First off, apologies for the radio silence. It turns out moving house/country, getting everything out of storage to find half of it ruined, and sorting that whole shabang while starting a new job is quite a lot of stuff to be getting on with. I'm back now. Promise!
If you aren't already an Illamasqua devotee, I'm pretty sure I can convert you. I've already waxed lyrical about their incredible nail polish formula, and prepare yourselves - this is another rave review.
This beautiful, cruelty free, U.K. brand is bursting at the seams with incredible products - some very "makeup-artisty" but great for a special occasion; some crazy-out-there; and some absolute wonders of the universe that you'll repurchase time and time again. London Beauty Queen has a sneak peek of their newest collection, Extinct, which promises to be an absolute beauty for Autumn - but today I'm going to rave about an oldie but a goodie - Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow.
Ok, so lets be honest - it's not exactly a looker. This is, on the surface, the very embodiment of tiredness. You'd be forgiven for overlooking this little pan of putty coloured pigment in favour of some of the brand's brighter offerings first time round.
But let me tell you - this stuff is glorious. It is one of the beauty industry's genuine multitaskers. You can use this as a super long lasting eyeshadow base (sparingly mind - if used heavily, it will crease), or as a cream shadow all on its own. It's fab for accentuating or creating a crease on a hooded or puffy eye socket. If you're up for a really grungey, lived-in look, use this as a base for a smokey eye - it'll look incredible. Professional artist? You probably know about this wee gem already for accentuating shadows in all the right places.
This is also a seriously beautiful cream contour colour, especially on paler skins or cooler skin tones. It's cool toned enough to not look weird, but warm enough to look like you've not had a fight with some grey facepaint - it looks so natural. it blends out beautifully with a duo-fibre brush or a slightly damp makeup sponge, and really defines features without looking too "done". You hardly need any of it either - a pot will last you for a very long time, even if you're big in the contour scene. I usually just set it with a little Laura Mercier powder, but if you're Kim K you can use a powder contour over the top and it will sit beautifully. Even on my oily skin, Hollow hangs around all day.
Hollow is definitely a bit of an unsung hero - be sure to give it some love next time you're passing an Illamasqua counter!
Have you tried any Illamasqua products? What are your favourites?
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