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