Pages

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Review: Illamasqua Illuminator in Slay

Another Illamasqua review from my lovely sales haul! I've been thinking about trying a highlighter for a while because whenever I've seen them on other people I've just been utterly amazed at how beautiful and sculpted their cheeks are! Despite having chubby cheeks I do often get complimented on the shape of my cheek bones and have quite a deep hollow, so contouring products are really something that I should be investing in. Which led me to pick up Slay (now discontinued.)


The 7ml product comes in a clear plastic tube that resembles lip gloss packaging. It's clean, sleek and simple and very much what I've come to expect from Illamasqua. I really like the applicator too, it's a small, slim brush that doesn't pick up too much excess product. It feels very comfortable to hold, is easy to control and feels soft and pleasant against the skin. It's a nice size for carrying around and is secure and sturdy enough for travelling. Also deserving of a quick mention is the fantastic name. It's very kind of "avenging angel" and I imagine that if angels wore cosmetics they would be wearing Slay.

Swatched - Blended

This product gives the most beautiful, creamy iridescence. Illamasqua describe it as silver white with a shimmer finish which I have to agree with. It looks gorgeous on my pale skin but I think darker tones may have some difficulty blending this out without it appearing too pale. I usually always try to provide photos of products on my face but the effect of this was extremely difficult to photograph and I believe that the swatch on my hand is a much better indicator of the shade and quality, sorry! The only negative I have of this product is that it does dry quite quickly so you have to be fast with the blending.

Sadly this product has been discontinued but there is a similar product here in a golden shade which would look beautiful on darker skinned ladies or with a tan! It retails at £13.50 but I picked Slay up in the sale for just £5 so it's well worth keeping a look out for the sales! I'm certainly thinking about it for the Summer.

What did you think to this product? Have you tried anything similar that you'd recommend?

Lauren

25 comments:

  1. This looks so beautiful! It's a shame it's discontinued x

    www.lamourjosie.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It really is! I was so disheartened when I saw the message on the website. Definitely a hidden gem x

      Delete
    2. it's currently back in the sale, if anyone was wondering! http://www.illamasqua.com/shop/products/sale-5-1/illuminators/slay-illuminator

      Delete
  2. This looks beautiful, I want everything Illamasqua! Haha x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. me too! Such an amazing brand and so many cool innovative products :) 100% lust! haha x

      Delete
  3. This looks gorgeous! I don't have many highlighting products but I've just bought a NARS blusher duo from a blog sale with Hungry Heart in it and I'm so excited to give it a go! I can imagine this looks lovely on pale skin :) x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ooh that sounds lovely :) Can't wait to see what you think! It really does, it's so lovely :) x

      Delete
  4. Its crazy as before you blended the product looks quite daunting but after its blended it really is beautiful!

    Becky
    beckys makeup

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I know right! I was a bit like eep! This is very very white! at first haha amazing product :) x

      Delete
  5. WOW what a powerful highlight!! One of my favorite neutral highlights is Benefit's Watts Up! It's so gorgeous on the cheeks :)

    Cassie
    thriftthick.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It really is. I think I'll be using it before foundation/powder for something a bit more subtle. I'll be glowing come spring ;) haha ahh Benefit is what started my highlighter hunt! Wish I could afford them x

      Delete
  6. I've never tried anything like this but this looks amazing! xxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Me neither before now. I'm hooked! :) x

      Delete
  7. Looks gorgeous! I'm surprised I haven't heard much about it. Too bad it's discontinued.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I agree, it does seem to be a bit of a hidden gem. It really is a shame x

      Delete
  8. lovely blog.
    http://xtheperfectmess.blogspot.com.au

    ReplyDelete
  9. So pretty! Looks like fairy sparkles xx

    ReplyDelete
  10. great review! i love this :)
    Drop by my blog too dear?

    xoxo,
    Rae \(^o^)/
    Raellarina - The Ballerina on Fire

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. thank you lovely! I'm so glad you like it :) I sure will! x

      Delete
  11. Oooh what a find! Jealous of your bargain, it looks like such a lovely highlighter!

    http://www.danielleyc.com xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Isn't it just?! I couldn't believe how cheap it was, it's beautiful :) x

      Delete
  12. ooh so pretty, shame it's not available any more :(

    ReplyDelete
  13. This looks amazing!!! Love how it shimmers!

    ReplyDelete