Sunday, 30 June 2013

Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation Review

I've been waiting for this parcel for like over a month but it finally got here yesterday and I'm soooooo excited about it. Illamasqua had a 50% off everything sale in the middle of May to celebrate them reaching 50,000 Twitter followers, so of course I just HAD to buy a few things. I'm only going to review their Skin Base Foundation in this post but I thought I'd let you have a little nosey at everything else I bought :)

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Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation

The foundation comes in typical Illamasqa packaging with a black square lid with white writing and has a thin nozzle type applicator which I think makes it harder to squeeze out too much product, always a plus!
The product itself feels very light on your skin however it think it has quite good medium coverage and definitely hides redness. It has a very light vanilla/marshmallow smell which I think is just lovely, It makes me want to eat it! I'm normally quite wary of using perfumed products on my face as my skin is very very sensitive but I've had absolutely no problems with this.
I have compared the Skin Base Foundation with my usual Barbara Daly Moisture Foundation (review here) just to give you an idea of the colour and the coverage.
left: Illamasqua  Skin Base Foundation   Right: Barbara Daly Moisture Foundation

left: Illamasqua  Skin Base Foundation   Right: Barbara Daly Moisture Foundation

My camera hasn't shown them up very well but both foundations blend into my skin very well however I think the Skin Base Foundation is closer to my skin tone than the Mosture Foundation, also I think it gives my skin a bit more of a glow and makes it look a bit less dull.

I've worn the Skin Base Foundation a few times now and I love it's staying power, once its on your face it will not budge (unless you want it to). I went out in the rain and my face got completely soaked but my foundation still looked immaculate! This is definitely going to become my night out/party foundation.

The only thing that bugs me about it is that it's quite drying, I found that to make it go on my face evenly without clumping at dry bits I had to put on quite a heavy moisturiser underneath, which isn't ideal for hot days! The back of the bottle says it is 'Suitable for all skin types' but I can't say I agree, It's definitely more for normal/oily skin.

Repurchase? Only with 50 % off, I'm not convinced it's worth £27. I'm happy to pay £8 for the Barbara Daly moisture foundation and have to reapply every time it rains.

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  1. It really does suit your skin, blends on your hand perfectly. Like you I wouldn't pay £27 though, not unless I found a foundation that firmed my skin and hid every wrinkle lol
    Angela x

  2. This sounds exactly what I need. Impressive staying power! M xx

  3. Oh!! your blog is so nice. I want to use Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation this is better for my skin because my skin is very sensitive.

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