Hylamide HA Blur Review:
I got pretty curious about DECIEM and its products after coming across many reviews of products from its economical range The Ordinary.
DECIEM is a Canadian company, interestingly also known as “The Abnormal Beauty Company”. It started as a modest company in year 2013 with only 1 brand and 1 product but has since grown to carry 10 brands under its umbrella with an array of products ranging from skincare to hair care. The Ordinary is one of its better known brand, raved for the product efficacy and the attractive price point.
And having tried the Niacinamide 10% + Zince PCA 1% myself, I am sold that their products are worth a second look. So I went on to check out its other skincare brands and products. Hylamide is its mid-range skincare brand which was in fact launched before The Ordinary though I do not come across it as much on google search. Probably lesser hype because the prices are about double that of The Ordinary, akin to many other mid-range brands in the market. So what other differences are there? The Ordinary have the ingredients in separate serum, so in a way, it is very targeted. Hylamide combines the ingredients to address various skincare concerns and offers the complete range of products including sun protection and primer which The Ordinary does not have. Not to mention the packaging for Hylamide is more colorful.
– Hyaluronic-based prismatic blurring surface finisher.
– Uses an unusual new form of Hyaluronic Acid powder base to give an exceptional blurring effect.
– Visibly blurs, minimizes pores, hydrates and plumps the skin.
Caprylyl Methicone, Aqua (Water), Peg-12 Dimethicone/Ppg-20 Crosspolymer, Hexamethyldisiloxane, Polysilicone-11, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Cyclomethicone, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pseudoalteromonas Exopolysaccharides, Sodium Salicylate, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol Crosspolymer, Methyl Methacrylate/Peg/Ppg-4/3 Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Tocopherol, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Laureth-12, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate-80, Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Vp/Va Copolymer, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Amodimethicone, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Citric Acid, Butylene Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol¸ Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.
How to use:
1. Apply over or mixed with liquid foundation.
2. Can also be worn alone without makeup.
3. Any powder makeup products should be used after the application of HA Blur.
My Skin Type: Sensitive, Oily, Dehydrated, Enlarged pores, Aging
Hylamide HA Blur Review:
In Hylamide’s website, it is said that “(the HA Blur) Instead of relying on older silica technologies uses an unusual new form of Hyaluronic Acid powder base for its blurring approach”. But I do see silicon listed as the first ingredient in the list whilst sodium hyaluronate is much further down, so not quite sure what to make of this.
The HA Blur comes in pink box and pink tube. The color really caters to the girlish side of me. A new one will be sealed and you need to uncap it to tear off the silver foil.
It is white and has a texture that feels just like any other silicon-based primer. It is slightly tacky, so your fingers do not glide across your face that smoothly even though the finish is silky. It has a faint chemical kind of scent that I do not quite like but this goes away quickly.
On first application, I was taken aback because it made me look ghostly matte. This did not show up so clearly on the hand in the photo, but on my face, I looked like I had been drained of all my blood. Thankfully, the primer soon blended with the skin and I looked more normal, though fairer than usual. It is good for me in a sense because it helps to cover up my flushed sensitive skin.
However, the mattifying effect cancels out both the oily sheen as well as the natural shine of the skin, giving a (as I described earlier) spectral face. It is indeed “exceptional” as touted. It looked much better after I applied foundation, so I do not suggest to wear this alone, as opposed to what the instructions say.
The product also claims to hydrates and plumps the skin. I do not feel any immediate effect where this is concerned. Perhaps this can only be observed with consistent use.
In terms of lasting power, I would say it is average. I do not have the habit of using finishing powder, though this is usually recommended for oily-skin. If you do use the powder, it is likely to be able to help prolong the matte finish.
I have large pores to begin with, so I am not expecting to look flawless with the HA Blur. I can see that the HA Blur does blur some of the smaller ones and make my skin look better than originally. So for those of you with just some minor imperfections, I do think this will work well for you in terms of the blurring effects and giving you the baby-smooth skin look.
But because of its excellent blurring and mattifying effects, this is not recommended to be used alone, especially if you are for the dewy look.
The application experience aside, one thing I do wish though is that DECIEM can print the expiry dates. Their products only show the batch number and the consumers are none the wiser on when the products will expire.
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Have you tried Hylamide HA Blur?
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