I purchased the foundation in shade 4.5 which is the same shade as I was matched with on my wedding trial. The colour works perfectly with my skin and gives a seamless coverage. It is medium to full coverage which I apply with either a foundation brush or beauty blender. The formula is creamy in consistency with no under eye creasing and doesn’t dry out my skin.
It is worth noting that I have sensitive, oily skin which is also acne prone. I find many foundations which aren’t aimed at oily skin can make me look like a greasy blob by the end of the day. In fact, it’s quite the opposite with Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation. I feel like the formula makes my skin soft and supple and doesn’t pick up on any dry patches like some do but also doesn’t feel oily after a few hours. Sometimes a foundation that ends up oily can make you feel like your makeup is sliding off your face and will end up puddled around your feet (bit extreme?). The foundation is also very light to wear and completely unnoticeable to the wearer. I have purchased other foundations previously which lay heavy on the skin – Estee Lauder Double Wear being one of the major ones. This felt like I was wearing a mask and I was aware of it all day, something that a foundation should never feel like in my opinion. I hate any makeup that I can physically feel on my skin.
Skin Base Foundation lasts all day and doesn’t oxidise on me. 4.5 is quite a light shade so I can’t speak for anything much darker. I am considering purchasing a slightly darker shade for the summer months but as I said previously, I don’t have any Illamasqua counters near me so I find it difficult to work out which shade I would suit. I have had a look on their website and they sell testers but there are so many that look similar I’m not sure which ones to try
Overall, I think this foundation is excellent in coverage and comfortable to wear. Even after a long day and many hours it still looks and feel fresh. I would recommend this product to anyone
Coming soon… Illamasqua Part III – Matte Veil Primer
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