Soooo, it's been a while! I have gotten most inconsistent with my blogging in recent years, partly because there's too many other things to distract me from it, and partly because I just don't do interesting makeup anymore. I still buy new products, but they all seem to be in the same neutral range, and the looks I create with them are virtually indistinguishable. Hopefully, though, that will change.
One of my New Years' resolutions - along with dancing, running, Basque, Latin, and my perpetually failed resolution to get better time management skills - is to get back to blogging. Maybe not with the frequency of times past, but maybe once a week or so, do something DIFFERENT with my makeup, and take pictures, and talk about it. So without further ado, my latest makeup adventure: Illamasqua Skinbase!
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So I was sort of perusing the Illamasqua site on a whim, and I saw this Skinbase stuff, which purports to be a BB cream-type thing for the UK market (though it comes in a TON of shades, so it's more like foundation in that respect). I thought, why not? and added it to my cart. And then perusing the sale stuff, I saw the Sheer Gloss in Provoke, which was described as "rosy nude beige" or something like that - and I thought, you can never have too many nude glosses, right? and added it to my cart. Gotta love my self-justification of shopping. Anyway, the end result is that I have a tube of Skinbase in shade 02 (pink undertone) and a tube of sheer gloss.
Swatches: Skinbase, unblended and blended, and gloss in Provoke
First things first: the Skibase formula is thicker than I was expecting! I use Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizer (oil-free version) on a daily basis, so I was expecting something along those lines. This was a bit creamier in consistency, a bit like MAC Studio Sculpt, but it did blend out nice and sheerly.
Second: WOW, this stuff was pale! I'd read a few reviews that complained that the shades tended towards being too light, but I figured I'd be safe since I have yet to encounter a foundation too pale for me! (I always have the opposite problem!) But SB 02 was very nearly too pale even for me! In the end, with a good amount of blending, and judicious application of blush, it was fine, but I did have a brief moment of panic where I thought, wow, have I bought something TOO LIGHT? The world may be about to end! The good thing is, I guess, that it does match my utterly white neck perfectly.
The only problem I noticed is that if your skin has any hint of flakiness - for me, you can see this around my nose and the corners of my mouth, where my skin is a little bit winter-dry - Skinbase is not very forgiving. So make sure to exfoliate and moisturize!
I added MAC blush in Tenderling, mascara, brow gel, some easy neutral shadow and liner, and set it all with powder to get what is basically my "everyday look" these days (I swap products a lot, but I always end up looking just like this!). And then I added the gloss to finish it off:
I bloody LOVE this gloss! I know, I know, it looks like all the other glosses in my collection, dear Jennifer, why don't you ever wear a wild lipcolor?, yadda yadda. But all of that aside, the FORMULA is amazing! It is super sheer and shimmery and flattering, and TOTALLY non-sticky. Like, it feels almost like a lip balm instead of a lipgloss. It comes close to replicating the dearly departed Urban Decay Ultraglide (RIP) in its nonsticky amazingness! It has pretty decent wear for a gloss, too - a couple of hours, with even fading (it doesn't leave you with that awkward ring of tackiness on the outer edges of your lips!).
The Skinbase wore pretty well, though I set it with powder (I'd worn it the day before with no powder, and no moisturizers under it, and that went as well as you might expect on my oil slick of a face!). I will have to put it to more strenuous tests in the near future, though. And hopefully I will get a chance to compare it to other BB creams, since I've just bought the new Boots No7 Beautiful Skin BB cream, and Sophia of The Makeup Blogette has sent me a box of her favorite BB creams from Singapore, which I will share with you all as soon as I get them!
Anyway, thanks for reading, and Happy New Year to all!
P.S. Tell me about your resolutions - beauty or otherwise - in the comments! I'm thinking I might review some of my dance DVDs, if that would be of interest? I've gotten really into bellydancing over the past year and have amassed a huge collection of DVDs to go along with my classes, and I've also just discovered some hula-fitness videos which look AMAZING!