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Saturday 22 July 2017

Highlighting & Contouring with Iconic London

I think my love of highlighting has been well documented on the blog (collection post here) and I'm also partial to some gentle contouring so I was delighted when I received this selection of products from Iconic London recently. I've been giving them a good testing and am ready to share my thoughts with you today!

First up are the two products that I was most excited to try because I am really into cream/liquid highlighting rather than using powder highlighters at the moment. These are the Strobing Sticks, which come in 3 shades - Original, Shine and Glow. I was sent Original and Shine - these are not for the faint-hearted but then again the name is strobe stick rather than highlighter stick! Original is the easiest to wear on a daily basis as it is slightly more subtle than Shine, however it still packs a punch in terms of highlighting, whereas Shine is uber-bright and would be ideal for nights out if you like a serious mermaid, holographic highlight! The texture is quite stiff initially but when warmed is creamy, so I find the best way to use it is to either dab it gently on the high points of my cheekbones and blend it in with my fingers or apply it to my hand and use a beauty blender to dab it on. That being said, I have dry skin so for anybody who has normal skin, you may find that applying directly to the face and using a brush works well for you. These are priced at £24.99 or €32. I like these but think that the Liquid Illuminators would suit my personal taste better because I'm obsessing over liquid highlight at the moment - they really suit my dry skin.

Next up is the Limited Edition Pro-Evo Sculpt Brush, which is a stunning copper brush that is so easy to use given its size. The brush itself is super soft and densely packed with 400,000 synthetic fibres, and the tapered shape is perfect for contouring. I personally like to use this with cream/pencil contour products rather than powder products (but it works just as well with both) and I have found that it doesn't disturb my base underneath. I've used this brush every day that I've worn makeup since receiving it - it is a very welcome addition to my collection and I can only imagine how dreamy the Buffer Brush is for applying foundation. This brush is priced at £32.99 or €42.

The final product is the Multi-Use Powder Contour Palette, which I have very mixed feelings about. This palette is pretty sturdy with a large mirror inside the lid and it houses six powders - the three on the top row are for lifting, brightening the skin and the bottom row is for defining and contouring. For me, the brightening powders in the top row are very stiff and chalky and not very pigmented - they simply do nothing for my dry skin but would probably work well on normal-oily skins In contrast, the contour powders are smooth and easy to work with. The shades look quite dark and scary in the pan but they are actually very wearable and easy to use. I can achieve subtle definition but also build up to a strong contour with these matte powders and they are very long-lasting on the skin - at least 8 hour wear time before starting to fade. This palette is my least favourite of the products but I think it's just because my skin is dry and the cream contour palette would probably suit me better. It is priced at £32.99 or €42.

Iconic London is a vegan, cruelty-free brand. It is stocked on Cult Beauty, House of Fraser, Harvey Nichols and directly from their site. In addition to the products mentioned here today, they also sell lashes, liquid lipsticks, lip glosses, brushes and foundation so it is definitely a brand that it worth checking out.

Have you tried any Iconic London products? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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All products are bought by me, unless otherwise stated. Iconic London kindly sent all of these products to me. Opinion is always my own.

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