Not sure what it is? A hydrating primer? Moisturiser? Or a pot of black magic? Well… in some ways all of those things!
Hydra Vail from Illamasqua will help you to create a smooth, flawless complexion. It’s a perfect product for all skin types. Oily skin with a big dose of hydration won’t produce as much oil, so naturally your lovely makeup will last longer. Dry skin won’t be so flakey giving you more flawless finish with your makeup. I genuinely think this base is perfect even for the most sensitive of skins, as its main ingredient is water. I haven’t noticed any fragrance either, which is usually to blame for causing skin sensitivity.
Magical is probably the most appropriate word to use, as Hydra Vail has such a high water content that it smoothes itself out after every use. Each time you open your pot it looks brand new! Magic!! It comes in a very lightweight gel-like texture.
You’ll scoop a small spoon of gel out and smooth it over your face. It melts and blends easily. I find that one fairly small spoon is absolutely enough for one application.
Your skin will feel perfectly hydrated, with no residue of the product. None of this tacky, sticky business. Your base will look smoother and plumped. I’m sure my makeup doesn’t show the signs of fatigue as quickly, when I use Hydra Vail prior to applying my foundation.
Hydra Vail comes in a pot. There’s a tiny spoon attached to the lid for scooping Hydra Vail out. The packaging is pretty and convenient, but best to be kept on your dressing table. If you’re traveling a lot this might not be the best base to put into your suitcase. I wouldn’t like to find it spilling all over my makeup bag, which is possible as it has such a high water content. I haven’t tried purposely tipping if over of course, but I would worry it may leak out of the pot.
Water of course is on the top of the ingredient list. I’d like to also point out that Hydra Vail is silica free, and that’s a big win for me! Silica’s not the devil but, I simply don’t like the feel of primers with silica on my skin, plus I’m convinced they bring me out with spots. I might be imagining something, but I’m pretty sure I observed a correlation between makeup primers with silica and pimples on my skin! Anybody else notice that?
What’s your top skin primer and why? Share in the comments, I’d like to know what I should try next.