Review: Illamasqua Light Liquid Foundation - Swatches + Thoughts

Hi ladies,

Hope you had a lovely weekend!

Some weeks ago I did a serious haul at Illamasqua. I love this brand and their products are very versatile and exiting. 

I'm a huge fan of their face products so I decided to buy a few of the foundations (and other bits) during the Summer sale which is still on.

The week I will be reviewing most of the products I've got so stay tuned. 

Let's start with their Light Liquid Foundation

The packaging is exactly the same as the Skin Base Foundation. You get the same amount and the same outlet. It's simple, fuss free and practical.

I've been trying this foundation all last week to give it a good go before I could even consider witting about it.  I used my Buffing brush by Real Techniques to apply it.

So let's see the swatches and then I tell you what I think:

Some facts:
  • Thick consistency. It's not called light for the consistency for sure
  • Has a strong scent to it. Can't put my finger on it but it could put you off a bit or not
  • Comes in a BIG range of colours as most of Illamasqua's products
  • Easy to apply 
  • Blends nicely (I used a buffing brush)
  • Buildable. It's light in coverage but you can definitely add more to it with more passes
  • Mat finish (even though on Illamasqua's website it's says dewy it looked mat of me)
  • You might need to powder it a tiny bit to set it 100%. It felt a bit tacky on my skin after I applied it and even after a few hours
  • If you have oily skin you will definitely need a primer (I could see some oil coming through after a busy morning- 4 hours after application)
  • You definitely feel that you have foundation on. It's not light in feel
  • It lasted quite well on my skin (FYI I have dry to combination skin)
  • I just used my regular make-up remover and it all came off

My thoughts:

The application process it quite fuss free and easy. You just need a good buffing brush and that's it.
The feel of it was quite heavy for a "light" foundation. I think maybe I should state here that I believe Illamasqua's products will always be a bit more on the heavy side compared to say Chanel or Estee Lauder. I am used to wearing heavy foundations so this will not put me off at all but I thought it a good point to know. As for the name "light" I think they call it like that because of its coverage. Among the Illamasqua's bases this one is probably the lightest in coverage. But it's quite a decent coverage and I found that you can easily build it up if you need/want to. 
The wear of it is ok actually. No "no foundation" patches after hours and a simple wipe and make-up remover took it all off. 
I don't think Illamasqua gives samples so you will need to purchase it to try it.
However, I really hope this is of some help if you are thinking of getting it.
My final reflexion will be that it's a nice foundation, it wears well but it has some characteristics to bear in mind.

I did a recent video where I showed how I apply this foundation. If you want to see it here's the link. The intro is a bit long so go straight to minute 2.36! 

Hope this helps.



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  1. Lauren Rose

    Lauren Rose on 07/23/2012 10:48 a.m. #

    I bought the whole range of this for my kit and LOVED it for applying on others just not on myself. I agree with the feeling of it being quite tacky on the skin, I felt like it didn't properly sink into the skin. Lovely for film work though, and I found it applied lovely with a sponge xx

  2. makeupjelena

    makeupjelena on 07/24/2012 12:08 a.m. #

    Nice review, thanks for sharing :-)

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