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Hydra Veil & Matte Veil: A Comparison Guide


Following on from the runaway global success of Illamasqua’s Hydra Veil, we launched Matte Veil las year as part of the 2014 Summer collection, seeing the addition of a range of matte products.

We have had a lot of questions on social media about the difference between Matte Veil and Hydra Veil. Therefore we have prepared a little comparison of the two, taking a look and their individual ingredients and what benefits these bring to the products, as well as how best to use Matte and/or Hydra Veil.

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Matte Veil                                                  Hydra Veil


Q. Matte and Hydra Veil are both described as being a great product to use to prime the skin and create an optimal base for your make-up, but which one is best for you?

A. Hydra Veil has the key benefits of providing an instant smoothing effect and rehydrating & calming dehydrated skin. Compare these benefits to those of Matte Veil, which provides an instant mattifying effect on the skin and controls shine, and it is revealed that the two products are really quite different.

Q. But should you discard Matte Veil if you have dry skin?

A. The answer to this question is no and this is proven by the key ingredients of Matte Veil. Butylene Glycol dissolves the skins overactive oil levels and Sodium Hyaluronate keeps the skin feeling moisturised and balanced, as well as preventing the skin from drying out, especially if you suffer from particularly dry patches. Hydra Veil on the other hand contains the powerful antioxidant Astaxanthin which helps increase and improve the skins peak hydration levels. So this product is great to use on those areas which are extremely dehydrated.


Matte Veil

Matte Veil is perfect for those of you who get particularly oily areas coming through your foundation throughout the day.

Pixiwoo on Matte Veil: “Matte Veil definitely helps to keep oil at bay. I found I could wear a dewy finish foundation without my face looking like the back of a spoon by lunch time. It gives you the versatility of being able to wear different finish foundations without worrying about your natural oils coming through.”



Hydra Veil

Whereas you may prefer Hydra Veil if you find your base make-up starts to go cakey and flakey as time ticks by.

Hydra Veil “adds an extra dose of moisture so your foundation and concealer doesn’t start to cake up and look flaky”-  Glamour




 Our Australian Manager Mikele describes both Veil’s:

“Hydra Veil instantly floods the skin with hydration and smoothes out fine lines and wrinkles giving you a nice glow. Matte Veil helps minimize oil on the skin and also smoothes over pores. These two beauties allow the skin to be completely perfected and are a must have in every handbag.”

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If you find your base make-up flakes and creases in some areas and doesn’t keep the shine at bay in others, why not mix up both Hydra and Matte veil, applying Matte Veil to your t-zone and Hydra Veil to your cheeks for example.

Both Hydra Veil and Matte Veil are best applied by taking a small amount of each and either patting this onto the skin, or using your fingers to gently buff the product into the skin using an Illamasqua brush.  Alternatively you can get your hands on either or the Veil’s, as well as Skin Base Foundation and Skin Base Lift Concealer in your shade for just £70, as part of our ‘Ultimate Skin Trinity’ web exclusive!

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Have you tried either Matte or Hydra Veil? What key benefits do you see as a result of using these? We would love to hear your thoughts so remember to mention @illamasqua on Twitter and also feel free to comment below if you have any further questions!

Hope this helps!

Sam x

Govinder Rayt

Govinder Rayt

Writer and expert