Thursday, March 8, 2012

Illamasqua Powder Blusher- Katie Review & Swatches

Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Katie is described as a light milky pink with a matte finish, and I would only add that it is a very pale blue-based pink. Illamasqua blushes tend to be finely milled and very well-pigmented, and while Katie is quite pigmented the hue is quite pale. Therefore you would run the risk of a chalky application if you tried to build the color too much. Instead this color should be praised for what it is: a lovely pale pink blush that delivers a beautiful natural glow from within. Katie is simply gorgeous, and really is a very sweet shade of baby pink. I do, however, think that it might appear rather ashy on darker skin tones unless you use a very light hand applying it. Since it has a matte finish it isn't a great choice as a highlighter. I think that a color this pale will tend to be more flattering on people who have fair complexions. I am a NC20-25 and while I can wear it I have to use a light hand when applying it so that it doesn't get chalky looking. I stalked this shade for quite a while at my local Sephora before buying it, and I am so happy that I did. I am betting that I will hit the pan on this one and then repurchase it.

Ingredients: Talc, Dimethylimidazolidinone Rice Starch, Mica, Aqua (Water), Magnesium Myristate, Propylene Glycol, Octyldodecanol, Isopropyl Myristate, Glyceryl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Peg-150, Silica, Ricinus Communis Oil (Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil), Cetearyl Alcohol, Quaternium-26, Methylparaben, Glyceryl Ricinoleate, Ethylparaben, Cera Carnauba (Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax), Candelilla Cera (Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax), Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Stearic Acid, Propylparaben, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Cetyl Alcohol, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Parfum (Fragrance) And May Contain: [+/- Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, Carmine CI 75470, Ultramarines CI 77007, Red 36 CI 12085, Yellow 5 Lake CI 19140, Red 7 CI 15850, Red 21 Lake CI 45380, Bismuth Oxychloride CI 77163, Yellow 6 Lake CI 15985, Manganese Violet CI 77742, Ferric Ferrocyanide CI 77510, Red 40 Lake CI 16035, Red 27 Lake CI 45410]. May contain Carmine as a colour additive.

Overall assessment: I love Katie- it is a really beautiful shade of pale pink! This is a blush that I reach for very often.
0.14 oz. $24.00 at Sephora

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