Illamasqua Skin Base: AU

I wanted to love this.

After falling all over myself over the original Skin Base formula, I was only too eager to try the new ‘illuminating’ version of the fantastic makeup  base. So I plunked down a few $$ and asked Illamasqua to ship it to me right away.

Like the original Skin Base, AU comes in a standing tube. Same size: 1oz

Because I’ve experienced that ‘less is more’ with Skin Base, I used just a tiny bit to swatch…

See how it kind of rubs out like foundation… with no shimmer? When I first saw this I was worried. But somehow, the glitter (it’s really  not shimmer… it seems more like glitter), sort of rises to the surface as you blend it out:

See how it looks kind of ‘glittery’… especially around the edges of the picture? I feel like this is a product that might need one more pass before it can claim perfection. I don’t mind it on the body, but I can see this being an issue for ‘highlighting’ the face. I was honestly expecting the fabulousness of Skin Base, with maybe the lighting qualities of the Rock & Republic Illuminizer (which I’d pay good money to get my  hands on again).

So for me, the jury is still out… WAY out. I know I’m going to have to do some mixing to keep it from going glitterbomb on the planes of the face.

We’ll see.

Professional Grade: Extreme EOTN

A client wanted to know if I could smoke her eyes ALL THE WAY OUT… make ’em dark and glittery and use some kind of funky lash to bring it all together?

Of course.

My stupid camera would NOT focus on the closed eye shots… I think it was the shimmer. I don’t know. But you get the gist. She was very happy with the results. I paired her extreme eyes with a sheer lavender cheek and and ultra nude lip.

Picture from her camera came out MUCH better:

What I used:

Louise Young Eyeshadow in Maowi (brows)
Cargo Eye Pencil in Black (waterline)
MAC Paint Pot in Imaginary (base)
Cargo Eye Shadow in Metallico (outer crease and under waterline)
Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Illusiore (lids)
Kevyn Aucoin Eyeshadow in Platinum (inner corner/under waterline)
YSL Shock Gel Liner in Deep Black (lashline)
Illamasqua False Lashes (#24)

FOTD: Smokin’ Burgundy

I dug back into the Chanel Ecolsion Palette (Spring 2012) for this look. I LOVE the Burgundy color in this palette. I think it’s fair to say that it’s my favorite…

Illamasqua Skin Base #14
Kevyn Aucoin Radiant Diaphanous Powder
Chanel Horizon Blush
Chanel Eclosion Quad:
Burgundy Eyeshadow (lids and under waterline)
Peach Eyeshadow (crease)
L’Oreal HIP Kohl in Burgundy (waterline)
MAC Eyeshadow in Carbon (lashline)
Dolce & Gabanna Mascara
By Terry Lip Pencil in Dolce Plum
Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Empire

Illamasqua: Sophie I Technique


Illamasqua just released a how-to video for this look, in honor of the late Sophie Lancaster.
From the website:
“The Illamasqua Sophie-I smoky eye technique allows you to not only express your individuality, but discover new depth and definition in your eyes.

Created using the black Sophie Medium Pencil, the technique is inspired by The Sophie Lancaster Foundation, the charity Illamasqua supports, and £3 from every Sophie Pencil purchased is donated to the foundation.”

The how – to video:

I thoroughly enjoyed this. It’s a daring take on simple smoky eye concept. I definitely want to try it out myself!

FOTD: Vintage Coin

I used the other MAC Metal X cream, and this one creased much worse than the first. This time I even used a base. I think I’m going to treat it like the Chanel Creams and put them over powders.

Tom For Traceless Foundation (Praline)
Armani Loose Powder (#3)
Illamasqua Blush in Expose
Bare Minerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer
MAC Metal  Cream Shadow in Vintage Coin (lids)
Chanel Lillium Quad: Taupe color in crease
YSL Shocking Gel Liner in Jade Black (lashline)
Estee Lauder Double Wear Pencil in Forest (waterline)
Guerlain Noir G Mascara
IMAN Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Brownie Shimmer

FOTD: Shimmer & Shine

I pulled out some of my favorite Chanel products for this FOTD. I used the quint from last year, and remembered why I fell in love with it in the first place…

Illamasqua Skin Base (#14 & #15)
Chanel Loose Powder (Dore)
IMAN Sunlit Copper Blush
Chanel Holiday (2011) Highlighter
Les Perles de Chanel:
Shimmer Beige on inner lid
Shimmer Black on outer lid and under waterline
Shimmer Green blended through crease
YSL Shocking Gel Liner in Deep Black (lashline)
Estee Lauder Double Wear Eye Pencil in Forest
Guerlain Noir G Mascara
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Misia

Illamasqua Skin Base: Why it didn’t make my list of Favorites

Okay, I’ve gotten some emails.
After losing my mind over Illamasqua Skin Base… at the end of the year, it did not make my top list of favorite foundations.

You can find the original review here:
There’s only one reason the foundation didn’t make the list: accessibility. It’s nearly impossible to match a foundation online (every time I’ve tried, I’ve failed). It’s just too much to ask (for that price) to guess at a foundation color on such a grand scale. Until it’s available in the states, that is the only reason it didn’t make the list.
Otherwise, I absolutely love it. The finish is unmatched. It blows other alleged ‘HD’ foundations out of the water. It photographs beautifully. It’s a stunning formula.
I just need it to be more widely available.