Last month Cocktail Cosmetics added a new range to their shop in the shape of Illuminare Cosmetics. “Illuminaré Cosmetics is devoted to developing high quality multiple-use cosmetics to protect women from sun damage while enhancing their natural beauty.”
A vegan friendly, non-animal testing company from the USA they specialise in high performance liquid mineral make-up.
I was sent 2 items from the Illuminare range to try out. First up we have the Illuminare Fast Application Pad - £7.95A fast application pad made exclusively for Illuminare it contains an anti-bacterial mesh centre that doesn’t absorb or waste the product, but makes application easy and quick.
*note this is a one sided pad the other side (seen in top picture) is purely for decoration.I have to admit I’m so lazy when it comes to foundation I often just resort to using my fingers, but in all honesty this pad is just as quick all you need to do is squeeze a pea side amount to the pointed end and work from the middle out to give an all over even application. Although I haven’t tried it the pad is also meant to be fabulous when you need to blend colours or formulas together. Machine washable this pad will last you application after application and it’s is super soft feeling is a joy to use, I’ve gone for a dubious onlooker to pad lover.Next up we have the Illuminare Concealing Extra Coverage Mineral Foundation – £21.95 (15ml)
This is a dual purpose ‘foundation’ giving both coverage and concealing abilities in one, oil-free and semi-matte this mineral foundation has the extra advantage of containing an SPF 20 and UVA protection. It is also suitable for sensitive skin.Said to be excellent for covering: redness, hyperpigmentation, acne, and dark circles under the delicate eye area. I have to admit the first time I squeezed a bit out the first thing I said was thatcolourisnevergoingtoberightformeohno (yes it was like that I don’t breath when disappointed), but I was pleasantly surprised what I thought would be 10 shades to light actually seemed to adapt to my skin tone and blended in well.
The above colour is Portofino Porcelain. I found that the semi-matte look it gave was just right for me, as I don’t like things overly dewy nor do I want to look like I ran into a bottle of baby powder. Although the tube is small a little goes a long way with this, you really need a minimal amount. I’m looking forward to getting more use out of both these products and can actually see myself replacing them when needed. I would suggest if you were looking at getting one of the foundations to try it might be worth investing in the samples, they only cost 50p each and give 3 – 4 full applications meaning you can find the right colour and formula for you.Check out the full range of Illuminare hereWhat do you think of Illuminare are they a brand you will be checking out.Queen of the Ads Ji Ji Kiki