Just Charlie G

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So there have been a lot of posts about the brand spanking new Skin Base Foundation from Illamasqua so I’m not going to go into great detail about it, but for the benefit of those who’ve not heard anything about it it here’s the low down.

So Skin Base is Illamasqua’s take on the cult Beauty Balm Creams so popular in Asia. It professes to be easily blendable and to create a perfect complexion… as well as providing your base it smoothes, softens and conditions your skin while proving natural, buildable coverage. It can be used as a primer, concealer or foundation and is available in 18 shades, and retails at £25 for 30mls as of now.

Now I was sent three shades to try. 05, 06 and 07.

Illamasqua Skin Base

And this was a little problem for me. 07 was far to dark for my skin.  05 was a good match for my skin, but when applied all over my face I looked pale as a ghost… which left me with 06… which was a good match and at first looked perfect….more on that shortly.

Illamasqua Skin Base
Illamasqua Skin Base
I didn’t find this terribly buildable but generally speaking I did like the finish, it was natural and glowy, certainly no dull finish with this stuff but as the hours progressed I found it started to look a bit patchy and a bit orangey on me…as if I’d applied the wrong colour only in some places of my face, and badly at that! I persevered and  tried applying with fingers, brushes, on primer, without primer, setting with powder, without powder…. it all ended up the same… the other problem I had was one that is almost certainly to do with me and not the product is the horrible clumping and patchiness on my nose. I recently mentioned it in my Shiseido review and I didn’t manage to get any photographs but Lipglossing appears to have the same problem as me and I couldn’t beat her pictures, so go take a look… this is a problem I have with LOADS of foundations, the ones that don’t really do it are powders or heavy foundations, anything light causes me clumping and flakiness on my nose, even if the flakiness isn’t apparent without foundation on.
So…Skin Base… it’s not for me sadly but some reviewers have loved it. Like Lipglossiping I’d recommend trying before you buy.
Available in store or from http://www.illamasqua.com/.

0 responses to “Illamasqua Skin Base – my thoughts”

  1. Twelve52 says:

    I’m surprised that this foundation has sold so well, every review I’ve seen so far has put it in a bad light!

  2. Dreams That Glitter xoxo says:

    Hmmm still not sure on this one! Great review, it has really helped me.


  3. GothamPolish says:

    Great honest review!

  4. Me, my best and I says:

    Interesting- this is getting so much hype, but actually I’ve read a lot of bad reviews. Its not out in Aus yet so will have to wait & see for myself

  5. xmisslorix says:

    I’m still not 100% on the skinbase, sometimes I like it sometimes I feel it goes a bit patchy its weird, definately not something I can wear without a primer underneath else it turns into a weird patchy shine fest.
    The colours are really light too which is strange. x

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