Why did I consider getting the Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation?
I have seen the pixiwoo sisters (Sam and Nic) many times using this Illamasqua foundation. I thought this was one of their fav foundations since they seem to use it a lot. Given that I trust their reviews I decided to try it for myself. After all, don’t we all want the perfect foundation that makes us look flawless and beautiful!?!? Unfortunately, Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation is not the one for me. I’ll tell you why below!
Where can you get it?
You can buy the Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation at Sephora.com.
What did I find in the package?
You get a small black package with 1 oz. of foundation which is a really good amount. The container has a black cap, and you can see through it to see the foundation color.
Time to try it. What did it do for me?
Begin rant: This foundation is NOT easy to blend. Once it’s applied to the skin it sits there and doesn’t move. I’ll go further and say it’s a nightmare to actually blend it. It took me a lot of time to get it right. I often watch Nic (from the pixioos) applying this foundation and she makes it seem soooo easy! Now, granted, I’m no ‘foundation applying expert’. To this day, I don’t know what’s her secret managing this foundation. When I apply it, I just find myself having to blend the heck out of it, going over the same areas over and over.
I’ve applied it with my trustworthy Flat Top Kabuki buffing it in to my skin but it came out really streaky. I also tried a damp Beauty Blender but then it would separate, get streakier into an even worse mess. The only way I applied this foundation successfully was with my good ol’ fingers.
The scent is a very slight vanilla scent which doesn’t bother me at all, and I’m very sensitive to smells, so that’s a positive.
I do apply a primer before applying this but even doing this, the foundation manages to accentuate all my dry spots! Again, for me a nightmare!
One thing it does well, it actually does a good job of evening out the skin tone (the color that actually matches my skin tone is RF200). I don’t think it covers all redness and pigmentation with the first application, so if you want that type of coverage then you have to build it up (good luck with that!!) This foundation does cake around all my blemishes and dry skin, making my face look… horrendous… am I making my case???
The texture in this foundation is matte, which is partly why I think it emphasizes dryness that much. It doesn’t feel heavy at all. So, if you like a matte foundation that’s also lightweight and you have normal to oily skin this may work for you. Dry skin? Next!!
Here are some more pictures of the Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation:
What is the Verdict?
I’ve read blogs that actually recommend mixing this foundation with a moisturizer or even a BB Cream. I even think that’s a good idea, I just can’t imagine paying $36 for a foundation which I’ll actually have to mix with yet another product. I’m not Hermione Granger, so I can’t afford to do magic trying to get the perfect formula for my skin type. I want the products I try to work with as little effort as possible, period. Even more if they are this expensive. And even more when there are so many alternatives in the market that are not as finicky as this one was.
I am interested in hearing your experiences with it, which might be better or worse. I recognize different skin types work with different formulas, but for my dry skin, this one just didn’t work out and I would not recommend it.