Veil cover cream make-up – it’s a beauty
THE words ‘make-up’ and ‘North-East heritage brand’ fill me to the brim with excitement – and when they go together to describe a cover cream called Veil, I go weak at the knees.
Whether you are just looking for a new foundation that comes in an impressive 42 shades or a product with the ability to hide tattoos and has enough staying power to cover birthmarks and scars, Veil is a beauty bargain worthy of its cult status.
Manufactured and potted by hand in Burnopfield, County Durham, it’s still made to an original recipe created over 60 years ago that’s helped thousands of people feel their best.
Veil is one of the few brands listed by the NHS as an effective solution for the one in four people in the UK who live with a skin condition.
Now, I’ve written before about the power of make-up and, as a frustrated artist, I adore painting my face every day. But I would never, EVER, step out of the house au naturel so it pained me to take these unedited before and after photos of my red and blotchy skin but knew it was the only way to truly illustrate how effective it is.
I’ve tried full coverage foundations in the past and, to be honest, haven’t been impressed. Estee Lauder Double Wear looked too cakey on my dry skin and my latest fail, Max Factor All Day Flawless produced patchy results. I do demand a lot from my make-up but can’t justify splashing out on costly mistakes.
So I was eager to try Veil, especially as the sample kit (I got the lightest) include 12 detachable shades along with testers of the translucent and dusk powders. The cover cream has a thick putty-like consistency so after dotting one of the palest shades over my face I used a damp cosmetics sponge (I like the Real Techniques Complexion Sponge) in a sort of ‘bouncing’ motion to blend it all in.
One thin layer gave a sheer coverage but I was having so much fun I wanted to build it up more so used a couple more colours to create a really flawless look as well as using the palest and darkest hues to highlight and contour.
And the end result? I was thrilled. Not only did it last all day but at no point did it ever feel heavy and it still let a bit of my inner glow shine through instead of being too matte which heavy-duty foundations too often can be.
As well as sample kits (£7.99), cover cream (£19.99) and finishing powder (£22.99), the Veil range also includes cleansing cream (£6.99), moisturiser (£5.99) and tattoo camouflage kits (£34.99) and the website has transformational video tutorials.
While it has earned an enviable reputation as a high-performing foundation at a bargain price, it was originally developed by cosmetic chemist Thomas Blake in 1952 who was asked by a pioneering plastic surgeon to formulate a cover cream that would hide post-operative scars.
More than 60 years later, Veil is still being recommended in hospital dermatology and skin clinics to help cover a range of skin conditions from vitiligo and rosacea to acne and varicose veins and unwanted tattoos, as well as leading beauty salons. And it’s used by make-up artists on fashion shoots and on wedding days as a multi-purpose pot able to give luminous skin whilst also covering tattoos. What else makes it so special? Veil is not tested on animals 🙂
Veil also supports various charities and organisations across the UK including Changing Faces, the Skin Camouflage Network, the British Association of Skin Camouflage, Carole Ann, the Katie Piper Foundation and Look Good Feel Better – the only international cancer support charity providing practical and effective free services for women and teenagers struggling with the visible side effects of cancer treatment.
A brand that helps you to be happy in the skin you’re in and gives back to such worthy causes? Veil is definitely one that I have bought into.
For more information, products and tutorials visit the Veil website by clicking here