Illamasqua Sculpting Powder Duo Review

Illamasqua Sculpting Powder Duo

Today I thought I would review some make-up and what better product to pick than contour and highlight, it's what everyone's obsessed with at the moment, particularly highlighter! I will be reviewing the Illamasqua Sculpting Duo in the shade Lumos + Heliopolios which cost £29 and each shade contains 3g of product. 

Illamasqua Sculpting Powder Duo

I have a selection of Illamasqua products and usually, I do like them but unfortunately, this is one product I won't be repurchasing in the future. This comes in the standard Illamasqua packaging which is a very unusual shape and a little bulky although I don't mind this too much. This little duo contains a highlight and contour which will suit those with a light skin tone, the shades themselves are nice but I think the contour could be a little cooler-toned for those who are really pale and the highlight could be a little lighter for the same reason. Illamasqua are usually really good at catering to all skin tones but I think it would be better if this duo came in a light, medium and dark (currently they offer this duo in two sets of colours), these won't work for very fair or very dark skin. The contour and highlight have quite different formulas, the contour is a little stiffer and takes a bit of work to get a good swatch but this is actually the shade I prefer, it applies nicely and you can build the colour as its a lighter shade it would be good for make-up beginners or those who are intimidated by contour. The only thing as I previously mentioned it's not very cool-toned so if you are quite pale or prefer a grey undertone then you might not like this shade. The highlighter is the portion that I just don't like, it feels soft but it's very chunky and powdery when I was swatching this shade it left lots of chunks of powder on my hand making it very messy. I could get past this if the shade was beautiful but unfortunately, it just doesn't create that beautiful glowy skin that I want, when you apply this to the skin I find it blends away to nothing and really doesn't last very long and it also contains little particles of glitter which I'm not fond of.

Swatches of Illamasqua Sculpting Powder Duo
Swatches of Illamasqua Sculpting Powder Duo

Overall, I don't think this is worth the money £29 for two powders is quite expensive, personally, I would recommend buying something like the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit which costs £42 but contains 6 different shades. I will probably use the contour shade in this palette but I won't bother with the highlight, this has been sitting in my collection for some time and I never reach for it, actually, I often forget I even own this. I'm sure this will work for some people and if you have tried this and loved it then great but it just didn't work out for me and I won't repurchase it.

Illamasqua Sculpting Powder Duo

If you want to read a more positive review of the Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation then click here.
I also have a review of the review Illamasqua Gleam Highlighter Review, click here.

2 comments

  1. The product looks great, but costs so expensive! Thank you so much for swatches, I loved your review.

    Lots of love ♥ Janury Girl

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