I’ve been waiting to get my hands on Delilah’s Pure Light Illuminating Powder in Aura ever since India Knight raved about it in the Sunday Times late last year! It sounded like it was the perfect powder, illuminating, not glittery, and she used the phrase “you absolutely do not look shiny, just lit from within”. Well, who doesn’t want to look lit from within at all times for just £36? I couldn’t resist. After India’s review, it was sold out for months, and I ended up waiting till April to be able to pick one up. Was it worth the wait?
Er … I’m not sure, really.
First things first, it’s beautifully packaged in a hefty rose gold and pewter compact, and the powder within looks divine, delicately marbled with golds, peaches and lilacs, and yes, it does look lit from within. It is seriously, inside and out, a stunning piece of makeup.
It is warm-toned. Seriously warm-toned, and I am not. Delilah claim that it adapts to all skintones, but I find that I simply cannot use this powder alone because it just looks like I’ve painted myself pale peach. Warm-toned gals, and darker-skinned ladies will love this, but it’s just too much for me. Oh, and it’s shiny. Really, really, really, shiny. I have oily skin, and applying this over the top is just Too Much Shine. Like I’m wearing a face made of pleather.
For me, as a face powder, it’s a total failure, I’m afraid. But, in its favour, it makes a beautiful highlighter, and if I apply it in conjunction with a more matte powder it’s wearable. I’ve also noticed that parts of powder in the pan have “glazed” over – become hard – and this makes it more difficult to get it on the brush. I hate it when powder products glaze over, as it’s normally a sign of a cheap formula. In this case, I think it’s just that the powder contains a high level of waxes to bind the pigments together, rather than it being a “cheap” powder, as such, but glazing so much after only a month of use is very disappointing indeed.
It’s not a universal powder, not by a long chalk, and that’s a shame for me as a pale blue person. It’ll be much less of a shame for you if you’re warm-toned and light a highly reflective finish. As a result, I don’t think I’ll hit pan on this one for a long, long, long, long time, it’ll never replace my much-loved Hourglass Ambient Light in Diffused, I’m afraid.
The Delilah Pure Light Illuminating Powder in Aura costs £36 and mine came from Fortnums.
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