Illamasqua Sculpting Face Powder Duo – Helio/ Lumos ($51.33 CAD) is a highlight and contour duo. Housed in the standard Illamasqua packaging (which I find to be too bulky and excessive), there are two strips with a cool, light champagne highlight that has subtle shimmer and a light matte cool tone contour.
As with any highlight with a bit of shimmer, the best ones when worked into the skin, turn the shimmer into a reflective glow. Despite having a warm Olive complexion, the cool tone champagne shade (Lumos) does a remarkable job of brightening and lifting my cheekbones.
The contour (Helio), in my opinion, is exactly what a contour should be: cool toned where it mimics the effect of shadows on the skin. When applied lightly, you get a hint of colour that can be built up through layers for a more intense contour.
The Illamasqua powder formula is among the best on the market: the powders are incredibly creamy, soft, highly blendable on the skin and the edges are untraceable. The powder highlight fades on me after about 5 hours of wear whereas the contour lasts all day on me (8+ hours)
I love the brand and especially this duo – it shapes the face beautifully and is among my favorite. This is beauty swatched approved!