Saturday, July 2, 2011

Review: Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation

''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.'' (Illamasqua)

Ingredients: Aqua, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Paraffinum Liquidum, Phenyl Trimethicone, Talc, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Aluminium Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Silica, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Cyclomethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Isostearic Acid, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Methylparaben, Parfum, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Niacinamide, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dimethicone/Methicone Copolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate [+/- May Contain; Cl 77491 (Iron Oxides), Cl 77492 (Iron Oxides), Cl 77499 (Iron Oxides), Cl 77891 (Titanium Dioxide)].

I was lucky enough to receive three samples of Illamasqua's new Skin Base Foundation in shade 03 for yellow undertone, 04 for yellow/pink undertone and 05 for pink undertone.

I think I could even go one shade darker for the summer (once I get some tan) and no. 07 would probably be the best choice. Now I can clearly see that my skin has pink undertone rather than being neutral. Yes, I used to think I have a neutral undertone leaning to pink. It turns out it's just pink. :)

The best thing at Illamasqua's new Skin Base Foundation is the color range. There's a total of 18 (!!!) shades. They covered everything from white to the most dark skin tones. You can't say they don't have your shade, because that's just impossible (unless you're a smurf). ;)

Here's how my skin looks without and with Skin Base Foundation.

Price: £25.00 for 30 mL/1 fl oz

Where to buy? Illamasqua online store or drugstores that carry Illamasqua.


I couldn't wait to try this Skin Base Foundation. I heard so many good things about it and since I'm a very satisfied blemish/beauty balm user, my expectations were quite high.

First I tried Skin Base in shade 04 over my face cream (it's actually a very light moisturizing serum). The results were catastrophic. I got super visible dry patches on my nose and between my eyebrows. The more I tried to blend it, the less it was working. I couldn't believe it and I said to myself: ''This sucks big time!''.

Then I washed my face and tried again. This time on my bare skin without any moisturizer or cream underneath. I used shade #05. I tried to apply it (with my fingers) as quickly as possible, because this foundation dries/sets with the speed of light. I was kind of successful this time. I could have done a better job at blending the foundation, but it was still a gazillion times better looking than my previous application.
The scent of this foundation reminded me of Revlon Colorstay foundation I used a couple of years ago. If I remember correctly that foundation dried really fast as well, right?

+ Good coverage.
+ Great range of shades.
+ Small amount of product goes a long way.
+ Contains Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate) and Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate).

- Hard to apply, because it dries really fast.
- Makes pores more visible.
- Price.
- It creates dry patches if you're not careful with the application.

EDIT: The foundation looks much better if you apply it with a stippling brush. I actually like it a lot when applied this way. No dry patches, no enlarged pores. 

Do I recommend it? This foundation gave me a lot of trouble with the application. I wouldn't purchase it because of one simple reason: it created dry patches on my skin. A little of moisturizer would take care of that, but as I already mentioned Skin Base doesn't want to cooperate with my moisturizing face serum. I also don't like the fact it enlargened my pores. I would recommend it to those of you who don't have skin texture problems.

If you're planning on buying this foundation and don't know which shade to go for, here's something that will help you choose the right tone. First here's a post with photos of shades from Illamasqua's blog and here you have a shade comparisons with other brands like MAC, Bobbi Brown, Nars and YSL. If you know your MAC shade, then you'll have no problem finding your Illamasqua shade. ;)

*Product was sent to me by Illamasqua. Read my disclosure policy for more information.

Thanks for looking!


  1. ful maš lepo kožo.....
    drugače je pa puder res dober...čisto paše na tvoj ten kože....

  2. Lately you've benn posting more of your face than before :) I like it :D

  3. your skin looks much better without any make up! i envy you!

  4. Nihrida you are so pretty! <3

  5. @Pink_Diamond: No ja, kakor za koga. Z mozolji sicer nimam težav, imam pa takoj lisasto kožo, če ji kaj ne paše. =)

    @maggielet: Right back at you. =D Thank you!

    @Biberlee: I'm coming out of my shell I guess. I'm glad you like it. Hee hee

    @Da Chüsü: Well, I like the way my skin's tone is evened out when I wear foundation, but enlargened pores aren't my BFFs.

    @rijaH: Awwww... *blushes* Thank you! :)

  6. :)ampak vseeno je bolje imeti kakšno lisico na kozi, kot pa mozoljcke :):) ... (aja, na mojem blogu te caka nagrada)....

  7. Thank you so much for this review, you were very clear on the pros and cons :)

  8. great review, thanks for actually pointing out good cons (does that make sense? lol)

  9. mm it is great it has 18 shades but the cons are "huge" so I don't know... I've problem with pores so it is not for me :(

  10. Thanks for the honest review. You are so pretty :D I am so jealous of how pretty your eyes are!

  11. I have acne and oily skin, I really hope to get the foundation that is suitable for my skin. Do you recommend any acne foundation for makeup?


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