EVERYONE on TikTok has given their own Il Makiage Woke Up Like This Foundation review, so we decided it was our turn to see if the colour-match technology is really all that.

The New-York based brand officially launched in 2018, only actually coming over to the U.K. in 2020 and it's already gone viral. If you ask us, those are some stellar beauty-world stats.

  • Woke Up Like This Flawless Base Foundation, £36 from Il Makiage – buy here

Il Makiage Woke Up Like This foundation review: quick summary

Gaining fame for being the ultimate colour-match foundation, the Il Makiage Woke Up Like This Flawless Base foundation comes in a grand total of 50 colour shades.

And you don't have to select your shade yourself. There's an impressively detailed colour-match quiz which you undergo, answering questions from whether you're likely to darken in the coming months, to selecting the nearest colour to your skin tone in multiple different slides.

Once you've been matched by Il Makiage's famed machine learning algorithm (it apparently boasts 90 percent accuracy and well, the match is amazing!), you're left with a smooth, natural-looking matte base.


  • Colour-match is so accurate
  • Comes in 50 shades
  • Blends so well and gives you a flawless finish
  • Hydrating (thanks to Hyaluronic Acid)
  • Still have a clear complexion after 12 hours of wear


  • Lightweight so you need concealer underneath for fuller coverage
  • Slightly more expensive than your average high-street foundation

In short, Il Makiage helps you bid farewell to any patchy orange days or dodgy colour matches. It's definitely worth being TikTok famous.

Unboxing and first impressions

  • Woke Up Like This Flawless Base Foundation, £36 from Il Makiage – buy here

Compared to other foundations, the Il Makiage Woke Up Like This foundation is packaged beautifully in a sturdy black and white box where it's slotted into a velvet stand. Fancy, huh?

Even the bottle is pretty, featuring misty matte glass that relevantly mirrors the texture of the foundation. We had high expectations.

Having completed the comprehensive quiz, we were really excited to see whether our colour had actually matched and we weren't sure when we saw the '40' foundation as it looked slightly yellow, but we persisted…


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  • Woke Up Like This Flawless Base Foundation, £36 from Il Makiage – buy here

When applying, we found that the texture is more lightweight than we expected, giving you smooth coverage that looks flawless but still really natural – you can build depending on how heavy a make-up look you want.

It blends beautifully, giving you a clear complexion that's not cakey or greasy – 10/10 for the well-balanced formula.

But the best part has to be how wonderful the colour match really is. We have never ever had a foundation match our face so perfectly, making sure that you're not left with any darker patches at the end of the day, or well, a different colour neck (we've all been there).

The finish is ridiculously smooth, although we wore ours with concealer underneath to really lighten our eye-bags, but the foundation worked wonders on evening out our blemishes.

Even after wearing it for over 12 hours, our skin still looked smooth and well colour-matched. So, in short, this is definitely a top beauty buy.

What skin type does it work for?

Our skin is typically dry, so we were apprehensive about using this as a matte foundation but it's enriched with Hyaluronic Acid which hydrates your face and simultaneously fills wrinkles. Win, win.

However, it's also a creamy liquid formula so we imagine it would work well for oily skin, particularly as powders go so wonderfully over the top of it.


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Is it worth the hype?

  • Woke Up Like This Flawless Base Foundation, £36 from Il Makiage – buy here

If you're looking for your next staple foundation and a colour-match you can rely on, then YES, this is worth the hype.

We've never branched out when it comes to foundation because once you get your favourite, it's difficult to trust any others but we recommend everyone gives the Il Makiage Woke Up Like This foundation a go.

We're obsessed, purely because it doesn't go cakey or patchy when you've been wearing it all day long and the colour match technology is truly difficult to beat.

Il Makiage Woke Up Like This foundation review: the verdict

To be honest, we wouldn't have expected anything less of a £36 foundation as that is quite a lot to fork out if you're looking for a day-to-day staple. But it's definitely worth the little bit of extra cash.

From the colour-match that we keep raving about, to the silky smooth base it provides you with, the Il Makiage Woke Up Like This foundation is worth all the TikTok views and hype its garnered.

We'll still be using our concealer underneath it because it's not that thick as a base to cover your imperfections but for a smooth, natural look, it's a winner.

If you hate when your face goes a bit flakey or patchy after a full day of wearing foundation, then you can rely on this foundation to avoid that issue entirely. The Hyaluronic Acid works wonders. It's a yes from us.

If you're after a more expensive foundation, check out our review of the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk. It's good.

You should also check out our Beauty Pie review.

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