I’m really happy to have the Illamasqua Facets Aura Palette Swatch – I’ve seen quite a lot of comment on-line that Illamasqua is losing their way and losing their edge, all because they’ve brought out a nude-based palette. I think that it’s very hard to be challenging and edgy in make-up and remain commercially viable, so much as I think the Facets collection is not a natural fit for the brand as we know it, I can see why the range exists. You also have to bear in mind that edgy shades are much copied now by budget brands so if you want statement make-up you can have it for a few quid.
I also think their campaign imagery is doing something different with nudes – Aura is the second look – would you ever put a grey-plum shade all the way under the eye? Not me, unless I wanted to be sent to the doctor! It’s a clever and challenging look coming out of on the face of it a fairly ordinary palette.
So, there’s nothing in Aura that I wouldn’t want to wear right now! I wouldn’t use it in the same way as the campaign imagery (bit much for walking the poodles) but nonetheless, I can make plenty of looks from this. So, beginning left to right: Feint, Vision, Servant and Machine (eye shades), followed by Tremble blush, Aurora Gleam Cream, Hollow Contour and Thunder Brow Powder. The palettes are £45 each and hit the stores on Friday.
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