Iluma Intense Brightening Exfoliating Powder

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Since today is Hallowe’en, I thought it would be fitting to share my review of an unusual product I’ve been trying from Image Skincare: Iluma Intense Brightening Exfoliating Powder It actually contains pumpkin enzymes so it’s perfect for this time of year – not only because pumpkins are in abundance, but also because our skin can start to lose its glow as we adjust to the cooler temperatures. Image Skincare offered to send me this brightening exfoliating powder to try and as I haven’t used anything like it before, I agreed to give it a go.

Image Skincare claim: Their uniquely luxurious polishing powder gently cleanses and exfoliates all skin types. This ultrasoft micro-exfoliating blend removes debris and oil from pores while providing long-term hydration and age-defying benefits. Contains a new generation of natural botanicals, enzymes and antioxidants to help skin reach a new level of radiance.

This water-activated, micro-exfoliating cleansing powder gently polishes and buffs away radiance-impairing dead skin cells to brighten and illuminate the skin. Gentle enough for daily use and perfect for all skin types, it smoothes uneven skin texture and preps skin to better absorb active ingredients in Iluma serums and crèmes. Suitable for use on the body. Paraben free.

When it comes to exfoliation, I’m fanatical, why? Because nothing beats it for visible results.

I generally use an enzymatic formula for my face as it’s gentler than a conventional granular type. This intense brightening powder is very different from my usual choice so let’s get into my review.

Firstly, the packaging feels luxe and has a gorgeous vibrant purple detail around the top. There’s no overkill on the branding but just highlighted with purple wording. The outer lid removes effortlessly and replaces with a reassuring click. The inner lid twists to open revealing the shaker holes. To use – simply dispense a little powder onto wet palms and rub the hands together to activate –  the powder then becomes a light froth.

Gently massage into your skin twice a day – morning and night, avoiding the eye area, as directed. Don’t stop at the face, I use this on my neck and across my chest if I’m in need of a brightening boost to those areas.


Iluma exfoliating powder - view of shaker


A first glance at the powder in your hand and you may start wondering…how is this going to work? Surprisingly, it does. Although the results are subtle, my skin looks immediately brighter and fresher after use. Botanical brighteners work to buff away any impurities from the skin’s surface and get into those pores for a deeper clean.

The powder is initially slightly grainy in texture but softens as you massage it in. On occasion, I’ve wanted a thicker consistency so I’ve shaken a little more powder onto my fingers and continued to work it into my skin. Also, another trick is to add some to your usual cleanser – I use an oil-based cleanser and this has worked well, remaining a little more granular for more of a scrub but gently softens as you continue. For additional skin polishing, Image Skincare recommends blending some of the powder into a cleanser (as I did) or a masque.


Iluma intense brightening exfoliating powder


In terms of scent, I was pleasantly surprised – think naked sponge, yes, it smells of cake!

and actually, the powder is rather cake-like in appearance too. I’ve really been enjoying this product, it’s something a bit different and for a powder exfoliator it does visibly brighten my skin.

I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of lasting results and any brightening is indeed short-lived but saying that, my skin is left feeling clean, fresh and a little a smoother ready for the day. Overall, I’ve been pleased with this product. If you’re looking to try an exfoliator with a difference, Iluma is a perfect place to start.


demonstrating the powder into the hand


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  1. October 31, 2017 / 12:35 pm

    Ooh this sounds a similar product to the Dermologica exfoliator I’ve been seeing everywhere! I didn’t even know that Pumpkin had skin beneficial properties in it either. Sounds like a fab exfoliator, especially as i like something gentle and like the idea of being able to mix it in with a mask. Great review Lovely! xxx

    • Samantha
      October 31, 2017 / 3:15 pm

      I didn’t know about pumpkin enzymes before either. Interesting though! Glad you found it helpful. Maybe you could try this once your Dermalogica runs out! Xx

    • Samantha
      November 1, 2017 / 7:32 am

      I’ve used Elemis papaya enzyme peel for my face for years. Plus their gentle rose exfoliator is great as you can use it over the eye area too. Also No7 do a good dermabrasion type but I only use it very gently now and then. If you wasn’t a gentle one this Iluma brightening powder might be a good start for you! 💗x

      • November 1, 2017 / 8:15 am

        Thank you- will have a look! Xx

  2. November 6, 2017 / 5:48 pm

    I can’t say I’ve ever tried any products with an enzymatic formula, but I’m definitely up for one that you can use on a daily basis! Normal ones I use are too rough to be using on a daily basis, so this product sounds perfect! Having an exfoliator in a powder form sounds so interesting, I’ll definitely have to look more into this!

    Jenny x

    • Samantha
      November 6, 2017 / 7:10 pm

      Yes a powder type is perfect for daily use. It’s a bit different isn’t it! The enzymatic formulas are good too. Really gentle so if you prefer that you could try both! x

  3. November 15, 2017 / 7:52 pm

    This sounds great! I haven’t used it and hadn’t heard of the brand before but I have used similar products. I used one by Dermalogica that sounds similar and at the moment I’m using the Clinique vitamin C boost which has a fine granular face wash powder so I guess the idea is similar. This one does sound like something I should try though as I love the sound of it! Great review as always xx

    • Samantha
      November 15, 2017 / 9:28 pm

      The clinique sounds interesting. I’m trying a vitamin C serum at the moment, that’ll be the second vitamin C I’ve tried. You would like this powder, it’s so lovely to use and the fact it smells like cake is so good! Xx

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