Illamasqua Hydra Veil Review

Illamasqua Hydra Veil Rehydrating Gel
Hey Lovelies,
I hope you are all having a fantastic weekend! I know I haven't posted on here in a while but I've been quite busy lately. I also work in retail and with our busiest time of year coming up, I am not quite sure how much I'll be blogging over November and December but I will try my best. I've got today off though which is nice, so I thought I'd bring you a little review on the Illamasqua Hydra Veil primer which I have been using over the past month or so. I picked this little beauty up a few months ago after hearing various make up artists and bloggers rave about it. 
Illamasqua Hydra Veil Rehydrating Gel
The first thing I had to get used to with the Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer is its packaging. It comes in a black pot which includes a little spatula that is stored securely in the lid. I am trying my best to not lose the spatula because you need use it to hygienically scoop the primer out of the pot. Now I am used to silicone based primers such as Porefesional by Benefit or the Smashbox Photo Finish primers which come in a squeezy tube. I find those a lot less easy (and messy) to use. However that is my only gripe with Illamasqua's Hydra Veil and I am guessing that they chose this type of packaging for their product because of its consistency. Here's a picture so you can see what I mean.
Illamasqua Hydra Veil Rehydrating Gel
Hydra Veil has a very different consistency to any other primers I have ever used. This product looks like clear jelly and leaves a lovely cooling feeling on the skin when you apply it. I have found that this product feels very lightweight on my skin and creates an even, smooth base for me to apply my makeup on.
The Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer also contains refined hyaluronic acid. Now don't be scared by the word acid, this is an ingredient our body produces naturally and you can also find it in many skincare products.
I completed a 5 day course at the Illamasqua Make Up School in London where we were taught that the best way to to apply this primer using a flat topped foundation brush, and that's what I've been doing. This technique works great for me! I have also heared that you don't necessarily need to use a moisturiser when using Hydra Veil because it works as a moisturiser and primer in one. However that is something I personally wouldn't do as I think it is always best to use a separate moisturiser.
All in all I have found that Illamasqua's Hydra Veil works as a great primer, and I feel my foundation looks more flawless and stays on longer when I use it. This product is probably best suited for those of us who have dry or dehydrated skin. I know the brand also does a Matte Veil which I am guessing is designed for people with oily skin, and they have also recently released Radiance Veil which I have not tried but I quite like the sound of, as anything that can add radiance to my skin in a winner for me!
You can buy Illamasqua primers online or at your nearest Illamasqua counter, and Hydra Veil retails for £32.00.
Which primer do you use? Let me know in the comments below! I hope you've enjoyed this post. Thanks for reading and until next time,
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  1. I'm so curious to try it, I have the Illamasqua Radiant Veil and I love it so so much!
    Now the Hydra Veil is a part of my wishtlist!


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