Hello, lovelies! Hope you had a good weekend. I showed a few Illamasqua Cream Pigments (£17.50) in a haul back in March. I will be reviewing all of them together. However, I wanted to make a separate post for the color Hollow because it's their most popular cream pigment and is most commonly used as a cream contour. There are comparison swatches and face and eye swatches after the cut.
For Contouring: I got Hollow as a multi-purpose pigment, not exclusively for contouring because I knew there was a risk it would be too light for me. The Pixiwoos use Hollow in their videos often. They even used it in their Contouring Master Class (I think that's what that video was called). They only use it on fair and pale skintones and there is a reason for that. Hollow is extremely cool toned and very light. It's basically a taupe. On my medium warm skintone it looks grey and dirty. Below I compared it to a warm bronzer (Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer) and a cooler bronzer (Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer). As you can see, next to those two it looks considerably grey. This is great for fair skin as it mimics an actual shadow. It blends nicely and is quite creamy. However if you're around NC25 or over I'd suggest looking at something else. Not only because it won't look like a shadow since it's lighter, but also because the undertone may come off as muddy. It looks horrible and garish on me in person, the picture below doesn't even do it justice (it looks worse in real life).
As an eyeshadow or base: I wouldn't wear it on its own because none of the Illamasqua Cream Pigments set the way most cream eyeshadows do. They stay a bit dewy and will crease without a primer. As an eyeshadow base it works fine. Hollow shows creasing on me after just 40 minutes without a primer. Compared to Milani ShadowEyez or Maybelline Color Tattoos which don't crease on me even when worn alone, this isn't impressive at all.
It's important to keep in mind that it didn't work as a contour for me because of my skintone. If you want to see it in action on a lighter skintone check Meg's post. If you're pale and usually find bronzers or contouring powders too orange then this will be amazing for you. The Illamasqua Cream Pigments aren't labeled as anything so you can use them as blushes, lip colors, eyeshadows, etc. I actually bought the color Dab (a lilac) for face painting. So, get creative with them!