News of a beauty brand making the foundation purchasing process that little bit more easier is like music to my ears. And when there are freebies involved? Well, then I just had to share. Illasmasqua are pretty kick-ass when it comes to beauty innovation and this time they are really raising the bar. You know their Skin Base Foundation? I’ve used it in the past and got on with it pretty well – though it was purchased in my OTT fake tan days so unfortunately it’s not a formula that’s currently in rotation. Well, from today if you pick up a bottle in Selfridges, not only will they help to colour-match you up (phew), they’ll throw in a mini tube of a Skin Base Mixer colour correcting formula picked out for your personally tailored to your complex concerns. Sweet deal, non?

There are three on offer: Amber a yellow toned liquid to even out olive skin tones, Terracotta a warm rose to blur pigmentation (though I’ve been quite liking it as a buff-looking blush), Chestnut a deep cocoa shade to add depth and White to lift and add brightness. Given my past experiences with miss-matched foundation shades I reckon that the White one will come into play the most for me, meaning that a teenie tiny amount into previously orange formulas will mean that I will no longer look like a candidate for Snog, Marry, Avoid when I wear them. And I have to say that dayum these things are pigmented. They’re not not some kind of wimpy colour correctors that blend into nothing on the skin, these things really to alter the hue of your base. I’m still trying to get my swatch of Chestnut off the back of my hand. True story.

Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation comes in at £32 from Selfridges and I think this offer is just the push I need to re-purchase a non-faux glowed appropriate colour. Ladies who always end up with the same colour matches at me – what shade do you come up in this?

  • Josie

    Ooh these sound great, especially as we start to (hopefully!) get more tanned over summer :)

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  • GirlLovesGloss

    I got one of these ( the white) when I picked up my last bottle of skin base too. I have found it super handy, and sometimes mix it in with concealer too if I really need a brightening effect.

  • Divya

    Oui! This is an answer to all the foundation woes ever!

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  • victoria

    very interesting !! Love that ! Thanks for the review Anna :)

  • Loren

    What a brilliant idea!

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  • jenny

    Don’t you mean “four on offer”? :)

  • Anon Beauty

    The white one will be quite handy to lighten up foundations in Winter.

  • Michelle Glassow Schroll

    I think I need to try the white one, because foundations are often too dark for my very pale skin :)

  • London Kat

    I’m always either optimistic that I have a golden tan and buy foundation waaaay too dark, or think I’ve gone all pale and go the other way so these would be brilliant for me!
    Kat xx

  • Emma Be Beauty

    What a great idea. I would love to try the white one.

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  • Sybil Mae

    This is such a neat idea! I defiantly think i’m going to have to give them a go! :)

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  • Livia

    I’m usually the same shade as you when you are not tanned, while sometimes you might be a smidgen darker than me. I’m shade 6 in the Skin Base :)

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  • Ellie

    What a great idea!
    Ellie x

  • Parisian To Be

    This is genius! I wish they sold these separately, because I would totally buy them. xo

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  • Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD.

    Love the look of this set, such a good idea! x

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  • Robyn

    Looks interesting.

  • Lauren S

    They look so pigmented, amazing ! I would love to try this out especially white and terracotta.

    Lauren x

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  • Jess French

    I’ve never tried these before, but they look really good.

    Jess x

  • Alice Elizabeth

    such a good idea, look so pigmented as well! x


  • Stephanie @ Love, August

    This sounds so interesting! I’m really curious about it, but I’d still like to know more. It would be great if you could do some sort of demo with these! :)

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  • Axelle | Style playground

    This is seriously a brilliant and innovative idea, pretty bummed that we can’t get Illamasqua in Belgium :(
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  • Natalee

    This is such a great idea!!

  • Amy Laura

    This is such a good idea! Most foundations are too dark for my pale skin so the white sounds great. Definitely will be checking this out the next time I’m in Selfridges.
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  • Taslima Rahman

    never tried anything from illamasqua but this looks brilliant!

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  • Strawbry_Blonde

    Well this is freaking genius – go Illamasqua!

  • Ellen Findley

    Very nice! I wound up purchasing their Skin Base in 01 because I needed a white mixer for my foundations.

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  • Ellie

    Wow, that is such a great idea! Well done Illamaqua! 😀
    It would be perfect too for when you are tanning or going into winter!


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  • Jane

    This seemed like an amazing deal at first, until I noticed that they’ve upped the price of the foundation by a fiver! I’m pretty certain it cost me £27 last time I bought it from Selfridges. The mixers look great and I do like the foundation, so I’ll probably buy another when I run out, but it’s just not as much of a good offer as I initially thought…

  • Sylvia

    How neat. If only this offer existed at Illamasqua counters in Canada!!


  • Kate from Seduced by Beauty

    This deal is available in Australia aswell so I would imagine that it is a worldwide thing. I certainly agree with how pigmented they are as I have all 4 colours and had difficulty removing them after swatching.

    • Georgia Wolfe

      Where about’s is this available in AUS? :)

      • Kate from Seduced by Beauty

        Georgia when you buy an Illamasqua foundation you will be given the opportunity to choose one of these base mixers for free. You can purchase Illamasqua at Myer :-)

  • Janine Maral

    These look like great products!


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  • Kay Heads

    Oh that is brilliant what a great deal to have!

    I have recently done a post about skin base and now I feel as if I am missing out hugely without having these.

    You wouldn’t happen to know if they able to purchase by themselves? x

  • Beauty Vanity

    Do they sell these or are they only a gift?

    xx Alyson
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