With summer travel season in full swing, I decided to pick up the Hourglass Illume Sheer Color Trio to simplify my travel makeup bag. The compact is approximately 4 inches by 3 inches and houses a bronzer, blush, and highlight for $62. That is a steep price for 3 products, but Hourglass is a premier makeup brand with a host of holy grail products in their repertoire. So, is this worth the money?
Hourglass Illume Sheer Color Trio Review
First off, the packaging is fabulous. The compact feels lux and slightly weighted, even though it is made of plastic. The rich, mirrored-brown is beautiful and a trademark to the brand. Once opened there is a nice-sized mirror that you can easily use to apply a full face of makeup. There are 3 cream products designed by order of use: Bronzer, Blush, Highlight.
All 3 products are quite emollient and pigmented when swatched. The bronzer is warm-toned and easily sheered out with a brush or sponge. The shade is quite a natural sunlit brown and best suited for fair complexions. It sets to a powder finish, so there is no “glow” associated with it.
The blush is a beautiful coral/pink that reminds me very much of NARS Orgasm, minus the shimmer. It suits light to medium skin tones and also sheers out to a powder finish. Blendability is excellent with a brush or sponge.
The highlight is perfection. It is a light, champagne/beige with a slight shimmer and no glitter particles at all. It provides a healthy glow that is natural and not over-the-top. The “blinding” highlight trend is not always suitable for all ages, so this is a product everyone can enjoy.
Overall, I really like this palette. It’s sturdy, great for travel, and provides shades that will be reached for over and over again. Each product performs exactly as it should, without blotchy or patchy application. Could these colors be duped? Absolutely, and for a lot less money. However, you’re buying the brand, the quality, and the convenience of 3 great products at your fingertips. Thanks for reading my Hourglass Illume Sheer Color Trio Review!
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