Foundation Review: Ilia True Skin Serum Foundation

I have a bit of a penchant for foundation, or, I should say, ‘face bases’ in general, be that tinted moisturiser, BB cream, DD Cream…  I’m always up for trying new products, even though I don’t necessarily need them.

There are some bases that I need to make myself use and others that I find myself choosing every day. I know then that I’ve found a good one.

One of my most recent purchases is this Ilia True Skin Serum Foundation in shade Salina. I picked this up after having a Natural Lift Facial Massage at Content Beauty in London’s Marylebone. I’d always recommend trying a foundation in store, and ideally, take a sample so you can try it for a day or two,  if you can (even though I do make the occasional online purchase myself).

This liquid foundation is a great choice for those wanting some extra hydration and a radiance to their complexion. As the name suggests, it is a hybrid of skincare and makeup. It feels weightless on the skin and doesn’t leave me feeling dry at all which is a problem I often find with more natural foundations.  In terms of coverage, it is pretty light, making it a good option for a summer base, although you can build up to more of a medium coverage if you need to.

It applies beautifully; it has an almost silky feel, making it easy to blend into your skin. I like to take my time applying this with my fingers, before finishing off with a damp cosmetic sponge or buffing brush. I find this eliminates any foundation left ‘sitting’ on the skin, which helps create a natural, my skin but better finish.

Perhaps this is not one for those with an oilier skin (mine is mature, normal/dry), or if you’re looking to cover blemishes.

It comes in ten shades, from Fair to Dark. The Content Beauty website is very helpful at describing the shades and which skin tone it would suit. It has some great skin enhancing ingredients, but does contain Triethoxycaprylylsilane which I gather is a silcone based ingredient, which would explain the silky feel.

The only fly in the ointment, is the price (and the fact my nozzle snapped off almost immediately). It is £50. Ouch, I know. However, I would repurchase. A good base is hard to find and this is pretty perfect for me. A bold statement.

Here is a photo of how the Ilia True Skin Foundation in shade Selina looks on my skin (also a good photo of the RMS Beauty Volumising Mascara!)

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