Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation Review

As some of you may already know if you have read a couple of my blog posts before, when I was training to be a makeup artist, I had to buy a full kit of Illamasqua makeup. I have said in other blog posts, but it is a brand that never really appealed to me and that I didn’t really want to try anything from, but to be enrolled on the course, you had to buy this specific kit. I have had mixed opinions about all of the items that I have bought from them and I still don’t 100% know if I love the items that I got in this kit. So, for this blog post, I thought that I would share with you my thoughts on the Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation.

If you have read my blog before, you may know that I am completely obsessed with foundations. In my personal collection I must have near on 50 foundations, which is bordering on craziness. When I am using a foundation, I know what I like, and I have very high expectations for products. If a product isn’t what I want, I won’t keep it just for the sake of it, I will either donate it or throw it out. I have been testing these Illamasqua foundations for quite a while and I am only just getting my final thoughts on it, so I thought that now is a good time to do this review for you guys.

The first thing that I want to mention is the packaging.  When I am reviewing a product, I always like to start with the packaging because that is the first thing that you notice about a product. These foundations come in squeezy tubes, with screw top lids. These are great for travelling with because they are plastic, so you don’t have to worry about anything smashing. My one issue with this packaging is that the plastic is really hard and near on impossible to squeeze the product out, especially when you start to run low. Plus, because of the shape of the bottle, it is really hard to get every last drop out of the tube.

When I first tried this foundation, the first thing that I noticed was that it is a pretty thick consistency. When you squeeze some out onto the back of your hand it holds it shape and stays in the lines that it came out of the nozzle in. When it goes on the face, especially if you are applying it with a kabuki brush like the Sigma F80, it can feel pretty thick even on the skin. I did try applying this foundation with a damp Beauty Blender to see if it could help with the consistency and the thick feeling on my skin, but I personally didn’t think that it applied it very well by using a Beauty Blender.

For the coverage, I would say that it is a medium coverage that can be built up. I have said before here on my blog that I have hyperpigmentation and quite a lot of darkness underneath my eyes, and with two layers of this foundation all of my problem areas are just about covered. I wouldn’t by any stretch say that this is a full coverage foundation, at least not on my skin and definitely not in comparison to some other foundations out there like the Marc Jacobs Remarcable Foundation which is my bench mark for a full coverage foundation.

I did notice, that as I was trialling this foundation my skin did seem to break out more than normal. I normally don’t suffer with blemishes or black heads, no matter what foundations I use, but with this Illamasqua foundation I did seem to break out quite a lot. I used this for a good month and throughout the month, I noticed that my skin slowly but surely seemed to look worse as the month went on. But, I know hell of a lot of other people that have used this foundation and it has been fine for them and their skin.

I wish that I could finish of this review by saying that I loved this foundation, but I have to admit that it really wasn’t the case. There wasn’t a single thing about this foundation that was stand out to me and that would make me want to continue spending my money on it and using it. I will leave a link to this foundation down below in case you want to check it out for yourself. Make sure to leave me a comment down below and let me know if you have tried this foundation and what you thought about it!



  1. Damn that sucks lol! I heard Illamasqua was the end all be all when it came to full coverage. The sephora by me pulled it from their shelves..wonder why :/


    1. I know loads of people that do really enjoy this, it just really didn't work out for me. If I was going to spend this kind of money I would rather get the Makeup Forever HD! xx


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