Hope you guys are all well. I have so any great posts lined up for you guys for the next few weeks but today I've got a really great guest post from Siobhan who blogs over at Siobhan Emma.I hope you like her review and let us know by leaving a comment! :)
There are so many similar products on the market these days covered by hundreds of different brands, high end and high street that finding the right brand and the right product for you can be quite the mission. Then sometimes a brand comes along with a new product that we have never been presented with before. Something completely new to the market; and even better…it works!
This is what happened when I first came across the Illamasqua Hydra Veil Hydrating Gel. Illamasqua is certainly a brand for innovative thinking, and they have come up with, in my personal opinion, a fantastic product with the Hydra Veil Hydrating Gel. The purpose of this product is that it is to be used as a base for your makeup, but due to how hydrating the product is, it can also be used in place of your moisturiser as well. Two products in one means saving a few extra minutes in the morning getting ready for work gets a huge thumbs up from me!
Packaged in the typical sleek black packaging of an Illamasqua product, the actual formula of the Hydra Veil is one of the most bizarre consistencies I have ever come across. The only thing I can think of comparing the consistency to (Which may mean nothing to my younger readers) is this; does anybody remember those weird ‘Grow-Your-Own-Alien’ toys, where you had an alien in an egg shaped container and it was encased in a kind of jelly, and you had to take it out of the egg and place it in water where the jelly and water would react and make the Alien grow over the course of a few days (Or am I on my own with this one?)? Well the consistency of that jelly reminds me of the Hydra Veil Gel.
Over the past couple of weeks I have been playing about with the product and trying different ways of applying it. On the first day of use I literally just got the spoon that comes along with the gel, stuck it in and scooped it out, but found I was using way more product that necessary this way, and after blending I found I still had a great deal of excess product left on my face. I learnt quickly with this product that a little goes a long, long way. After playing about with it for a few days I found the application process that works the best for my skin. I first whisk some of the gel in the pot to make it less solid. You can tell when it is whisked enough, because instead of the product being clear, it has a white tint to it. Once I have done this I scoop a pea size amount onto the spoon, and distribute it over my face, dabbing some on my forehead, nose, cheeks and chin, and finally I use my Real Techniques buffing brush to blend it all into my skin.
Once the product is blended into the skin, it feels like water on your face, which I quite like as I find it refreshing, especially at 7:00am! It doesn’t take long at all to sink into the skin either; I give it maybe three minutes before I start to apply my foundation, which again helps when you have to be at work at 8:00am!
I wouldn’t recommend this product if you’re looking for a base that smoothes out your skin, fine lines and enlarged pores as I don’t believe this is the purpose for this product. However, I would highly recommend it for anybody who would like a product that hydrates your skin that little bit extra in the morning, and leaves your makeup with a beautiful, dewy finish; my favourite kind of finish.
Have you tried the Illamasqua Hydra Veil Hydrating Gel? Is this a product you would consider using if not? Let me know by tweeting me over at Si0bhanEmma
**I purchased the Illamasqua Hyra Veil Hydrating Gel from my local Debenhams, where I paid £27.00
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