Review & Swatches: Illamasqua Gleam Cream in “Aurora”


Illamasqua Gleam Cream in Aurora

Availability: Sephora
Price: $26.00
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Company’s Description

A lightweight compact iridescent formulation that lifts and highlights wherever it is applied. Containing iridescent pearlescent pigments, this lightweight cream formula is suitable for face and body, lifting and highlighting wherever it is applied. Use on its own or layer under foundation for an immediate skin-brightening effect that will illuminate the night.

Illamasqua’s Gleam Creams are cream highlighters for the face. This review is for the Gleam Cream in Aurora–a champagne shade.

Packaging: 9/10

Illamasqua’s Gleam Creams come in black, pinched-square, plastic compacts that snap shut and have see-through lids.

Quality: 10/10

Aurora is a very light champagne shade that, once blended into the skin, is pretty much color-less.

The Glam Cream has a silky, thin, cream formula that glides over the skin and sinks into it, creating a seamless finish that looks like part of your skin instead of sitting on top of it.

Aurora gives your skin a luminizing sheen as opposed to a reflectiveness like you’d get with a highlighter with larger glitter particles in it. This makes Aurora suitable for using on any part of the skin, including on the cheeks, down the nose, on the cupid’s bow, and on the brow bone.

You can sheer this highlighter out so that there’s just a hint of luminescence, or you can apply it more heavily for a more dramatic look. Either way, the finish is one of the most natural-looking you can get out of a highlighter.

Ease of Use: 10/10

Because Aurora is close to colorless and its cream formula blends into the skin seamlessly, this is a pain-free luminizer to use.

Price: 9/10

For $26.00 you get 0.23 ounces (6.5 grams) of product. This is a healthy amount of product for the price you’re paying.

Final Grade


Illamasqua Gleam Cream in Aurora


Illamasqua Gleam Cream in Aurora


Illamasqua Gleam Cream in Aurora


Illamasqua Gleam Cream in Aurora


Illamasqua Gleam Cream in Aurora


Illamasqua Gleam Cream in Aurora Swatch


Illamasqua Gleam Cream in Aurora Swatch


Isopropyl Palmitate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cera Microcristallina Cera(/Microcrystalline Wax, Cire Microcristalline), Octyldodecanol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Mica, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Tocopheryl Acetate [+/-: Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77492 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 75470 (Carmine)

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