Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation Review


My usual foundation of choice is Estée Lauder Double Wear, for two reasons - it's the only foundation that stays put on my face all day, and I like its full coverage. I think this new(ish) foundation from Illamasqua is quite similar to Double Wear in a lot of ways, but I actually prefer it. 

Here's what Illamasqua have to say about it: 

Inspired by the cult Asian market Beauty Balm creams, Skin Base Foundation is a brand new, refined formula unlike anything on the UK market. Easily blendable, it effortlessly creates a perfect complexion, and like the entire Illamasqua foundation range, is undetectable in a professional HD environment. Suitable for all skin types, it smoothes, softens and conditions your skin whilst providing natural, buildable coverage.

Instead of waffling on, I'm just gonna get to it and bullet point Skin Base's pros and cons: 

Pros:
  • I'll start with the packaging - I forgot to photograph it but this has a thin nozzle which is perfect for squeezing out the right amount of foundation. 
  • The coverage - I would say the coverage is medium but very buildable, and offers the same coverage as Double Wear - ie. lots! The consistency of the foundation when you squeeze it out of the bottle, is quite thick, almost like a cream, which means that a little goes a long way - you only need a tiny bit of product to cover your face. As it's so thick I find that the best method of application is fingers - the heat in your hands makes it easier to blend.
  • The finish - despite the heavy coverage and thick consistency, it doesn't feel cakey or heavy on the skin at all, and gives a satin, glowy, almost dewy finish.
  • Its longevity - like DW, this stays on my mug for the day. 
  • There's no SPF, so as Illamasqua say, it's "undetectable in a professional HD environment". Sure you never know when you'll find yourself in a professional HD type situation. Best be prepared. 
  • The shade range is good, so there should be one to suit everyone. 
  • I've read reviews where people have said that this has actually improved the condition of their skin - I suppose it's the BB cream aspect of it - I haven't experienced that, but I do find that it helps to keep my skin hydrated all day. 

Cons:
  • The only major con (if you're in Ireland) is that there is no Illamasqua counter in Dublin anymore :-(, so unless you have the opportunity to go to an Illamasqua counter in the UK (our nearest is obviously Debenhams, Belfast), you'll have to take your chances with ordering online which is never easy where foundation is concerned. Illamasqua do have a shade comparison chart, where you can compare Skin Base shades against those from MAC, Bobbi Brown, Nars, and YSL. However, I'm not totally convinced of its accuracy. I inherited shade 7 from Mags as it was too light for her, and it's actually a tad too light for me too, although it's wearable once blended. Shade 7 is supposed to equate to MAC NW25 whereas I would normally be NW15 in MAC, which would mean that according to Illamasqua, I should be going for an even lighter shade in Skin Base...hmm...if you like the sound of this, I would say you'd be better off going to a counter if at all possible. 
Illamasqua Skin Base costs £25 or €30 and is available online from Illamasqua, ASOS, and Debenhams.
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  1. I would love to try this prodct. Thanks for the review and tips! xx

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