Monday 24 September 2012

Illuminare / Mattifying Mineral foundation

 £21.95 / 15ml

I've been trying out a new foundation, one which is oil-free and contains a SPF20.Illuminare Mattifying Ultimate All Day Foundation* claims to last all day and help with excess oil.

I have the shade Florentine Fair which is the 2nd darkest and it suits me perfectly. The foundation is only 15ml because it's not meant I've caked on heavily, for best results you apply a small amount in the centre of your face and blend out evenly. It's very concentrated and absorbs oils making it transfer resistant and water resistant. It also has a built in primer for minimising shine and prolonging the wear time. The matte finish is great for combination/oily skin types like myself.
It does dry quick so you have to be quick when buffing and ending it out. It's great to use on the eye lids as a primer, especially if you suffer from oily eye lids and struggle to keep your eyeshadow/liner on all day.

I like to use it only on my T-Zone area and maybe along my jaw if I have any rouge blemishes. The coverage is great and because it's matte it's the perfect cover up for blemishes. My t-zone gets oilier as the day goes on and I often need to blot depending on what face products I have on and also the time of the month. Luckily whenever I've used this on my T-Zone I've gotten away without blotting which is a huge bonus. This would be great also to apply if you had a special event or occasion to attend.  There's another 2 shades to pick from a lighter and darker shade, Florentine is somewhere in between. Whilst I'm not overly bronzed I do have yellow undertones so I'm normally the second shade when it comes to foundations.

You can purchase the Illuminare range online from 

Do you use 2 different foundations?

Sherrie xoxo


  1. ooh this looks good, never heard of it before!! I have two i use as well :)

    Sophierosehearts x

  2. This sounds like a really interesting foundation- I don't know if I could get used to using so little but anything that controls shine is worth a shot in my books! xx
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  3. I don't think I've ever seen a foundation in a tube like that before! xo

    1. Yeah I know what you mean, KORRES to them in tubes x

  4. oh i want such foundation.. loving your review <3 but its looking bit darken to your skin tone ???? but if it suites you then everything is well

    1. Yeah it does on the swatch but it's the perfect shade for me. I am more yellow toned on my face x


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