Illamasqua Gleam in ‘Aurora’ – Generation Q Collection


Highlighters have come a long way from their über-sparkly past, and I am having a total love affair with them in the present. Available in many formats – powder, liquid, crème, or a hybrid version – they also come in varying intensities along with a decent selection of shades to suit all tastes and skin tones. I have found that as I’ve gotten older, nothing can add an instant kiss of illumination to my face than a well-placed dab of highlighter, and Illamasqua’s Gleam in ‘Aurora’ (launched with the Generation Q collection) is just that: radiance in the palm of your hand.


Illamasqua Gleam in ‘Aurora’ – (CAD $32.00 6.5 g/0.23 oz) is an ultra creamy, champagne toned highlighter with ultra fine iridescent and pearlescent pigments that can provide an immediate skin-brightening effect – for face and/or body. The product had a nice slip between my fingers, and spread quite easily along the skin – almost gliding upon the surface really, leaving a subtle glow in its wake. Without feeling greasy but never drying down completely either, it appears to impart a lovely sheen to the skin, especially when applied with a light hand. The sheer-ish and neutral base colour is quite natural looking as well, able to suit a wide range of skin tones, from the palest to quite dark.

The thing you need to look out for with any highlighting product, is its ability to emphasize pores, although the effect of ‘Aurora’ is so subtle, that I can honestly say that I didn’t notice anything undesirable – in fact, it gave my skin a nice “lit-from-within” kind of boost. Staying power was easily 6 hours over foundation-primed skin, less so when I tested it on bare skin. You also have a choice of how to apply ‘Aurora’; I found that a flat paddle-style foundation brush was excellent in the initial lay-down, then I used my fingers to completely blend it in.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Synthetic Fragrances
– Synthetic Dyes
– Petrochemicals
– Phthalates
– GMOs
– Triclosan

Note: the packaging directs state that it can also be worn under foundation (which I did not try), although that’s something worth looking into; I suspect that when ‘Aurora’ is layered under a more sheer-leaning foundation, the effect will not only appear more natural, but provide incredible luminosity as well. On my to-do list for sure …

Illamasqua Gleam ‘Aurora’

Illamasqua Gleam ‘Aurora’

Illamasqua Gleam ‘Aurora’

Illamasqua Gleam ‘Aurora’

Illamasqua Gleam ‘Aurora’ (ingredients listing)

Illamasqua Gleam ‘Aurora’

Illamasqua Gleam ‘Aurora’

Illamasqua Gleam ‘Aurora’ – natural light

Illamasqua Gleam ‘Aurora’ – with flash

Ilamasqua Gleam ‘Aurora’ – sunlight swatch

Illamasqua Gleam ‘Aurora’ – natural light swatch


Final thoughts: Not just for evening makeup anymore, highlighters can make the difference between a dull face and one you can’t help but stare at In a good way) – provided the product in question is judiciously applied, of course. As I have combination skin, I usually prefer my highlighters to come in powder form, but for that “natural” gleam, nothing beats a crème based product such as ‘Aurora’. With a barely detectable scent and totally grit-free shimmer, this is the best way to easy yourself into highlighter territory, ensuring it will compliment the rest of your look – not compete against it. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you of how addictive it will become …

Illamasqua products are available through their website as well as Sephora.




*Disclaimer: Product sample provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

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