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Illamasqua’s new Skin Base foundations (£25, 30ml/10z) have been out on the market for nearly three weeks now, garnering many positive reviews. I didn’t want to rush a review just to join the chorus. I won a free sample of my shade in a Facebook contest before being sent a full-size bottle by the company (not for PR purposes, but as a gift to its employees). I have been testing this foundation by itself as well as in a face-off with a foundation of similar coverage level (look out for that on Monday). I have used a variety of application methods, tools and primers with Skin Base in order to share as much information with you as possible. I’ll give you a breakdown on undertones, application, coverage, and performance below.
First, here is the description from Illamasqua’s website:
Inspired by the cult Asian market Beauty Balm creams, Skin Base Foundation is a brand new, refined formula unlike anything on the UK market. Easily blendable, it effortlessly creates a perfect complexion, and like the entire Illamasqua foundation range, is undetectable in a professional HD environment. Suitable for all skin types, it smoothes, softens and conditions your skin whilst providing natural, buildable coverage. The ultimate ‘skin realism’ foundation.
One of the more welcomed changes with the new foundations range is the slight expansion in shades (18 in total). There could still be more but this is a welcome change. I am sure the company will expand this popular range in the future. There’s a greater range for (south) Asian/Mediterranean, slightly less so for dark skin complexions. I am shade #15, and the range extends to the deep ebony of #18. The jump between shades from #14–#18 sometimes seem like leaps not steps. However, it is a welcome change from the even fewer options for brown skin women in Illamasqua’s Light Liquid and Rich Liquid foundation ranges. To get my ideal match in the latter, I have to blend shades 240 and 325. Mind you, there are no foundations in between those two numbers! That’s the equivalent of blending NC45 & NW45 in MAC undertone language. Illamasqua has made it easier than ever to switch foundations by providing ashade comparison chart for MAC, Bobbi Brown, NARS and other foundations. I have also scanned and uploaded the undertone chart for Skin Base foundation: