Thanks to Sonia from 'Girl Without a Pearl Ear Ring' blog I got to test my first Illamasqua product (the package arrvied on Valentine's Day <3). I'm talking about Skin Base foundation which was released last summer. This shade was too pale for Sonia so I wanted to give it a try.
I adore the aesthetics of Illamasqua. It's dark and a bit gothic and it stands out. But it's not clichéd. I really wouldn't mind if majority of my make upwas from this company. :)
Here's a swatch of SB 02 on my arm. Skin Base is pigmented and quite thick, but it's quite easy to apply and blend. Although I must say that the frst time I used this the result looked quite awful (it was uneven and I could see all the dry patches). But the next time the result looked so much better. It stays on quite well on my oily skin, but I still think this would work better on combination skin. It doesn't turn darker during the day, which is nice. This is also said to be conditioning to your skin and actually my skin has been better this week, but it's hard to say if it's just a coincidence.
- Illamasqua: Skin Base 02
- Kryolan: Translucent Powder
- MAC: Azalea Blossom blush
Tässä Skin Base kasvoilla. Kuten näkyy, niin SB 02 sävy on todella vaalea. Se on vaaleampi kuin normaalisti käyttämäni meikkivoiteet, mutta tämä sulautuu yllättävän hyvin kasvoille ja kaulan väriin. Minulle sanottiin, että näytän erityisen kalmaiselta tämän kanssa. ;) 02-sävy on punapohjainen ja seuraava sävy 03 taas keltapohjainen. Itselleni normaaliin arkikäyttöön paras olisi varmaan 04, joka on enemmän neutraali, mutta en tiedä, onko se on jo liian tumma. Tähän hieman liittyen minulla on tarkoituksena swatchata kaikki meikkivoiteeni ja tehdä pientä vertailua vaaleiden sävyjen kesken.
Here's Skin Base on my face. As you can see shade SB 02 is really pale. It's actually paler than the foundations I normally use, but it still blends into my skintone quite nicely. I was told that I was looking extra ghostly when I was wearing this the other day. ;) 02 is pink based and the next shade 03 is yellow based. I think that 04 would be quite nice for my skintone for every day use as it's a neutral shade, but I don't know if it's too dark. I will be swatching all my foundation and compare the light/pale shades.
(Illamasquan Facebook-sivuilla on lupailtu jotain kivaa extraa faneille, kun tykkääjien määrä ylittää 50 000, joten käykäähän tykkäilemässä. :) )
Skin Base is quite expensive: 25£ (at least for me), so I'll keep trying this and then decide if I want to order it again. But there're other products I do want to try from Illamasqua. Number one on my 'want list' is blue-purple lipstick 'Kontrol'. <3 Do you have any personal favorites or recommendations?
(Btw, Illamasqua's Facebook page says that after they reach 50 000 fans they're going to have an exlusive offer. Go and like them. :) )