July 17, 2013

Illamasqua Hydra Veil Rehydrating Gel Review

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Illamasqua Hydra Veil Rehydrating Gel ($40) is kinda my new go to primer of choice! Maybe it’s the jelly texture, maybe it’s the slick little pot it comes in, maybe it’s just because I can use all the moisture I can get but Illamasqua Hydra Veil Rehydrating Gel is all awesomeness.

Make Up For Ever HD Elixir was running a little low recently so I went to Sephora to grab some and decided, wait, I need to try the new Illamasqua Hydra Veil Rehydrating Gel! So my $40 went happily towards it and I’m every so happy I indulged.

I love this stuff.

Mind you I still love HD Elixir too but this stuff is pretty awesome!

I don’t think he reviewed it but Dustin mentioned he thought the texture was kinda gross…and it is kinda but I still love it. It quite reminds me of Dr. Jart Water Fuse Smart Gel BB as it has that weird wiggly, jello-like texture which has a memory foam like thing going on because if you dig some out or touch it, etc…it reforms back to its original shape! It’s ALIVE! Alive!

I wouldn’t personally leave it unattended less it end up like that blob-like creature from Creep Show!

OMG!!!!!!! It’s coming to get me.

So what is it anyway?

It’s actually part moisturizer, part primer, and all kinds of fun. It comes in a tiny little black pot that features a spatula so you can scoop some out. It has a chunky jello-like consistency that wriggles when you touch it but once applied to skin it melts down into a fine watery style primer. It soothes drier, patchy areas and gives skin more moisture so foundation applies more easily and smoothly with a more natural finish. It’s basically easing the way for your foundation and BB Cream and allowing the coverage to apply more flawlessly. I wouldn’t say it prolongs the wear of your makeup it does however, treat drier, flaky, or patchy or even less than smooth spots on your face so your foundation applies more easier without tugging or looking to dry on your skin after application.

Illamasqua Hydra Veil Rehydrating Gel Primer

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Illamasqua Hydra Veil Rehydrating Gel Swatches

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It doesn’t create shine or oily so most any skin skin type including oily skin can use it although I think it would benefit drier skin the most.

I have to admit I love it.

I’m always up for ways to get my foundation to looks its most natural and flawless and Illamasqua Hydra Veil Rehydrating Gel helps me to achieve that.

Muse Approved!

Loves it!

It’s available now at beautybay.com.
If you tried it I would love to hear your thoughts on it!


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I purchased this item.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Painted Lady

    This sounds like exactly what I need! I think the consistency sounds kind of cool to be honest, but maybe I’m just weird! I wish our Sephora carried Illamasqua, but I might just have to bite the bullet and snatch this up 😀

  • Nat

    Oh man Muse, Creepshow and Creepshow 2 are some of my fave horror compilations. I love how in the Raft, their lives are so at risk, they’re probably gonna die, and dude is like “oh, I’m gonna cop a feel while this poor chick is asleep!” LOLZ! 😀

    • the Muse

      glad someone loves those and YES that was probably the BEST PART though…! taking advantage of the sleep girls boobage while the blob was stalking them! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that was such a classic horror move lmao!

  • Sara Elisabeth

    Would this be used in addition to No. 28 primer serum, or do you use this in place of the primer serum?

    • the Muse

      use one or the other but not both sara. Plus I can’t use no 28 in the Summer anyway, it’s far to rich a serum/primer for warm, humid weather.

  • Cindy

    How long do you have to wait for it to “dry” before you can put your foundation/BB Cream on? Can it be used in addition to moisturizer?

    • the Muse

      it’s a primer so you should use moisturizer before a primer cindy especially if you have dry skin. It sets within a few seconds so you can follow up almost immediately with foundation.

  • Cindy

    Thanks! I have rosacea so I use an anti-redness moisturizer and I didn’t really want to ditch it. The medication makes my face dry (never had skin this dry before) so this might help. Right now I use Clinique’s anti-redness primer which I like, but I might be willing to give this a try instead for the hydration factor. It has no SPF though, whereas the Clinique one has an SPF 15.

    • the Muse

      def apply any moisturizer/treatments prior to priming cindy. this won’t get in the way of that. Although be careful with it if you are sensitive as it does contain alcohol and this could have a little sting on sensitive/red skin. I typically apply a separate SPF 50 after my moisturizer and follow up with a primer so I really don’t require this to have sunscreen.

  • Cindy

    OK thanks for letting me know about the alcohol. I have a separate SPF that I can use, Clinique Super City Block SPF 40, but then I feel like I have so many “layers” on. I wish my anti-redness moisturizer, the Dermadoctor Calm, Cool, & Corrected would have SPF but it doesn’t :(.

    • the Muse

      sorry…maybe skip the primer? typically I apply moisturizer, followed with SPF, and when I’m ready to apply my BB Cream I prime my skin with either this or another primer.

  • Cindy

    Yeah, that sounds about right, what I do. The BB/CC creams have high SPFs in them so maybe I could cheat and eliminate the SPF if I use those, LOL.

  • Nadia

    Thanks for reviewing this! I really want to give this primer a try but I can’t find it on the canadian sephora website. Do you think it is only available in the us?!

  • Audrey C.

    OMG, THANK JEEBUS that Illamasqua included a little snap-on spatula!! I love when companies include spatulas, but I never know where to put it and usually end up losing it!

  • ribbonroses

    I love this stuff too! I hauled a pot from my local Illamasqua counter a few weeks back and it’s amazing! Gotta bite the bullet and use up my spare Porefessional though lol!

  • Gie

    ahhhh I wanna know if this will work with oily skin too! The gel part seems so captivating

  • Melissa

    thank you for re-posting this. I tried it back when you reviewed it and loved it – it saved me in the winter. It’s amazing stuff. But I’m always trying new things so then I forgot about it. My skin has been struggling to stay moisturized this winter and I’ve been having a tough time with makeup as a result. But now that you’ve reminded me about this great product, I’ll go buy another jar and I know my winter skin makeup issues will be gone! Yay!

    • Isabella Muse

      haha same here Melissa. I love it but I forgot about it until just recently 😀