Product Type: Illamasqua makeup
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A Holy Grail Foundation.
Illamasqua Skinbase Foundation
Member Name: Machair1
Illamasqua Skinbase Foundation
Advantages: Imparts a flawless finish and is primer concealer and foundation all in one.
Disadvantages: No SPF
Illamasqua is fast becoming one of my favourite make-up brands, and regular readers of my reviews will know that I absolutely love their cream blushes, which have beautiful pigmentation and longevity attributes that far surpass anything else on the market that I have tried. The same can be said for their Skin Base Foundation, which I have been using for many months now, and which is certainly up there with many of the top products.
Based on the BB cream concept this foundation leaves a beautiful finish on the skin, which in my opinion looks flawless, and gives a much higher coverage than you would expect from this kind of product. It is certainly comparable with the Estée Lauder BB cream that I take with me on holiday, which also gives a good coverage. This is important to me as I have recently had my 53rd birthday, and don't have the youthful skin that requires minimal coverage any more. Also like the Estée Lauder product the Illamasqua Skin Base is sold in plastic packaging which makes it also ideal for travelling. Although I love glass bottles they are a nightmare for taking on holiday, but are lovely on the dressing table. The Illamasqua product is not presented in a beautiful bottle at all, but in a plastic bottle with a black top and a pointed nose dispenser.
Retailing for £27 for 30mls this is less expensive than the Estée Lauder option, but is still a considerable outlay, and so in recommending this product to you I am certainly acknowledging the fact that it is not cheap, and therefore has to perform well in comparison to less expensive options, and for me I feel this does in all aspects with regard to the look the skin has, the coverage and the lasting qualities.
I often buy this from Debenhams as I am a member of their Beauty Club loyalty scheme, and they have offers on very regularly which helps to offset the cost and members enjoy free delivery. This is helpful as not all branches stock Illamasqua products.
How To Use
Application is easy- you can either use fingers or a brush to apply, and in my opinion the results are very similar. It is also brilliant as dispensing is by way of squeezing the tube and the product comes out thinly, and this allows for precise control and minimal wastage. You only need a small amount to cover the entire face, and it is buildable if you wish to make it more medium coverage without getting that cakey look. I find it imparts moisture to the skin which is ideal for me, as I like that slightly dewy youthful look. I usually apply a good moisturiser first as well - normally one by La Roche Posay, and it is also possible to mix the product with a little moisturiser if you want a very natural look. Similarly if you prefer a more finished look or have an oily T Zone powdering afterwards is certainly an option, and this gives a more satin finish.
Excellent Shade Range
The shade range is excellent with 18 shades and one special summer option which has a suntanned look with shimmer, and choosing the shade is made easy on the website at Illamasqua.com. Here there is very helpful information with regard to the type of colour each shade represents, especially in relation to the undertones. I chose shade 7 which is has pink undertones and is ideal for me as I am normally a NW 20 in MAC foundations. I think the Illamasqua website is excellent as there is a link on their page to a PDF file which has a comparison chart between the shades and all the comparable options from other makes. This is a helpful tool, although I did go a shade darker having seen this recommendation, but still kept to the pink undertone range. I did this as I have several foundations on the list, and some compared to shade 7 and some to shade 4 so I went with the darker option that I have been delighted with. This tool was so helpful and really made my opinion of Illamasqua soar, as choosing foundations is a tricky business and costly mistakes can be made.
I think it is also worth reading the reviews over at Make-upalley.com as here you can gain further insight into the shades customers are choosing and their experiences with the product in general. Their opinions are varied on the product, and certainly many have had issues with the shade chart comparison tool on the Illasmasqua website and have opted to be colour matched instead at an Illamasqua counter.
There is a special point in relation to the product that can be viewed as a positive or a negative depending on the situation you are in at the time you are using it. Unlike the Estée Lauder BB cream for example which has an SPF of 35, this product has no SPF at all. This makes it not an ideal holiday foundation unless you have a very strong sunblock underneath. It does however photograph beautifully as there is no flash back at all from the lack of SPF so it really depends on your situation. Personally I have been using it all winter and last summer into autumn too and will continue to use it throughout the summer to come, except for my holiday abroad when I will opt for the one with the added SPF.
Being essentially a BB cream the Illamasqua Skin Base is a primer, foundation and concealer all in one. Furthermore it certainly lives up to this in terms of performance, and I can get away with minimal concealer and it makes for a very quick and easy look because of its simplicity. I think the product lasts very well during the day requiring no touch ups, and due to minimal product being required the bottle lasts a long time, which does help to justify the high purchase cost. With daily use I would say you can expect it to last 4 months.
I think this product is first class and I love the finish on my skin and the moisturised look that it gives. It is certainly a firm favourite and a holy grail go to product that I reach for every day. This comes highly recommended from me with one caveat that you bear in mind the lack of SPF. This is of significant importance if you are planning to use this product on a regular basis during the warmer months.
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Summary: An excellent foundation in all aspects but no SPF