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Il Makiage Primer ‘no filter’ – Honest review on oily skin

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Does Il Makiage’s Primer make a difference to my make-up?

I’ve never been one for primers – it’s just something else to add on my face which if you’ve read any other of my blogs, you’ll know I try to limit the number as much as possible. I’ve always thought primers were more of a gimmick, not really needed but after using this one, my makeup stays on longer and after a long work day, it’s appreciated – I’ll continue to use it when I’m in for a longer day or night.

I’ve been super impressed with both the Il Makiage foundation and concealer recently, so I thought I’d give their Primer a try.

Il Makiage Primer close up

Description from Il Makiage:

Our silky, weightless bestselling primer blurs pores, fine lines & wrinkles, instantly smooths skin & maximizes foundation wear time. The lightweight texture & silky formula creates a soft, long-lasting photoshopped effect. You’re welcome, overflowing social calendar.

Il Makiage F*ck Me I'm Flawless review - cruelty-free logo
Il Makiage “No filter” Primer is cruelty-free – hurrah!

What do you want from a primer?

As with all primers, it goes on smooth and feels silky. I’m very particular about what I put on my skin, as it’s sensitive in places but mostly oily. It goes on smooth and feels instantly silky – it melts into my fine lines

I want a primer to:

  • keep my makeup on for longer
  • make my makeup look better
  • not bring me out in spots
  • not make my oily T zone worse

Not asking for the world here 😀

How does it blend and look throughout the day?

I’ve tested it so far just with concealer (Il Makiage F*k I’m Flawless). Working from home, I just want my bags hidden rather than wearing a full face. I smoothed in the primer to just one side of my face where I plan to put concealer – around/under my eye bag area.

I’ve taken photos during the day, to see the difference in how it stayed. I finished eye makeup whilst waiting for it to dry/sink in as this takes 5-10mins 

I put this much primer on one side – all around my eye area

I’ve added the same amount of concealer to both sides, but instantly the primer side looks brighter and smoother.

Il Makiage primer - adding concealer after using primer
Putting concealer on after using the primer (& waiting for it to set)
Il Makiage primer - adding concealer after using primer
Both eyes with concealer – one with primer – taken just as I’d put it on

During the day you can see both sides look covered but there’s definitely more brightening on the primer side. It smoothes on so much easier with the primer and seems to mix/glide well over my skin.

Il Makiage primer - adding concealer after using primer - this is showing how my makeup looks mid-morning
With and without primer under concealer – after a few hours of wear
Il Makiage primer - adding concealer after using primer - this is showing how my makeup looks at lunchtime
Lunchtime concealer with primer
Il Makiage primer - adding concealer after using primer - this is showing how my makeup looks in the evening
In the evening – the eye that has primer has retained more concealer

By the end of the day, concealer is still visible under my eye with the primer. Although it has faded, it’s faded evenly and hasn’t crusted around the sides of my eye which often happens. My eye bags cause me a lot of anguish, so I’m glad to have found this to help cover my darkness for as long as possible.

How much is it?

It’s £36 (25ml), available from Il Makiage (10% discount at the bottom).

They’re trying to compete with the big brands by putting this price point within the category of the likes of Fenty £24 / 32ml, Charlotte Tilbury £39 / 40ml, Lancome £30 / 25ml, Clinique £27 / 30ml and Urban Decay £27 / 30ml, rather than the likes of high street shops which are around £10-£15 and include The Body Shop, NYX, elf, Revolution.

As for the quality, my personal opinion is that it’s worth it. Even if I use it 2-4 times a week, it’s going to last months making each use cost-effective.

Il Makiage vs Revolution – to show you the size difference
Il Makiage vs The Ordinary and Revolution – to show you the size differences

The bottle is larger in comparison to my other primers. It’s not the usual shape of a primer either – it feels more high-end too. \

It has a pump nozzle, so you press down and away you go. You can choose how much comes out of each pump too, which is extremely handy so you aren’t wasting any product.

Primer Discounts

If you want to try it, buy it from Il Makiage for £36 (plus £4 postage unless you fill your boots and spend over £40).

Use code welcome10 for 10% off > ilmakiage.com

Other Il Makiage products worth mentioning

So far I’ve tried this primer, F*ck I’m Flawless concealer and Woke Up Like This foundation. I’m very impressed with all 3 products and would recommend them.

I’ve also tried several of their make-up brushes – foundation and concealer.

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