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on 9/17/2015 10:20:00 AM
More reviews by triotrio
Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool
Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine
Even though the reviews are pretty much split down the middle, I decided to take a stab at it. I was buying sight-unseen as there's no Illamasqua stockists in my country, but didn't realise how exhausting it would be to find a shade match! There are a LOT of shades, but that actually makes it more difficult to match, not easier. There's a shade comparison chart on the Illamasqua website, but all reviews I read said not to trust it, so instead I searched dozens of blogs for people who shared my skin tone (Mac NW20/N4). I found them, only to discover that they all used different shades! In the end, I decided to try shade sb06. Its too pale. I should have gone for 7 maybe, or even 8 (honestly, who knows!). The "official" chart advised me to use sb04 - haw haw! I'm pretty fair, but that would have made me look like I was dying. So definately ignore that chart! Anyway onto the formulation. Its odd. Even with an exfoliated and very moisturised face AND primer, it looked like I had dry patches. I didn't! It settled into pores. It melted off within a few hrs even after putting a ton of powder over it. Its just not that great. I do wonder what skin type it would suit, as my skin is normal and smooth. Its definatelt not worth the money - it feels pretty drugstore, honestly. And the bottle is a nightmare - you need hands of steel to squeeze it. Its going back for a refund!
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
on 8/23/2015 8:37:00 PM
More reviews by glamorazzi
Skin: Combination, Tan, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
I have bought this foundation more then once. I love the coverage and it actually it very buildable, It goes on light but you can keep adding extra to get the full coverage flawless look. I buff it in with a foundation brush into the skin during the day time and night I will add more product for the flawless effect. No harshness to the skin and my skin is quite sensitive. LOVE this one of my holy grail products!
on 5/29/2015 3:15:00 PM
More reviews by emmahazel
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure
At first I wasn't impressed with this product and now, i definitly love it. the colour range is great, I am super pale and their lightest shade matches me perfectly, and for the days I feel like being a bit more tan, they give you with the foundation a 'skin mixer' which is basically a super concentrated foundation which you mix in with the foundation and it adds some more colour, so good. Only thing is it doesnt last me too long around any oily patches and it does need set with powder afterwards otherwise it will come off on your fingers. I get really good coverage with it and my skin is very acne prone, just gotta conceal before and then you can build up the foundation a bit if you need too. The shape of the product is a bit of a menace cause its hard to get out when its starting to run low. Overall would recommend a try.
on 5/22/2015 8:52:00 PM
More reviews by Taz12345
Skin: Very Oily, Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Other, Other
- good coverage- great shade selection especially for asian skin tone- covers acne marks well- can become quite cakey if not applied well- not good for oilly skin
on 4/10/2015 2:47:00 AM
More reviews by LeMinx
Skin: Acne-prone, Tan, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Curly, Fine
Illamasqua Skin Base is yet another hyped product that I still can't wrap my mind around why it's touted as being a-mazing. At this point, I'm beginning to believe companies pay beauty bloggers/vloggers to hype a certain product so schmucks like me will overlook the insane price tag and believe they need it in their life.I was going to buy this through the company's official site, but I kept hesitating because of the price tag ($51 and some change). I found this on eBay for about ten dollars less which isn't a huge savings but I bought it anyway. Matching the color was a snap because Illamasqua has a nifty chart that can match your existing foundation (provided it's on the list) to a shade of Skin Base. I bought shade #9 (olive yellow undertone) and it matches perfectly. The foundation is a thickish cream that comes in a scarily small, plastic squeeze bottle. Like another reviewer pointed out, this will likely be a pain when you get to the last bit. The first time I used this, I was wholly unimpressed. I applied what I felt like was a normal amount but it basically looked like I was wearing nothing. Without foundation, I tend to look wane and ill and that's exactly what I looked like when I wore this. The other bummer was that when I first wore this, I woke up the next day with a monster zit on my cheek. It could have been hormonal as I haven't had one since, but now I'm very, very mindful to make sure I remove every trace of this before bed (which I should be doing anyway but hey, I'm old and get sleepy while watching Netflix some nights!). The coverage is next to nil unless you use a more than average amount which is not something I like doing. Skin Base didn't feel exceptionally heavy but I imagine if I used this daily, I would run out quickly.My second experience wasn't much better although I did use a more than what I usually would with another foundation. Even though I used more, this wasn't particularly heavy and I can't recall if it has a scent, but it just doesn't do much. It's just there. For $51, or even $40, I feel like a product should at least make me look like I put forth an effort but this makes me looks like I was too rushed to put on foundation and just decided to do my eyes, cheeks and lips. I know this is suppose to be ones of those your-skin-but-better kind of products, but it lacks on the "better" part. I can't say I would recommend this to anyone. I don't think it's horrible and it might be one of those great products for folks who have great skin (also known as people I loath), but I would steer clear of this if you need more than light to slightly medium coverage. Its performance simply does not warrant the high price tag and I'm still baffled by the glowing reviews.
on 3/13/2015 5:33:00 PM
More reviews by aislingthompson
Age: 18 & Under
Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool
Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium
I have a lot of skin problems. Including a dry forehead, very oily nose, acne scars and just regular acne. I spend A LOT of money on foundation and concealer. But this foundation is one I would never buy again. The only good thing this foundation did was actually cover tiny zits.This is the worst foundation I've ever bought for simple reasons: - It was far too expensive for the amount of it you actually get- If you touched it, it came off on hands, clothes, hair, anything. Therefore reapplication was constant. This was the most annoying part. - It didn't cover dark circles- It didn't last long at all. I wore it in to school, which lasts 6 hours, and it would have all been off by the time I got home. - This foundation was NOT suitable for my oily patches at all. In fact, when my nose got oily it actually, for some reason, swirled around the foundation on my nose - causing me to have patches.I would not advise anyone to buy this foundation, for me it is really not worth it.
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
on 2/28/2015 1:03:00 PM
More reviews by Helent81
Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Red, Other, Other
This is a medium full coverage foundation and can look a little heavy if not carefully applied. The packaging is an odd shape - it's going to be hard to get the product out when it gets near the bottom. My main issue with this is that although there is a wide range of shades for mid toned skin there is really only one very pale shade and this is very very pink. If you are very pale and yellow toned then you are out of luck. I understand illamasqua recommend buying a darker shade in the correct yellow tones then mixing with the White base to lighten it but this means buying 2 shades which makes it rediculously expensive. If it's in your shade then it's a good foundation.
on 2/9/2015 10:11:00 PM
More reviews by shooo7
Skin: Very Oily, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
Pro's- great shade selection.Medium to high coverage.Nice packaging.Com's- Not good for humidity and hot climate.Doesn't last for very long.Price point.
on 1/8/2015 12:04:00 PM
More reviews by MlleThiery
Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure
I'll say upfront if you're looking for medium-full coverage or something very build-able, keep looking because this foundation is very light. At $50 a bottle I would have moved on because, damn, that's expensive. However the MUA at Sephora was having a difficult time finding a foundation that matched my skin (I have yellow and pink tones which is not common) until she put this on (Shade 3.5). I was surprised how easily this blended in and how my face felt like there was no make up on it! My boyfriend persuaded me to splurge and get the bottle. The bottle is the perfect size for portability and it's a squeeze bottle so application is fast and easy. I am lucky and have great skin so I just need something to cover the minute flaws and occasional zit or freckle. I dislike the look and feeling of layered/heavy make up so I really appreciate how this feels like there's nothing on your skin. As for staying power, I notice a tiny layer of residue on my cell phone at the end of the day but other wise it stays put and doesn't change color. Conclusion: If you have normal to great skin and you can spare $50 with out much problem, this is a yes. My skin type is on the dry side of normal.
on 12/21/2014 3:15:00 PM
More reviews by Livceinwen
Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Loved this at first when I had it colour matched at the illamasqua counter, it was one of the hottest days of the year. It took about 3/4 hours to look oily, which is incredible because I am SUPER oily and I have to touch up within half an hour with powder or a blotting sheet. I thought this would help me with my oiliness, but now it doesn't, and I still get really oily:( nice foundation for wearing if you know you will be photographs though, as long as I powder first!
2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
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