then angels began to sing.  Kidding, sorta.  This color is absolutely stunning on the lips – STUN-NING.  It’s everything I want in a natural lip color, that also happens to have the most perfect texture.  Stay tuned for a ‘Finished Look‘ post coming soon featuring this lip.  The red shade named ‘Crimson & Clover‘ seemed to be made for me with its initial sheer application that can be built up to be opaque – and please note that when swatching it for these photos, it took me a cleansing oil to finally remove.  THAT is staying power my friends – and daily gauntlet approved.  Both Multi Sticks can be used on the eyes, lips or cheeks and the peach shade called ‘I Put A Spell On You‘ is something out of a cream cheek lover’s dream.  Easy to blend and a color that is perfect with just about any eye and lip look.  As one who typically shies away from shimmery products for the face due to my excessive oiliness, I was surprised that I enjoyed this highlighter called ‘Polka Dots & Moonbeams‘ as much as I did.  It’s extremely subtle shimmer and creamy texture left a delicate glow on the cheek and brow bones, easy for day or night.  How much more perfect can this brand BE???  Frankly, not any more.  Now the only thing left to do is acquire the remaining colors and shades for total Ilia beauty domination.  *tents fingers, laughs maniacally*

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