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.

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…

FACE
Illamasqua Skin Base #14
Kevyn Aucoin Radiant Diaphanous Powder
Chanel Horizon Blush
EYES
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
LIPS
By Terry Lip Pencil in Dolce Plum
Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Empire

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…

FACE
Illamasqua Skin Base (#14 & #15)
Chanel Loose Powder (Dore)
IMAN Sunlit Copper Blush
Chanel Holiday (2011) Highlighter
EYES
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
LIPS
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.

FOTD: Matte Red

I broke out the first Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet for a test run. Today’s choice: Somptueuse…

FACE
Illamasqua Skin Base (#14 & #15)
Chanel Loose Powder (Dore)
MAC In Lilyland Pearlmatte Powder (Blush)
EYES
Louise Young Essential Eye Palette:
Pom Pom & Black Bear (brows)
Maowi (lids)
Pom Pom (crease/under waterline)
Ting (browbone)
Black Bear (lashline)
Clinique High Impact Mascara
LIPS
Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Somptueuse

FOTD: YSL Shocking (Ashy Black)

I started with the ‘storm grey’ colored gel liner for today’s FOTD. Right now, this is my favorite of the bunch.

FACE
Illamasqua Skin Base (#14)
Chanel Blush in Rose Ecrin
EYE(S)
Suqqu Eyebrow Pen in Moss Green
IMAN Eyeshadow in Wicked (lashline to above crease)
YSL Shocking Gel Liner in Ashy Black (lashline/under waterline)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero (waterline)
YSL Shocking Mascara in Black
LIPS
Chantecaille Hydra Chic Lipstick in Willow

FOTD: Autumn Inspired

The day began really cool and very Autumn like… so I pulled out a little sage, a little orange, and a pair of falsies for the occasion:

FACE
Illamasqua Skin Base (#14 and #15)
Guerlain Meteorites (Dore)
Armani Blushing Fabric (Sienna)
EYES
MAC Eyeshadow in Studied Brown (brows)
Armani Eyshadow Palette in Jacquard:
Lightest Green on Browbone
Medium Green in Crease
Darkest Green on lid and under waterline
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero (waterline)
Smoke & Mirrors Beauty Lashes in Miami
Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara
LIPS
Ellis Faas Milky Lips (L204)