I’m one of those irritating British people who winge that it’s always wet and we don’t get a Summer, then complain non stop about the heat when we get it. I’m realising there’s definitely a reason I love cold countries and that whilst 35° is all well and good on holiday in a villa with aircon, it’s not so great when you’re trying to work and not look like Monica in that Friends scene, every damn day.
I’m more than partial to gleaming highlight and dewy foundation but at the moment I’m reaching for any mattifying product I can get my hands on.
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Having seen this featured on the blogs a fair bit of late, I decided to check it out when passing the NYX counter which is strategically located on my route through town making impulse purchases difficult to resist.
The product is pretty loose when it comes out the bottle and the first thing I noticed about it was the colour, it’s very white. It feels similar to Benefit’s Porefessional but is definitely lighter and less greasy, although I think for all intents and purposes it has a similar ‘pore hiding’ effect.
Once applied to the skin it gives a matte appearance and feels pretty light on the skin. Makeup applies well on top of it and lasts throughout the day, although I do feel this product is still a little heavy to be applied all over the face as I would a normal primer. I use it exactly as I use Porefessional which is to just apply to my T-zone and above the jawline where I have some redness. I then either blend it out over the rest of my face or use a different primer in those areas.
A little bit of this product goes a really long way so for the £12 price tag it’s excellent value for money. Getting the application right for my skin took a few attempts but now I have that figured out it’s a primer I find myself reaching for most days in this weather.
The major downside to this product is the white pigmentation, which I find problematic. I’m pretty pale but when I applied this all over the face there was obvious white residue. I appreciate Pore Filler and Benefit’s Professional are both pigmented in a tone which at first glance looks like it would only work for someone of my skintone, but once applied they blend in pretty seamlessly and I’ve seen Pore Filler especially featured in looks by girls of all skintones. I can’t see that being the case with this product, given how much white residue I could see on my skin.
The whole packaging is very white and even the name Angel Veil implies it’s an intentional effect which I find a bit uncomfortable. I wanted a mattifying primer, not a product to lighten the appearance of my skin and if I struggle to wear it then the majority of potential customers likely will. If this was a product aimed specifically at very pale girls, nowhere on their website or the product does it state that and I can’t really fathom why a mattifying primer would be aimed at a particular skintone. INGREDIENTS: Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane , Polysilicone-1, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate*, Nylon-12, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Palmitic Acid*, Stearic Acid*, Laureth-12, Alumina, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).
As before I’ve bolded ingredients considered toxic and starred any non vegan ingredients. Glyceryl Stearate is derived using fats from either animals or vegetables, whilst I don’t know for sure this specific product uses Glyceryl Stearate derived from animal fat, lots of vegan sites state it’s not vegan so I suspect that’s why. Same with Palmitic Acid and Stearic Acid. Because of the alcohols (the two fatty acids) included I suspect this product isn’t halal either, although I need to find out more about this.
Whilst I’m not vegan, Muslim or using purely natural ingredients I don’t think it’s particularly inclusive of brands to cut corners and use ingredients which will render the product unusable for many. Being a vegetarian I know how annoying it is having to check everything but I have the luxury of things being very clearly marked in the UK, sadly with cosmetics it’s not so simple so I’ll keep sharing this information on my reviews in the hope it’s useful.
This primer is a handy one to have for these hot Summer days but the weird pigmentation means it likely won’t be one I’ll repurchase.
Have you tried this primer? How did it work for your skintone?
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