HOURGLASS Illume Sheer Colour Trio Palette Review


The new Hourglass Illume Sheer Colour Trio is a beautiful face palette that is the quintessential item for Spring/Summer. Comprising of 3 cream shades, a highlighter, a blush and a bronzer in one single, beautiful palette. This is the perfect makeup accompaniment going into warmer weather. This palette allows you to accentuate your features with a natural and healthy glow. The creamy, subtle-toned formula of each shade still allows your skin to shine through, which is perfect for an everyday put-together look.

Often when you buy a palette, whether it be cream or powder, the shades seem to have varying consistencies. The shades in the Hourglass Illume palette are consistent and consistently beautiful. They have a buttery feel and are super smooth. Some would say it spreads like butter. All shades blend out easily without leaving any harsh lines or streaks. The shades in this palette are slightly translucent, yet buildable. They set to a satin-like, skin-like finish. The 3 shades that feature in this palette have been very carefully curated and are not only universally flattering but also very complimentary to one another.

The Bronzer – is warm but still has some coolness to the tone so you can get away with using it as a contour or a bronzer. I like to apply the bronze shade by starting with drawing a soft line in the hollows of my cheekbones and blending upwards towards the temples (so it sits in between & works as both a bronzer & contour).

The Blush – is a cute pinky, coral shade which is universally flattering and adds a perfect natural flush to the cheeks. Using fingertips, apply to the apples of the cheeks and dab, dab, dab, dab on the cheeks, making your way up and towards the tops of the cheekbones, so it blends into the bronzer shade.

The Highlighter – is a champagne coloured highlighter. When applied, there is no visible glitter so it just gives off a gorgeous luminosity. Using a clean finger, apply on the high points of your face – tops of cheekbones, cupid’s bow on the lip line and down the bridge of the nose.

Tip – This palette is also a multi-tasker. In a pinch, you could use the bronzer and highlighter shades for an eyeshadow look. Though, I would suggest applying a translucent powder over the top as the products are creamy. The cheek colour can also double as a lip colour.

The result – a beautiful, natural and sunkissed look.


The ease of application and blendability of this palette is mistake-proof and the creamy, high quality, soft textures blend seamlessly into the skin. I just don’t see how you could stuff this up. This is seriously effortless to use. You can use it with your fingers and just as easily use it with a brush or damp blending sponge if you prefer. I like using the Real Techniques Contour Brush to apply the bronzer.  The Real Techniques brushes are perfect for cream products because their soft, synthetic bristles apply and blend out the product really well and also rinse clean.

The packaging of the palette looks rather solid and elegant,  yet is deceptively lightweight in the hand which makes it perfect to chuck into the old handbag when travelling or out and about for a touch-up. The palette features a large mirror which is actually usable, so that’s always a nice touch.

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Cream face products look natural as they melt into the skin and don’t look powdery or cakey. It leaves your skin looking uber-fresh and hydrated. Because the products are creamy, they wear for a couple of hours before needing a touch-up. The longevity is the only issue I have with this palette. I find the blush to wear the shortest of the 3. I feel like I need a bit of reapplication after 4 hours or so. To extend the wear, sometimes I just add a bit of translucent powder over the top. But a touch up is easy-to-do and honestly, I really enjoy doing it with this palette so it doesn’t bother me at all. (*I generally touch-up the blush once only throughout the day on my dry-normal-combination skin).

This palette is suitable for most skin tones that range from fair to medium but possibly too subtle in my opinion for darker skin types. On the back of the Trio Palette, the name that is referenced is “Sunset”, so possibly Hourglass may launch another palette with different shades that would be more suitable for our darker skinned friends soon (fingers crossed!).

This product is also free of Parabens, oils, waxes, fragrances and sulphates.

The price and value for money is where the product may seem to hit a bit on the wallet. At $90 AUD / $62 USD, it reaches a bit steep. However, considering that you get 3 products in one palette, it’s not too crazy. I have had this palette for 3 months with regular usage and have barely scraped the surface, so if you have a light hand, then this product would actually last you a decent amount of time.

I think the Hourglass Illume Sheer Colour Trio Palette is a winner if you wanted to have a dewy, quick, easy, effortless, chic and polished makeup look.  Let me know if you have tried the palette and whether you are a fan too?


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