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The overdue review: Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation

Illamasqua Skin Base Review

After reading loads of reviews praising this cult foundation it was only a matter of time before I caved and bought my very own tube of Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation (£32). I posted a haul post a few weeks ago and I said that although I liked it, it wasn't love and a lot of people were surprised. The problem with really hyped products is that your expectations are set so high and there's only so great a product can be isn't there?

As I've been using it for a while now I thought it was time for a proper review. While Nars Sheer Glow is my holy grail and the one I go to for really long lasting and flawless skin, in the last year or so I've been going for lighter coverage foundations . Even though my skin breaks out a lot I also don't want to cake it in makeup as that's not going to help heal things up. One of the reasons I picked this one up was that I wanted a natural looking base, and Illamasqua Skin Base is billed as exactly that.

First off, it comes in a lot of colours! There's not many counters around so I considered ordering this online. Illamasqua have a shade comparison chart which looked really helpful as you can find the right shade for you based on what you wear in MAC and Nars etc. I wear NC15 in MAC and Mont Blanc in Nars Sheer Glow, so according to the chart I needed shade 2 in Skin Base. I held off and went in the store instead and thank god I did as SB 2 was way too pale for me, which as a paley is rare. I ended up walking away with 3.5 and it's a perfect match. Lucky I did go in store as I am normally the lightest pink based or neutral shade and wouldn't have thought for a second that a darker shade would be for me.

I'm not a great fan of the packaging as its a plastic bottle that you need to squeeze it out off and you can't judge how much product you're going to get. The formula is quite thick, although it does blend into the skin very easily. I find it to be a very soft, buildable foundation that is neither too matte or dewy. It's very natural and super flattering. It's supposed to be the ultimate 'skin realism' foundation and I can't really argue with that. While no foundation is ever going to be undetectable, its pretty close (quite similar to MUFE HD Foundation). I never need to powder afterwards which is always a bonus. It can cake if you go a bit overboard or have very dry skin, so I always use a primer underneath - I love pairing it with Illamasqua Moisture Veil. The two together create a really long lasting base which works so well for me.

I'm pretty impressed with Illamasqua Skin Base and wanted to give you my full thoughts now I've given it a good test so you can see if it might be right for you. It's great for every day, lasts for hours and feels really comfortable, but it has reminded me that I shouldn't give into hype all the time and that my one true love is still Nars Sheer Glow.

Have you tried Skin Base and if so what did you think?


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  1. I have never tried this product but it sounds product. I probably won't be picking it up because I'm not really into brands

    1. I really struggle with shade selection on the high st so that's why I tend to favour high end/counter brands for foundation. They have much better selections of shades. You could always get a sample to try first x

  2. Sounds like they do a good range of colours. Being extremely pale with pink undertones, its so hard to find a perfect, light coverage foundation. || Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

    1. I have the same dilemma with my undertones and paleness. Definitely try this one out x

  3. I have this Illamasqua foundation and I think its great and works really well :)

    Melissa ||




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