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on 8/18/2015 3:10:00 AM
More reviews by VivianLewisAz
Age: 56 & Over
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Other
Along with my search for holy grail foundation, I have tried several primers recently. I picked up this one and it's a game changer for me! Love that it has a pump, the primer dispenses watery and white. Smooth on the liquid and if leaves you with a noticeably perfected surface for foundation. For a longevity test, I used my Givenchy Photo Perfection foundation which usually only lasts 6 hours before blotting, and it lasted my 10 hour workday with no touch up at all. I would highly recommended the primer, but deducted a lippie as it's very expensive. I got the travel size for $18.
3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
on 8/11/2015 11:23:00 PM
More reviews by whatmywho
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
I'm subtracting two lipsticks because of the price to product quality/outcome effect ratio, and the SPF15 factor claim.As someone who the sun hates, whenever I see a makeup product advertised as SPF I put some on the back of one hand, and SPF15 sunscreen that has been validated by an organization (i.e. cancer society that tests sunscreens to look at burn prevention). I was not impressed by Hourglass's SPF15's claim. Needless to say, the primer covered arm burned after 30 mins in direct sunlight IN WINTER in late afternoon.I dislike exaggerated marketing claims, because makeup companies probably never thought of weirdo customers like me that do tests like that.However, the primer itself is pretty good. Silky, smooth, less thick than Smashbox's legendary primer (original), and utterly, utterly lightweight. You need to use more if you plan to put on medium-to-heavy coverage foundation wise, but if you're just hoping to have a daily flawless look, a little goes a long way by smoothing bumps and flaws.I like the formula because my skin doesn't react to it, and it doesn't really clog pores. Overall, it's a very good primer, just don't trust that it'll protect you from the sun and prevent anti-aging/wrinkling. Also, always get a sample to try because depending on your skin type (I'm combination AND sensitive, sometimes oily, sometimes dry, sometimes both), I would not recommend this for super oily skin. The shine control of this primer is initially good then degrades very rapidly like the value of your brand new iphone you dropped two minutes after opening.For dry skin, USE MOISTURIZER, wait for it to dry, PUT THIS PRIMER, wait for it to semi-dry, THEN FOUNDATION.Don't be afraid to use moisturizer. This primer will layer and blend, not just blend with whatever layer is underneath. Because of the gentle formula (for me at least) I use it as an eyeshadow primer, only I need to apply a lot more layers until it creates a very smooth, almost buttery texture. I put a little (tiny, very sheer layer) over my eyelids then on goes the shadow. The foundation will give the shadow something to hold onto, the primer will smooth your eyelids so nothing creases and there's no lines showing up.If you have acne, use a liquid bandaid to seal the wound, wait for it to dry, then use this primer. As I said, this layers nicely, and (SHOULDN'T) blend into the layer beneath provided you let it set (but don't let it dry out completely).
4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.
on 7/30/2015 2:15:00 AM
More reviews by catherinreely
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral
Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium
I have purchased the travel size over and over again and only use the tiniest bit because it is soooo expensive! this is definitely a HG product but it is far too expensive and the pump packaging makes it hard to use up all the product. But it terms of the quality of the primer it is it amazing and perfect for oily skin.
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
on 7/29/2015 8:25:00 AM
More reviews by Laski
Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium
This is a decent primer which smoothes the skin nicely to make foundation go on more easily and make it more longlasting. It has a beautiful silky feel to it and didn´t make me break out. In my opinion, this doesn´t live up to its hefty pricetag though. There was no special effect that I wouldn´t have had with many other primers on the market. It didn´t extend the weartime of my foundation any longer than for example Porefessional Primer by Benefit, and it didn´t mattify or dewify my skin in any special or extraordinary way, so I don´t think it really is worth the price. The packaging became very annoying at the end, I had to scrape out product for quite some time with a Qtip because the pump didn´t reach all the leftover primer in the tube. If that wouldn´t have been the case I would have given it three lippies.
on 7/28/2015 8:22:00 PM
More reviews by printintin
Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
I appreciate the aesthetic of the packaging and the smooth texture. I have combination skin and this does a good job of keeping the makeup on my face. I have used this with various foundations ranging from mid level to high end with the same issues every time. The first issue is that it emphasizes dry patches and then add foundation to that and you've really got emphasis. The second issue is that fine lines in drier areas become quite obvious and "crackly" looking. It feels luxurious with a price tag to match but the overall effect as a primer is just not so.
on 7/28/2015 10:57:00 AM
More reviews by honrey23
Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
When I put it at first it did make my skin feel smooth. A few moments later while waiting for it to sink, my skin feels like its back to normal. This did not work for me. It doesnt control oil and doesnt make my makeup last all day. Plus it's very expensive.. I still haven't found the best primer for oily skin.
on 7/17/2015 3:56:00 PM
More reviews by Itsjustmeok
Skin: Normal, Olive, Warm
Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium
Hmm not sure why there are bad reviews. I have bought this twice now-full size. Packaging is great and elegant. Now the product is liquidy and white. When I put this one my face (I have normal skin but sometimes in the summer it can be more oily in some areas and shiny) it diminishes the oil and makes my face normal looking again-NOT MATTE. Second when I used to wear foundation, this alongside my makeupforever setting spray would make my foundation last a pretty good amount of time (no foundation ever really lasts and looks good after 8 hours though). Now that I do not wear foundation I just put this on after my lotion and my blush and highlighter and set it with my setting spray and my blush and highlighter stays on from the am till really late at night. I love this product because I usually hate all primers and their either drying( benefits pore less primer is so drying) or silicone consistency. But it's expensive but good for your skin since hourglass is a good brand
on 6/27/2015 3:14:00 PM
More reviews by dottielsj
Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Neutral
This primer does absolutely nothing...nada. I used it under Dior Star foundation and the makeup sunk into every pore on my face, ugh! It also made the foundation look very cakey and obvious. I can't understand why anyone would give this stuff a good review. Unless you have a truly poreless complexion, this primer serves absolutely no purpose. It's going back to Sephora, where hopefully, I can find something that will actually fill in the pores around my nose and on my cheeks. For now, I'm going back to my favorite Lorac Porefection primer, which truly does do what it promises. For a drugstore product, Maybelline Baby Skin primer is really good, almost as good as Lorac and for a much cheaper price. Both of these products are superior in every way to Hourglass. Wow, I thought I'd found an HG product in this Mineral Veil primer. Too bad it was an EPIC FAIL!!
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
on 6/24/2015 1:07:00 PM
More reviews by youwillneverfindme
Skin: Oily, Fair, Cool
Hair: Other, Wavy, Fine
I’ve tried out the small, travel sized pump available from Sephora: 0.33 oz for $18. Active ingredients: zinc and titanium dioxide. The price, in combination with the white-ish look it can give has me searching for other primers, while happily using this one up. Performance-wise, I’m happy with this stuff. Like most, really good primers, I can wear it alone, without foundation, and it helps create a soft-focus look while still letting my natural skin look real, but slightly too good to be true. I can’t attest to other reviewer’s experiences, but I did find that this help control oil…not in the extreme, but enough that it’s satisfactory for my slightly oily skin during a high-stress, eight hour work day. Application: This stuff feels like silk going on the face, literally. It’s seems slippery and powdery all at once. This was a confusing thing for me at first, but I’ve grown accustomed to it and even sort of like it. Of the small, travel sized bottle, I use about one and a half pumps for my entire face. Be careful to work this in well, otherwise, it can leave white streaks or a white cast to the face. I found that on dry patches (nose, from allergies), it’s quite difficult to work in well enough.Packaging: The small, travel sized pump bottle I received is made of a frosted glass: pretty, but not airline approved. The cap, pump and print are all done in black, and the overall feel of it is heavy and minimalist.
on 6/16/2015 6:27:00 PM
More reviews by Aritzia
I bought this hoping it would control my oily skin, but instead it makes my skin look dry, flaky and patchy no matter what I do. Doesn't control my oil or make my makeup last longer either and the price is horrendous
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