Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation Review (SB06)

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.

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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?

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22 thoughts on “Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation Review (SB06)

  1. Great review! 😊👍 The tube totally puts me off this foundation though. My fav foundation is Estee Lauder Double Wear applied with a beauty blender. I stick a MAC pump in it so it’s easy to dispense. 😊 Why do they not supply it with a pump? Gaaah! Lol!

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      1. Lol! I put on a different foundation the other day in the dark…my summer foundation (by mistake)! I have super pale skin and looked like I’d been on holiday for 2 weeks…it was hilarious! I’m mixing my double wear with an Urban Decay Naked foundation at the moment. It’s a nice mix and makes the double wear a bit more natural looking.x

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  2. I’m the opposite, I cannot make this work using my fingers – it looks cakey and too heavy. A blending sponge is a must for this foundation for me. But, I prefer a lighter coverage so that’s probably why I prefer the finish with a sponge. This foundation lasts really well on me – I use it when I need long wear (recently I wore it for a formal evening and it was perfect). Try it with the Hydra Veil – when combined with that, I get a flawless look! My favourite foundation right now is probably that W7 HD one! I’m probably going to finish it in April, I’ve been using it so much.

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    1. The w7 one I bought is way too dark for me at the moment, I really need to go back and get another shade. I could wear this and it look great for an evening, but 7am to 8pm this would have gone. I am actually wearing it for work today and it’s started deteriorating now just after lunch, I’ll need to retouch it completely before I go out this evening! Agh need to get to a counter to feel hydra veil!

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  4. The finish does look beautiful on you. For that price though I’d want it to be overwhelmingly brilliant – not lasting all day would be a big problem for me. Although, I guess it might be nice if you bought it for a special occasion.

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  5. I had really high hopes for this as I have heard really good things, but you raise some really good points. I hadn’t considered the packaging and the difficulties of getting the product out towards the end, and its disappointing to know that the wear time wasn’t as long as you hoped… x

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