Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation Review

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When I was in Chicago last week, I picked up quite a few foundation samples that I have been wanting to try, one of them being Illamasqua Skin Base foundation. I know this product has been raved about, but what made me want to try it is my love for their nail polish, as well as the amazing blush that I have from the brand. I tested out two shades: 4.5 (fair with yellow undertone) and 5.5 (light with yellow/pink undertone).

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This shade definitely did not work for me. Not only did I have the “Casper” treatment (aka too light), it was also WAY too yellow. I seriously looked ill; it was that yellow. I did some reading on this, and the consensus seems to be that the undertones in this foundation are very strong.

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Next, I tried shade 5.5. This wasn’t the greatest match, but it was a lot better than shade 4.5. I can make this one work. Illamasqua has a new neutral shade (shade 6, I believe), and I think this would be a better match for me. The idea behind this product is that it is inspired by BB creams of the Asian variety; however, it doesn’t have SPF, so it photographs well (BB creams have SPF).

PROS:

  • Long lasting (full day of wear for me)
  • Huge shade variety (25 shades on Sephora’s website, including white for mixing)
  • Natural looking
  • Packaged in a small, lightweight bottle
  • Great coverage
  • Does not oxidize
  • Lightweight

CONS:

  • May accentuate dry patches
  • Finish is slightly flat- more matte than dewy

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I applied this foundation with a beauty blender sponge and liked the finish it gave overall. The consistency is pretty thick, so only a little bit is needed with application. It was very natural looking on the skin, and despite all of the pros, I wasn’t a huge fan of the matte finish.Compared to MUFE Mat Velvet +, it is on the dry side. It didn’t oxidize at all on my skin (win!), and it is SO lightweight! That was probably my favorite thing about this foundation. It felt like I wasn’t wearing any makeup at all.

This would be more of a “winter” foundation for me, due to the coverage. If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you know that I prefer sheer-to medium coverage foundation on a daily basis.

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Wearing it!

Illamasqua Skin Base has a 3.6 rating on MakeupAlley, with 99 reviews. As of now, 62% would repurchase this foundation. With the $42 price tag, I don’t think I would purchase this foundation. I much prefer Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + if we’re comparing matte foundations. I also prefer the Covergirl 3 in 1 Stay Fabulous foundation to this (the CG is really growing on me), and it’s about $30 cheaper! Still, I would recommend getting a sample if you’re thinking about trying it, and especially recommend getting a couple shades to see what is the best match for you.

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