1. There aren't a lot of reviews. This is because Hollow is sort of a niche product. Unless you are fair-skinned and cool-toned, this is probably kind of worthless for you. It's too bland for your eyes and too I-traveled-in-time-to-1996 for your lips.
2. More importantly, Illamasqua made some...
Unfortunately, I am horrible at sticking to my principles, and my boycott of Illamasqua only lasted until there was something I really wanted. (I'm so sorry, world. I deserve all of your judgement.)
|The packaging is so shiny that you can see my camera reflected on it. Say hi!|
Weirdly, the pigment was actually a different color when I first opened it; you can kind of see the warm hues in the corners where it looks untouched. As soon as it was swiped, though, the true color became apparent.
|I give you permission to use the fingerprints in this tub to clear my name of any crimes for which I am a suspect.|
Because the product is cream, rather than a powder contour, I think it's easier to end up with a line that is too harsh. To avoid this, I gently tap my fingers under my artificial cheekbone to blend out the product. The consistency is pleasant and easy to work with.
After I put on my foundation, I use this to contour. Then, I set everything with a powder and add in my (powder) blush and highlighter.
|Illamasqua Hollow Swatch|
|Swatch of Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow on the left, NYX Taupe Blush on the right.|
The cream texture of Hollow means that it may be tricky to work with if you aren't used to cream products. However, it also means that it effortlessly avoids one of the big pitfalls of NYX Taupe: it doesn't get gunked up. Taupe is one of those blushes that you need to clean every other time you use it because oil builds up on the top of it. My frustration with this problem has gotten to the point where I had to eliminate Taupe from my everyday routine because it is so darn annoying to deal with. Illamasqua's Hollow filled that void.
Finally, of course, the last big difference: price. Hollow costs $26 for 0.28oz ($92.86 per ounce), whereas Taupe is $5 for 0.14oz ($35.71 per ounce). That's about 2.6 times the price. That being said, I don't think that Hollow is overpriced; MAC's blush in Harmony, another contouring product, costs $21 for 0.21oz, putting it at a pricier $100 per ounce.
|Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow on Human Face|