Review & Swatches: Illamasqua Illuminator in “Poised”

Illamasqua Illuminator in Poised

Availability: Sephora, Illamasqua
Price: $20.00

Company’s Description

Illuminate your darker side with this intense color that highlights and enhances wherever it’s applied. It goes on wet but dries quickly, leaving a high-shine, reflective finish that lasts all night. Use it on cheeks or on any other part of your body where you want to draw attention—it’s not recommended for those who want to remain in the background.

Illamasqua’s Illuminators come in 4 different shades (3 available at Sephora) and are said to provide a reflective shine to the skin. The shade Poised–a cool, candy pink–is reviewed below.

Packaging: 9.5/10

This illuminator is packaged in a very light-weight, plastic, squared tube. There is a brush applicator inside.

Quality: 8.75/10

Poised is a pale pink with a frosty shimmer, but once the color is blended into the skin, there’s no discernible pink color.

The Illuminator has a slightly sticky consistency, but is otherwise thin and watery. This formula makes the product easy to blend over the skin and can also be mixed in with your foundation. The product also adheres well to the skin, giving you all-day wear without any notable fading.

It seems like Poised should leave an intensely shimmery finish on the skin. But after you blend the product out, it sinks into the skin and leaves a very subtle sheen. Unlike powder highlighters, which leave a surface of shimmery particles, this product sinks into the skin and appears to become one with it, leaving only a slight illumination. If you are looking for a natural effect, this is a fantastic highlighter. If you’re looking for something dramatic, this product won’t do it for you.

Ease of Use: 9.5/10

Because of the thin formula, this illuminator spreads easily over the skin and doesn’t leave noticeable demarcating lines where the illuminator ends. The formula blends out easily and sinks into the skin, drying within several seconds. Make sure you blend the product before it dries.

Price: 4/10

For $20.00 you get 7 ml (0.25 ounces) of product. NARS Illuminators cost $30.00 and contain 1.1 ounces of product. You get far, far less product with Illamasqua’s Illuminator, even given the price.

Final Grade

Illamasqua Illuminator Box Packaging

Illamasqua Illuminator in Poised

Illamasqua Illuminator in Poised

Illamasqua Illuminator in Poised

Illamasqua Illuminator in Poised

Illamasqua Illuminator in Poised Swatches

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2 Responses to Review & Swatches: Illamasqua Illuminator in “Poised”

  1. Nadege says:

    Such a shame it comes with little product, because the color is gorgeous!

  2. Lisa B. says:

    I can’t stand sticky stuff on my cheeks–I even hate the sample of Koh Gen Do lotion (can’t remember the name of it) that I got because it was sticky…the Koh Gen Do people said to dilute it with another lotion but that seems ridiculous.

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