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

18 Responses to Illamasqua Gleam in ‘Aurora’ – Generation Q Collection

  1. Latoya says:

    Since I’m more in the market for a powder highlighter right now, I’ll pass this up but it does look lovely! I like cream products for a lot of reasons, namely that they always blend so nicely into the skin – but I have so many powder blushes and I do find that if I wear a cream highlight underneath, it gets dulled – or on top, it doesn’t blend as well. But I’ll keep it in mind nonetheless my dear 🙂

    • Eugenia says:

      I agree that mixing cream products with powder finishes is usually a bit of a disaster, so it’s definitely best to stick to one type. I tried layering Aurora under my foundation and I love the almost unearthly luminosity it lent my skin – wasn’t expecting it to work, but so glad it did. If you get the opportunity to see this in person, I urge you to test it out!

  2. What a pretty highlighter 😀
    I have never had any cream highlighter as I am afraid it will look too creamy on me. But now I think it’s time to try one 🙂

    • Eugenia says:

      The only cream highlighter I have is one from MAC and it looks awful on me; the texture is harder to work with as it seems stiffer and thus doesn’t really glide across the skin as it should, and it’s way too pale & shimmery on me. This one give a “natural” glow, if you can call a highlighter natural!

  3. LOVE IT! I’m not exactly in a highlighter moment like you are, but they are very appealing right now as winter winds steal vibrancy from our complexions. *shakes fist at winter*

    I am SO happy that Illamasqua has finally landed in Canada. I haven’t seen this at the counter yet but will be on the lookout. I think it looks fantastic against your skin tone. 🙂

    • Eugenia says:

      Thanks, Liz! And props to Illamasqua for finally crossing to our side of the pond! This is a highlighter that not only gives that “gleam” you can’t help but envy, but perfect for anyone who has a fear of looking like a Twilight extra!

      • I saw this today and it is BEAUTIFUL. I do not need any more highlighters but if I were to get one now, this would be it!

      • Eugenia says:

        I hope you gave it a quick swatch as well so you could see the luminous effect I was talking about! Even if you’re not shopping for a highlighter now, it’s something to keep in mind — or put on your Christmas list! 😉

  4. Alice says:

    You’re spot on about the addictiveness of highlighting – since I got myself a bronzer, contouring has become part of my daily routine. I used to just slap on tinted moisturiser and go!

    How is the effect of Aurora when applied compared to Chanel’s Lumiêre d’Artifices Beiges?

    • Eugenia says:

      Thanks, Alice! I find that Aurora is less pigmented than the Chanel, which also happens to be sparklier — probably because Lumière d’Artifices is a powder which tends to sit on the surface of the skin, unlike Aurora’s cream format that almost melds with the skin. I love both, but for different reasons and depending on the look I’m going for. The Chanel is great if you want a hint of colour & shine without overly emphasizing pores. Aurora is more subtle, along the lines of illumination, more than anything else. Sorry for the long-winded reply but hope this helps!

      • Alice says:

        Long-winded? No, this level of detail is why I read your blog. So many other bloggers put up blurry photographs and simply state whether they like it or not without giving any reasons. So this is very helpful, thank you! For some reason I always thought powders emphasised pores more than creams, though.

      • Eugenia says:

        Lol…thanks for the go-boost, Alice! 🙂 Technically, you’re right: powders do tend to emphasize pores more, however there are other factors to consider: finishing powders, ie: ones that have no shimmery whatsoever, give a diffused look to the skin & help not only in setting your foundation/look, but in giving the appearance of a more flawless finish. Add shimmer to a powder, and that changes: then, they can actually work against you and emphasize pores – a trade off to be sure, but again, it all depends on your skin type and personal preferences. A cream product such as this one, surprised me on many levels – especially since I have combination skin & tend to avoid creams. It gave a wonderful illumination to the skin that almost seems “natural”!

  5. Really pretty Big Sis! I’d need to see it in person though-looks a little on the warm side?

    • Eugenia says:

      Here’s the thing, Lil Sis; it’s probably one of the most universal highlighters I’ve see yet – leaning neither too cool nor too warm and definitely NOT overly glittery/blingy. If you get a chance to test it out, I recommend it!

  6. olivia says:

    I can never have enough highlighters even though I say I have enough. I just want one the size of a dinner plate so I know don’t have to use it sparingly. I want to glow like the Tin Man easing on down the yellow brick road! LOL

    • Eugenia says:

      HAHAHAHA! Now I want one the size of a dinner plate too! As a matter of fact, I remember seeing a Rimmel bronzer that was salad-plate size, so perhaps enlarged highlighters might be next!!!

      …and now I’m singing “ease on down the road” from The Wiz…..!!!

  7. Eeee, so pretty! I’m all up on powder highlighters right now, but I’m looking for a cream or liquid one. I think I prefer liquid, though? I love the shade of this, though!

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