Illamasqua Gleam Cream Review

Hello pretties here is my Illamasqua Gleam Cream Review!

It’s a curious thing when you own a product for so long, use it frequently but not in face of the day photos, and come to take it for granted so much that you forget you’ve never thought about it critically enough to do a review.

I’m correcting this oversight today by telling you a bit about  Illamasqua’s highlighter – Gleam Cream.



Gleam Cream comes in one colour – Flex – which is a pearlescent white cream highlighter that blends down into a pinky, pearly sheen.

Here’s what the Illamasqua website has to say:

Light up your soul and release the inner you. Containing iridescent pearlescent pigments, this lightweight cream is suitable for face and body, lifting and highlighting wherever it`s applied. Use on its own or mix with foundation for an immediate skin brightening effect that will illuminate the night.



My swatch is below but it doesn’t really do it justice. Keep scrolling …





What I like about Gleam Cream is the fact that it’s subtle. It doesn’t have an obvious glitter or BAM I AM HIGHLIGHTING YOUR FACE finish. It just brings out the light.

I’ve reviewed Benefit High Beam recently and Gleam Cream is similar. The difference is that Benefit High Beam is a might stronger, more obvious highlighter. Illamasqua Gleam Cream has a natural, almost oily sheen to it, while Benefit High Beam is more of a shimmering lotion.

The packaging on Gleam Cream is also different. It comes in a nozzle, while Benefit High Beam comes in a nail polish-like bottle. You can probably scrape any excess product out of High Beam when you’re finished, but Gleam Cream is a lot more hygienic in my opinion.

It’s definitely worth owning both if you can justify it. If you had to choose one though, my preference is Illamasqua Gleam Cream just because if you’ve applied it correctly, nobody should be able to tell you’re wearing a highlighter – just that light is oh-so-attractively hitting your face.


Australia: $60, available at Myer
UK: £23.00 from Illamasqua counters and
USA: It doesn’t appear to be on their website, but Sephora do stock most of the Illamasqua range.

Full Disclosure: I bought this little baby myself from the friendly staff at the Illamasqua counter in Myer Sydney.

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