Wet n Wild Mega Jelly Face Primer ($7.99) is a new jelly primer that launched for Spring 2019 along with new Jelly Eyeshadows. I think the idea of this might seem fresh, unique, and innovative but back in 2013 Illamasqua launched Hydra Veil Primer which is pretty much identical to this formula. To this day I still use Hydra Veil Primer but hell, at $7.99 the new Wet n Wild Mega Jelly Primer is way cheaper!
Wet n Wild Mega Jelly Primer arrives in a plastic screw top jar that holds 1.05 oz of primer for $8. Compared to Illamasqua Hydra Veil at $36 for 1.01 oz this is quite a bargain. They even have some of the same ingredients which I’ve compared below for you but there a good deal of differences. For example, Wet n Wild’s formula contains no fragrance and has Sodium Hyaluronate where as Illamasqua’s formula contains Niacinamide and fragrance.
Water/Eau, Butylene Glycol, PEG-240/HDI Copolymer Bis-Decyltetradeceth-20 Ether, Isopentyldiol, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol, Potassium Laurate, Oligopeptide-68, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Sodium Oleate, Disodium EDTA.
Aqua (Water, Eau), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Peg-240/Hdi Copolymer Bis-Decyltetradeceth-20 Ether, Phenoxyethanol, Niacinamide, Chlorphenesin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Alcohol, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Disodium Edta, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Phosphate, Parfum (Fragrance), Methylisothiazoli- None, Acmella Oleracea Extract, Potassium Laurate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Bht, Haematococcus Pluvialis Extract, Sodium Chloride, Tocopherol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene.
Out of the two I thought Wet n Wild’s formula was actually more hydrating however, I felt like Illamasqua’s was way lighter and absorbed more easier. Both have a gelatin-like consistency that’s bouncy and retains it’s shape. Once a small chunk is removed the jelly will morph right back to its original smooth surface!
Sadly, Wet n Wild doesn’t include a spatula or anything to remove the jelly where as Illamasqua does but I do have a lot of spatulas laying around so I used one of those. I wouldn’t attempt scooping this out with your hands. I’d recommending take off a small chunk gently pat it into the back of your hand and apply from there. The reason I’m suggesting this technique as I normally take off a chunk and squash it on my face with Illamasqua’s formula and it absorbs quickly. Wet n Wild’s formula is iffy and seems like it doesn’t quite absorb as fast. I noticed if I squash it into the back of my hand and sort of scoop it off and onto my face it absorbed way fast otherwise it just seems to sit on the surface of my skin. Keep in mind a little goes a long way with this. That being said it is very hydrating more so than Illamasqua’s version but you do have to wait several seconds for it to absorb fully.
If you have issues with drier areas on your face or flakier ones this is a nice way to provide a smooth canvas for your makeup to adhere to. I didn’t feel it extended the wear of my foundation and it likely won’t act to blur imperfections but it will however, create a nice hydrated base for your makeup without making your skin dewy, shiny, tacky, or sticky.
I do wish it absorbed more easily that’s for sure but all in all Wet n Wild Mega Jelly Primer is a nice little pick if you’re looking for a hydrating primer!
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Wet n Wild Mega Jelly Primer is a new facial primer that has a gelatin-like texture which retains it’s shape. This is much like Illamasqua popular Hydra Veil but is a good deal more hydrating however, it does take a little longer to absorb completely. I felt the formula hydrated nicely without leaving my face tacky or sticky nor shiny or dewy however, it didn’t extend the wear of my foundation nor does it have the ability to smooth imperfections or visible pores.
- Affordable compared to products like Illamasqua Hydra Veil.
- Hydrating without being dewy, shiny, tacky, or sticky.
- Creates a nice smooth, well hydrated surface for makeup!
- No fragrance.
- Won’t blur imperfections or pores.
- Takes a little work to absorb fully.
Wet n Wild Mega Jelly Primer is a great affordable pick for those who have wanted to try Illamasqua Hydra Veil but didn’t have the funds to indulge. Great for drier skin in need of a hydrating base to apply makeup over!