Thursday, 28 February 2013

Guest Post: Illamasqua Cream Foundation Review

Ever wondered how good are cream foundations? Our guest blogger, Nida, reviews her very first Illamasqua  product; their cream foundation.
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Hey I am Nida from Nida's Beauty Bag. By profession I am a software engineer and almost 25 years old, Will turn 25 next month :) I am an official Oriflame Consultant and a blogger with a passion for makeup. My blog not only has product reviews but it also has information regarding ingredients used in makeup.


Illamasqua Cream Foundation is the first product I tried from this brand. Let’s find out what I think about this product but before that have a glance at how Illamasqua reviews this product.

ABOUT THE PRODUCT
Creates a base that brings out the bold in you. Illamasqua Cream Foundation provides medium-full coverage and works with your skin to cover and enhance. It blends easily, allowing you to vary coverage as much or as little as you need, effortlessly balancing uneven skin tone and giving you the control to create a flawless finish. Comes in a mirror compact for touch-ups on the go.



SHADES AVAILABLE
Illamasqua Cream Foundation comes in various shades, around 19 shades in total. The difficult part is to remember the shade as they have no name except a number.

  • Shade 100- Pure White
  • Shade110- White with pink undertones
  • Shade115- For very light skin with neutral undertones
  • Shade133- For light Skin with neutral undertones
  • Shade135- For light skin with golden undertones
  • Shade150- For light to medium with pink undertones
  • Shade200- For medium skin with golden undertones
  • Shade210- For medium skin with neutral undertones
  • Shade215- For medium to olive skin with neutral undertones
  • Shade233- For olive skin with golden undertones
  • Shade240- For deep olive skin with golden undertones
  • Shade320- For olive to dark skin with golden undertones
  • Shade325- For dark skin with neutral undertones
  • Shade330
  • Shade335- For very dark skin with reddish undertones
  • Shade340
  • Shade345
  • Shade350
  • Shade355

INGREDIENTS
TALC, HEXYL LAURATE, HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, OCTYLDODECANOL, CERA CARNAUBA(COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX), POLYETHYLENE, CERA MICROCRISTALLINA (MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX), HOMOSALATE, POLYBUTENE, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, CANDELILLA CERA (MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX), CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, CETYL PALMITATE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, DIMETHYLIMIDAZOLIDINONE RICE STARCH, NYLON-12, RICINUS COMMUNIS OIL (RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL), C18-38 ALKYL HYDROXYSTEAROYL STEARATE, MAGNESIUM SILICATE, TOCOPHEROL, MAGNESIUM MYRISTATE, VP/EICOSENE COPOLYMER,GLYCERYL RICINOLEATE,CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM (MINERAL OIL), CETYL ALCOHOL, CERA ALBA (BEESWAX), BHT, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE) AND MAY CONTAIN: [+/- TITANIUM DIOXIDE CI 77891, IRON OXIDES CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CARMINE CI 75470, ULTRAMARINES CI 77007, YELLOW 5 LAKE CI 19140,  RED 36 CI 12085, FERRIC FERROCYANIDE CI 77510, RED 7 CI 15850, YELLOW 6 LAKE CI 15985] MAY CONTAIN CARMINE AS A COLOUR ADDITIVE. STOP USE IF IRRITATION OCCURS.
The purpose of mentioning the ingredients is to tell you girls that it a few shades may contain carmine. When I purchased it I didn’t notice that but later on when I found out I wrote to the Illamasqua service center and asked regarding my shade and they replied me that my shade which is 233 is free from carmine. So you can ask the customer service before purchasing.



MY VIEW
The shade card has all the colors from pure white to jet black, one will question why do we need such unusual shades. Obviously nobody has such skin tones but the brand is more focused on artistic makeup; makeup which can be used in creating different looks from cartoon characters to vampire looks. If you see their lipsticks range you will find the unusual shades in them too.
My experience with this foundation is amazing. This is not just my first Illamasqua product but my first ever cream foundation as well. With the concept in mind that cream foundations cannot control oil much I never tried them but Illamasqua is for sure an experience for me which I definitely had to share.  The very first thing is the packaging of the product. The product comes in a very fine square pan which looks huge with an attached mirror and a good size sponge applicator. Once I opened the foundation the fragrance appealed me the most, its more likely a vanilla scent. The scent feels so amazing and I can smell it on my face when I apply it.
The application of the foundation is really amazing and blends so well on the skin. The coverage is from medium-to-full depending on the application. Single application gives a medium coverage but with second application it gives me full coverage. I never used foundation brush with this but if you see the website an artist's tip from Illamasqua says that it  enhances the coverage if applied with a foundation brush. I have a combination skin where my t-zone and cheeks area gets oily. Normally, I have to use mineral or sometimes transculent powder over it but with this foundation I never feel like using because the foundation contains powder in it. It has a good lasting power and it never creases on my face.
Overall I love this product and will definitely buy other products from this brand.

The product costs £23.00 and is available on Illamasqua’s official site. I ordered from BeautyUnleashed on facebook.

You may like 

  • If you have dry-to-normal skin
  • If you like the concept of cream foundation
  • If you are not allergic to the scent on skin
  • Because it is long lasting and controls oil
You may not like

  • If you think it’s pricey
  • If you are allergic to the scent on skin
  • If the shade does not match the skin
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Thank you Nida! After reading your review, I am more than eager to try this foundation for myself. Guys don't forget to follow Nida on:

8 comments :

  1. Nice review Nida, vanilla sounds yummy. I just wonder isn't this shade a bit too orange for your skin tone? Anyways, I also wondered why is carmine bad, googled and *gulp* ground up red beetles?!! :/ eww. I always read my labels & will definitely watch out to avoid this now. Thanks for sharing lady! :) xo

    Jasmine Catches Butterflies ʚϊɞ

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  2. hey thank you for liking it.
    yeah it looked yellow but it sets well on my face. I ordered this online and and this was the only shade i found close to my skin tone

    Yes carmine is a color that is extracted from red beetles. :) so all in all it is always in the lipsticks especially in dark colors :)

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  3. This looks nice :) Thanks it was a good review.

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  4. Illamasqua makes great stuff, nice review :)
    xo

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  5. thanks for sharing and great review ^_~

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