Ilia Eye Primer + Moondance SPF 20 Powder Review

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A few months ago, I picked up two things I was really needed that were missing in my makeup collection: a natural eyeshadow primer and a translucent finishing powder with sunscreen. I did not fulfill my search for an exceptional, natural, long-lasting eyeshadow primer so I decided to give the Ilia Eye Primer a try. I also picked up the travel-friendly Ilia Moondance SPF 20 Powder. I gave both a good test so continue below for the full review!

Ilia Natural Brightening Eye Primer in On & On
This eye primer claims to instantly brighten, intensify color, hydrate and depuff with a feather-light formula that won't crease. It comes in a lip-gloss-looking tube and can be applied directly onto the lids with the doe-foot applicator. Although the eye primer looks like a shimmery ivory shade, it leaves a clear, semi-matte finish without a trace of shimmer once applied and blended. Retails for $24.

I have extremely oily eyelids and watery eyes so it's a challenge to prevent my eyeshadows from creasing and my eyeliner from fading and smudging.

I love that it's made beneficial key ingredients like skin-soothing aloe vera, nourishing rosehip and olive oils, depuffing arnica, and calming chamomile.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin*, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Polyglyceryl-2 Oleate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Polyglyceryl-2 Stearate, Coco-caprylate, Jojoba Esters, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Dimethicone, Mica, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Bean*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf*, Arnica Montana*, Matricaria Chamomilla (Chamomile) Flowers*, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol. *Certified Organic


  • Leaves a clear finish without any shimmer
  • Lightweight, airy formula makes it easy to layer
  • Doesn't dry out the skin
  • Makes eyeshadows more vibrant
  • Extends eyeshadow wear
  • Packaging doesn't leak
  • Smells like baby powder

  • Stings my eyes in the first couple of uses—it doesn't irritate my eyes anymore but I thought it was strange that it stung my eyes when I first used it...
  • My eyeshadows still crease by the 8th hour
  • It will be hard to retrieve the last bits of product since it's in a lip-gloss-looking tube versus a squeeze tube

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Ilia Moondance SPF 20 Powder
This portable, travel-friendly powder protects the skin from harmful UV rays and controls excess shine. It claims to leave a hint of luminosity to the skin, as well. The compact powder comes attached with a super soft, magnetic brush to dispense and blend the powder. There's also an option to 'open', 'close', and 'buff' which makes it convenient to touch up on the go. Retails for $34.

Some notable ingredients include nourishing sunflower oil, skin cell-protecting rosemary, antibacterial and skin-soothing thyme, skin-soothing aloe vera and antioxidant-rich hibiscus flower. I'm impressed with all of these ingredients because most finishing powders aren't formulated with additional skin-enhancing botanics.

Ingredients: Active: Non-nano Zinc Oxide 14%
Inactive: Mica, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch*, Zinc Stearate, Kaolin, Sunflower Oil*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Leaf, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf*, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate. *Certified Organic

  • Convenient and easy to use—I also like to use it on my ears, behind my neck, and on my arms
  • Makes retouching with SPF a breeze
  • The brush is magnetic and detachable so you can wash it
  • The brush is really soft and high quality
  • The 'buff' option is useful since it prevents additional product from dispensing onto the brush
  • Leaves a semi-matte finish without any shimmer
  • Does not dry out the skin or accentuate flakes 
  • It only dispenses product in the center of the brush
  • Sometimes I have to apply the powder onto the back of my hand first to get the product moving
  • Does not control extremely oily skin very well—reapplication is a must if you want a shine-free face

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At the end of the day, the question comes down to this: would I repurchase these products? It's hard to find a product that does it all but I would gladly repurchase both the Eye Primer and Moondance SPF 20 Powder. Have you tried any of these? I'd love to hear how they work for you!

P.S. I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! I'm really grateful for everything and everyone—including you.


  1. I'm always a sucker whenever beauty products have some key ingredients in nourishing your skin. Glad you found more pros in both of these products and that it's totally worth the money! Travel-friendly products are always the best. That way, you don't need to do any weird partitioning to travel-sized bottles or anything. Thanks for sharing :)

  2. I totally understand how it's like to have watery eyes (I have them too). Finding products to combat those issues can be a challenge. I'm glad you found 2 products that you love and would repurchase! Thanks for the review too!

    Jenn |

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