When the world says blend in, Illamasqua says stand out. Skin Base foundation in Au, the chemical symbol for gold, contains tiny flecks of metallic shimmer combined with the cult BB–inspired foundation that smooths, softens and conditions your skin. Mix with your usual foundation for a subtle glow or wear alone for a luminous effect.
Illamasqua’s Human Fundamentalism collection includes a limited edition shade of the company’s Skin Base Foundation. Au–the scientific name for gold–is said to be a universally-usable shade with golden shimmers in it.
This foundation comes in a pinched square plastic bottle with a narrow opening. This keeps the product fairly sanitary and lets you control how much you dispense.
This foundation has a consistency that’s medium-thick. It spreads easily and mixes well with other foundations.
Au is definitely not a universally usable color when it comes to putting it all over your face. Its base color is around NC40-43 and has noticeable gold shimmers in it. If you use light pressure, the shimmers will stay intact and if you use more pressure while blending in the product, they will sort of melt.
If you are lighter-skinned than Au, it will give you a distinct darker tint. You can also mix Au in with your foundation, but it will make the foundation darker if it’s lighter than NC40.
The best use for this product is as a cheek bronzer. You can’t use it all over the face or as a contour (at least not alone) because it has prominent shimmers.
Ease of Use: 9/10
This product spreads over the skin easily, but will take more time to blend and soften.
For $39.68 you get 30 ml (1 fl oz) of product. A majority of foundations come in 1 fl oz sizes but $39.68 is on the high size, especially for a product with Au’s limited use.