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August 20, 2011

Illamasqua Skinbase Foundation [Photos & Initial Impressions]

I placed an order for the Illamasqua Skinbase foundation when they had the free delivery promotion.  I also had 10% off because this is my third Illamasqua order.  I chose the shade No4 which is a light neutral undertone shade.  If you follow me on twitter, you would have read about my raves for this foundation.  I have been using it almost everyday for the past week.

My first impressions:

  • A little goes a long way, if you need more, it is better to build up layer by layer, or in areas where you need more coverage.  Don't make the mistake of using too much on first layer, cos it will look all streaky and patchy.
  • I like to use my fingers with this foundation for now.  Maybe when I 'know' it better, I will play around with some brushes to buff it into my skin.  For now, my fingers work best.
  • The coverage is medium to almost full.  Even though I just use less than I would normally do for other foundations, it gives the same if not more, coverage.
  • Shade 4 is a perfect match for my skintone.
  • The texture is very smooth.
  • The finish is a satiny almost matte look.  It makes the pores on my nose less obvious.
  • It is pretty long lasting (a good 10 - 12 hours).
  • Oil control is so-so, I probably blot every 4 or 5 hours anyway.
  • Slight 'cupcake' scent to it, similar to the matte base.
  • I like to use it over my fave BB cream base of the moment (review coming in the next week).


I highly recommend this foundation if you want something that works - in terms of coverage, finish and texture.   The only downside is that since we have no illamasqua counter here it can be hard to match your skintone - even though they have an amazing shade range.  I am just lucky that I am pretty easy to match in terms of foundation shades.

I know I am always raving about foundations, but I like testing different ones, and finding good combinations.  I would use a favourite combo for a couple of weeks, and then move on to something else.  Then I would go back to the previous fave or find something else to try out.

In my order, Amy also ordered the Skinbase in Shade 3, which is light with yellow understones to counteract her pink undertones.  She gave me a good sample of it, and I have swatched both side by side.  I think shade 3 might be too light just by looking, and shall update if it matches me too soon.

I will also be showing some LOTDs soon featuring this foundation.


Lots of pictures and swatches:


Have you tried out Skinbase?


Thanks for looking.



posted by

Hi Sophia, does the shade sb03 work for you?

posted by Popsicle13

Heyyy i 've tried illamasqua skinbase and i love it . i live in Thailand and it was made it Thailand too.

i find it donesn't last that long but still love the finish , texture and coverage

i love this i use this Skinbase in sb09 i have a meduim nc30 skin tone

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Reviews: Foundations

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2011 Foundations & Powder Overview

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Estee Lauder Double Wear

Shu Uemura Mousse Foundation

Shu Uemura Nobura Cream Foundation

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua

Clarins Hydra Luminious Powder Foundation

Chanel CC Cream

Clarins Extra Firming Foundation

Cle de Peau BEAUTE Silky Cream & Concealer

Clé de Peau BEAUTÉ Brightening Base & Powder Foundation

Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation

DiorSnow Base Routine

Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation

Giorgio Armani Face Fabric

Illamasqua Skinbase

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer

MUFE Mat Velvet+

MUFE HD Foundation & Powder

Lancome Teint Miracle Liquid Foundation

Lancome Maqui Miracle Compact Foundation

Lancome Mat Miracle 24H Foundation

Lancome UV Shield BB Creme

Lancome Regenerie Eclat Multi Lift CC Cream

Laura Mercier Overview

Maybelline Pure Mineral Liquid Foundation

Maquillage Long Lasting Cream Stick foundation

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Maquillage Multi Base BB & True Powdery UV foundation

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NARS Sheer Glow [Revisited]

Rachel K BB Cream

Shiseido Sheer & Perfect Foundation 

Shiseido Natural Finish Cream Concealer 

Shiseido Radiant Lifting Foundation

Shu Uemura Smooth Fit Liquid Foundation

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Shu Uemura Instant Radiant Base

SUQQU Frame Fix Lasting Pact Foundation

Tom Ford Traceless Liquid Foundation

Clinique Age Defense BB Cream

Dior Capture Totale UV Base 

Bobbi Brown BB Cream

Freshel BB Cream

Laneige Snow BB Cushion

Ettusais Mineral BB Cream

Ettusais Quick Fix Powder

ZA True White Liquid Foundation



About Me

My name is Sophia, and I am in my early 30s. I am from Singapore and I am the sole writer of this blog.

About this Blog

I started this blog in 2006, I like to use a wide range of brands though I seem to have a growing preference for higher-end brands in recent years. I also like to share interesting things I have come across about makeup and beauty.

Currently The Makeup Blogette receives 39,000 unique views monthly or 2,238,932 views and counting.

My Makeup Style

I like classic looks (neutral tones on eyes, anything goes for lips & cheeks), though occasionally I try out dramatic/ statement looks.  I believe that a flawless base is the key to achieving great makeup looks.  I also believe that if you don't have great skin to start with, fake it with a good foundation routine, and even greater skincare.  I am currently loving Clarins & Lancome skincare products, and Vichy NormaDerm for tackling with breakouts.

What Cameras do I use?

Most of the pictures you see in post 2010 entries are taken with my Canon G-11.  Previously I was using Canon Ixus 80.  I do post some pictures which are taken with my iphone4 which I will state in that particular entry.  I have stopped watermarking my pictures as of 2011, because I think watermarks are ugly in general, and does not prevent people from stealing my pictures if they wish to.  I just take it as a compliment that my pictures are even worth stealing in the first place. I might look into getting a Canon EOS next year, not just for blogging purposes, but I also like photography in general.

My Favourite Makeup Brand(s)

It is hard to name just one, but I like NARS, Chanel, Illamasqua and the ocasional Guerlain, Dior & Urban Decay item.  I own quite a stash of MAC items, but recently I have stopped catching up with their collections, and I much prefer to splurge on a few really outstanding items.

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Final Disclaimer

I bought/ paid for all of the products mentioned in this blog. I am not affliated to any company. If certain products are sent to me for review purposes, I will say so and express my honest opinions about them. In any case, I will only review and showcase the products which I have personally tried and tested, and enjoy using. I do not get paid to review anything.

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I am not a makeup artist, nor do I have any professional training in makeup.




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