Illamasqua says: The professional cream formula helps create a flawless, shine-free base, and contains UVA and UVB filter. Use under foundation or on its own.
I threw this in my basket in my Illamasqua haul after reading mostly good reviews about it. Since all items were 20% off, that was a good opportunity to try it.
(Read: Shopaholics say anything to justify their purchases.)
The light plastic tube is very travel friendly. Squeeze tube enables hygienic dispensing of the product, though I foresee some difficulty in getting the last bits out when one is finishing the primer.
The texture is not thick that it is difficult to spread, neither is it too watery and thin. One can easily spread and blend the liquid onto the face. And no, it doesn't leave a white cast on the face. The photos above are taken immediately after I spread the primer on my hand to show consistency of the liquid so you can see an obvious white patch. This totally disappears after 30 seconds.
This primer is scented with vanilla so it will not be suitable for beauties who prefer scent-free products.
My nose shines after 2 hours under normal circumstances. With this primer, I am amazed that my nose is shine-free for 5-6 hours. I am loving this SOLELY for the mattifying property. Because of this, my foundation wears well and longer. On days when I am feeling lazy, I can make this tube lasts longer by applying it only on my T-zone to control shine. I am surprised that this brand from the UK, a wintry low humidity place, comes up with such an amazing matt primer totally suitable for hot and humid climate like Singapore where I am living.
It is stated that it contains UVA and UVB filter so I do not know whether it has SPF. No biggie since I can use this over my sunscreen or under foundations with SPF.
Hope this review is useful.:)