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2 Apr 2016

Illamasqua's Aurora in Gleam


Do not buy this if:


* Shine is not your aesthetic
* Longevity is your key product criteria or
* Greasy textures make you anxious.

Do buy this if:

* A skin boosted by champagne hued light particles sparks internal joy
* Easy application is one of your top product requirements
* You enjoyed Benefit Watts Up but are seeking something with a greater intensity.

That's probably how I would pitch Illamasqua's Aurora Gleam.

It's not going to be for everyone but if we cast eloquence aside for a moment the best way to describe it is to say that it is "soooooooooooo bloody good". This is proper cheekbone popping material that truly materialises in low and artificial light.



Day light


Low light



I wear it paired with my all time favourite bronzer - Tom Ford Gold Dust - and smear that stuff all up on my cheek, although it has to be said that a little goes a very long way.

I mentioned Benefit Watt's Up and that is one in a long line of close dupes:

* Benefit Watt's Up - cooler and more silvery in tone
* theBalm Marylou  - more golden and yellow in tone
* MAC Pearl - cooler in tone
* NARS Copacabana - drier in texture but similar in tone

We can be clear then that any and all of the above will be effective in giving the same luminous look - it's not THAT unique in terms of tone.



I guess where Aurora differentiates itself is in the texture. This is definitely the most emollient (read wet) cream highlighter that I have used and for me, as an owner of a normal skin type, this results in true metallic gleam that has a minimum 4-5 hour wear time. Similarly, anyone with dry skin would have a field day and appreciate it in the same way.

The kicker here is that oily skins / AKA those of you blessed with natural highlighter, would possibly struggle with the sheer amount of shine. Unlike NARS Copacabana - which goes on as a cream and then dries down to a powder - this does not truly set. Ever. Take a picture with flash at your peril.

It will be interesting for me to see how the texture plays out in high summer - I'm guessing not well :) unless used very sparingly - and for that reason the latest collection, Metamorph, caught my eye. The Beyond Powder in OMG looks suspiciously like a powder version of Gleam and promises a radiant finish much like this one. The campaign shot has me sold already:



We all know what's going to happen here right? What's one more highlighter in a drawer full of highlighters? It's okay - I've come to terms with my hoarding so please, don't send help :)

See you tomorrow! I may have a Charlotte Olympia x MAC haul on it's way :) 

21 comments

  1. As oily skinned girl, or someone blessed with natural highlights as you kindly put it I don't think this will be for me, even though seeing it on you in the pictures kind of makes me want to buy it nonetheless.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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      Saya IBU SALMAH ingin berbagi cerita kepada anda semua bahwa saya yg dulunya cuma seorang TKW di ARAB SAUDI jadi pembantu rumah tangga yg gajinya tidak mencukupi keluarga di kampun,jadi TKW itu sangat menderita dan di suatu hari saya duduk2 buka internet dan tidak di sengaja saya melihat komentar orang tentan AKI SOLEH dan katanya bisa membantu orang untuk memberikan nomor yg betul betul tembus dan kebetulan juga saya sering pasan nomor di ARAB SAUDI,akhirnya saya coba untuk menhubungi AKI SOLEH dan ALHAMDULILLAH beliau mau membantu saya untuk memberikan nomor,dan nomor yg diberikan AKI SOLEH meman betul2 terbukti tembus dan saya sangat bersyukur berkat bantuan AKI SOLEH kini saya bisa pulang ke INDONESIA untuk buka usaha sendiri,,munkin saya tidak bisa membalas budi baik AKI SOLEH sekali lagi makasih yaa AKI dan bagi teman2 yg menjadi TKW atau TKI seperti saya,bila butuh bantuan hubungi saja AKI SOLEH DI 082-313-336-747- insya ALLAH beliau akan membantu anda.Ini benar benar kisah nyata dari saya seorang TKW
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  2. Ooooh I love how that looks on you in the low light photo. I don't own any Ilamasqua but am intrigued by this and the dewy primer that comes in the tub.

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  3. Yes it's gorgeous, but what is on your lips??

    http://www.affecionada.com

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  4. This looks gorgeous , love Benefit Watts up so I'll probably like this also :)

    http://alannahharrigan.blogspot.ie/

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  5. That highlight looks gorgeous on you, I rarely think of Illamasqua when I go makeup shopping which is a shame, they obviously have some really great products. Must make a visit soon :) have you tried the Hourglass Strobing powders?

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  6. I have this highlighter too and I love it, it gives that amazing intense glow like all the Pinterest girls have! I also have it in the shade Mirage which is also gorgeous, it's a peachy bronze colour and looks amazing with a tan, it's my go-to highlighter for summer. And after seeing that campaign shot I think I need the Beyond Powder too! Excited to see what you got from the Charlotte Olympia x MAC collection :)
    Brigitte x

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  7. It is really beautiful - Siobhan xx

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  8. This looks GORGEOUS on you - I need to try more products from Illamasqua :)
    Lucy xoxo
    http://lucyannblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. Not keen on anything that remains tacky to the touch. X

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  10. Gleam is the number one strobing product out there its gorgeous!

    www.beautyandtheboy.com

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  11. wow! this is stunning. Ilamasqua sure knows what they are doing with the face products. love how it looks slick on! thanks for sharing your thoughts on it! xx. gigi. www.gigikkitchen.com

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  12. Good God you look stunning in these pics, esp the first one! <3

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