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.

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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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

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About Maria Pia

A blog about beauty (what else), what makes me smile and life with two boys and a dog. This blog is about positivity and inspiration sewn in with a little humor. Makeup is not serious, but how we feel after we apply it, is no joking matter!!! I'm here to share my tips and tricks I have learned on my own for the past %&^$% years :) Enjoy my lovelies.

Comments

  1. Yep, want. Speaking of want, what did you use to line your eye in the above photo?

    • Hello K,

      I think you will really enjoy this powder.

      As for the blue liner above the lash line, it is Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick in Who’s Zooming Who, applied over a black liner. Hope this helps.

      -Maria

  2. Want! Side question…what did you line your eye with in the image above? Want that also 😉

  3. OMG is right – that is gorgeous! I use highlighters on my lids, too. I really like how it looks when used wet and then buffed. Beautiful!

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