I bought both of these a couple of weeks ago, before my no buy went into effect. Since you all know about beauty balms, let's get right to the swatches, shall we? I tried to hurry up and get a few pictures during the 10 minutes the sun came out the other day.
The opening on the Holika Holika tube is much larger than the Illamasqua, which you can see below. The plastic tube is a lighter weight and anything more than a gentle squeeze means you get too much product. The Illamasqua tube is much heavier (same as the Liquid Liquid container) so you have to give it a good squeeze.
HH is a firmer blob, more solid, see the stiff peak. It blends nicely though.
The Illamasqua is lighter, less viscous, than the HH.
Swiped each little blob down, neither is blended in. I pulled about half the blob of Holika Holika onto my finger and didn't swipe it downward, since more of that came out and I wanted the amount in each swatch to be similar.
The HH is darker, more beige. I've read it described as greige and I'd agree.
The Illamasqua is much lighter.
Ok, blend those babies in. I used a non latex sponge for each, not rubbing hard, just a gentle blend. The Illamasqua blends right in, while the Holika Holika is easily visible.
a different view a couple of minutes later
close up - very peachy
see it? It's still visible, but you have to look for the edges.
Here's an inside picture
The Holika Holika isn't a terrible match, particularly when I think about many of the other liquid foundations I've tried over the last year or so. I can get away with it if I use a very small amount and blend it well. It's more yellow than my skin, but that can help minimize my redness. It's really too lightweight/sheer of a formula for me though, I generally require heavier coverage. I don't really know whether it's supposed to be buildable, I suppose thin enough layers and time between each layer would make about anything possible.
The prices vary. I bought mine on Amazon, and with the shipping it came to $11.98. That's pretty cheap! It's a 30ML tube. There are a few other formulas, they all have an SPF ranging from 25 to 30. I always use sunscreen under my makeup, I don't rely on what's in the foundation.
The Illamasqua, oh, where do I begin. I've been completely in love with Illamasqua for a while now. I've wanted to try the Skin Base since it came out, but didn't need to order anything.
Why not get it from Sephora? They don't carry it. They don't have the Skin Base at all, either in the stores or on their website. The Sephora near me doesn't have ANY Illamasqua. This sucks. I'd love to be able to sample various shades of other products, but nope. Sephora's website does offer a limited range, limited in both product and shade. I contacted Customer Service asking if they would consider carrying the 115 shade in the Cream or Liquid formula, but their answer was that they'd be happy to help me select a different brand. *stomps foot* I don't want a different brand, damnit! Illamasqua is my favorite foundation, and if they offered it in their stores and a better selection online, more people would buy it. Sorry, am I having a temper tantrum?
Ok, so since I had to order it online, and really forced myself to order only that item, it was expensive. By the time the currency was converted and add in the shipping, that 30ML tube cost me $54.44. WHAT? Yup, $54.44. *insert tears here* It's £25.00, which converts to roughly $40 US, which of course fluctuates. I must admit I nearly fell over when the package arrived three days later, all the way from the UK. I figured it would take a week to ten days.
I know this is small, but this is from my statement. But you know what? I'd buy it again. Having a great color match is worth it for me.
I did have a coupon code but it wasn't valid on the Skin Base. Normally I'd order a bunch of items to get free shipping, but I honestly didn't need anything.
You can see from the pictures that it really blends in perfectly with my skin. I can wear both CF110 (white with pink undertones) or CF115 (very light skin with neutral undertones) successfully. I could probably use the Skin Base 01 as well, but figured I'd go with the 02. When I start running low on my current creams, I'll toss an 01 in the basket too.
Like the Holika Holika, it's a very lightweight, sheer formula. While it does match my skin wonderfully, I really require heavier coverage. It is buildable, but in all honesty I'm not one to sit there waiting to apply layer after layer when I can just grab my Illamasqua Cream, put on one layer, and be done with it.
For you Illamasqua fans, I'm working on a post comparing the Skin Base 02 to the two cream shades. I lent my Light Liquid and Rich Liquid to a friend, so can't really compare them side by side for you til I get them back.
Hope you've found this information helpful, and thanks for looking.