FOTD: Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation

Hi ladies,

A good few weeks ago I went into Selfridges to visit the Illamasqua counter as I wanted to try the Skin Base foundation really badly.

As you know they do not give samples of their stuff. Not sure why but it sucks!
Anyway, after reading lots of reviews I realised that you either love or hate this foundation.
I wanted to love it so I got matched and all done at the counter to see how I felt about it.

The numbers did not make a lot of sense to me.
The GORGEOUS girl at the counter matched me with number 11 and another number like 8 say.
I asked her why the jump in the number but she mainly said something about the undertones.

She was super nice and even said that the light at the counter wasn't great and that I should check myself in a mirror that was far away. I thought that was risky for her. Sales assistants are always for that split second when you decide to buy it or not and than generally happens when you are looking at yourself int he mirror after they apply the product.
I guess she was very confident on this foundation because I indeed went back and said: I'll take it!

Here is what I look like with the foundation on.
Mind you, this was taken with my super camera (my new Canon 600D), which I haven't mastered yet.
I find it too realistic. I mean there are even things that are not visible to the human eye but yet you can see them on the photos. Also, my brows look horribly done but trust me- they were perfect in person.

The photos below are some with flash and this is how it will look! I haven't edited or retouched any photo!

Also I didn't set the foundation with any powder! You do get a stain finish with it.

The main thing I wanted to show you is how natural this foundation looks. At least I can see my pores in these photos. That does not bother me at all. If you do not like to see your pores you will like this foundation too as you can build up the coverage.

I applied this foundation with a small stippling brush and I pat pat pat and blend blend blend. 
On some blogs I read that you need a tiny amount otherwise you will cake it. I disagree. I used near the same amount as with other foundations but they key is blending!

All in all I love this foundation. 
The same day I got the Armani Luminous Silk foundation. I know! Terrible.  I think it was near xmas so I was in a purchasing mode! I would say maybe these two are my top two at the moment.
That's how much I love it.

This is the packaging. Nothing special and you get the typical 30ml.

It retails at £25 and it's worth every penny! Link

One thing I will say is that you do not get the number (shade) on the bottle- just on the box which I find so silly and that the foundation matrix Illamasqua created on their website is not accurate. According to their matrix I would be an NC37 in Mac. Mmm I don't think so. 

Anyway, this is an amazing foundation that unfortunately you will need to buy to see if you like it or not.
I can "hands down" totally recommend it!

I hope this was useful to anyone.
Let me know if you and any comments or any questions :)


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  1. Natalie

    Natalie on 01/05/2012 8:27 p.m. #

    Wow, it looks amazing on your skin!

  2. Bright Town Girl

    Bright Town Girl on 01/05/2012 8:53 p.m. #

    It looks great on you. I am still in two minds about trying it, I really wish they did samples. x

  3. Amy

    Amy on 01/05/2012 9:30 p.m. #

    Wow, your skin looks amazing! It looks so flawless. I actually love your lipstick too xx

  4. themolep

    themolep on 01/05/2012 9:30 p.m. #

    Looks lovely - I'm very tempted. The matrix on their website seems off to me also. What colour in mac would you say you are at the moment?

  5. Guestbook

    Guestbook on 01/05/2012 11 p.m. #

    Your skin looks great! I'm tempted to try this out now too. I've liked all the Illamasqua make-up I've tried so far - eyeshadows, lipsticks and lipglosses but I haven't tried any of their skin products yet.

  6. x-Makeup-Meoww-x

    x-Makeup-Meoww-x on 01/06/2012 1:12 a.m. #

    Sooooo badly want to try this foundation! <br />-x<br />

  7. what the shoe

    what the shoe on 01/06/2012 10:36 a.m. #

    it doesn&#39;t look like your wearing anthing, but your skin is glowing. might have to try this out :)<br /><br />

  8. Rachy

    Rachy on 01/06/2012 11:58 p.m. #

    WOW Mercedes this looks amazing your skin looks so flawless and glowing! Totally convinced me to go and check it out! also LOVE the eye makeup the liner really suits you x

  9. Mercedes- Ms Purple Make-up

    Mercedes- Ms Purple Make-up on 01/07/2012 10:31 a.m. #

    @Natalie: Thank you! I&#39;m loving it! X<br /><br />@Bright Town Girl: Thank you. I know what you mean. I hate that marketing strategy. I hope this post helps anyone trying to find out more about it. X<br /><br />@Amy: Thank you! I&#39;m trying hard to remember what it was. It could have been a MAC pro long wear one. X<br /><br />@themolep: I would probably be in between NC25 and 30. X<br /><br />@Guestbook: Thank you. I haven&#39;t tried any of the lipsticks or the polishes. But so far all I have from them I love. X<br /><br />@x-Makeup-Meoww-x: Try it! You&#39;ll love it. X<br /><br />@what the shoe: Thanks! I seriously like this foundation and the finish. X<br /><br />@Rach: Thanks!!!! I&#39;m loving the liner too! :) X

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