Water: Shimmering Reflections

By Jo Phillips

The sun is shining, the sea is sparkling and the Cent team have added a splash of shimmer to their make-up collections. Cent have photographed a range of beautiful brands as well as having the pleasure of trying bronzers, blushers and contour kits from brands such as Illamsqua, Kiko, Sleek, Too Faced, Pur and Smashbox. The products left the team feeling fresh, confident and utterly fabulous.

Creative Director – Jo Phillips
Photographer – Jason Yates
Digital Tech – Facundo Bustamante
Assistant – Agustina Recke

set makeup 1

Illamasqua – Bronzing Powder Duo
Clarins Paris – Aquatic Treasures
Tom Ford – Shade and Iluminate
Yves Saint Laurent – Touche Éclat, Radiant touch
Clarins Paris– After Sun Shimmer Oil
Yves Saint Laurent – Les Sahariennes
Kevyn Aucoin – The Celestial Powder
Charlotte Tilbury – Beach Stick

set2 make up

NARS – Olympia, Contour Blush
Smashbox – L A. Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Color, Hollywood & Highlight
Smashbox – L A. Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Color, Vence Beach Bronze
NARS – Albatross, Highlighting Blush Powder
Smashbox – Step-By-Step Contour Kit
Smashbox – Step-By-Step Contour Kit Trio
NARS – Miss Liberty, Highlighting Blush Powder
Shiseido – Face Color Enhancing Trio

set3 make up

Too Faced – Cocoa Contour, Face Contouring and Highlighting Kit
LANCÔME – Belle De Teint
M.A.C – Mineralize, Cheeky Bronze
Stila – Bronzer for Face & Body
Liz Earle – Radiant Glow Bronzer
Sleek – Face Form, Contouring & Blush Palette
Benefit – CORALista
Benefit – High Beam, Luminescent Complexion Enhancer
Topshop – Reflect


The Illamasqua Gleam highlighter gives you noticeable definition and a healthy looking shine. It works in perfect partnership with a bronzer as the two tones fuse together to intensify your facial structure. When applying the product I used a brush for an equal coverage and blended using my finger between the highlight and contour areas. It is a light cream that is flawless for any occasion, whether it’s for a natural day appearance or a classy evening look. 



Kiko Double Deco is powedery yet soft on the skin, applied using a brush above and upon the appels of the cheek  highlight and soften. With a light consistency the powder once applied leaves the skin with a bright glow. The Kiko Double Deco is a blush, and with a slight bronze glow on the side add’s a slight glitter glow when the sun hits the skin. Overall the product lasts all day and when applied in the correct way results in a perfect pink glow.


The Sleek Face Contour Kit is creamy and light on the face but powdery to touch. It comes with a highlighter that you have to blend into the contour for a beautiful gradient. When applying the contour kit I used a brush to save time and ensure I have equal coverage, I would advise that you don’t use a lot as a little goes a long way. A perfect product to add to a summery cosmetic collection.


too faced

Too Faced Snow Bunny is a powdery but smooth texture, there’s a lot of light reflecting pigment in the powder. I used a brush and blended the colours for my cheeks, using the highlighter section on my cheekbones and the bronze on my T-Zone. I love the cute packaging, and really good sized mirror in the compact. The colours work well blended together for an all over healthy glow and individually for highlighting, bronzing and blushing!


Pür Mineral Glow has a great choice of colours that work for all skin tones. As I am very pale I really did wonder what it would be like to use a bronzer, I was happily surprised that it just gave a soft golden glow to highlight areas on my face.  It is a hard looking palette yet really soft to touch so it really needs to be applied with a soft brush.  The product is easy to apply and build for day to night use.


Smashbox Baked fusion soft lights is soft and light to the touch. This lovely little compact rainbow of colours is perfect for pale skins like mine because the collection of tones allows for a nice natural glow or build up to a real holiday colour. It is simple to use when applying with a brush as it helps to cover the face easier.


Smash box L.A lights , blend able lip & cheek colour Hollywood & highlight – Is another blush from the ever creative Smashbox collection, The blush is creamy and soft on the skin by using a sponge to blend it creates a perfect application that can be used to highlight and can also be used on your lips.The blush created depth and highlighting to my cheeks emphasising shape. Overall it gives quite a smooth and moisturising texture and look when applied to the skin.


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