Sunday, 13 October 2013

Review: Illamasqua Reflection Palette

One of the highlights of Illamasqua's recent Sacred Hour collection is the Reflections palette - a surprisingly neutral collection of weirdly textured eyeshadows with a beautiful finish.

The colours included are a lemon-y highlight shade, a lovely lilac taupe, a bronze/brown, and a deep graphite grey.  This palette uses the same liquid-gel-powder formulation used in last year's Paranormal palette - when you touch them, the shadows feel very cool to the touch, and the pigment glides off the pan onto your finger, setting down to a powder after blending.

As you can see, all the shades have a beautiful shimmer to them, with that slightly purplish taupe being the most metallic in finish.  This is a fairly gentle finger-swipe swatch - the pigmentation on this shadows is great.

As pretty as they are, I've struggled to get them to last on my eyes particularly well.  When applied with the fingers, you get a soft, sheer veil of colour which can be built up - although it doesn't really hit the opacity shown in the swatches.  Over primer, I get around eight to ten hours of wear before my eyes start looking a little patchy.  I've also tried applying the shadows with a synthetic brush - and whilst the brush gives much better opacity, the density of the product makes it crease on my lids within five hours or so.

So, if you're interested in the Reflection Palette, beware if you have eyelids at the oilier end of the spectrum.  Aside from that, it's gorgeous - wearable yet not boring colours with very silky, blendable textures.  Find it now at Illamasqua's website, and on counter, where it'll cost you £34.

Disclosure: PR sample

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