Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15


350 reviews

63% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.2

Price: $$$$

Package Quality: 4.2

Price: $$$$


Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 4.20%, Titanium Dioxide 2.45%. Other Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Polysilicone-11, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Hexyl Laurate, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isosterate, Stearic Acid, Alumina

on 3/21/2015 10:42:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Black

This is my favourite primer so far but im yet to find my HG. This primer is lightweight and makes my face feel super soft which makes applying foundation smoothly so much easier. I don't feel like it evens out skin tone at all or blurs huge pores. I find if you pat the primer into the areas with huge pores rather then smooth it over it shrinks the appearance of pores better. As far as oil control goes it seems to keep shine at bay for the longest time I've got with any other primer but still not long enough. It is pretty expensive I'm not sure it's quite worth how much it costs.

on 3/18/2015 4:11:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I just bought this primer a couple weeks ago and absolutely love it! I have combination skin that tends to be on the more oily side and problems with hyper pigmentation and texture. This really evens out my skin and makes my makeup last all day. Not to mention I've gotten so many compliments lately about how flawless my skin looks =)

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Dry, Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I bought the $18 sample size from Sephora because I was looking for a primer and this stuff is really pricy. For the duration that I was using it, I thought I really liked it. You have to shake before you apply, and it gives an extremely luxurious feeling of application. The product itself feels expensive if that can make any sense whatsoever.

However, at the end of the day, I don't think it extended the wear of my foundation for too long. I think that this primer would be better for oilier skin types as dry girls are so much better off going with a hydrating primer.

The pump is nice, but it will stop pumping product when you are about halfway through. Because the tube is clear, you can clearly see all the product left inside, so you're stuck opening up and removing it yourself.

The extremely high price tag on this primer makes it not worth it. It's nice, but the price is not justified.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Tan, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I am obsessed with primers because I have a really uneven skin tone (hyperpigmentation and scars), oily T-zone (although this has considerably been better these days. It's only after a long hour of makeup wear now) and HUGE pores (thanks to my on-going battle with acne). No matter how good the foundations are, without primers, they are always just sub-par.

However a lot of primers (such as DHC, tarte, smashbox) make me break out or don't do anything (cover FX, korres) or just do one part of what I want like maybe it would even skin tone but cannot do anything about the pores (faceshop's face it, banila co primer). As you can see, I have tried many many primers. This one is my ultimate favorite.

It does everything I want, it evens my skin tone, makes me non-oily (this was when I had very oily t-zone area) and it fills in my pores WITHOUT breaking me out! Is that not magic enough for you? It does break my wallet's heart I'm sure. But I really can't find any dupes or anything that can replace this. One tip though, you have to wait a bit before you apply anything else after you apply this (maybe 2 minutes or so) in order for you to see the full effect. You CAN apply foundation right after the application of the primer - and it will work its magic in time, but I think it tends to work better if you wait a little. I don't need a lot of it - I used to

After getting two sample sizes from Sephora, I did buy the huge one. I don't regret it at all - I preferred the tube packaging because of all the dead volumes in pumps that I cannot take out - so I preferred to use a tube - that way I can cut it (and then I just place the top and the bottom together after I apply some) and if you use this method, it makes the bottle last 2 weeks- a month longer. One thing to be warned about the big one though, is that the primer is very runny, so you can't let it stand on the cap and open it because then you will have a flood of really expensive primer all over your hands. I actually put it standing up with the top facing up to prevent this. You could also shake it - but you can't shake it with the cap closed, because the texture is too runny so it will spill on the cap (and you want to limit all the extra spillage for this product!) take the cap off, close the opening with your finger and shake it. I feel that this makes the product more effective for me.

But love this. I will constantly be trying out new primers in hopes that there's one cheaper, but it will probably be my favorite for a couple years.

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

on 3/4/2015 10:34:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

Glad I bought the travel size for $18 instead of wasting my money on the full size for 52 bucks! (Forget about wasting money on the jumbo size for $72!) I suggest trying a sample from Sephora first, if you even want to waste your time doing that.
I thought this product would be a great addition to my daily routine. I already use an SPF, so I figured I could get a primer with some added sun protection as a bonus.
The packaging is a thick frosted glass, which probably adds to the exorbitant price of this basic formula. One pump covered my face in a thin, even layer, but it was a watery mess to apply. As I was applying, my skin started to become flakey and dry. Clearly, my makeup did not apply well over these flakey patches. Titanium dioxide and zinc are drying anyway, and there isn't many moisturizing ingredients in this formula to make up for it. Stearic acid is present, but it can be clogging and irritating to many. Also, isododecane, which is meant to help liquidy formulas spread easily, is very drying and irritating on my skin. Isododecane is present in many silicone free moisturizers, primers, SPFs, and foundations. I can't use Skinceuticals Physical Fusion and Clinique DDMG because of it.
The white cast with this was too noticeable as well.
I recommend saving your money on this product. I'm sure there are great primers out there, but this is not one of them. It's disappointing too, since this is a silicone free primer that could have been helpful to those who avoid silicones.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 3/4/2015 10:10:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Never thought I would love a primer as much as this primer... especially one that is so stupidly expensive. Really does make a significant difference to my makeup - gives a nice finish, foundation goes on smoother and wears noticeably better throughout a long workday. Loved it so much that I bought the jumbo version in the tube (83$ CAN for 2oz - seems like an outrageous price, but really is cheaper in the long run if you're dedicated to this primer, like me!)

on 3/2/2015 10:11:00 AM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Blue

I got a sample of this product from Sephora a long time ago and never tried it since I wasn't a primer girl then. I used this up so fast because it's amazing. I have dry skin and this smooths over my dry patches so foundation doesn't cling to them. It almost fills in my pores and lines too, making my foundation look less flat and one dimensional. Yes, it doesn't prolong foundation wear THAT much but this product is a life saver for us dry gals. It's WAY overpriced so I wouldn't spend the money on a new, full sized one. I will just admire from afar.

on 3/2/2015 5:50:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Other, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

This is nothing special. I don't really see what difference it makes. Prior to this I was using a more silicone based primer which made my foundation go on smoother with no streaks. This one has a watery texture and makes no difference to how your makeup applies which, for me, is the entire point of a primer. Not sure if it does anything for longevity either.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Black

I received a sample of Hourglass' Veil Mineral Primer in my Mecca Cosmetica Beauty Loop box. I've never been one to use primers before, but this product may have just converted me.

Firstly, it has a satiny texture that glides over the skin to create a smooth canvas. The fluid itself is quite thin and a pearly translucent white colour. It has a slight mattifying effect, but also adds a hint of radiance. My makeup certainly looks smoother and I find that light reflects better over lumps and bumps - indeed like a veil. One lovely surprise was the fact that my highlighter and blush sit more beautifully on the skin after applying. These effects are not dramatic, rather, subtly noticeable.

I can only speak for the packaging of my sample, though I am very much considering buying a medium sized tube. It is a very small, transparent cylinder, with a little spatula applicator. Nothing remarkable, but hygienic and simple.

On Mecca cosmetica, the price of for 10 mls is $25, for 30 mls $69 and for 60 mls $96. Considering that a very small amout spreads easily all over my face, I think 30 mls is good value. A lovely buy especially for the warm summer months, if you find I suits your skin! I suggest asking for a sample first.

on 2/26/2015 6:40:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Green

A few months ago my skin became very oily, and as a result my makeup was splitting within a couple of hours (despite the formula or the use of setting powder). I choose this after the millions of rave reviews.

For the first few uses I was getting a split liquid, despite shaking the bottle until my arms fell off. Once it finally mixed itself, it is a silky white substance which goes on very easily. The problem is, it feels greasy to me. I have tried using my fingers, buffing it in with a brush...I just can't make it work. No matter how much I try it doesn't control oil. My make up still splits after a few hours, so whats the point?

USE: 1 full pump is definitely too much for me. It makes me look extremely matte, so I suggest you try half a pump first off.

PRICE: 54 GBP in the UK....for a 1oz primer. (Although I see Sephora have it priced at C$60.)

PACKAGING: A sleek glass bottle, although I have had it leak in a drawer once so I would say keep it stood upright. (It's too expensive to waste.)

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