Review: Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation - Swatches + Thoughts

Hi ladies,

Following my Illamasqua's series I want to show you swatches and tell you what I think about their Rich Liquid Foundation

Some time ago I got this foundation from a blog sale. The colour was not 100% right so when i saw that this range was on the sale I went for it!

Yes, I bought my colour and a very dark one. There are two reasons for this.

1-The dark one will be a good asset for my MUA kit. It's hard to find a good dark foundation with gold undertones. Most have red undertones or are just wrong.

2-I wanted to have a go at the Scott Barnes technique! Scott Barnes is the MUA responsible for the J Lo glow and a lot of Kim Kardashian's glam looks.  It's basically using the same foundation product to paint crazy lines of contour and highlight on the face (you look so funny while doing this) and then you blend all together. It looks easy and quick but you really need to master this. I'm half way.
This is a photo of him doing his magic.

So, they call it Rich and that is for a good reason. This foundation can look like concrete! No joke.
It's the most full coverage foundation I've worked with. Even more coverage than Estee Lauder's Maximum Cover and that says a lot.

You have to learn how to work with this foundation. It's not an easy one. You can also use it as concealer and I promise you it will cover everything!


With this little swatch I could do my face and neck easily. You need a tiny bit to get a good coverage.
You can look way too cakey so the trick is to blend blend and ohh yes...blend!

I would say it's a bit on the oily side. Definitely not mat! I do set it with a little bit of powder. Remember that this is a full on foundation so if you are even going to top it with powder then you need to take into account that all adds up for the cakeyness. 

It does last a long time on but I do use a primer anyway with this just because it's heavy and it tends to move a tiny bit. I'm not sure it's an every day foundation.

As a concealer I absolutely love it! One of my favourites. But again you need to blend blend blend!

I use a blending brush and a wet sponge to apply it. 
You end up with flawless skin a bit on the heavy side but I love that look for evenings. In my opinion it could be a bit too much for a day foundation but this is totally up to you and your preferences.

I would recommend this foundation but you have to realise it's way on the heavy side so if you are confident with blending foundation and working with full coverage then go for it. You won't regret it!



Do you like heavy foundations? Which one is your favourite?

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  1. Delyteful Speaks

    Delyteful Speaks on 07/27/2012 1:45 p.m. #

    I&#39;ve had this foundation but sold it at a blog sale.. It just didn&#39;t work for me.. Found it too heavy and kinda sat in my pores making them look more noticable which ain&#39;t a pretty sight.. <br /><br />I do like full coverage as I have acne scars but I don&#39;t like the feel of heavy foundations.. Been loving my Estee Lauder Double wear.. I wouldn&#39;t say it&#39;s full coverage.. But it all depends on your way of application..

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  3. Mercedes- Ms Purple Make-up

    Mercedes- Ms Purple Make-up on 07/31/2012 10:09 a.m. #

    Yes, I agree this foundation feels a bit on the heavy side. I put a tiny bit and buff for ages. I really like Double Wear but I would say it&#39;s medium coverage. Have you tried the Vichy foundations? I&#39;m sure they will help with the scars. X

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