Beauty Review: Illamasqua Iluminator

It doesn’t fail, y’all. Just about every week I get an email from a lovely lady saying that she wants to get into blushes but she is too afraid of color. Instead of responding with a “Are you serious, homie?”-type email, I’m starting to realize that some of us need baby steps when it comes to color on the cheekies.

Enter this cool lookin’ highlighter from Illamasqua…

 I know…it looks like a gloss, uh? Not that you can’t dab it on your lips but it is really intended for the cheeks. Here’s what Sephora says.

“Illuminate your darker side with this intense color that highlights and enhances wherever it’s applied. It goes on wet but dries quickly, leaving a high-shine, reflective finish that lasts all night. Use it on cheeks or on any other part of your body where you want to draw attention—it’s not recommended for those who want to remain in the background. “ (source)

 Three cheers for multi-purposes products. Gotta love that! Let’s take a closer look at this kid, shall we?

This is exactly how Illamasqua’s lip glosses look. It works for this product too. But you have to be careful. One little squeeze and if you’ve got enough for both cheeks.

But if you’re not careful, you may end up with a bit too much. Could you imagine rocking this on cheeks?

Girlfriend, no! You have to blend this stuff. And quickly. I find my fingers work best for this but you can also use a stipling brush for an airbrushed effect.

Stay tuned for how it looks on my cheeks. It’ll pop up in an FOTD Friday. If you’re looking for an unconventional and long lasting bronzer or highlighter, I say give this baby a whirl. It’s Brown girl approved and gives me another reason to change my middle name to Illamasqua. Holla! You can snag the Illuminator in Halcyon  for $20 at Sephora.

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  • xAgnes

    wow this is super pigmented! but when blended, it looks so pretty! unfortunately, i havent been able to find any Illamasqua products over here in canada :( i am dying to pick up their blushes and lipglosses and now THIS! thank you for the swatch :)

  • Nikia

    I didn't even know Illamasqua had this! I'm so addicted to cheek products, gonna have to try this. I've been using Nars Nico but I'm getting a lil' bored…

  • The Student’s Guide To Nail Polish

    Great (and very funny) post! That stuff looks awesome!

  • gio

    Wow, this looks so pigmented! I can't wait to see how it looks on your cheeks.

  • Anonymous

    I would love to try that, but $20 is out of my budget for makeup. Looking gorward to seeing it on you.

  • Janine

    Blush-phobe here too! Anything other than a faint hint of a "safe" blush makes me look like a clown! I usually just go for some bronzer on the cheekbones. :/