Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Illamasqua Matt Primer

According to Illamasqua:

'An essential for any screen goddess, Illamasqua matt Primer helps create a flawless, shine-free base. For use under foundation or on its own, this professional cream formula offers UVA and UVB protection and gives skin an even, matt finish. Prepare to impress.'

 I suffer from extremely oily skin, especially around the sides of my nose and just under my lip. I bought the Illamasqua matt primer as part of the summer sale. I've always been too lazy to go out and buy a primer, but now I don't think I will ever go without one. I have been using this for months now. It costs £19.50 for 30ml. It's at the more expensive side of the price scale.

The website encourages you to apply it with a foundation brush which I haven't actually tried, instead being lazy and using my fingers. It's transparent and blends in clear. It has a liquid consistency and it doesn't leave any residue. I didn't find that I had to wait for it to set or dry, I apply my Illamasqua rich liquid foundation over the top straight after, which is handy if you don't have much time in the morning.

I always seem to get home after college or university, look in the mirror and find that all my make-up has either vanished entirely, has gone patchy or has just generally turned into one big mess. With this primer my make-up actually lasts from early in the morning until I get home in the afternoon or evening, even on those really hot days. It also didn't dry out my skin. This being the first primer I have used I can't really compare it to any others, but personally I find that this works really well for my skin. It doesn't break me out either.

Illamasqua also have a Satin primer which might be good to alternate with the Matt one in Summer/Winter if you have combination skin.

I don't currently own an eye primer, but having becoming so attached to this one I'm now saving up for the Urban Decay primer potion. I don't know how I ever survived without one!

I've also been lusting over Illamasqua's Baptiste nail polish for months now. It's one item that is definetely on my christmas list!

Do you use a primer? If so which one?

Disclosure: I bought this product myself.


  1. I only recently heard of primers for the first time and tried out an ELF one to see wht all the fuss was about. But having uber oily skin too, I found their one just made it worse. I think I really need a matt specific one- my makeup vanishes too!

    16.50 does seem a lot but if it does the job then I think its worth paying for so will definitely look into this :) xxx

  2. I think that with primers it's either hit or miss, some work for you and some don't. If it works then it is totally worth it. :)

  3. Sounds great, I must try this! :)

    1. I love it, I'm very near the end of the bottle now! Going to wait for another sale/discount code before I buy again though I think. :)


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