26 November 2012

Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation

Illamasqua Skin Base
Hm.  I'm not sure how to go about this review.  I know I'm woefully late to the party (as per usual).  And I also know that this is a generally well loved foundation.  So I guess, I will just go with the beginning and putz around until I say what I mean to say.  And then when I say it, you will understand my thoughts about Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation.

THE PACKAGING!

I'm too sexy for my cap, too sexy for my cap, too sexy... yeah....
This is a deceptively small bottle.  Maybe Youtubers and Bloggers are deceptively small people, with deceptively small hands, because Skin Base has always looked substantial when held by them.  (Yeah, this is where I'm starting my analysis, just strap in now....)  But in person the bottle is much more diminutive in stature.  Maybe I'm just a freak with gigantor hands and unrealistic views on scale and proportion.  Who knows.  While compact, the lines of the bottle are textbook Illamasqua, and the simplicity of the rest of it is divine.  I really love Illamasqua packaging, and have no real complaints about it.

YEAH, YOU'RE WEIRD, SO WHAT.  BRING ON THE FOUNDATION!

Shade 7.5 - for light-medium skin with yellow undertones.
 BUT IT'S JUST A BLOB. THAT DOESN'T TELL ME ANYTHING!

Blended out, natural light, you can see it a bit towards my knuckles.
This is thicker and drier than what I expected.  It also settled into the imperfections on my hands more so than I would like.  But I rationalized that the skin on my face is more refined and moisturized, so perhaps it would be different on.  Also, it's not an exact color match.  Plus the yellow is more of an ochre-type yellow, than a clean yellow, which would brighten up a sallow tone a touch while on the skin.

BOO! WE WANT FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY!

Ya'll are so pushy.  Here it is with Flash.
Flash makes this foundation look so much better.  Here the imperfections are blurred, the skin looks moisturized and brightened.  Here.  We can see that the foundation was designed to be photographed.  And that it is medium coverage.  Things are looking up!

THAT'S NICE, BUT YOUR HAND IS NOT YOUR FACE!

On.  Not set with powder.
I'm not sure how it's possible to look both pasty and sallow, but hey... Mischief Managed, you know.  The coverage on this is a tad high for my liking.  And even with bronzer it's still giving me the look of a really nicely made up jaundiced tuberculosis patient.  At least, thats my opinion. It does have a great luminous quality, and perhaps I have the wrong shade, but it's not bad as foundations go.  I like the level of dewiness going on.  It's not too much, nor is it too little.  You get the impression that I actually wash my face.  I think this is a great foundation for those with pale skins, as it tends to heighten the lightness of the skin, and adds a glow that I think would be really lovely on those of the fairer persuasions.  It's just not for me.

Skin Base is sold on Illamasqua.com and Sephora.com (for 42USD).

3 comments:

  1. I don't think I'd like the fact that this is drier.

    LOL @ your quote about jaundiced tuberculosis patient!

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    1. It's weird because it feels dry, but looks dewy. Maybe I meant to say thick? It's not as fluid. There is definitely something (like silica) in it that gives it,it's dry/ glow consistency.

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  2. I have that yellow jaundiced look with nars tinted moisturizers. I really like the formula, and really want to wear it, but their moisturizers are just too darn yellow. I give u props for leaving the house though, I washed mine off.

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