Let's start with packaging: When it comes to packaging Illamasqua are at the top of the creativity class. The blush is housed in a sleek black, lightweight and
One of the main reasons why Thrust had drew me in is the amazing colour. Illasmaqua has described Thrust to be a 'deep magenta pink' with a matte finish. At first I didn't agree at all with their colour description thinking it looks more along the lines of violet/plum, but after some thorough research (ahem google images) Thrust is exactly what Illamasqua claims to be.
The shade itself is very versatile and I think it would suit a wide range of skintones when combined with the correct application strength. Being more of a deep, sultry shade I find myself drawn to this shade more during the winter time. However, since being back from my holiday to Thailand, I have been reaching for this more frequently as my complexion has deepen and Thrust just stands out on the cheeks.
Thrust is pigmented as hell. With just the slightest contact with your finger/blush you have incredible opacity. However, being amazingly pigmented is a doubled-edge sword as it means you have you watch out how much product you're using. You can definitely go overboard with this blush shade if you're not careful as the product is very finely milled so your blush brush will be able to pick up a lot of product. Longevity wise, I found that Thrust was able to last all working day long. Even when I use a foundation that isn't as long lasting and has faded on my nose/chin, Thrust is still visible on the cheeks.
Pricing wise, I think Illasmasqua blushers are very affordable (considering they aren't a drug store brand) compared other brands available here in Australia. For example Illamasqua blushers are $28 in Myer, $30 on ASOS or £18 on their website, however the Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush retails for $26.95 and Bourjois Blushers are $20 in Priceline (all prices are in AUD incase you're based internationally).
So as you can see Illasmasqua is very reasonably priced here in Australia and fortunately very accessible. I am thoroughly impressed with the quality of Illamasqua products, especially their blushers, and definitely encourage you to give them a go if you haven't already. They're a great alternative to their more expensive counterparts such as MAC or NARS.