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 and 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” and 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 over $50 I backed away slowly. The price is absolutely outrageous. There’s no way I can justify an over $50 primer really, but I think this size would last ages. I think it’s great that they do a smaller size so you can test it out and 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, and 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 and 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 and it seems to be a real 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 and 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.
What does mineral primer do?
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 moisturizer 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 and 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 and I just wanted to point out that the combination of the Hourglass Primer and 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 and 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!
Would I buy it again?
As much as I love this mineral primer 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.
For some less expensive options, check out some of my favorite foundations.
What do you think of foundation primers? Do you use one every day or do you think it’s an extra unnecessary step?