Illume Sheer Color Trio
If a glowing complexion with a summery pop of color is on your beauty wish list, Illume Sheer Color Trio might become your new best friend. This cream-textured, multitasking palette offers gorgeous hues of neutral tan bronzer, peachy-rose blush, and glistening champagne highlighter for an attractive, healthy-looking sheen on all skin tones.
Hourglass goes as far as to call this palette mistake-proof, and that's actually not much of a stretch—the buttery-smooth textures are a cinch to blend and the shades work well for a variety of skin tones.
We also love how the bronzer and blush allow your skin to shine through, yet are pigmented enough to pop. And the highlighter? Ooh-la-la, it creates a smooth luminous glow without looking heavy, frosty or glittery.
The only downside is that the color tends fade a few hours into wear, particularly if your skin is oily. While that's not great, the texture of this product is easy to apply with fingertips alone so you can do touch-ups on-the-go if needed.
For some the lack of long wear may be a deal breaker, but for others, it's a small price to pay for the beautiful results this easy-to-use palette provides.
Bonus: We discovered more ways to use this palette by wearing the blush as a lipstick and applying the highlighter over eyelids for a touch of shimmer—great space-saver for travel!
- Easy to work with buttery-smooth, creamy textures create a healthy-looking sheen.
- Bronzer and blush allow skin to show through naturally, yet are pigmented enough to deposit noticeable color.
- Champagne highlighter creates a smooth luminous glow to flatter all skin tones.
- Multitasking palette can also be used as lipstick or shadow
- Easy to touch-up on-the-go.
- Color tends to fade after few hours.
Hourglass Cosmetics bills itself as luxury performance makeup, and for the most part that description is apt. The luxury aspect is apparent in the brand's packaging, which evokes sophistication and glamour. As for what's inside, while not every Hourglass product is a blockbuster, it has a number of strong products in its lineup, particularly its Ambient Lighting collection of powder makeup products. There are also some standout options for lip colors, and its Veil Fluid Makeup Oil SPF 15 foundation is a blogger and Beautypedia favorite for good reason (you can find out exactly why in our individual review). Hourglass does offer a small selection of skincare, but when it comes to this brand makeup is truly where its strengths lie.
For more information about Hourglass Cosmetics, visit www.hourglasscosmetics.com or call 310-392-7799.
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