Friday, 21 October 2016

Underrated Highlights - Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick - Pink Quartz and Illamasqua Gleam - Supernatural

In my recent foray in to shopping my makeup stash, I rediscovered a couple of beautiful highlighters that are so easily forgotten in the shimmering ocean of highlighting powders available to us these days. I've already posted about some of my favourite highlight formulas this year, but I'm sad to say I'd forgotten about these two - they would definitely have made the cut!

Plus... you can never have too many highlights, right? Packaging and promoting of highlighting formulas has gone bonkers in recent years - but that doesn't mean that there arent some fantastic, "older" formulas kicking around out there!

Underrated Highlighters - Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick and Illamasqua Gleam

First up - a classic. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Pink Quartz. Remember when Jaclyn Hill was obsessed with these?! To be fair to the lass, I can see why. Look at that shimmery goodness.

This is super shimmery - not for the faint-hearted, and over-application can definitely cause a bit of a pore-drama situation if you have quite large pores, but it is, regardless, beautiful. It's quite a warm, subtle pink shade, so plays well with most neutral to pink blushers and with bronzer, too. I find I get about 8 hours wear from Shimmer Bricks on the cheeks before fading.

The other nice thing about these is that they are really easy to use as eyeshadows too - each individual shade is different enough to notice, but complementary enough to use together. This is really handy if you're travelling, and just want a slick of shimmer on the lid - Bobbi's got you covered.

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick
Illamasqua Cream Highlight Gleam

And for cream formulations - ooooh boy. Illamasqua Gleam in Supernatural. Gorgeous.

This is the darker shade - if you're fairer skinned/are sans-tan this time of year you might want to try out Aurora for size instead - but for summer, Supernatural is gorgeous. It practically applies itsself - I use fingers to apply and tap it in along the cheekbones - and used with a cream or powder bronzer it is really beautiful. Worryingly orange in the pan, I'll give you that, but its bronzey and lovely in person. Both Illamasqua Gleam shades give a sophisticated, smooth, fresh dewiness to the cheeks without looking at all shimmery.

 I feel like this is a really underrated little gem from Illamasqua - definitely worth checking out. If you're a pro makeup artist, this plays really well with natural and artificial lighting, and imparts a really lovely, dewy, youthful texture to the skin.

Highlight Swatches

I'm so glad I've rediscovered these beauties! What are your favourite highlight formulas?

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  1. Both shades are perfect for my medium skin tone and I very rarely see bloggers talking about Illamasqua so this was a really good read. Definitely need to check about the brand more.

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    1. Illamasqua make some really amazing products-I've posted a few times about them now, they are brilliant! Definitely check out their cream pigment in Hollow, and Skinbase is a beautiful foundation! x

  2. They both look so pretty especially the Illamasqua one. I have the Gleam shade and I love it xx

  3. I rarely wear highlighter and tend to prefer cream/liquid formulas over powder, so I guess I'd get along better with the Illamasqua one. My personal favorite is the Madina highlighting stick.

    1. The Illamasqua formula is lovely-it's quite emollient, but you can get that really subtle, no-makeup sheen, or build it up to 1000 watts!

  4. I could never get the hang of the Illamasqua one, I find creams to hard to use! I've always wanted to try the shimmer bricks though, that one is such a nice colour! xx

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