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The brand new Illamasqua Sculpting Palette really is something to look at. It has six powder shades which have been designed to contour and highlight the face. The colour range was actually a little alarming when I first set eyes on it but I can tell you that I actually got on very well with this indeed.
So as you will see, there are some pretty intense shades there. Half of me was wondering whether it was actually an eyeshadow palette.
Illamasqua Sculpting Palette Shades
- Rush – champagne shimmer
- Cirrus – ivory brightening matte
- Heroine – cool-toned matte contour shade for fair-medium skin
- Nimbus – matte grey under shadow
- Steal – softly warm coffee bronzer
- Create – peach-toned matte contour shade for darker skin tones
Illamasqua Sculpting Palette Swatches
The texture of these powders is really good. They are soft, smooth and buttery and blend very easily into the skin. They do fall out a little if you are rough with your brush, so a gentle approach pays off for both palette cleanliness and also a subtle effect on the skin.
Illamasqua Sculpting Palette How To
“Using the Contour Brush, apply Cirrus to the highest points of the face to subtlety highlight features. With the same brush, gently create an under-shadow by applying Nimbus to the hollow of the cheek and down the sides of the nose. Follow by blending Heroine (light to medium skin-tones) or Create (medium to deep skin-tones) over the under-shadow created with Nimbus for a more realistic finish. Achieve a cooler tone to your contour by mixing in Nimbus; or create a warmer effect by mixing in Steal. Illuminate your highlighted areas by layering Rush down the bridge of the nose, and above the cheek bones, blending towards the hair line.”
Because it’s a little bit of a confusing palette shade-wise, I stuck rather closely to the hints and tips for application. I used the matte highlight first, and then went in very lightly with Nimbus which is the grey under-shadow. I then went directly on top of this with Heroine using the same contouring brush. Next I used a fluffy brush to light blend out and warm everything up with Steal. I found this gave a very natural effect to the contour.
I then finished with Rush on all the high points. It’s a very pretty highlighter but you may not love it if you don’t like little glittery particles. It makes a beautiful eyeshadow, however, as does the peach shade Create, which is great because it isn’t one I could use to sculpt.
I really love the result. The combination softly sculpts the face for a really natural result. Here it is with all my makeup on.
I am surprised at how well I got on with this. It’s a gorgeous palette. As a packaging fiend, I don’t love the cardboard – I always prefer something with more of an expensive feel – especially for the £44 price tag. You do get quite a lot of product and lots of shade options though, and as I said, it can double as neutral eyeshadows.
The Illamasqua Sculpting Palette is out now. Find it at Selfridges.
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