Review: Illamasqua Powder Blush Duo

Illamasqua Powder Blush Duo in Duo 2It might have only been a hot minute since my last review, but I have caught the new product bug and I’m currently loving mixing up my routine and trying new products. If you saw see my haul the other day (check it out here), you will have seen I picked up the Illamasqua Powder Blush Duo in Duo 2 and I’ve been putting it to the test over the past week or so in order to gage how it shapes up.

I always like Illamasqua simple black packaging, and the small embossed logo is a nice though just nice simple and elegant. However, I do find the packaging to feel a bit like a cheap plastic, which I hate to say it’s great for the price point I brought it at but if I paid the £26.00 do I dare to say I might have been disappointed. It is probably nice and sturdy for travel though, and the big mirror also suits this purpose, so definitely one to pack in the makeup bag.

Duo 2 contains two very different blushes both in terms of shades and finishes, which I think makes it a great palette to add to a makeup collection and as mentioned above makes it a great choice for travel. So how do the two shades shape up.

The top shade, and first shade is Katie a beautiful pale matte pink shade. It is pigmented enough to show colour on your face but not enough to be obvious, blending out well to add a natural dimension to the face working for you not against you. It has a lovely finely milled formula which sits well on the skin and I can imagine this been a great everyday colour especially if you have fair skin.

Unfortunately, Ambition, the second shade is not quite so positive. Weirdly Ambition is very chalky, just touching your brush to it creates loads of fall out so you have to tap it off properly before application. I have to say I think the colour is beautiful and the glitter isn’t as in your face as I thought it might be acting as much more of a shimmer than in your face. His is definitely one for a fuller makeup look or a night out, but it is beautiful. With high pigmentation, and the fall our you do need to be careful not to put too much on as well as blending like crazy if you do. A perfect part of the set but not something I would pick up on its own.

Out of the two I personally prefer Katie, but Ambition is a nice colour to have in my collection and I think I will use them both. Personally I think this is perfect for travel as a sturdy compact with two very different colours which means it can work for every occasion. I will definitely pack this in my travel makeup bag, later on this month.

Let me know your favourite blushes in the comments.

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