Availability: Illamasqua Online
Price: $42.00 (Approx.)
Sculpt your party look with this compact contouring palette. Containing neutral matt Heliopolis for razor-sharp definition, and shimmering champagne Lumos to highlight and illuminate, the Sculpting Powder Duo creates double the impact.
Illamasqua’s Holiday 2013 collection includes a new Sculpting Powder Duo. THis duo contains a bronzing shade–Heliopolis–and a luminizing shade–Lumos.
Illamasqua’s Sculpting Duo comes in a pinched square palette made of reflective black plastic. There is also a full-sized mirror inside.
Heliopolis is a matte, soft brown shade that works extremely well for light skin as a contouring color. It has no orange color to it and is entirely neutral in tone. It’s on the lighter side, so it won’t be an effective contour for people with skin darker than NC/W 20-25. But for light and fair skin folks, this powder is wonderful. The formula is finely-milled and blends well.
Lumos is a shimmering nude with a slight gold tone to it. The luminizing effect you get is strong, so a little powder goes a long way. The powder particles aren’t as finely-milled as with Heliopolis, but should only be a problem if you have both oily and uneven skin in the areas you’d normally highlight. Otherwise, Lumos is a great highlighting powder.
Ease of Use: 9.5/10
These powders blend out nicely while quickly giving you the effect–either luminizing or contouring–that you want.
For around $42.00 you get 0.2 ounces (6 grams) of product. This is a little more expensive, even compared to other duos from brands like NARS.
HELIOPOLIS: TALC, BORON NITRIDE, ZINC STEARATE, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, DIMETHICONE, AQUA (WATER, EAU), SODIUM BENZOATE, POTASSIUM SORBATE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) INGREDIENTS LUMOS: TALC, DIMETHYLIMIDAZOLIDINONE RICE STARCH, MICA, AQUA (WATER, EAU), MAGNESIUM MYRISTATE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, OCTYLDODECANOL, ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, PEG-150, RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, SILICA, QUATERNIUM-26, METHYLPARABEN, GLYCERYL RICINOLEATE, CERA CARNAUBA (COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX, CIRE DE CARNAUBA), CANDELILLA CERA (EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX, CIRE DE CANDELILLA), ETHYLPARABEN, SODIUM CETEARYL SULFATE, STEARIC ACID, CERA MICROCRISTALLINA (MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX, CIRE MICROCRISTALLINE), PROPYLPARABEN, TETRAHYDROXYPROPYL ETHYLENEDIAMINE, PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM (MINERAL OIL, HUILE MINÉRALE), CETYL ALCOHOL, CERA ALBA (BEESWAX, CIRE D’ABEILLE), PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), MICA, CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE, SILICA, TIN OXIDE [+/- MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR: TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492), CARMINE (CI 75470)]