Illamasqua Skin Base foundation

Illamasqua Skin Base foundation
Skin Base foundation

3.6

165 reviews

59% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.6

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.6

Price: $$$

INGREDIENTS

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)].


Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I am so glad I decided to try this foundation again! I used it when I was 14-15 years old, and found it was bad on dry patches and separated on my oily nose (hooray for combination skin), but now that I am a bit older and use primers to combat my difficult skin (The Nivea men's post-shave balm as a primer on dry skin, Soap and Glory 'one heck of a blot' on my nose) I found it to be a great foundation overall.

80% of the time I can't find a shade for my pale skin, but the skin base foundation comes in loads- The 02 was perfect for me. The coverage is medium and feels quite thick initially when squeezed out, but I found it can be easily applied light or a little more heavily. I set the foundation very lightly with a translucent powder (as it is on the dry side) and had no transfer or separation, even after about 7-8 hours. It survived a night out too, so top marks from me!

I would advise though, if you have *very* dry skin it might not be the best foundation for you. I made my dry patches work with a primer, but after 7-8 hours it looked just a tiny bit on the dry side on my brow.

I have to give props to the packaging too- The bottle is very easily to take out and about without worrying about it breaking, but still not looking/feeling cheap.

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on 9/21/2016 5:49:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Medium Brown, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

I don't ever write reviews but recently I have started to and this is my first negative review I am writing. Read a lot of great reviews about this foundation before purchased it. My shade was 12. Had a trial in debenhams uk, Westfield. Shop assistant was fab! Foundation looked great so I purchased and off I went shopping. Returned home some 3 hrs later. I have a white dining table and my husband was wondering what the orangey shade finger marks were which we later discovers was me lol...I must have touched my face at some point and the color of the foundation had transferred onto the table, that is was a little odd so I touch my face again and then touched tissue paper I was shocked as to how much transfer there was, not good at all. I then checked my face the foundation looked awful, it's as if it had separated from my skin instead of sucked in and was just sitting on the skin, it really did not look good and even though it did not look patchy it looked as if it had worn off so quick but still was just sitting there. I grabbed a makeup wipe and gentle started to remove it, was little hard to get off consider it was just sitting there, strange. Anyways off I went to read more reviews and came across many others complaining about the same thing I had experienced. I was confused as there were many good reviews too. Anyways, bottom line is its a no no. It does not last long at all, it transfers, oh and I forgot to say it settled in my fine lines very well, so even thought it looked fab straight after it was applied, it was rubbish to be honest. I got a refund. I think I will stick to my holy grill foundation which the the Hourglass seamless vanishing stick.....it's totally amazing stuff, I was just being greedy and wanted another high end foundation but after trying many, trust me the Hourglass is the bomb and I will be writing a review on this cos it's just too good, I'd say the best foundation of 2016' whoop woop ! X


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on 9/18/2016 1:55:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Tan, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Love this foundation it's such a thing of beauty. Goes on my skin seamlessly so gorgeous and my colour match gives me a beautiful golden glow. I am of an Asian Pakistani heritage and the range of shades is brilliant. I am a shade 12 and NC42 in Mac. The only slight gripe I have is the packaging, it's hard to tell how much is left and it gets quite hard to squeeze out. This is the best colour match I've had ever. The price point is reasonable as it is a great product. I would recommend getting a sample or letting the SA to try it on your skin before buying. If you don't have a store near you then that's a shame.


Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Green

I was looking for a new medium coverage foundation with a slight dewy finish so thought I'd give illamasqua a go and I'm quite disappointed with this product. The color is a nice match, I bought 8.5 but I found this it just sits on top of my skin and isn't the easiest to blend and sits on my skin even with with blending.
I actually prefer my Rimmel 25hr lasting foundation which I was using before I tried skin base,


Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Blue

Obsessed!

Super blendable, amazing range of colours. On my normal/combination skin is very long lasting, looks beautiful- the finish is natural I would say but medium to full coverage. So easy to work with, so faster to apply than other foundations I've used before eg double wear. Personally I use a buffing brush or a beauty blender- works well with both.

To be honest I'd never go back to double wear or other brands for that matter- this and the rich liquid foundation beats have all my base needs covered and Illamasqua is cruelty free and doesn't clog my pores at all.


Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

This foundation works well for me in heat of the summer and in bitter cold winters too, so they're right when they say it's for all skin types. There are so many shades to choose from, and there should be a shade for all skin tones. It sets to a very natural finish, it's not a flat matte or shiny but just like how your skin would naturally look like.

Shade 8.5 or 9 works well for my nc30 skin. packaging is very compact and travel friendly which is always a plus. It offers really good coverage, you can sheer it out if wanted or can layer it up for that flawless full coverage look. This foundation would work amazingly for weddings and special occasions, because wouldn't give you that white cast as there's no spf.

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on 3/28/2016 10:10:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I tried the Skin Base foundation in 2, the palest colour before white. It was a nice colour match for my N5 skin. I usually prefer foundations that lean yellow to counteract the redness on my complexion but this wasn't too pink so it still looked ok.

Unfortunately, I just couldn't get this foundation to play nicely with my dry skin. I tried gently applying with fingers, a RT Miracle Complexion Sponge and a brush but it just did not work. I think to get a nice finish it would need to be heavily buffed into the skin and my skin is too delicate for this process.

If you have normal or oily skin and are searching for a foundation with a great colour range this may work well for you.

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Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Silver, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

The one and only foundation I ever use.
I suffered with severe acne up until a year or two ago, I still have severe scarring due to this, and this is my go-to.
The packaging makes it somewhat awkward to squeeze and get the rest out of the tube due to the shape, but it does the trick.
I've met a lot of people who say they can't get on with this product, but I feel it's purely due to a lack of knowledge or skill with blending.
This is not a foundation I apply with a brush or sponge, especially not in thick layers. I use the tips of my fingers and do a light application, rotating, and dabbing to blend. Then, additional layers can be added using the same method, with or without powder.
I work as a professional make-up artist, and of all the professional brands I have tried, this is my favourite.
I also work in a night club, and with some loose powder, this will stay on all night, and even through the next day!
It's also cruelty free, and won't make your skin break out which makes it a winner in comparison to MAC and NARS.

4 of 4 people found this helpful.


on 3/27/2016 4:38:00 PM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I really don't like the packaging of this as I find it can be hard to get product out of the squeezy tube when there's not much left. The shade range us impressive but you can tell you have makeup on as it does cling to dry patches and to baby hairs.

3 of 3 people found this helpful.


Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I got the shade SB6 based on their chart which matches SB to other foundations that you currently use. i am an nc25 from mac. So i went to the counter and got the SB6 without trying it on my skin, needless to say that was a big mistake and it was too light for me.

As for the product itself,the foundation looks natural, its not cakey, it has a build-able coverage. but it is quite expensive.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

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