As I get older, I am less sure about calling my skin normal. Now with the LA weather, my skin is oily as hell in the summer and dry and parched in the fall. I have oily spots and dry spots. My nose often shows it first.
This primer, although smelling like tiger balm and green Asian holy oil, makes foundation on flakes look like butter on a biscuit. Smooth, no lines, and no dry flakes in sight!
Do remember that it feels like paddling grease on a frying pan and that feeling will last, but its a small price to pay when it hides flakey bits. Its loaded with cones but my skin isn't sensitive. It takes a minute to dry unlike any other face oils that lingers.
The small sample vial has been lasting me and I've already purchased the large size for many years of usage.
With a deep moisturizer like clinique at night and this prior to morning foundation, my laugh lines are also plumped. Turns out I wasn't crazy and saw them appear from nowhere. They were a sign of lack of hydration. I am only 21.
I wouldn't touch this with a ten foot pole and a glove in the summer let alone put it on any oil prone area. Its thick and suffocatingly hydrating enough as of now.
This broke me out terribly :( i was surprised the SA recommended this to me because I have oily acne prone skin. it feels really sticky going on but it sets into a smooth silicone finish. i like the packaging and that its clear so it doesn't interfere with my foundation. it has a nice herbal scent. although its hydrating, It didn't make my foundation last much longer. Overall, i didnt find it worth the price or breakouts.
Hourglass makes some amazing makeup products. It feels greasy when you put it on, but if you have dry skin, this product will help hydrate your skin and keep your makeup on longer. However, this product is seriously overpriced--it is literally silicone mixed with some essential oil. Besides, it completely broke me out, and made my pore look 10 times larger when I take it off at the end of the day. I should have known better--my skin never reacts well to silicone-based primers. But if you don't have the same problem and could afford the price tag, maybe you would like it.
Holy heavy 'cones, Batman!! This stuff is loaded with 'cones - these are the first 5 ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Cocoate, Dimethiconol, Phenyl Trimethicone. If you have problems with silicones, avoid this at all costs. I don't mind them, but - wow- this is very silicon-y feeling, even to me! It works just fine as a primer, but it's not really worth the money - $65 for a 1 ounce bottle. It leaves skin smooth and fills in small lines and pores, like any silicone based primer will do, so foundation really does look nice, but the oils in this stuff make it pretty much for dry skin only. This is the full list of ingredients:
Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Cocoate, Dimethiconol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Ceramide 3, Sphingolipids, Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis) Oil, Rose Hips Seed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Sweet Almond (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) Oil, Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis) Oil, Olive (Olea Europaea) Oil, Hazelnut (Corylus Americana) Oil, Borage (Borago Officinalis) Seed Oil, Kukui (Aleurites Moluccana) Nut Oil, Cherry (Prunus Avium) Pit Oil, Tocopherol, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Linoleate, Panthenyl Triacetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Octyldodecanol, Dioctyl Succinate, Peg-8, Tridecyl Stearate, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Lithospermum Officinale Root Extract, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Citric Acid, Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia) Oil, Geranium (Geranium Maculatum) Oil, Rose Geranium (Pelargonium Roseum) Oil, Vanilla (Vanilla Planifolia) Oil, Clove (Eugenia Caryophyllus) Oil, Orange (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis) Peel Oil, Petitgrain (Citrus Reticulata) Oil, Amyris (Amyris Balsamifera) Oil, Benzoin Siam Absolute, Lemon (Citrus Medica Limonum) Peel Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Oil, Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) Leaf Oil, Bois De Rose (Aniba Rosaeodora) Oil, Cedar (Thuja Occidentalis) Leaf Oil, Ylang Ylang (Cananga Odorata) Oil.
If you don't mind spending the $$ for it, this is a nice enough primer, but you should know it's loaded with 'cones and oils - acne prone and oily skin will likely want to avoid this product.
This product feels great going on. It feels more like a serum than a primer. It did help make my makeup last all day but nothing so special to warrant the price though. I like that it comes in a pump. The only major drawback and the reason I won't repurchase is that it broke me out. I know it was this product because the moment I washed it off the little bumps/pimples went away.
This stuff is amazing! I just wish it wasn`t so expensive! For reference, I have what I consider normal skin; it can get dry in the winter and oily in the summer or that time of the month. I am also in my 30s now and wanted a product that would be good for plumping up my skin a bit.
This product works really well for me. I use half a pump on my face and let it sit for a few minutes before putting on my concealer and foundation (I use either NARS tinted moisturizer or Sheer Matte) and I find my skin products stay so much longer on my face. I agree with some of the other reviewers that it`s a little scary when you first put it on and my face feels a little like an oil slick but it truly dry and sinks in and doesn`t give me the dreaded shiny forehead at all!
I will definitely repurchase this product but I have a feeling that it will last me a long time as, like I said, I usually one half a pump every morning and it covers my entire face.I`ve used it pretty much every day since I bought it two months ago and I have used maybe 2 mm of the stuff so far.
For reference I have normal-to-dryish skin and absolutely love love love love this primer!!!! My skin just drinks this in and my foundation goes on beautifully. When my skin is dry, I like this a whole lot more than a typical silicone-based primer. A single pump is all I use, I wait just a few minutes for it to "settle" and I don't end up greasy or oily at all - just dewey, fresh and ready. It provides a great canvas and my foundation simply glides effortlessly over my face not settling or pooling or dragging or catching. Foundation is like silk over this! I bought the small 1/3oz size, used it every day on a 6 week vacation and barely went thru 20% of the bottle! I think that's fantastic and shows that while it may be rather expensive, it's a very good *value*. I definitely recommend this to anyone who has dry skin and I will repurchase.
I am in my early thirties and have combination skin, with an oily t-zone. While on a Sephora haul, I asked the associate what line she could recommend to help with the first signs of lines and wrinkles. She led me to the Hourglass counter. When we sat down, she said that she loves the No. 28 primer and applied it to my face before applying the foundation. I was beyond horrified when she first applied and I looked like a hot oily mess! I was so happy with the smell but I really thought it was some sort of joke when she said that she was applying the "primer". But after a moment or two it sunk beautifully into my skin making it feel refreshed and ready for the foundation application. I have been using it ever since! I feel as though that not only am I applying a primer to help my foundation but I am also nourishing my skin at the same time. The best way to describe the initial application is that it is like applying a facial oil. After I went through the sample I received at Sephora, I ordered this in the twin pack along with the mineral primer (which I also like). Although I was not impressed with the foundation (especially for the crazy price which I would have gladly paid if I fell in love with it), I am completely obsessed with this primer. Some nights I apply it after my moisture routine because I just love the feel of it on my skin! Great purchase!
Sorry to rain on the parade, but for a dry-skinned girl who hasn't seen a moisturizing serum she wouldn't try, this one has failed to impress. Though it did start out promisingly enough--when sampled on the hand it immediately boosted the moisture level and sealed it in with a thick coat of shine. But it was a bad decision to sample a product as expensive as this on the hand only, because it did not work half as well on the face. The thick texture that I marveled at became a huge liability for anyone pressed for time because it took very long to absorb. It also left the face feeling sticky, so much so that frankly I don't understand how it can work as a primer. When I tried, I ended up with the blotchiest application, because the primer was absorbed at varying rates. At best, it can work as a serum, and must be topped by a lotion so it does not affect makeup application. There goes Hourglass' multi-purpose claim. Other than that, it is not a bad moisturizer, though I've seen better that feels much less burdensome on the skin (Dermalogica's hydrating booster). Wouldn't recommend paying £65 for this--Yes, Hourglass simply swapped the currency signs here, making it 1.5 times more expensive than the States.
I got a deluxe sample from Sephora. This is perfect for dry skin. I have dry and sensitive skin and my skin loves it! I might buy it after I finish the sample. But I don't recommend this product to people who have oily or acne prone skin.