8 February 2012

ILLAMASQUA SKIN BASE FOUNDATION






I am literally buzzing with excitement as I write this! I have actually lost count on how many different foundations I've tried that didn't agree with my skin and it had kind of got to the stage where I had lost all hope in finding a one that had a good amount of buildable, natural looking coverage without blocking my pores that is, until I took the plunge and tried this!

My skin is quite unpredicable 50% of the time. At the moment the skin around my forehead is normal, my nose and cheeks are a combination of oily/normal and are prone to dryness and my chin is normal and I get occasional blemishes on my cheeks around my mouth which I believe are due to hormones (boo!) which makes sense because my skin was pretty much flawless when I was pregnant. It can also get quite sensitive if I'm not careful about what I use to apply/remove my make up so finding a foundation which caters for my half a million skin types is pretty difficult. 

Illamasqua Skin Base is suitable for all skin types which make umming and ahhing about whether it's suitable for your skin pretty none existant. It is inspired by the asian cult market BB creams, to read more about where the idea of Skin Base came from see here

The texture is lovely and creamy and is amazingly easy to blend, I have been using my fingers to apply it with amazing results (by accident, I misplaced my sponge and my brush needed a wash so it was fingers or nothing really). Usually I end up in a complete mess applying foundation with my fingers which results in having to take it all off and start again so I was very impressed at how easy it was to apply. It is medium coverage but could be built up to near enough full coverage pretty well if needed. The finish is amazing, the only way to describe it would be to say it looks like my skin, only better. Not only this but it doesn't block my pores at all, if anything it's made my skin healthier although I can't 100% say it was this and only this that contributed to the massive improvement of my skin as I have changed my skincare routine pretty recently too but this has definitely had a positive impact. 

It is also relatively easy to colour match online as they have a fantastic shade comparison chart which includes various other foundation brands like MAC, Bobbi Brown, YSL and NARS although if you have a Illamasqua stocklist near you it's best to go and get matched but if, like me there isn't this is a great alternative that is pretty accurate. I think shade 6 is a little dark for me at the moment but I didn't want to buy it too light with Summer just around the corner but I will probably be buying a lighter shade so I can mix a perfect shade for my skin throughout the different seasons.

The only negative thing I can say about it is that the shape of the tube makes it quite hard to squeeze the foundation out of, especially with false nails on but nothing major that will stop me from using or re purchasing.

If you want to see some photographs where I'm actually wearing this foundation to get a better idea of what it looks like on I'm wearing it in posts here, here (in this photograph I mixed it with Chanel Matt Lumiere) and here.

I adore this foundation and at £25, it's a lot cheaper than the Chanel one I was previously using so that's a bonus for me. I absolutely love this foundation and have been wearing it everyday since I got it. If you haven't tried this yet I urge you to! My skin has never agreed with a foundation so well before let alone be improved by one! 


 Have you tried Illamasqua Skin Base? What did you think of it?


10 comments:

  1. i've been using it for about 4 months now.
    it was beautiful 'till the winter cold really hit...then it turned a bit cakey for my dry skin, which makes me extremely sad because i like the finish of this foundation but i dont want to look like a kabuki actor after a couple of hours i've applied it (especially if i use a brush to get the coverage i want)

    i'll see you again in march/april, my beloved Skin Base Foundation T__T

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    1. What base are you using for it? Might be worth changing that to give your skin a moisture boost? x

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    2. I definitely need a hefty moisturiser at this time of year particularly under something like skin base. I think of it as all pigment and no real cushioning. So you need the moisturiser to be just right. I favour the Oilatum one Pixiwoo recommended last year or the Vichy Lift Activ. I the summer I preferred Skin base without a primer but for winter I've been trying Illamasqua's satin primer to good effect. HTH

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  2. I'm with you on finger application for this one. I love the fact that I don't have to bother with concealer when I use this too.x

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    1. I was so surprised by how well it applied with my fingers! Literally no other foundation I've tried has applied nicely with my fingers. This foundation is a keeper for me! x

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  3. Love this review :-)

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  4. this sounds really good, great price too. (': x

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