Review: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

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I’m not usually one for primers. I’ve made it this far in life without using one, but I have noticed my foundation not sitting as nice as it used to. In the past, I have used the Laura Mercier Primer, the Revlon Primer, Benefit Porefessional and a few others I’m sure. None of those have worked well for me & in fact most of them have given me a terrible allergic reaction. A month or two ago I thought I’d look into the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer because I’ve heard it’s “the best” & wanted to give primers one last try!

This primer comes in two different sizes and when the sales assistant told me the 30ml size was £52 I backed away slowly. The price is absolutely outrageous-there’s no way I can justify a £52 primer really, but I think the £20 size will last ages. I think it’s great that they do a smaller size so you can test it out & see if it’s something that makes a difference to your everyday makeup application. It’s a mineral based, water resistant primer with SPF15. It’s supposed to neutralize the skin (can’t say it does that), absorb excess oils (it has reduced the shine I get on my nose, chin & forehead) and minimize the appearance of pores (big thumbs up)!

I’ll cut to the chase-this is definitely the best foundation primer I have ever used & I think it would be great if you live in a hot/humid climate. It doesn’t make my skin feel greasy, it’s not sticky and it’s quick to apply before the rest of your makeup. I’ve read lots of reviews on this product & it seems to be a really love it or hate it type of thing. Lots of people have found it dries out their skin, but other people said it made their skin more oily? I have normal/dry skin & I haven’t found it to be drying in the slightest. That being said, it certainly isn’t hydrating. Once I apply about one pump all over my face, it sinks in and I  just kind of forget it’s there! One good thing about this primer is that it doesn’t ball up and pill like most other primers I’ve used.

1. The main thing this foundation primer does is make my foundation/powder/blush etc. last a lot longer. I notice that when I use this my makeup looks the same at the end of the day as it did when I applied it in the morning. To me, that’s the best thing about this product. It makes all of my other makeup look BETTER.

2. Applying this primer after moisturiser and before foundation creates a very smooth surface. Unlike other primers I’ve used, this one doesn’t make my skin feel clogged up and it can still breath! It’s been great to disguise those pesky pores around my nose & overall it helps my foundation work better. It’s also been great to use over dry patches because it almost creates a barrier so the foundation can glide over the top.

3. It’s great to use under mineral makeup. I love my Laura Mercier Mineral Powder & I just wanted to point out that the combination of the Hourglass Primer & LM Mineral Powder has been giving my complexion a seriously flawless look lately. I love it because it still feels really lightweight, gives medium coverage and used with the primer it almost makes it appear like a liquid foundation (although almost undetectable on the skin).

Overall, I’ve been loving this primer. I wouldn’t say that it’s holy grail status & it’s definitely a luxury rather than a necessity, but I would recommend it to anyone looking to make their base makeup last longer/appear smoother who perhaps has a nice little gift voucher waiting to be spent! I’d also suggest trying the small version first because obviously this stuff is pricey and you want to be sure!

As  much as I love this product I really think it’s too expensive for what it is. There’s no magical dust in here to justify the price and for that reason I will be testing out different primers towards the time of finishing this one. This is the best performing primer I’ve used so if I find anything comparable I will be sure to do a post on it. IF I can’t find anything that works for me this is definitely the one I’ll be going back to.

What do you think of foundation primers? Do you use one everyday?
Or do you think it’s an extra unnecessary step?

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  • Claire M

    I’ve reacted badly to every single primer I’ve tried so far too. I can’t figure out what’s causing it! Do you have any idea which ingredient you’re allergic to?

    • Kelsey

      The main ingredients in 99% of primers are silicones (dimethicone, cyclomethicone, basically anything ending with -cone) which commonly cause breakouts as they coat the skin (giving you that “smooth” feeling), trapping dirt and bacteria underneath. I can’t use anything with silicones, not even concealers or foundations. The only primer I know of that’s silicone free is the 100% pure primer which is what I use and I love it! Hope that helps :)

  • Katie Carter

    Benefit just came out with the hello flawless and I’m with you on primers. Can’t decide if its worth the hype bc I have dry skin. Have heard the benefit one is amazing but has to be applied a In sections and you have to go in fast with your foundation in order to get the best results. It’s a stick form and I’m sure you’ve seen it. Have you tried it? that will be my next stop in trying to find one that won’t dry me out and hide those oh so lovable pores. Love your videos. Keep stalking your channel to see if you a new video. I sound like creeper! But just love your videos. Please keep em coming :)

  • Ola Wysocka

    I’ve been dying to try this one out, along with the foundation and Ambient Lighting Powder but Hourglass is very hard to get here in Europe. They don’t ship internationally but my sister has found a website in the UK which ships goodies to my home country (Poland). Too bad we can’t see the real product before ordering… Anyway, as for primer/bases, I used to own plenty: a few by Chanel (the white one was nice!), a disastrous silicone in a jar by Lancome, nice product from Shiseido in a tube, plus many others. The best for me was the one with gold particles by Guerlain and Cle de Peau with a hefty proce tag. I loved them, but these days I really try to cut down on the amount of stuff I put on my face. I can’t give up my moisturizes/serum and a sunscreen, plus foundation/tinted moisturizers. I like to wear primer on special occasions, though. Gee, I need to order the small Hourglass primer somehow!

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  • exclusivelypetite

    I have the large size version of it and it works great on oily skin. I agree its pricey and I wish I can find a lower priced alternative.

  • SweetieGlamGirl

    I’ve got a problem with my first time using this primer. I gave it more than 100 pumps and it didn’t come out. After 100 pumps it came out like an white oil very liquidy. :( Does anyone get this problem like me?

  • MuchLove_Morgan

    I Absolutely Love This Primer.. I’m A Huge Hourglass Fan, I Have Not Found 1 Thing I Did Not Truly Love.. I Ended Up Buying The 2oz Size After My Sample Size Was Gone & Yeah Its Pretty Expensive But It Will Last 4 Ever..& You Can’t Beat The Amazing Finish It Leaves. I WILL DEFINITELY Repurchase Ovr & Ovr.