It's official: Illamasqua has ruined me (for the moment) for other foundations. I've been skeptical about just how 'great' the new Skin Base Foundation is (I was not a fan of the Rich Liquid Foundation), so I was slow to purchase. Add to that the fact that it's not available in the United States (you have to order online)... and I was not able to swatch colors ahead of time for the perfect match.
Enter 'AceYourFaceUK' (who I'm lucky enough to have follow this blog). She noted my questions about matching skin color, and using just my pictures on this blog, was able to match me PERFECTLY. She recommended Skin Base in #14... which is exactly what I ordered.
But I trust that AceYourFaceUK knows what she's talking about (she's very familiar with the brand), so I go ahead and test it.
Now, if there are any cons, they are as follows:
The bottle is small. But in its defense.. it's the same 'amount' of foundation as nearly all of its counterparts. It's one ounce. The size of the bottle will throw you at first, but I think that's because of the shape. If it was a regular glass bottle with a pump, you wouldn't even notice it. And you use SO LITTLE of this foundation, that it more than makes up for its weight and volume.
The cost is prohibitive... at least in the United States. The conversion (and the shipping) kicked my butt. But it's only prohibitive because I'm 'guessing' at colors. If the foundation were here, I wouldn't even bat an eye. I spend hundreds of dollars on foundation... BUT I also get to test, swatch, and sample them to death before I make a decision. I'm also paying for that convenience. With Skin Base, I relied on the knowledge of another Makeup Artist, some swatches, and my own gut.
I don't know about this yet for a drier or mature skin. My oily skin LOVES this foundation. It wears just like, if not better than, Hourglass Foundation. My skin drank it right up, it set, and it never moved. I'm wearing it today, and I can't feel it. I keep checking my reflection like WHOA.
This foundation is top of the line for me. I have ordered the shade darker than this one (#15) to accommodate my summer skin. For the moment, #14 looks perfect on me. But if I get a tan, it's a wrap. So I'd like to be able to use it as much as possible, no matter what my skin-tone is at the moment.
I HIGHLY recommend this foundation for oily girls. If you can match your shade, this foundation is worth every penny. I LOVE IT!
You can get Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation online at www.illamasqua.com