Friday, January 16, 2015

Illamasqua Sculpting Duo

Illamasqua Sculpting Duo review

Illamasqua Sculpting Duo review

Illamasqua Sculpting Duo // Selfridges £26.00

So before I spill my thoughts on the Illamasqua Sculpting Duo (I bought the Heliopolis/Lumos version) I will confess I am rubbish at contouring.  I don't do it daily and I have by no means mastered it.  I'm no Charlotte Tilbury so if you're a contouring noob too then my thoughts on this duo may be more relevant to you than to a contouring expert.

I picked up this duo in Selfridges in the Trafford Centre just before Xmas without receiving any help from the sales staff.  I just thought it looked nice.  To be honest, although the counter was quiet there was a general air of 'we don't know our bums from our elbows' when I was there which I think is pretty unusual for an Illamasqua counter in general.

As usual I will comment on the packaging first before the contents-good points, very lightweight, big mirror and good separation of the powders.  Bad point-has an opening mechanism that always chips my nail polish.

From what I can gather from the website there are two versions of this duo-Heliopolis (neutral matte soft brown) and Lumos (shimmering champagne gold) and then what appears to be a slightly darker version of Illuminate and Nefertiti.  Fun fact-when I go to Cairo every month on business, Heliopolis is the suburb of Cairo I spend most of my time in.

Illamasqua Sculpting Duo review

Illamasqua Sculpting Duo review

This duo gets a big thumbs up from me for ease of use and the shades.  For comparison purposes I have pale, pink undertoned skin-in MAC I am NW15 in foundation and in Illamsqua skin base I am 02.  When first swatched I was worried the Heliopolis shade might be too orangey on me but I think it looks ok-what do you reckon?  The powder is completely matte, very easy to work with and isn't chalky or too soft.  I actually used an Illamasqua brush for the above photo to apply the contour, I have had it ages, it's the 'highlighter brush' which is a small headed fluffy brush perfect for this kind of malarky and for building up the colour slowly and subtly.  NB the powder is very pigmented and I could have gone way more 'sculpted' if I had the skillz.

I love the highlighter.  In the swatch on my hand it looks quite matte but it has the most beautiful sheen to it, a pale champagne gold-not too far from Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight.  It's not glittery or overly shimmery as such and I really like it.  It's gorgeously glowy.  It's buildable and totally wearable for daytime with a light hand.  The only downside is that the powder itself is very very soft.  When you place your brush into the pan the powder kicks up quite a lot. 

That said, I would recommend this duo as it seems to be pretty foolproof for contouring noobs like myself and I have been reaching for it a lot!  My chipmunk like cheeks are looking slightly more chiselled!


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