I LOVE highlight products, they’re by far the most beautiful that I own and this is no exception. In the pan it’s beautifully reflective and impossible to capture on film. I haven’t tried much from Illamasqua but their Gleams always appealed, cream highlights I’ve tried in the past have tended to be a little more high impact so I was excited to try this one.
The swatch on the left is a full ‘strength’ swipe of the product.. not usually what I would apply to my face but what I would use to indicate colour – in this case a pale champagne. Unfortunately when you blend it out it disappears almost entirely and becomes a very subtle shimmer.. not what I was expecting. For that high impact sheen I can’t use it sparingly and this is a true cream formula – it does crease is doesn’t wear all that well.. not ideal if you’re going to be using a thicker layer.
I think it does give SOME accent in this picture however to really get the full effect you’d have to put me in direct sunlight, even a small amount does look great on a sunny day but otherwise.. it was a little meh, I have to say. I have oily skin so powder is a must but this doesn’t work well on top of powder products, it smears them around and well.. it just isn’t great. I would imagine that if you were going for a dewy look and could perhaps apply this as a second base to the areas you wanted to highlight and avoid powder this could look very beautiful, very natural and glowy but for every day I need my powder. I may revisit this in the summer when I tend to wear less makeup but for now it will live in my drawer of beautiful things I don’t use.
I WOULD be interested in trying some of the powder blushes from Illamasqua so any recommendations would be appreciated!