Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation

I ran out of my current favourite foundation many months ago (Givenchy Teint Couture Balm fyi). The only reason I haven't repurchased yet is because the shade range is lacking a bit. The lightest colour isn't light enough for my skin, hence I thought I might as well try something new instead.
After a mini research online I went for Illamasqua Skin Base foundation, which offers the widest selection of colour I've come across so far. I knew that at least I'd be able to get my shade right. Plus the response for the customers have been really positive.

The packaging is both practical and aesthetically appealing. The foundation comes in a sleek squeeze tube with a fine tip dispenser which prevents things from getting too messy.
I picked it in shade 2 which sadly might be a bit too light for me, however there are 27 colours available meaning I'm bound to find a better match next time.
Now this foundation is advertised as natural and blendable. Being used to glowy and dewy base products the first thing I noticed was a heavier coverage and lack of shimmer. I've played around with it pairing it with different primers and finishing products. The coverage is definitely buildable and you can achieve a pretty seemless look with it. Although it's far from being dewy, it doesn't look too matte either.

The tricky part for me has been the application. I've tried it with a beauty blender but I don't think the result is the most satisfying. It can go patchy and I sometimes struggle to blend it. I'm thinking it might be the way I prep my skin, or the foundation doesn't work in synegry with my beloved Hylamide HA Blur primer.

Let me know what you think. How do you apply the foundation? Do you mix it with other products? Do you use a primer? What skincare does go well with? I need to know!

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