Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Sculpted by Aimee Connolly Highlight & Shading Palette review, photos, swatches!


A few weeks ago, I finally met Aimee Connolly, or as James Butler likes to call her "Sculpted by Aimee Connolly"!  She's gorgeous, an absolute sweetheart and as we chatted, I told her my age and we realised I could be her actual mother... Then I died on the inside for a few minutes...  But she said she'd popped one of her contour kits in the post to me that morning, so I forgot how much of a geriatric I am...  And she sent chocolate too.  I'll be your Mam for a palette and a bar of chocolate Aimee!

Anyway, get a load of the Sculpted by Aimee Connolly Highlight & Shading Palette, complete with accompanying brush.

Inside said trio we have a bronzer, a shimmering powder highlight and a cream highlight and what makes me happy is that the shades work really well on the cheeks and the eyeballs.  This is music to a makeup hoarder's ears.  Summer holidays are coming up and that means I try to cram as much stuff into my carry on as possible so multifunctional products are always welcome.

The brush is well shaped for me to carve out some much needed cheekbones and picks up a load of product, so I always make sure to tap off any excess or else I'll be Uber Sculpted by Aimee Connolly and while that's grand for a night out, for work, I need to use a light hand.  The warm toned bronzer adds natural looking depth to my face and shaves down my absolutely massive forehead beautifully.  It's blendable, buildable and doesn't look muddy on the cheeks at all at all.

The cream highlighter, Champagne Cream, is a great everyday highlight for my skin tone and I usually get stuck in with my finger, patting it onto the tops of the cheekbones that I've just sculpted by Aimee Connolly and also by me.  It gives a really pretty sheen that's great for me for work because in the office, I do not wish to shine bright like a diamond ok thank you.

The powder highlight, Golden Sheen, was made for the summer and nights out.  I will fully admit that the brush picks up so much product that you could see me from space with the highlight and while I do enjoy the whole more is more thing, I'll be saving going wild with it until the summer.  I'm thinking I'll look only massive sitting outside in Spain having a sangria with the sun bouncing off my face thanks to this.  For the photo below, I applied it with a brush and then patted it in with my finger for a more subtle glow.  A second or thicker layer of it would show up the golden sheen to it, but a light layer looks so much more natural and is more wearable for me.

Wearing it on the eyes is easy peasy.  I take the bronzer into the crease using a fluffy brush and blend it up towards the brow bone, softening the edges.  Then taking the middle highlight all over the lids, I am immediately transformed into a golden summer goddess.  Ok I have the eyeballs of a goddess.  Shut up you.  Just to be fancy, I take the cream highlight into the inner corner to make me look wide eyed and very fantastic and I'm good to go.

So I'm doubly Sculpted by Aimee Connolly and don't even know what to do with myself.  The palette is available on the Meaghers Pharmacy website and will set you back a very reasonable €24.95 with the brush coming in at €12.95.

Thanks for sending me the palette Aimee and the brush, and the chocolate and helping me forget I could be your Mam ok bye.  Ah no seriously, it's a gorgeous trio and will be coming on holidays with me for sure!

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