|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.
So I wouldn't need this if I have oily skin? I'm a fecker for primers and need to try them ALLReplyDelete
Have you tried Skinbase foundation, out of curiosity? This one is a bit of a bridge between skincare and makeup and it's not quite a primer either, but in essence that's really what it is. A non-silicone-based primer that seems to do the job of silicone primers quite nicely thank you - I can imagine that it might work better in that respect on younger skin ok. I still prefer silicone-based primers on more mature skin...Delete
This sounds really interesting now need to debate whether to get it or not!ReplyDelete
I saw this on the website the other night when I was fighting to order my products in the sale! I had no clue what it was, so thanks for clearing that up!ReplyDelete
It looks like a really interesting product, and I use Skin Base every day so maybe it would suit me! Except Skin Base works perfectly with my skin type already so I don't know if I really need this stuff!
Hey Annette, I think I spotted you on #irishbbloggers the other night - hi if so?!Delete
If it's already working for you I'd say don't bother. It's an unnecessary expense in that instance. I like to have it for my kit as I love skinbase and have most of the shades, but have had to shy away from using it with a lot of "not 100% perfect skin types" in the past - and let's face it, there are few people with perfect skin :-)
CAn you give me an example of wax/ oily foundation based? I don't know any..At least I think.ReplyDelete
Heya Virginie - no problems. The Giorgio Armani Maestro foundation is a good example of a fantastic oil-based foundation, it contains both volatile and non-volatile oils. Wax-based foundations tend to be more pro-centric; eg the Kett Fixx Cream, or the Maq Pro ranges. Hope this helps!Delete