Review: ILLAMASQUA Gleam Highlighting Cream- “Aurora”

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What kind of formulation do you like? Cream, powder, liquid?

Though I like to use mostly powder products around warmer months, on colder times I tend to use liquid or cream products more. I feel like those give a luminous look without making my face super dry or cakey.

Like me, many people prefer cream/liquid products around colder months. Keeping that in mind, today I am going to talk about a cream highlighter from Illamasqua which is called Gleam Highlighting Cream in the shade “Aurora”.

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If you want to know more about this product and love the brand, keep on reading!

WHAT ILLAMASQUA HAS TO SAY:

Gleam in Aurora is a lightweight, iridescent cream texture is the ideal go-to for easy, instant highlighting. The sheer, pearlescent pigments contain skin boosting Vitamin E and Mica Mineral, which provides the translucent silky quality of this cream compact. For an alluring, natural glow that lifts and highlights both face and body.

 

PRICE & AVAILABILITY:

It retails for $28 and can be found on Illamasqua website or Net-A-Porter

MY THOUGHTS:

  • With the classic black and compact Illamasqua packaging, this product comes with the brand logo and the name on top with a view of the product inside which is great if you have a large collection; because you don’t have to dig through all of your products to find the one you are looking for.
  • The product feels like……wait for it…..cold butter, when you glide your finger on top of it. You will need a little amount to illuminate your skin, and I think finger is the best tool to apply this highlighting cream. But you can also use a synthetic brush.
  • You can either set this with a powder highlighter on top or just wear it on its own.
  • The product has very fine shimmer particles which looks like a healthy sheen when applied on the cheekbones.
  • As it’s a cream product, it fades away after 4-5 hours, or sooner if your skin is super oily. You can use a powder highlighter on top OR a translucent powder to set this and increase the longevity.
  • Bonus: Layered with a powder highlighter on top, this highlighting cream increases the shine and wear time of A-N-Y powder highlighter to 12-16 hours and also looks stunning on photographs!
  • Color wise- This is a warm champagne color with very fine shimmer particles. It kinda reminds me of Kevyn Aucoin “Candle Light“, and I paired these 2 which resulted in beautiful highlight.illamasqua1 illamasqua2 illamasqua3 illamasqua4 illamasqua5 illamasqua6

 

under STUDIO light

under STUDIO light

under SUNLIGHT

under SUNLIGHT

PROS:

  • Compact packaging is good for travel.
  • Great flattering color.
  • Blends smoothly.
  • Buildable color intensity.
  • Acts as a great base for powder highlighters.

CONS:

  • Fades quickly on its own.
  • Best applied with finger but using finger is not hygienic. So you can take out the product with the back of a brush or spatula and then use it with your finger.
  • Product melts if kept in warm places.

IN A NUTSHELL:

Illamasqua Gleam Highlighting Cream in Aurora is a beautiful universal color for makeup lovers. Though some may feel like it’s not a must-have item to be added in their collection, I think if you are looking for a cream highlighter- you should give it a try.

Do you like to use cream highlighter? Which one is your favorite? Comment below!


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