This is a review I am REALLY excited to do, it is on my new beauty staple; Illamasqua Hydra Veil. Illamasqua describes it as follows:
“Create a radiant finish with Hydra Veil’s instantly re-hydrating gel formula. It provides the optimal base for your makeup. Apply before foundation with an Illamasqua brush.“
There has been some confusion among beauty bloggers as to what to call this product, some say it is a gel moisturizer, some say a very hydrating primer and some say it’s both. Although Illamasqua say it isn’t a primer, I have to say it makes a pretty damn good one. It almost glues foundation to the skin. The Rich Liquid foundation (review coming soon) which many people say is too thick/cakey glides on like MAC’s Face & Body.
It costs £27 pounds from Illamasqua’s website (link HERE) and you get 30ml of product. It comes boxed in Illamasquas staple glossy black box. When you open the box you are greeted by a gorgeously shaped black jar with a twist off lid. There is a second seal inside which lifts off which is a great idea as without it I think this product would dry out quickly. You also get a black measuring spoon so you get just the right amount of product.
It has a scent to it so be warned if you have very sensitive skin, the fragrance is very fresh and pleasant but I have no idea how to describe it. You need a very small amount to cover your entire face and neck so while 30ml isn’t the biggest size it should last awhile.
What I adore about this product is that it has a sticky finish so it literally sticks foundation to the skin and blemishes, I can imagine that would be brilliant with powder foundation (maybe MACs Studio Fix Powder?). I have combination, blemish prone skin and this hydrates it and ensures any spots are totally covered with foundation.
I am totally smitten with this product. I knew I had to have it the second Illamasqua announced it. It is even better than I anticipated and after two months of using it I had to review it. I would defiantly re-purchase it the second I run out and I can’t recommend it enough. My only warning is, it is scented, so sensitive skinned ones beware.