Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation

Sunday, 27 July 2014
A while ago, I made the risky decision to buy Skin Base online without first seeing the shades in person. After looking at a few swatches online, I decided I was shade 6, which felt like a high number and quite daunting as I'm usually too pale even for some brands' lightest shades.

Skin Base creates flawless looking skin that actually feels like a second skin. The coverage is great as you can keep it light or build it up for a heavier look, but it feels so light on your face you forget you're wearing it. As it doesn't contain any SPF, it is undetectable on photographs - eliminating the dreaded ghost face! It made my skin feel very soft and covered redness/spots very well, and a little bit really does go a long way. I was worried that the bottle seemed quite small and that it'd run out super fast, but you need the tiniest blob to cover your whole face and it's already lasted months and I'm not halfway through yet. It does dry quite quickly so make sure you blend it out fast.

The one issue I've had with this is the bottle. At first it's absolutely fine, but as I use the foundation I find it harder and harder to squeeze the bottle to get the foundation out. I could easily solve this by cutting this bottle and putting the foundation into an easier-to-use one. The results I get from Skin Base are really worth me continuing to have a tiny wrestle with the packaging.

You can buy Skin Base here, or visit your nearest Illamasqua counter. Obviously it's always a good idea to get matched to a shade by a make up artist, but if you don't have one near you or you already know what kind of shade you are, you can have a go at guessing yourself as the descriptions and swatches on the site are quite accurate. It retails at £32, so it is a bit pricey, but considering the results you get it is more than worth it. I like to save mine for 'special occasions' (not just nipping to the shop) to make sure I get the most out of it when I need it.

are you going to give Skin Base a go? have you tried it before? what are your thoughts on it?