I’d heard incredible things about the Skin Base Foundation since December, it’s a foundation which seems to have been around for a good chunk of time, but has avoided being on my radar. I heard someone review it who has a very similar skin type to me, oily combo skin which most foundations struggle to cling to my skin for a whole day.
When I got a voucher for my Birthday from my work for Debenhams, I jumped on straight away are repurchased my all time fave foundation (Kat Von D Lock It) and took a gamble at this. The Skin Base foundation is pricey, this tiny tube is £32 – whilst it contains 30ml/1 fl oz – the usual amount for most foundations, the packaging itself is slimline thanks to it’s non bulky plastic or glass, however in turn it doesn’t scream high end – I’ve just splashed out 32 big ones on this.
I actually don’t like the packaging, I can look past it’s non-luxe feel and look, but the foundation tube is so bloody hard, you have to squeeze really hard to get the product out, at the moment it’s still quite full, but I imagine as the product gets emptier it’s going to be harder and harder to actually finish up the product and I imagine product is going to get all stuck on that square edge and it’s going to need cutting open to actually be able to use the last chunk of product.
In terms of application, I’ve heard mixed reviews about how to apply it, initially I only liked to apply this with my fingers, I found that my beauty blender soaked up too much product, Now I spread the product over my face with a foundation brush, then I go in with a damp beauty blender to make it all blend together nicely. The foundation is supposedly high coverage, but I’d say it’s a buildable medium, I need two layers on the skin to make appear full coverage – this still feels nice and light on the skin even with a second coat on.
The finish is lovely and is almost matte looking without looking or feeling try, this feels invisible on my skin and is very comfortable to wear. If you take a look at the picture below you’ll see that there’s some setting into the pores on my cheeks and towards my nose, it’s not obvious from a distance, but I’d describe myself as someone with medium pores, they’re not super enlarged, but I imagine the effects would be pretty noticeable from a distance on those with larger pores.
It’s not a foundation that I’m using every day, because the price is a huge stumbling block for me, and at this point I’m not sure that I would repurchase it – we’ll see how the packaging performance fears pan out. But I’ve found myself reaching for this on days where I want to look and feel really nice, the foundation doesn’t wear all day for me, it flakes out somewhere around the 8 hr mark, however it does seem to stay on the skin well, and also my skin never gets oily at any point, so overall it’s working for me, I just wish the weartime was slightly longer, the packaging was different, preferably with a pump.
One thing I really struggled with was shade selection – I don’t have a Illamasqua counter near me and after lots of cross referencing blogs and forums online and finding multiple results that a 04 shade would be the perfect shade for a MAC NC25 I decided I’d order something darker to give me wiggle room and ordered SB06 – which falls neutral (neither pink or yellow toned) and was slightly darker, annoyingly this is a little to pale and I imagine as soon as I’ve spent one afternoon in the sun (I’m a fast tanner!) this will quickly become too light for me as it’s already verging towards that territory. If you do think about picking this up, I highly recommend getting yourself to a counter to consider which shade would be best for you!
What are your favourite foundations?