23 November, 2015 What’s New: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
Primers have quickly become my new obsession, and probably the type of product I’ve indulged in the most this year. I love discovering new bases that will help mattify my skin, smooth textured areas and extend the life of my foundation, and I’ve discussed them – in great detail – on my blog. Today, I’m reviewing the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer (£52 here) – a luxurious, velvet-textured primer that claims to make makeup waterproof, and drastically extend wear-time. It’s very pricey, but in my view, absolutely worth it. Here’s why!
Unlike many primers geared towards oily complexions, this base has a creamy, ultra-light texture that blends into skin seamlessly, without settling on top of the skin. It does use silicone as one of its primary oil-controllers, but the way this feels is less like a thick gel, and more like a gentle emulsion, or moisturiser. Fans of hydrating primers will definitely love this if they want the benefits of an oil-controlling base, without the weight and stickiness of a silicone primer (e.g. Benefit’s Porefessional, or Tarte’s Clean Slate 12-Hour Perfecting Primer).
The Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer contains SPF15, which is great if you’re wearing it during the day, but it can be pain under heavier foundations for a glam, evening look. However, I’ve never noticed considerable flashback – I just wish they did this in an SPF-free form too!
Hourglass state that this primer is water-resistant, and that it eliminates redness, minimises the appearance of pores, and softens fine lines. I’d absolutely agree with all of these claims – I have cried whilst wearing this primer through repeated watches of the new John Lewis Christmas ad, and my foundation, powder and blush didn’t move at all. I’ve also worn this multiple times on the tube – each time, my makeup looks flawless and although I’m sweating buckets, you’d never know by looking at my complexion. I don’t have too much of a problem with redness, but when I’ve been suffering from a breakout, this definitely helps to keep any angry lumps and bumps under control.
Some beauty vloggers recommend mixing this primer with your tinted moisturiser, for a lightweight base when you don’t want to look too caky. I’ll definitely be trying this out on days when I’m super late, and need a quick coat of base to keep things looking uniform and shine-free.
All in all, two thumbs up for the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. It’s mineral-based so it’s creamier and more hydrating than your typical silicone ones, it helps neutralise redness, it lasts a crazily long time on the skin, it keeps my complexion matte, AND it literally repels water off your face.
For reference, I’ve worn the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer with the Diorskin STAR Foundation (review here), L’oreal Infallible 24-Hour Matte Foundation (review here), Make Up For Ever Velvet Mat+ Foundation (review here) and a bunch more. Gorgeous with each.
Let me know if you’d like me to do a recap of ALL my primers – high-end, drugstore- mid-range, etc. I have so many that I’ve recently bought and I plan on trying a few more when I head to Miami in December. I’d be more than happy to write a run-down of my entire collection with brief descriptions. Holla if you’re interested!
I hope you enjoyed this rambling primer review – share your thoughts, comments and affordable recommendations below!