Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder review and comparisons.

Illamasqua OMG

Since my resounding success with Illamasqua Epic Beyond Powder (reviewed here), I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder ($45 USD/ 7 g).  This warm champagne golden highlighter has proven its worth many times over.  Do you need this in your life?  Like O.M.G….Totally  🙂  I hope you enjoy.

Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder.

Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder.

Illamasqua OMG

Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder.

Moroccan inspired sofa. (photo courtesy of zinascos.blogspot.com).

Moroccan inspired sofa (photo courtesy of zinascos.blogspot.com).

  • Before we go on, I would like to take a moment to appreciate the elegant design of the powder itself.  Although rather simple in concept, there is something about the silk-like finish, puffy style and rounded edges that resembles something found in Moroccan decor.  I can completely envision Illamasqua OMG and Epic Beyond Powders as throw pillows for an elaborate chaise love seat or sofa.
  • As we all know, with higher-end cosmetics the expectation for exquisite packaging and design is high and in this instance, Illamasqua certainly delivered.

Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder Formula and Application:

Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder.

Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder in direct sunlight.

Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder.

Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder swatched indoors on sunny day.

 Illamasqua OMG

Wearing Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder dry and wet swatch.

  • As you can tell, Illamasqua OMG has a lovely subtle warmth running throughout.  Depending on the lighting conditions and angle, a gorgeous flush undertone emerges apart from the superficial golden facade.  The unique hidden fragments of beige, pink and peach intermix beautifully to fit a variety of complexions.  On first impression, the sheer nature of this powder seems to compliment pale to lighter skins.  However, when applied with a slightly dampened brush, the strong golden tones dominate and become apparent on medium, olive and deeper skins.
  • When applied with a dry brush, the finish is quite sheer.  If you are someone who prefers instant, in your face, blinding highlighting powders, then this offering may not suit your needs.  On the other hand, professional women, mature skins and even slightly more conservative young ladies will appreciate the sophisticated depth provided by this powder.
  • Time permitting, a radiant finish can be achieved simply by using a dampened brush.  Personally, I like to spray one side of my brush with water to apply an initial layer on the skin. Afterwards, I use the dry side of the brush to buff-out the highlighter, ensuring a seamless application that fuses perfectly with the skin.
Illamasqua OMG

Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder with Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush.

  • Illamasqua OMG does not contain any shimmer or sparkle.  The formula is incredibly smooth and soft and glides on in the same manner.  You are left with the most beautiful sheen on the skin. OMG, unlike Epic, applies best with my Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush.  The dense composition of this brush is perfectly suited to pick-up and deposit just the right amount of product.
  • The lack of lightweight shimmer, paired with the finely milled formula may very well be the culprit for this differentiation.  In my experience, I found both Beyond Powders respond favorably to natural hair brushes.  When I tried to use my Artis Brush or MUFE Kabuki Brush, the super dense synthetic fibers were unable to pickup and place a satisfactory amount of product on the skin.
  • Granted, I do not have every synthetic brush on the market and can only make these generalizations based on my experiences.  If you are strongly opposed to animal hair brushes, and want to try llamasqua Beyond Powders, try to find a dense synthetic brush with some movement. EcoTools, Real Techniques, Illamasqua and Marc Jacobs offer a fair amount of synthetic options for you to explore.
Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder

Wearing Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder on the tops of the cheekbones, bridge of the nose and inner corner.

  • For the above photo, Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder was applied with a dampened brush to the tops of the cheeks, the bridge of the nose and the inner corner of the eye.  This photo was taken at 6:30 pm after a ten-hour day out and about.  In the spirit of full disclosure, I was mostly in an air-conditioned environment, with sporadic moments in hot and humid weather.
Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder.

Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder applied on the mobile lid.

  • For the above photo, Illamasqua OMG was applied on the mobile lid, over Bobbi Brown Sand Dune Shadow Stick.  The slightly tacky cream shadow locked OMG in place for the entire day without any fading or creasing.

Champagne Highlighter Comparisons:

Highlighter Comparisons

Highlighter Comparisons L-R:
Laura Mercier Highlight-01, Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder, Josie Maran Enlightenment Wand, Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight, Dior Cosmopolite, theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer.

Illamasqua OMG

Highlighter Comparisons L-R:
Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight, Dior Cosmopolite, Josie Maran Enlightenment Wand, Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder, theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer, and Laura Mercier Highlight-01 (photo taken indoors with LED lighting).

  • Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (reviewed here) is a very sheer true champagne highlighter that leans on the neutral spectrum.  Personally, this shade is used mostly as an eyeshadow rather than a highlighter.  Even when used with a dampened brush, the results are not as striking as I prefer.
  • Dior Cosmopolite (reviewed here) is one of my favorite highlighters.  This peachy golden color is deeper than OMG and packed more firmly into the pan.  A denser brush and some pressure is certainly needed to get a good amount of pigment to stick to the brush hairs.
  • Josie Maran Enlightenment Stick (reviewed here) is a cream highlighter.  This deep golden hue looks beautiful sheered out on many skins.  The only issue is oiler skins may find the formula too emollient throughout the day.
  • theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer certainly has more of a pale yellow tinge in its mix.  The bright golden sheen is evident with the lightest touch.  Truthfully, I have not used this powder in years, simply because it is too much for my liking.
  • Laura Mercier Highlight-01 is a baked powder that has a significant amount of pink in the formula. The highlighter is silky smooth and offers instant illumination, which is especially flattering on cool-tone pale complexions.
Illamasqua OMG

Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder ingredient list.

 

**Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder is found at Illamasqua.com, lookfantasic.com, b-glowing.com, and selfridges.com.

 

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder is beyond amazing in my book.  The soft, silky texture, beautiful coloring, versatile finish, long-lasting results, and luxurious design and packaging was well worth the effort it took to acquire this beauty.  As expected, this particular color is sold-out on most sites, but Illamasqua.com has since restocked their supplies.  Can I find something similar here in the States?  Perhaps, but where is the fun in that?  Oh, the things I will do for makeup.  🙂  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*IfMakeupCouldTalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of IfMakeupCouldtTalk.com unless otherwise noted. *IfMakeupCouldTalk.com photos and/or written content cannot be copied and/or used for any other social media and/or publications.*

Illamasqua Epic Beyond Powder review and comparisons.

Illamasqua Epic

Let me preface this post by stating the obvious–I am weak when it comes to illuminators.  My flippant attitude toward my addiction may seem amusing, but in all honestly, I really cannot resist highlighting powders.  My collection is filled with various colors, textures and brands to last several lifetimes, yet, I opt to purchase new ones time and time again.  Seemingly discontent (aka: bored) with all the native offerings, I headed overseas to Illamasqua Epic Beyond Powder ($45 USD/7g).  The enticing gleam, pillow-like appearance, exquisite packaging and the golden/copper coloring had me at “ADD to CART.”   I hope you enjoy!

Illamasqua Epic

Illamasqua Epic Beyond Powder.

 Epic Beyond Powder

Illamasqua Epic Beyond Powder.

The Pros to Illamasqua Epic Beyond Powder:

  1. Beautifully presented product–from the design of the powder to the lightweight stylish compact.
  2. Compact comes with a sizable distortion-free mirror.
  3. Soft baked powder is featherweight and glides on the skin smoothly.
  4. Golden/copper color with a slight rose undertone is ideal for warm, medium, olive and dark skins.
  5. Lighter skins can use Epic, sparingly over a blush or bronzer for added warmth.
  6. Can be applied dry for a healthy glow or wet for a flat-out, in-your-face radiance.
  7. A peachy sheen emerges the more the powder is blended.
  8. Appears very subtle in natural lighting.
  9. Formula contains multidimensional shimmers that do not settle on top of the skin, rather blend out to become one with the skin.
  10. Lasts on my dry skin for a solid 8-9 hours, with minimal fading thereafter.
  11. Can be used anywhere –eyes, face, and body.
  12. Formulated with minimal ingredients (see below) sans mineral oil and parabens.
  13. Made in Italy.   🙂

The Cons to Illamasqua Epic Beyond Powder:

  1. The soft texture inevitably produces powder kick-up, even with the lightest touch.
  2. The lightweight shimmers noticeably disperse when tapping off your brush.
  3. As a result, the compact gets dirty quickly around the perimeter of the powder and the outside casing is a fingerprint magnet.
  4. Massive compact is the size of my palm and takes up a lot of room in a makeup bag.
  5. The malleable formula creates a hard-pan look (not feel) on the surface of the powder with every brush stroke (as seen in the fourth photo below)–totally superficial, but worth noting.
  6. The sheer nature of this formula will not be suitable for those that desire immediate, high impact results.
Illamasqua Epic highlighter

Illamasqua Epic Beyond Powder.

Illamasqua Epic

Illamasqua Epic Beyond Powder.

Illamasqua Epic highlighter

Illamasqua Epic Beyond Powder heavy and blended swatch (photo taken with flash).

  • As you can tell when swatched, Epic appears quite pigmented.  The ultra soft formula, however blends out rather easily, similar to a cream product.  The finely milled shimmers are not pronounced in the least, in fact they almost dissipate into a gleaming veil over the skin.
Illamasqua Epic Beyond Powder

Illamasqua Epic Beyond Powder with Wayne Goss 02 Brush.

  • After trying several brushes, I decided the best tool in my collection suited for this formula is the Wayne Goss 02 Brush.  The natural hairs are the perfect length, density, feel and shape for picking-up a modest amount of powder.
  • When attempting to use my Chikuhodo Brushes, I found the natural soft blue squirrel hair too delicate to adhere and blend the powder to my satisfaction.
  • I experienced a similar dilemma when utilizing my Eve Pearl Fan brush.  Normally, this is my go-to brush for depositing an elegant dose of radiance, but the feathery composition was not ample enough to hold the lightweight powder.

Highlighter Comparisons:

HIghlighter Powders

Highlighter Comparison L-R:
Illamasqua Epic Beyond Powder, Laura Mercier Spellbound, and Anastasia Beverly Hills Mimosa from the Gleam Glow Kit.

HIghlighter Powders

Highlighter Comparison L-R:
Illamasqua Epic Beyond Powder, Laura Mercier Spellbound, and Anastasia Beverly Hills Mimosa from the Gleam Glow Kit (photo taken with flash).

  • Laura Mercier Spellbound has a more densely pigmented base color than Epic.  On first impression, both formulas look very similar, but Spellbound feels more concentrated than Epic. The light peach/gold coloring is great for paler complexions and will produce a noticeable highlight with minimal effort.
  • Illamasqua Epic Beyond Powder has an airier formula and the deepest coloring of the lot.  With that said, Epic swatches quite impressively compared to actual application.  Once applied to the face with a brush, the powder sheers out to reveal a lovely peachy glow.  One really has to utilize multiple layers or use the formula wet to get the potency present in the pan.  For my personal use, this type of highlighter is held in high regard, it inherently restrains my heavy-handedness.
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Mimosa is the most concentrated of the bunch.  This formula has more gold in the mix and the metallic finish requires a fan brush for favorable results.  Personally, I prefer to mix Mimosa to with other subtle formulas to add dimension.
Illamasqua Epic Beyond Powder

Wearing Illamasqua Epic Beyond Powder as an eyeshadow across the mobile lid, under the lash line, on the cheekbones, in the center of the nose and a bit on the upper lip.

  • For the above look, I applied Epic on the mobile lid over Bobbi Brown Taupe Eyeshadow Stick (reviewed here) before the cream stick had a chance to set.  The creamy shadow based was able to encapsulate Epic’s shimmer and pigment for the entirety of the day.
  • I also added Epic on the cheekbones, bridge of the nose and slightly above the upper lip area.
Illamasqua Epic

Illamasqua Epic Beyond Powder ingredient list.

 

**Illamasqua Beyond Powders come in two shades: Epic and OMG.  They are sold at illamasqua.com, b-glowing.com, and lookfantastic.com.**

 

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Illamasqua Epic Beyond Powder is an epic success for some.  The delicate finish will suit those who are not fond of the in-your-face highlighting trend that seems so popular on social media.  If you are into beautiful presentation, adjustable coverage, bronzy glow, smooth texture, and gorgeous sheen then Epic is for you.  As for myself, OMG is on its merry way to my home as I type.  Do I NEED another highlighter?  No, quite frankly I need clothes more, but no one can accuse me of sensibility when it comes to makeup.   🙂   Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*IfMakeupCouldTalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of IfMakeupCouldtTalk.com unless otherwise noted. *IfMakeupCouldTalk.com photos and/or written content cannot be copied and/or used for any other social media and/or publications.*