As we all know, I love primers. While a lot of my primers are silicone based, this Illamasqua Hydra Veil is water based, which means that I tend to use it with a different sort of foundation. This week’s foundation was the Pretty Vulgar Cool AF Lava Water foundation. I adore the foundation and this primer works really well with it.
According to the product page…
Part hydrator, part primer, Hydra Veil instantly hydrates and smooths skin through a self-levelling, futuristic clear gel. Microalgae, Vitamin C and B3 work together to help maintain skins hydration levels, creating a healthy looking, balanced finish. Plant extracts also provide a calming and refreshing feeling, leaving skin fully prepped to apply your chosen foundation.
Prior to foundation application, use the spoon provided to apply one scoop of Hydra Veil to the palm of your hand. Using the Foundation or Highlighter Brush, gently brush the product from your hand and apply all over the face, right up to the lash line until the product is fully absorbed
Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Peg-240/Hdi Copolymer Bis-Decyltetradeceth-20 Ether, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Niacinamide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Alcohol, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Disodium Edta, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Phosphate, Acmella Oleracea Extract, Potassium Laurate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Bht, Haematococcus Pluvialis Extract, Tocopherol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, LimoneneIllamasqua
I’ll admit, it took me a while to figure out that was a spoon attached to the inner lid. I thought it was a decorative handle. It does work as a decorative handle though, but really, you need to use it to scoop the primer out.
When you scoop it out it looks like clear jelly. But almost instantly it starts to liquefy in your palm. When it does, a flat foundation brush is your best bet for applying it where you want. It goes on smoothly and while it is clear it does smooth out pores.
Just remember to use a clean foundation brush and to use a different foundation brush from the one you intend to use to apply your foundation. The primer does liquefy so the brush (and your face) take a moment to dry down. If you use a previously used foundation brush, you will end up with old foundation on streaking your face as the primer moistens it and the brush releases it. Even if clean the brush will be all wet and needs to dry before using it to apply foundation. If you don’t have a spare flat foundation brush, then just use your hands to apply.
I tend not to use this under tinted moisturizers, but more under actual foundations. The illamasqua smooths things out, but it is clear and doesn’t cover anything as it is clear.
A little goes a long way and despite its pore filling tendencies and excellent performance, I tend to only reach for this primer in the cooler months when my skin is dry. When my skin is dry, this foundation is fantastic. It keeps other products from looking dry on my face and extends the length of my foundation. Just remember the golden rule with primer, like goes with like.
If you use a water based primer, go with a water based foundation. Likewise if going with a silicone based primer go with a silicone based foundation. There are exceptions of course, but this matchy matchy combo prevents a lot of compatibility issues and products work better if they aren’t in a cage fight with each other at the same time you want them to look good on your skin
There are two things to remember when using this primer. The first is that it is more or less a liquid once your body heat touches it, so you need to take a moment and let the primer dry down on your face. I know you should always give your primer a moment to settle in and lock into place before adding foundation, but it is even more imperative that you give this primer it’s moment to settle. If you don’t it will mix a bit wth your foundation and while it will still work it won’t be as pore filling and smoothing as it could be.
The second thing to remember is not to use too much. This is definitely a product where less is more. The picture of it in my hand is about double, if not more, than what you should apply. I always forget how little I need the first time I go back to this primer and then end up wasting half of the product I took out.
I know it is strange to say but, I love the fact that I can use this primer for a long time and each time I dip in, the product looks untouched because the gel melts back together to form a smooth surface. Generally it melts back together by the time I’ve finished applying it on my face and have rinsed the spoon off.
It’s also why I only use the spoon to get it out because any inclusions don’t remain just on the surface but can sink within and contaminate the whole thing. In addition it is a beautiful jar that I kind of like having on display. If you are a member of Look Fantastic and receive their Beauty Box each month I believe this is the primer that is going to be in the box.
It is a sample size whereas this is the full sized version, but you end up using so little of this primer that even the travel size will last a surprisingly long time. I’ve had the sample size before, which is why I picked up the full sized version and it seemed like it was never going to run out. I think part of that is the fact that it always looks smooth and brand new when you open it, so it is the bottomless pit of primer. Personally I am glad that it lasts so long and this winter I will be reaching for this Illamasqua primer more often.
Incidentally Pretty Vulgar is having a Mystery Box Deal going on right now 5 products for $55 (retail value of $138). Just click on the banner ad and it will take you right to it. Their Cool AF Lava Water Foundation and Feathers Mascara are two of my favorites.