I have oily skin, so this product isn't really ideal for me. Even so I like my skin to be hydrated above all else and I don't mind if my face is a little extra dewy/greasy. This primer has been my go-to as of late because my face feels amazing during and after wearing makeup when I start with No. 28. I agree that it doesn't really absorb; mostly it seems to just sit on my face and add shine. I just give it a few minutes to attempt to sink in before blotting the excess off with a tissue and continuing with applying my makeup. And you know what? My makeup looks great through 12-hour+ shifts. Yes, I'm pretty oily at the end of the day. But the richness of this primer gives my face such a healthy glow both with and without makeup that I find myself not caring about the oilies. I won't be running to repurchase when I run out mostly because of the price, but this greasy girl was a lot happier with No. 28 than I thought I'd be.
It suited my skin then when I was having laser Tx at the derm's office. Since I stopped those laser for 10 months and my skin has return to its normal condition, although my skin is still dry I do not find this product "sinks in" that well. It just sits there, and who has that kind of time in the morning waiting for products to be "absorbed".
I'd rather put on a cream for dry skin and then a regular silicone primer.
Def on the fence with this-I got the sample or travel sized one along w/ the mineral primer. I tend to use this one more because of my dry and flaky skin, and this seems to moisturize those spots. I've been using for about 3 weeks, and so far it hasn't broken me out, It does help my makeup stay on a little longer.
Ive used this primer with both powder foundation and liquid, and it works well for both!
Will I purchase again? Ehh, im not sure. The price is pretty steep and w/ all the cones this has in it + my acne prone skin? Probably not.
But if you don't have sensitive skin, or a little bit on the dry side, I'd suggest trying this out!
I'm giving this a 3 star rating. I like it a lot but its pricey. You can tell its an oil blend serum and that is really bad for the areas of my skin that are oily... I bought the one Sephora sells that has this one in a mini version with the Veil mini version. I like the Veil better I think because that does better with oil, but this goes better with the dry areas. I've tried using both combined but did not like it. So 3 starts mostly because its frustrating that this one product cant be used for combination skin.
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.