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Dupe Alert! | The £5 alternative to Illamasqua hydra veil 

I am a huge a fan of Illamasqua hydra veil £32I did a full review of this hydrating gel primer back in December. I won’t go into too much detail about that product now as I would just be repeating myself. If you want to read that indepth review you can do so here. What am going to talk  about  today  though is a budget dupe I have for the primer.

The Skin Define Hydro Prima MUA £5 is a great purse friendly alternative to the Illamasqua’s cult primer.

Now I’m going to get the flaws of opting for the budget alternative out of the way first. You aren’t going to get the same skin care benefits of the original from the MUA offering but it is 1/6 of the price.

However If you are looking for a hydrating aqua based primer that performs in a similar way then this will do just that.

It feels just as light and refreshing on the skin and plumps up those fine lines so you have a perfectly smooth base for applying foundation.

In terms of longevity it isn’t quite as good as the Illamasqua primer but not enough to stop me using this for work on an everyday basis. Let’s be honest here for special occasions I will always reach for the original.

Visually and texture wise the product is very similar. Both have a very jelly like texture that settles back smoothly in the jar after being disturbed.

The MUA packaging is very basic looking in comparison but then if it had super fancy packaging it would cost a lot more than £5.


The MUA Skin Define Hydro primer is a budget dupe definitely worth trying out if you can’t justify spending out £32 on Illamasqua hydra veil. 

Have you tried either of these primers before? If you have tried both do you agree with me? As always share your thoughts in the comments.