Illamasqua Skin Base foundation

Illamasqua Skin Base foundation
Skin Base foundation


174 reviews

59% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.5

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.5

Price: $$$



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Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Red, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Blue

Actual rating is 3.5 stars, but I am rounding up because I love the color. I don't really love this foundation much on its own on my combo skin because it can break up quickly on oilier areas, but it is an excellent mix-in for foundations that are too dry or too dark. It takes bad foundations and makes them softer, more natural looking, and more flattering on my skin. When I tried it alone I always felt like it was too dewy or too greasy, depending on the day and the powder I used with it, but instead of giving up on it, I decided to see how else it could be used. Illamasqua is one of the few brands that I would say consistently makes really good colors for pale skin but misses the mark completely when it comes to formulation. The packaging is nice and elegant, but once the product gets really low it can become harder to squeeze out. I like that it is cruelty free and that one tube lasts for a very long time as well.

on 8/8/2017 8:33:00 AM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

Only used this a few times but really like it. Very easy to apply and blend, no cakeyness at all. Also, I am 61 so my skin is probably a bit dry. I applied moisturiser some hours before applying this foundation and still found it went on very easily. Seems to be almost matte at first but later appears to be a very attractive and natural dewy look, but dewy is the wrong word as its not quite that glowy. I think the look is healthy natural after you've been on a walk, that sort of thing. Still trying to find the absolutely perfect shade for me, got some more samples coming soon. Am NC25 for MAC and tried SB6 which is a tad too light and just a tiny tad too pink, I think. Feels lovely on my skin, and, very naughty I know, but I didn't take it off before going to bed and this morning it appeared to be still there, as my skin looked even toned and healthy, which is not how I normally look in the mornings! Its not that expensive compared to some I've used and I think this is going to become a favourite of mine for a long time.

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Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm

Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Grey

I love this foundation but just wish it had slightly more coverage and staying power. The different shades are amazing, and I do think I have a great match for my skin tone (6.5) but I find myself putting concealer on or applying more foundation by late afternoon.
I love the Illamasqua values so this is always my go-to brand for any kind of make-up, and will happily pay a bit more knowing the brand ethics.

on 2/20/2017 5:04:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Tan, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Grey

Do not get if you have sensitive skin. Low quality. Bought it as a present and looked like a fool. Cheers

on 2/18/2017 9:46:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Dry, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

Wanted to love this product for my sensitive skin. I was looking for foundation to replace YSL which was discontinued and which left mu dry sometimes patchy skin with a radiant glow. I liked it when I applied it but when I went out in daylight noticed it was already settling in fine lines and pores. By lunchtine I could see it caking around dry patches on chin and nose and I started to look pasty for some reason. So happy to wash it off that evening. The next morning I woke up to a red ruddy complexion. There were some small bumps like pimples on the sides of my face which I have not seen since I was in my 20's. I know the ingredients should not be anything that should have triggered this reaction but I did not use any different products either. I have a friend who uses it and her skin is not as dry as mine so maybe it is better for oily or less sensitive skin. Money wasted so sad!

on 2/7/2017 3:23:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Normal, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

This is the one foundation I continue to buy. I love the way it feels on my skin, it's easy to apply and the colour range is great. It gives me a beautiful finish and is buildable. It doesn't easily transfer.

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Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Red, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Brown

Not my HG but my first foundation purchase after switching to cruelty free (from MAC) and I like it. Needs to be paired with a different primer though, their one is crap. The coverage is great and it feels comfortable. Only negative would be it could last longer but it agreed with my skin!

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on 12/30/2016 9:40:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Blue

I'm slowly changing out every not-cruelty free makeup product I have, and finding a couple of first class foundations would be next in order. Try #1: Illamasqua Skin Base. It has gotten some very mixed reviews, but I decided to go for it, despite the seriously headache-inducing online shade matching I had to do.

I purchased shade 03, which according to all (the very few) comparison charts should match my favourite tinted moisturizer, Nars Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Spf 30 in Finland. And yay! It matched. Quite perfectly, I might add. First obstacle cleared, with flying colours.

When it comes to consistency, this must the the most freakishly difficult foundation to blend, ever. With fingertips it'll fasten the moment it hits my face and starts to roll, no matter what I have underneath. With a moist beautyblender it works better, but the bb must be patted dry to an exact degree, otherwise the foundation will a) be sucked into the bb (too dry) or b)lose consistency into a watery sludge (too wet). A very dense, top quality round foundation brush will work, but you have to be quick about it. But when you do get it right, the result is luminous perfection.

It's not exactly matte, but not really dewy either. It requires very little setting powder, mostly just on the t-zone. It gives my skin a very beautiful glow and sits tight all day. No change in shade, needs a touch-up on the t-zone after some 6 hours or so. There's a slight hint of scent, some kind of vanilla, but it's not disturbing and vanishes fast. The packaging is quite simple and streamlined, the nozzle works fine as you need very little of this stuff to cover your whole face. And yes, it's a medium-to-full-coverage foundation. Even with very careful building it'll look airbrushed. So no "I just happen to have this great skin"-illusion, I'm afraid. It just looks so flawless and radiant that people will start to look closer, as in "with a microscope". :D

Also, this is definitely not for those of you with very dry skin. It WILL show every flaky patch you have. Of course, in this pale spectrum (Illamasqua 03/ Nars Finland/ MAC NC 15) almost every foundation will look bad on a dry patch, but the Skin Base sort of takes it a step further.

Still, it's a very good foundation with an extensive range of shades. It does what a full-cover foundation is supposed to do with very little product and offers great staying power. Once you find your shade (I really must recommend finding an Illamasqua counter) and master the blending, it's a winner. The only big minus I can think of is the lack of sunscreen, but with the right moisturizer or primer, it's fixed.

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on 12/8/2016 4:14:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

Despite only giving one lippy.

I don't hate this foundation, I just really dislike it.
I didn't really like it because it dries to a very powdery finish.
The packaging isn't great, it's a struggle to squeeze out what's left.
I got the shade 7, which is described has having yellow undertones in it but it's a very light pink colour. Just completely washed out my complexion and was far too light.

I always use a buffing brush to apply foundation but the texture of the foundation doesn't like this method. It sits on the face and doesn't really provide coverage in some areas, so you feel like you have to build it up and soon your in danger of looking cakey.

A damp beauty blender is the way forward with this, it does give a skin like finish with this method, And with a lot of work, you could make it look natural.

It does feel very lightweight which is nice but this is not a full coverage foundation. I personally think it's medium when you build it up. But I just hated the powdery finish it left.

Won't repurchase as I'm not paying that much for a foundation I didn't really like. Didn't really last that long either. Just not a great foundation in my opinion.

Oh and this transfers really bad.

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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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