Sunday, 24 July 2011


illamasqua skin base foundation




Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation (buy here)

Going to be honest and pretty much everything I learn't about makeup I learnt from the Internet. I rarely buy anything nowadays without seeing a swatch or a review (especially Temptalia ones!). Illamasqua Skin Base foundation was something I'd had my eye on for a while after seeing a post about it on their official blog. Pair that with some research I did on BB creams following the post, I was really interested in seeing what the product was actually like. When I bought this I'd not seen a single review on the foundation, so it really was a product I bought on a whim!

I have to say I really love this foundation, it feels very light and creamy and glides on and feels like it melts into my skin upon application. I've applied with a MAC 187 & a MAC 109, but I find using my fingers gives the best finish, despite the fact I'm a bit of a germaphobe and don't like the idea of touching my own face! To me the coverage is medium/full, a lot of people saying its totally full but I don't find it that full coverage, or maybe I'm just not using enough! A little really goes a long way with this foundation! You literally only need a tiny blob to do a full face.

The finish very natural and dewy, without that wet look some dewy foundations give. Personally I don't  like a heavy dewy finish and much prefer velvety/matte. Setting with a powder does take alot of the dewy finish but still has a subtle glow coming through without being too damp looking! In the photo I've set my foundation with a MAC Mineralize Skin Finish, but I wouldn't recommend a heavy powder like a MSF because it can cake a little over it as the powder seems to cling to the foundation!I've just bought the Laura Mercier Translucent powder to see if it will set it a little less heavy.

Overall I'm in love with this foundation, it photographs perfectly, ie. no ghost face like those darn foundations with SPF! Looking at you Estee Lauder Double Wear! The colour I got suits my skintone perfectly. I'm a shade 8, they do have a reference document you can download but I'd highly recommend getting matched buy a MUA. Have to admit since buying it I've seen a host of very mixed reviews, I really think its one of those you have to try it before you buy it sort of things. It is expensive and I normally refuse to buy a foundation is a MUA wont give a sample. Especially when you could be spending £25 on something you wont like.

Like with all reviews, take it with a pinch of salt, Just because its works for me it doesn't mean it will for you & give you the same results. Makeup, especially foundation is VERY subjective. Here are some links to various other reviews you may find helpful. Other reviews: here, here, here and here.
(My skin for reference: I have oily/combo skin, relatively good skin in terms of breakouts and spots, slight scarring on my chin. I have a very uneven olive and warm toned skin with very pink toned cheeks. Im a MAC NW15 without tan and generally wear foundation this colour then bronze up with bronzer if needed!)

28 comments:

  1. Oh Lillian, I ordered this bad ting on the 9th. I.AM.STILL.WAITING. anyway, you look beauts as always, so hopefully it will make me look like you.
    an excellent review, totes a beauty blogger~ x

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  2. I really want to try this foundation, it looks so good too :)

    Christie xo
    babyimboredltd.blogspot.com

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  3. oh i bought it after talking to you on twitter about it/without reading reviews ha! glad i did though, i love it. your links aren't working btw xx

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  4. oh wow this seems to be an amazing product! looks great on you

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  5. Really want to try this, i haven't tried any Illamasqua products yet so this may be my first!
    Love your beauty posts! x

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  6. Just ran out of my own foundation and this is very tempting!

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  7. Hmm, I haven't used a liquid foundation in ages. I like how this one looks on your skin! This may be that next brand I try.

    x Michelle | thefeatherden.net

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  8. I really want to try this out, very tempting ;))

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  9. i usually stick to primer then tinted moisturiser, but this looks tempting! :) thanks, lily!

    lifeofrosalie.blogspot.com (my new blog)

    x

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  10. Ooh I'm oohing and aaahing about this foundation, it looks really good on you and your skin looks flawless! X

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  11. Wow, it's made your skin look so flawless, really pretty. I wish I had a counter near me so I could try it out :( xxx

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  12. This looks fab on you - you've made me want it!

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  13. I'd really like to try this and I'm also very wary when it comes to buying any makeup product! I always try to find as many reviews as possible before actually going out to buy it :')

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  14. I am not a foundation specialist (never use any) so I might be wrong but my first thought before reading the text was that you actually do look quite pale? Could be just the contrast from your face to your shoulders.
    What I'd really like to know is if it blocks the pores, always sounds so when people talk about "full coverage"... do you feel any change to your skin and do you give your skin "breaks" and not use foundation for a while? Really clueless!
    Love to hear from you!
    xxx

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  15. I want money, haha! would buy this immediately, just the price is a little steep. but if it made my skin as lush as your's looks, then I guess it's worth it x

    http://ramzandtheflock.blogspot.com/

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  16. I always need advice on foundation, i've never found one that I was 100% happy with. I think I might actually give this a go, I have so many foundations - one more isn't going to harm! :)

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  17. This foundation looks really good on you xx

    http://princesspancake.blogspot.com/

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  18. I really like this review! Very thorough yet clear!
    x

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  19. I will be trying this, like I said yesterday I like a matte/heavy look. Might go to the counter and ask for a days worth in a little tub to try, MAC usually let you do that
    x

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  20. I'm looking for a new foundation at the moment.. I'll have to pop to Selfridges later in the week and have a look at this!

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  21. Your skin looks absolutely flawless! It's a pity there aren't any places to get matched for this foundation near me as it looks beut x

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  22. You look absolutely amazing. Flawless!

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  23. Ooooh I may have to try this out!

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  24. Been dithering over this all week. I've never worn foundation but do enjoy a good BB cream, and think this would be a good investment! Bit worried about matching up to a shade though! Lovely review Lily, beauty blogger in the makin'! xx

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  25. i've never seen anything on this foundation until now. by your description, it seems like something i'd use.

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  26. Ooooh, really good post about your fondation. Thank you soo much!!!!!!
    I wait your eyes makeup tuto :))

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  27. I really want to try this, Fed up of my MAC studio fix. Its gone orange :/ Might have a look for an Illamasqua before I go back to Dublin!

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  28. Your skin looks amazing, amazing review! x

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