I love cream-based makeup products. It just looks more natural on my oily skin. So when Ilia sent over some of their cream-based products, I really went to town with them.
I like mixing Liquid Light in Atomic ($42) to my matte foundations for that dewy effect that doesn’t leave my skin oily after a few hours. The lightweight gel-texture doesn’t mess up my makeup. It just provides this glow from within look that I want to have. As a targeted highlight, I use this on the high points of my face and the formula melts into the skin for a subtle glow.
For added dewiness, I use the Illuminator in Cosmic Dancer ($34). It’s in stick forms but it feels really creamy. I find that I can control the highlight precision for this one using a dense brush. This is really subtle as it doesn’t shine or shimmer, it just adds a dewy sheen, making me look glowy. I also like applying this on top of my eye look for that glossy look that doesn’t look too shiny.
For color, Color Haze ($32) is exactly as described. I have the shades Temptation (a warm nude) and Sing (a deep berry). Both are extremely pigmented from the tube but they are easily blended and buildable. It looks like it melts into the skin and offers a flushed look on the cheeks. I reach for Temptation for as its good for every day but I use Sing when I go out at night. When applied on the lips, they are easy to use for when you want to create that bitten look because a dot can already spread some color. I like that they also dry matte and can easily be mixed with each other if I want to.
The Multi-Stick in At Last ($34) is in stick form and can be used on the lip or on the cheeks. It has a slight sheen that works with Color Haze perfectly if I want a rosy shine on top of my cheeks or lips.
For a glossy lip finish that feels hydrating, the Tinted Lip Conditioner feels nourishing to the lips. I like that these are good enough to be used on its own. They look glossy but I like that they have a bit of staying power. They don’t completely slide off after a few drinks of water. The subtle pigment stays on and the balmy consistency is left and doesn’t leave my lips feeling and looking dry. They also brighten my face and even the tone of my lips. Blossom Lady has a pink tint and is almost the same shade as my lips while Jump is a deeper magenta, which I use when I’m going for some boldness.
Ilia offers vegan and cruelty-free products that are also gluten-free and made without silicone.