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!
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).
- Very full coverage!
- Non-powdery matte finish.
- Good color selection for light to dark skin. Pure white shade available.
- Contains parabens, talc, fragrance.
- Not vegan, as it contains carmine/lake.
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.
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.
Suzana Rose is the founder and editor-in-chief of Cruelty-Free Kitty. She loves using her creative energy to run her ethical businesses, and when she’s not working, you can find her thrifting cute clothes, listening to podcasts, or rewatching her favorite episodes of The Office.