Product Type: Illamasqua makeup
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Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation - A miracle for problem skin!
Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation
Member Name: debbie41176
Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation
Advantages: an amazing level of coverage that still manages to leave a natural (but flawless!) look
Disadvantages: not widely available apart from online, and isn't quite long lasting enough to get through a day
WHY I BOUGHT THIS FOUNDATION
I've always been a loyal MAC fan and steered clear of other similar brands. However, I have a friend who works for Illamasqua and was intrigued to try some of their products.
As someone who suffers from the occasional breakout, not to mention an uneven skin tone and a few old acne scars, I'm always on the hunt for a good high coverage foundation.
I'd read about Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation on quite a few beauty blogs and I thought it would be too professional a product for a non makeup professional like me! All the reviews said this foundation would need to be blended with a wet sponge, mixed with another foundation or moisturizer before applying, or at the very least, blended with expert precision!
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
The foundation is priced at £21.50 which to me seems reasonable for a high end product. You can certainly spend more on a foundation if you want a brand such as YSL, Dior or Chanel. I was lucky enough to find this new on ebay for £9.50 including postage. Illamasqua is a new brand and therefore you can buy safely from eBay without having to worry about fakes.
Illamasqua is not yet widely available, although there are counters in some department stores or you can buy online from their own website and ASOS, among others. Luckily, Illamasqua have a helpful colour guide on their website so you can find an Illamasqua colour close to your shade of MAC, NARS, or Bobbi Brown foundation. Very helpful indeed if you cannot get to a store or department store!
The shade I use has now been discontinued, but it is RLF 205 (in MAC I use NC20 - I have pale skin with yellow undertones). Illamasqua has a huge colour range, they even have foundations in pure white and pure black. With everything else in between!
ILLAMASQUA'S WRITE UP
Before I give my opinions of the colour, coverage, texture and everything else, here is the hype from Illamasqua's website:
"Lock away your inhibitions and bring your confidence to the fore. Loved by professional make-up artists, Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation provides maximum, long-lasting coverage without feeling or looking heavy. It blends easily and hides problem areas perfectly. Create your canvas, then paint your work of art."
When the product arrived in the post I was pleasantly surprised! I received a 30ml tube with a screw lid and neat little opening so the product wouldn't leak.
My first impressions were that the texture of this foundation was different to anything I'd tried before. The texture is somewhere in between a gel and a cream.
The foundation has a light vanilla scent, not overpowering, but reminded me of cake batter a little bit!
MY EXPERIENCES WITH USING THE FOUNDATION
I first used this on bare skin (no moisturiser, primer or concealor) and was pleased with the result. Unlike some of the other bloggers who've rated this foundation, I did not have to use any weird application techniques to get a neat, even coverage. The heat from your fingertips will melt the foundation into your skin, and provided you have a good colour match, this alone will be more than enough for a natural but flawless look.
Now this foundation really is full coverage, so you'll have to use your face powders, blushes and highlighters to put the natural flushed look back onto your face! Otherwise you'll all be one colour which can look a little odd! It's worth noting that you won't need a concealor with this one, the foundation has enough coverage to deal with any unevenness, spots, under eye circles and so on.
After applying this foundation and your other makeup, you'll be overwhelmed with how good you look! No lie! And you'll most likely get compliments from everyone! Even people who know nothing about makeup will comment on how good you look but won't be able to put a finger on why! :)
My only gripe with Illamasqua's Rich Liquid Foundation is the longevity. Half way through the day (about 6 hours in) I noticed that it had started to separate a bit. There were patches round my eyebrows and that 'creased' look on my neck (yuk!). Now this is heavy duty foundation so it won't fade away naturally. I'd recommend carrying a makeup sponge with you so you can blend blend blend if this starts to happen!
I would call this a miracle foundation for anyone with problem skin. I've read other reviews saying that this will get into any scars and open pores and highlight them BUT I have scars and open pores (to some degree) and the foundation doesn't do this at all!
The foundation does separate a bit throughout the day, but then I haven't come across one that doesn't. So I won't hold this against Illamasqua :)
Don't be put off by the price tag here - a little goes a long way. And hey, even if you use it all within a couple of months, £21.50 for two whole months of flawless skin really is value for money!
Summary: a miracle in a tube for anyone who wants flawless skin