Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation Review

Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation Review

I’ve been meaning to try out Illamasqua’s Skin Base and Rich Liquid foundations for a while, curious to see if one’s more worth it than the other. Both have had positive reviews, and both have had a small handful of negative reviews as well. I ended up getting both, and luckily, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by both! Here’s my review of the Rich Liquid foundation along with some swatches. A review of the Skin Base foundation as well as a comparison post will soon follow!

What It Does

Illamasqua’s Rich Liquid Foundation is a true full coverage foundation. It covers up redness perfectly and you might not need concealer at all, even to cover up blemishes. The finish is on the matte side, but it doesn’t look flat and powdery. A little bit of this foundation goes a long way; it’s also fairly thick in consistency and it’s an oil-based foundation. I love the squeeze-type tube in comes in! Getting the right amount of product out of the tube is easy, clean, and sanitary. The foundation lasts all day or all night in my experience and won’t budge or transfer after you set it with powder.

Having said that, it does tend to look dry and cling to dry patches if it’s not applied properly! One way to counter this is to apply a good, hydrating moisturizer. As for application, use a synthetic flat-top brush and stipple. Don’t drag it! I found that buffing this foundation in just doesn’t work, and stippling is the key, especially if you have dry skin. Application will take a little bit of work this way, but it’s worth it!

Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation Review

Who It’s For

If you’re looking for a full coverage foundation that actually is full coverage, definitely look into this one! It’s been working great for me on days where I want to make sure my foundation will cover everything and last a long time. However, you’ve been warned: it’s not easy to work with if you have dry skin, but chances are you’ll figure it out! If you’re looking for something lighter, there’s also Illamasqua’s Skin Base foundation (pictured below).

Pros

  • Very full coverage!
  • Non-powdery matte finish.
  • Long-lasting.
  • Good color selection for light to dark skin. Pure white shade available.

Cons

  • Contains parabens, talc, fragrance.
  • Not vegan, as it contains carmine/lake.

Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation Review

Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation Review

02 and 115 are the lightest shades besides the pure white. For the Rich Liquid foundation, I mix 115 (very pale and neutral-pink) and 133 (neutral-yellow). Skin Base in 02 tends to oxidize a bit and isn’t as light as 115.

Verdict

I’m really glad I found this foundation and it’s been working pretty damn well for me despite the dryness. Because it’s very full coverage and contains a bunch of nasty ingredients, I don’t make it an everyday habit, but rather use it for special occasions. I love that it covers everything and can double as a concealer. It’s available online from here from Illamasqua’s site.

HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE, OCTYLDODECANOL, C18-38 ALKYL HYDROXYSTEAROYL STEARATE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, SILICA DIMETHYL SILYLATE, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, TALC, HOMOSALATE, VP/EICOSENE COPOLYMER, KAOLIN, TOCOPHEROL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, METHYLPARABEN, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, DIMETHICONE, ETHYLPARABEN, PROPYLPARABEN, BHT, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE) [+/- MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR: TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), IRON OXIDES (CI 77492), IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), CARMINE (CI 75470), RED 36 (CI 12085), ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007), YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140), FERRIC FERROCYANIDE (CI 77510), RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850), YELLOW 6 LAKE (CI 15985)]
  • http://www.lilting-grace.blogspot.com/ Maeve

    debating… but I have such dry skin! I think I’ll pass for now, but keep it in mind for summer when my skin is a little less dry

  • Lidi

    I’ve pretty much always used powder or mineral foundations but I have been on the hunt for a liquid one to get away from powder a bit. I’m struggling with application and finding a good formula so I will have to get a sample of this to try. Thanks for the detailed review and tips!

  • Tasha

    Pleased with the review in general but a lot is made of how light the shades are. In my experience most shades offer a lot of light ones but not enough darker ones. In winter I often wear the darkest shade available and therefore do not have an option for summer (and I’m mixed raced so not even that dark)! There is a brief mention there are darker shades but no pictures…

    • Izzeh

      Their website has soso many dark shades!! Both ends of the spectrums have colour matching problems.At least in Canada, most of the companies here have nothing for super pale, vampire child, pink undertoned skin. Most brands seem to assume everyone is yellow undertones and everyone either has a tan or isn’t darker than ‘caramel’ and nothing on either end of the light/dark spectrum. Pretty much all except maybe 2 brands (that I have to order and hurt my wallet) go pale enough, without mixing white facepaint in. I don’t have much experience trying to find darker.

      Illamasqua has like 30 shades ranging from white to very dark! (It’s also hard to review dark foundation when you’re the colour of a twilight vampire)