Monday, July 5th, 2010

Illamasqua Powdered Liquid Metal

Bronzed from Head to Toe

Illamasqua Thalia Powdered Metal (£22.00 for 0.52 oz.) is a golden bronze shimmered with gold with a soft, almost metallic sheen. It’s a loose powder that can be used alone or mixed with other products–it’s very much like any other multi-purpose loose color (e.g. Illamasqua’s Pure Pigments, MAC Pigments, etc.).

Thalia is a beautiful bronzer on medium to medium-dark skin, and it also works well as a light illuminator mixed with moisturizer or liquid foundation for those with medium to medium-dark skin. You can also throw it in your hair (try mixing it with shine spray), swirl it in a clear nail polish or creme-finish nail polish to frankenstein something new. It can also look pretty patted lightly on the center of lips over plums and reds finished by a quick slick of gloss.

A little goes a long way, and this is an incredibly finely milled powder, so it’s easy to use more than you need!   The packaging has a nice sifter on it, so it’s easier to control how much product comes out.  I like that you get plenty of the product without paying an arm and a leg, too. This is also a great body product for the summer, because you can dust it lightly on shoulders and legs (try it right after moisturizing, so it sticks better) for a subtle bronzy sheen.

Illamasqua also carries Bebhionn (soft pink shimmer) and Erzule (deep bronze shimmer).

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you’d like a bit of faux glow tan without a lot of work, Powdered Metal definitely gets you there in a hurry!


See more photos & swatches!

Illamasqua Thalia Powdered Metal

Illamasqua Thalia Powdered Metal

Illamasqua Thalia Powdered Metal

Illamasqua Thalia Powdered Metal

Illamasqua Thalia Powdered Metal
Illamasqua Thalia Powdered Metal

Illamasqua Thalia Powdered Metal

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14 thoughts on “Illamasqua Thalia Powdered Metal Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. lauraaaaa


  2. Farah

    on the packaging it says 18 months, does this mean after that time frame you probably won’t use it?

    • That’s what it says, though I personally wouldn’t toss it after 18 months.

      If you’re worried, you could also take some and put it in a separate 5 gram jar, so then you’re not contaminating the full size jar. It’s hard for bacteria to live in a dry place (like powder) – better in moist/warm environments.

  3. jaspreet


  4. le

    hey, christine! I was wondering whats a great under eye concealer that won’t cake?

  5. isabelle

    I just tested this out in Sephora and for my olive complexion it is too much shimmer. Passing.

  6. Victoria

    Do you think it would show up well on NC35-40 skintone? I always have trouble finding bronzers that actually show up on me!

  7. Kerry

    Hey Christine :) for christmas i was given the powdered metal in erzule and i love it but i have no idea how to use it. it just sits in my drawer unloved :/ i’m far to fair to use it as a bronzer :( Any suggestions? :) thanks xo

  8. baby in a corner

    this would look nice on a tanned décolletage or wet as eyeshadow

  9. Jazz

    I’ll pass because they dont have a US website , and shipping is almost half of the price – 22pounds + another 7.50 to ship = 45 bucks American for a product I likely find a dupe for . It is very pretty thoguh