Hydra Veil is probably one of the most talked about products in the beauty blogging world this year, it’s constantly sold out everywhere and bloggers were raving about it. However when I went on a bit of an Illamasqua haul back in September I did manage to get my hands on this.
First off, let me say it’s not really a primer. Yes it can be used underneath as a primer and it probably would be great for those with mature, dry or dehydrated skin as it treats dry, flaky, and patchy areas so foundation applies smoothly. However in terms of making your makeup last longer, well it doesn’t really do that.
Hydra Veil comes in a medium sized plastic tub with a twist off lid. There is a plastic sort of inner lid which has a little spatula attached and you can use the attachment to lift up this inner lid, which I think is a really innovative creation.
The product itself is like a jelly, which when you start rubbing in is awesome as it turns to a watery like consistency and leaves your skin feeling super soft and smooth, almost like a mask. You only really need the tiniest bit even though it may not look much on the spatula, once you start rubbing it in it completely changes. Also the jelly returns to normal once you’ve taken what you need which is pretty nifty!
I’ve noticed a few people have said they have experienced stinging and burning sensations but I can’t say I have and I have quite sensitive skin.
At £27 a pop it’s more than a little pricey, however you don’t need more than a pea size each time so I think this will last me ages.
Overall, I do love the product, it makes my skin smooth, soft, supple and hydrated, especially as I’m not a religious moisturiser (I’m getting better though promise!)
I think it’s great, but in all honesty, I just don’t think it’s worth it for my skin type. It gives a great finish and is great for a burst of hydration when I’m having a bit of a scaly spot day but it doesn’t last longer on my skin than other primers.
For oily skinned gals I’d give it a miss. If you moisturise regularly you probably won’t need the hydration it gives and an mattifying primer is probably a better bet for keeping your skin smooth and matte underneath your foundation.
Any other skin types especially dry, and mature, I’d recommend it. Yes it’s pricey but you only need a tiny amount so it will last ages and it is a really lovely product.
Illamasqua Hydra Veil can be purchased from the Illamasqua Website for £27