I only had one thing by Illamasqua previously to this purchase and I loved it. So I was sure that when I saw this foundation on a Pixiwoo video, I would probably love it as much in real life as in their video.
The Skin Base Foundation is a very full coverage foundation, and is meant to mimic the effect of the Asian Beauty Balms that have become so popular.
Since I had never tried any of Illamasqua's face products, I utilized their website (which is very helpful by the way) and ended up with the shade SB3. I am normally an NC25 in Mac, but since it is heading towards winter, I went a shade lighter (NC20) and was matched to SB3 on their site.
The foundation is pretty thick, and really a small pea sized amount is enough to cover the whole face and pull down to the neck to blend. It works best with a buffing or flat topped or stippling brush as opposed to a regular foundation brush (think Mac 190) I've noticed. Sam from Pixiwoo also said so on their newest video and said not only to use a stippling or buffing brush but to afterwards use a clean buffing brush to further blend it into the skin after initial application. I agree, it does help quite a bit.
It wears pretty matte and lasts all day. It doesn't feel oily at all on the skin during the day which is a good plus.
If you live in the UK, I highly recommend going and checking this foundation out in person to see if you like it before you purchase - not only because it's always a good idea, but also because it's a pretty heavy foundation and you may not like it on your skin.
The foundation is £25. When shipping to the US (I believe it's a standard rate for international shipping of £8.50) it ends up being about $55 for the foundation and the shipping. Which really isn't bad considering a Make Up For Ever foundation is about $40 and shipping can be between $5 and $8 depending where you are. A Chanel Foundation is about $50. Sure a Mac Foundation is $30 but Mac can be found anywhere. For a high end international product, I wasn't miffed by the price at all.
Illamasqua's shipping is quite quick as well. I got it about a week and half after I bought it. I was expecting it about 2 weeks or 2 and a half weeks later. So I was pleasantly surprised to get it so early.
On a side note, inside my box from Illamasqua, I got a very cool pamphlet which I'm excited about. It's a booklet of all their products but it also has a lot of images that Alex Box (the creator of Illamasqua, and the artistic drive behind it) created with the new products, based on their new collection, Theatre of the Nameless. It's very cool. Very Cirque Du Soleil-esque, which I LOVE. It's very well made and the details that went into it are fab. I am very impressed with it and the care of completing a whole booklet and sending them out is very cool.
I really am very pleased with this product and can't wait until it comes to the States and is available in Sephora. Hopefully it will be soon.
The rest of this post is a list of products and photos of the tutorial and demo I did with this foundation and some of the new products I had purchased from Sephora. Enjoy!
- Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation, Elf Powder Brush
- Urban Decay Primer Potion "Sin"
- Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Palette
- MUFE Aqua Liner Mat Black
- Fairy Drops Mascara
- Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush - Blissful
- Urban Decay Lip Junkie Lipgloss - Wallflower