|Illamasqua Hydra Veil|
I LOVE this stuff!!!!!
It's Illamasqua's latest product, a Rehydrating Gel, brought out as part of the Paranormal collection but new to the permanent line - and it's pretty damn spectacular.
|Before... all nice and calm on the surface :-)|
|After - swooshed around with the spatula, for fun|
(it settles back to non-smushed-up after less than a minute)
This is one of those weird non-Newtonian fluids - a strange substance that turns from an almost solid jelly to a scrunched-up smushy substance, like a broken jelly - and then back again when it settles after a few minutes.
And why do we need to add yet another step to the morning routine, I wonder. Well, as most people who use Illamasqua's Skin Base foundation will know, it's one of those beautiful foundations which really only works for perfect skin (I call it a "goldilocks" foundation - it works when your skin is just right, not oily, not dry, not even combination - it shows up any dry patches on your skin quite noticably and can bunch and look patchy after a while (look here for my review), which is annoying). This is designed to work in tandem with the Skin Base foundation to prevent either of these from happening.
Initially I wasn't sold. The first time I used it, I didn't notice any particular difference to my skin which was quite dry in parts at the time, and the combination of Hydra Veil + Skin Base foundation didn't make any difference; the dry patches still looked dry. However - and here's the weird bit - when I looked again in the mirror maybe an hour later, the dry flaky patches had completely disappeared. And every day since I haven't seen them return.
How to use it is a little confusing - Illamasqua's website indicates a pea-sized amount to be applied using a brush. The in-box instructions on the product's leaflet suggest fingers. Either works - fingers are simplest and fastest.
It is supposed to give your skin a nice radiant finish - I can't honestly say that I've noticed this, however it most certainly makes foundation apply much easier than before, especially over dryer skin. And I have also found that I'm using a fraction of the foundation I used before, in addition (maybe a half to three-quarters as much). I have also found that makeup lasts significantly longer (with no creasing or fading or separating) using this as a base first.
In terms of ingredients, it's water-based, so will work better with water-based foundations, and it will also work with silicone foundations - but don't use it if your foundation is oil- or wax- based. It doesn't contain any nasty ingredients (parabens) or flash-back ingredients (titanium dioxide etc), but it does contain some alcohol though, so watch out for this one if you're dry/sensitive skinned.
It retails at £27 for a 30ml tub, which comes with its own spatula - handy. Look here for more info.