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Covet Worthy: Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation

It’s official: Illamasqua has ruined me (for the moment) for other foundations. I’ve been skeptical about just how ‘great’ the new Skin Base Foundation is (I was not a fan of the Rich Liquid Foundation), so I was slow to purchase. Add to that the fact that it’s not available in the United States (you have to order online)… and I was not able to swatch colors ahead of time for the perfect match.

Enter ‘AceYourFaceUK’ (who I’m lucky enough to have follow this blog). She noted my questions about matching skin color, and using just my pictures on this blog, was able to match me PERFECTLY. She recommended Skin Base in #14… which is exactly what I ordered.

I have to admit, when I first got the bottle I was VERY skeptical (read: Oh HELL no! Did this girl just recommend some ashy freakin’ foundation for me? What was she THINKING?!!!), because look at how light that is! And it has the nerve to look a little pink. Anyone who knows me knows that I always correct ‘down’ (read: go darker) if I’m in between shades.

But I trust that AceYourFaceUK knows what she’s talking about (she’s very familiar with the brand), so I go ahead and test it.

It’s got this little nozzle on the end, which is perfect for paranoid artists like me (I hate an unsanitary application), and as you can see, the foundation itself looks much more ‘yellow’ on its own. Blame the pinkish hue on the frosted nature of the bottle.

You see this drop? This covers half my face. I am NOT kidding. That’s how little you need for medium coverage. Double that for full coverage. The amount (or lack of) foundation needed to cover the face is precisely what skyrocketed this product to Covet-Worthy status for me. And if that’s not enough, the way it blends out is just RIDICULOUS…

OMG  look at that! That is a ‘full coverage’ on my arm … just that little dot did all that coverage. You can totally sheer it out as you like. And you cannot BELIEVE how well it adjusted to my skin. My oily skin drank it up and set *snap* like that. Did I mention that the COLOR adjusts too? Give it a couple of minutes, and the freakin’ foundation ADAPTS to your individual shading and undertones. I CAN’T TAKE IT!

Now, if there are any cons, they are as follows:

The bottle is small. But in its defense.. it’s the same ‘amount’ of foundation as nearly all of its counterparts. It’s one ounce. The size of the bottle will throw you at first, but I think that’s because of the shape. If it was a regular glass bottle with a pump, you wouldn’t even notice it. And you use SO LITTLE of this foundation, that it more than makes up for its weight and volume.

The cost is prohibitive… at least in the United States. The conversion (and the shipping) kicked my butt. But it’s only prohibitive because I’m ‘guessing’ at colors. If the foundation were here, I wouldn’t even bat an eye. I spend hundreds of dollars on foundation… BUT I also get to test, swatch, and sample them to death before I make a decision. I’m also paying for that convenience. With Skin Base, I relied on the knowledge of another Makeup Artist, some swatches, and my own gut.

I don’t know about this yet for a drier or mature skin. My oily skin LOVES this foundation. It wears just like, if not better than, Hourglass Foundation. My skin drank it right up, it set, and it never moved. I’m wearing it today, and I can’t feel it. I keep checking my reflection like WHOA.

This foundation is top of the line for me. I have ordered the shade darker than this one (#15) to accommodate my summer skin. For the moment, #14 looks perfect on me. But if I get a tan, it’s a wrap. So I’d like to be able to use it as much as possible, no matter what my skin-tone is at the moment.

I HIGHLY recommend this foundation for oily girls. If you can match your shade, this foundation is worth every penny. I LOVE IT!

You can get Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation online at www.illamasqua.com

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7 comments

  1. Shana says:

    the amount of coverage is just sickening! my goodness!!! I wonder if they carry it at Sephora with the rest of the range?

  2. They don't. I checked. I am BLOWN AWAY by this foundation. And you see, despite the coverage, the skin still looks like SKIN. It's a makeup artist's DREAM. I hear that it performs well with HD cameras too. I would LOVE to stock my kit with every color!

  3. Wow, I didn't get on with their powder foundation but this sounds amazing! My skin is dry in places so I hope that won't be a problem

  4. I am not a fan of the Rich Liquid or the powder foundation Sarah. This one really agrees with me. I'd be interested in knowing how your skin reacts to the foundation. Would you share your experiences with us here on the blog, if you get it?

  5. aceyourface says:

    Woah, that was an awesome review. I am so relieved that it worked out! I've applied this foundation to countless faces with a 97% (roughly…lol) success rate. However, there is mineral oil in the foundation and it's classed as a "water in silicone" formula. Shades 1 (pure white), 6, 12 and 18 are the straight up neutral shades that you can use to correct. And you can call me Kadian :o)

  6. Kadian, whatever the formula… IT WORKS. I'm so impressed with this foundation. I had no idea it would be this good. I seriously thought it was a bunch of hype, but it truly delivers. Thank you so much for your help with recommending my shade. I truly appreciate it!

  7. I also love that there are neutral shades to correct with. That is so smart.

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