Review: Illamasqua Hydra Veil Rehydrating Gel

illamasqua hydra veil2As an Illamasqua fan, after having tried various products, the one remaining item I really, really wanted to try was the Hydra Veil. Described as “part hydrator, part primer”, Hydra Veil essentially collapses moisturizer and primer into one step. I love me some time saving, especially when it comes to makeup and skincare. So when the chance to grab the Hydra Veil at about half price came across my way, go grabbing I did.

Now I know this product was not a good fit for me right from the starts, because my skin is oily, and this is not a product that claims to control oil. But for the sake of research, I have to try this product which is one of Illamasqua’s flagship product. I thought I could just layer something else atop this to control the oil. The list of ingredients for this product can be seen here.

The format of the product is interesting; it is a gel, but rather than put it into a squeeze tube form, Illamasqua places it in a pot, albeit furnished with a spatula. That is a strike against hygiene and convenience, in my opinion. The feel on the skin is nice and gives a slight cooling effect. It absorbs right away, so that’s a plus when one is in a rush. While it does not smooth skin as well as silicone-based products (e.g. the famed Smashbox primers or even the Monistat anti chaffing gel), it does the job of evening out the skin’s surface bumps quite well, I thought. Oil control is indeed very poor, even non-existent.

Bottom line: not for oily-skin gals, but those with normal and dry skin should at least give this a try if the price does not deter them.


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