I recently decided to grab a sample of the Illamasqua Skin Base. I have a much fuller collection of slightly deeper summer foundations than I do paler winter options, so it seemed like a great time to try some new products out. I really didn’t have much prior knowledge of this one, but when I asked a Sephora sales associate about it she enthusiastically replied that it was one of her own personal favorites.
There’s a wide selection of 26 shades, and 3.5 is a fantastic match for my skin. Illamasqua describes the Skin Base as inspired by the Asian market Beauty Balms, and it’s been formulated to provide a perfected complexion while remaining undetectable in an HD environment. It has an extremely skin-like finish, it’s natural and nearing towards matte but has just enough luminosity in it to make skin look healthy rather than made up.
It provides solid medium coverage. It does a really nice job of covering up redness, and I don’t find that I need much concealer at all when I wear it. It also helps smooth over texture imperfections a bit. I find that the more I buff it into my skin with a brush, the better it looks.
I think you can see in the photo above that the level of luminosity in this foundation is extremely similar to the level found in my own naked skin. Its consistency isn’t too thick, and I like to apply it in thinner layers because I really don’t need very much in order to get a good amount of coverage.
I think an interesting thing about this foundation is that it’s described as both able to hydrate skin and control oil. And you know what? I think it does both of these things. This winter my combination skin has been both dehydrated as well as a bit shiny in the t-zone, but this wears wonderfully on me. I wore this on the day of a big event where I had to be on my feet working for 12 hours, and it looked pretty fabulous at the end of the night. I didn’t even use any pressed powder throughout the day, all I did was blot with toilet paper once or twice.
This is one of my favorite foundations I’ve tried recently. Despite trying to stick with drugstore price points, I think that this one would be worth a splurge. And, at $42 for a full ounce, it’s not the worst deal around. I need so little for an application that I imagine a bottle would last me quite a while.
Above, I’m also wearing a bit of DreamWorld Hermetica finishing powder in Whipped Peach (review), Fyrinnae blush in Nordic Angel (review), Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer (mentioned here), L’Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes mascara in Blackest Black (review) on lashes, a blend of L’Oreal and Maybelline brow pencils in Blonde on brows, and L’Oreal Balm in Plush Plum on lips.
Illamasqua Skin Base ingredients: AQUA (WATER), CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, GLYCERIN, HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM (MINERAL OIL), PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, TALC, PEG-10 DIMETHICONE, MICA, DIMETHICONE, SILICA, CETYL PEG/PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE, POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, CYCLOMETHICONE, PHENOXYETHANOL, ISOSTEARIC ACID, STEARIC ACID, PEG/PPG-18/18 DIMETHICONE, METHYLPARABEN, DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, NIACINAMIDE, SODIUM ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, DIMETHICONE/METHICONE COPOLYMER, SODIUM HYALURONATE,PARFUM (FRAGRANCE) [+/- MAY CONTAIN: CI 77491 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77492 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), CI 77002 (ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE)].
I’m a fan! You can find this at Illamasqua or Sephora, and I’ll be keeping this in mind when the next Sephora VIB coupon comes around. Have you tried it? I’d love to hear about your experience with it!