Review: Illamasqua Highlighter Brush

Illamasqua Highlighter Brush

Price: $32.20 / £23.50

Company’s Description

Illuminate your alter ego. Use the Illamasqua Highlighter Brush to apply Illuminator to anywhere you’d like to draw attention. Wonderfully versatile, this brush can also be used to buff Illamasqua Light or Rich Liquid Foundation onto the face, to create a polished look.

Packaging: 8.5/10
This brush has a black wooden handle and black plastic ferrule. The bristles are made of synthetic black hairs. The handle has Illamasqua’s name and logo on it. While the brush is sleek and durable, I wish Illamasqua would put the name of the brush or a number on the handle.

The brush comes in a plastic sleeve that you can use to keep the brush clean while traveling.

Quality: 10/10
A perfect brush for highlighting! When you use a highlighter, you are highlighting very small parts of your face. But, strangely, I feel like there are only a handful of face brushes out there that cover a small area. This highlighting brush is about an inch in diameter and is perfectly small, covering exactly enough to highlight the cheekbones and down the nose. For comparison, it is narrower than the MAC 109 brush.

The brush hairs are synthetic and extremely soft–softer than any other natural-haired brush I’ve owned. Also, unlike a lot of other synthetic brushes, this one does not have a factory-like smell to if after you wash it. The brush is very high-quality and I’ve seen no shedding.

Ease of Use: 10/10
This brush is the perfect size for placing a highlighter on your face, doesn’t shed, and picks up the right amount of product.

Price: 9/10
The price for this brush is comparable to other high-end contouring/highlighting blushes. For example, MAC’s 109 brush is $32. Though, in a vacuum, $32.20 is a lot to pay for a brush, if you are willing to invest in this brush, you absolutely won’t regret it.

There’s no question this brush is excellent for highlighting. Just be aware that this brush won’t be the best for other uses. Illamasqua says you could use it for your foundation, which I think is technically true, but the brush is so small that it would take a long time for you to cover your face if you use it for foundation. I don’t count the brush’s lack of versatility against it because it doesn’t claim to be a multi-purpose brush.

Toss if: you want a versatile brush–this brush is specifically for highlighting
Try if: you find it difficult to apply highlighter correctly–the size of this brush may help by giving you a precise application
Buy if: you don’t mind paying for an excellent synthetic brush that is an ideal size for highlighting

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4 Responses to Review: Illamasqua Highlighter Brush

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  2. Ambition says:

    Hi, could you post a picture comparison of 109 and Highlighter brush? Are the similar in head size? Density? Which one would be better for precise blush application on the apples of your cheeks? Thank you (It seems too much to pay $42 if I can pay $16 for a Sigma or BDellium dupe, which I already have :D)

  3. MarciaF says:

    An A+!! I wish I had Illamasqua at one of my Sephoras. I’ve not had great luck ordering it from Sephora. They once sent me the wrong nail polish and I couldn’t even get it credited to my account so I took a store credit instead.

    • Allura says:

      Yes, Illamasqua can be a little tricky to get a hold of in the US. I’d suggest finding a local Sephora that carries the line in the store (most of them do now) so you can check out the items in person.

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