Illamasqua Sculpting Powder Duo

Illamasqua Sculpting Powder Duo
Illamasqua Sculpting Powder duo in Heliopolis and Lumos

Illamasqua Sculpting Powder Duo* in Heliopolis and Lumos, £26
available online and on counters

Sometimes, on particularly lazy makeup days, all I crave is a well-contoured cheek and a cat eye flick for a simple yet polished finish. My most recent discovery when it comes to achieving perfectly chiselled cheekbones is Illamasqua’s Sculpting Powder Duo which is a compact featuring two shades to harmoniously define and highlight your cheeks. The neutral tan shade (Heliopolis) is completely matte and glitter-free to help fashion some natural cheekbones whilst the shimmering champagne powder (Lumos) is ideal to highlight and illuminate along the top of the cheeks.

I used my MAC 168 contour brush to apply the bronzer colour first and lightly ran the powder down in a line from the top of my ear towards the corner of my mouth, stopping about half way along. Both these powders are extremely pigmented so you need to adopt the softly-softly approach to ensure the look is obvious but natural. Once this powder is nicely blended in then I took my Real Techniques blush brush to gently layer the gorgeous champagne highlight colour along the top of my cheekbones to add some radiance and a nice contrast to the matte contour shade.

As someone who has stacks of bronzers and highlighters all neatly compiled separately in my muji storage, it is so nice to have this palette where both your contour and highlight shade are in the same place. Compact and perfect for travelling with, I have to say that this is a truly great product to instantly fake those sculpted cheekbones and give you a warm, natural radiance. Have you tried this new product from Illamasqua?  

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  1. 4th January 2014 / 9:19 pm

    This looks like the high end version of the sleek contour kit, but this is looking so much prettier, love that the bronzer looks more complimentary to the skin too.

  2. 4th January 2014 / 9:58 pm

    I love Illamasqua and think this is gunna be a new purchase it gorgeous.

    Carrieanne x

  3. 4th January 2014 / 10:10 pm

    You look gorgeous!! What a pretty duo – such a great contouring and highlighting set in one- so convenient to carry around I agree x

    Candy Cosmetics | Beauty Blog

  4. 4th January 2014 / 10:12 pm

    Not usually an Illamsqua fan but this looks really pretty! You've sold me 🙂


  5. 4th January 2014 / 10:12 pm

    Illamasqua is one of my favourite beauty brands, their eyeshadows, blushes and lipsticks are some of the most pigmented I've ever used! Loved this post, Millie

    Amy xx

  6. 4th January 2014 / 11:02 pm

    I can't decide between this and Hollow, whats the longevity like?

  7. 4th January 2014 / 11:09 pm

    Love the colours, they look so much more pigmented on than they do in the palette. Gorgeous!

    Belle x
    Mascara & Maltesers

  8. 4th January 2014 / 11:14 pm

    illamasqua has the prettiest packaging. This looks lovely on you

  9. 4th January 2014 / 11:22 pm

    Not really seen this talked about but it looks like a fab product!
    alicekatex ♥

  10. 4th January 2014 / 11:25 pm

    Looks fab! xxx

  11. 4th January 2014 / 11:34 pm

    This looks amazing!!! I'm definitely going to look at getting this, so up my street! x

  12. 5th January 2014 / 12:58 am

    This looks pretty tempting to me… one of these may or may not be landing on my doorstep in the next few weeks…


  13. 5th January 2014 / 2:07 am

    It looks so gorgeous on you! I love Ilamasqua's cream blushes and am keen to try some of their powder products this year xx

    Angelica // One Little Vice

  14. 5th January 2014 / 2:12 am

    This looks so nice. I love how the bronzer isn't too dark or shimmer and I really like the idea of them both being together. Perfect for travelling xxx

    Verity | Life of Verity

  15. 5th January 2014 / 3:54 am

    This is beautiful! I haven't tried Illamasqua products yet but I've always loved their packaging and shade range. I'll have to try and get my hands on some products soon.
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  16. 5th January 2014 / 4:05 am

    I really love the packaging of this product. Sleek and simple yet pretty. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  17. 5th January 2014 / 11:59 am

    I love Illamasqua products Ive never been disapointed and for £26 i think thats a bargain x

  18. 5th January 2014 / 1:14 pm

    this looks amazing, i love contouring so this looks perfect! £26 isn't too expensive either xxx

  19. 5th January 2014 / 3:47 pm

    it makes you glow so nicely! xx

  20. 5th January 2014 / 8:34 pm

    I haven't tried this but its on my wishlist. Looks gorgeous on you x

  21. 6th January 2014 / 12:15 am

    Your cheek bones really POP! I especially like the highlighter.


  22. 6th January 2014 / 12:33 am

    This looks amazzzzing on you!
    I was so tempted to pick it up but wasn't sure it would work well with my warmer skin tone, but the highlight is simply divine! *_*
    The Blushing Giraffe

  23. 6th January 2014 / 4:18 pm

    This looks brilliant and you look incredible! I have no idea where to start when it comes to highlighting and contouring but I would love to learn. Unfortunately I don't think my budget will stretch to buy this set, but dies anyone know of a high street alternative from boots or Superdrug? Thanks!

    Lovely post as always : ) you give me so much inspiration!

    Jo xxx

  24. 10th January 2014 / 9:40 pm

    I love these products! They are amazing! I also blog frequently but haven’t been very successful with followers at all which is makes me feel like no one is listening and I would really appreciate it if you could tell me what you did to get your blog noticed.