Review: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF15

Due to rave reviews by the illustrious Beauty Reductionista (Liz), I picked up the travel size of this primer last month to check it out (which still retailed for $20CDN for 0.33oz – ouch!).  The “mineral-based, water-resistant primer” claims to “neutralize the skin, minimize shine, and create a smooth, uniform canvas for flawless makeup application.”  I have to confess, I didn’t read a lick about it, I just trusted Liz’s recommendation and grabbed it when I was at the checkout at Sephora – a primer’s a primer’s a primer, right??
In the past, I haven’t been very concerned about getting my makeup to last throughout the day, for whatever reason – I shied away from wearing too much product and adding an extra step in my already somewhat laborious routine.  However, as the years pass I become more and more aware, and something that always drives me crazy in the warmer months is how shiny throughout the day I become.  While Murad’s Oil Control Mattifier SPF15 helped quite a bit this year with that problem, my makeup is still nowhere to be seen by the time I get home from work, and I’ve started to feel like my morning creative outlet (aka: my face) is going to waste.  What’s a gal to do?  Oh yeah, USE A PRIMER, dummy.  Awesome.

Size comparison to my eye cream which is 0.7oz.

Initially, the way I was using this product was to smooth it on my face after the mattifier, wait a bit, then apply foundation where needed and the contouring method of choice (blush/highlight/bronzer).  This worked well at minimizing the look of imperfections in the skin, and helped my makeup last longer – but I still wasn’t bowled over.  However, I read a great tip from Sabrina at The Beauty Look Book, in which she mixed the primer with her foundation.  When I tried this, using about a 2:1 ratio (foundation to primer), my skin looked truly flawless and my makeup lasted ALL day without an issue.  The texture of the primer is fairly thin and liquid-y, more like a sheer lotion (it’s white, not colorless) than any other primers I’ve tried, which are usually full of slip and of thicker consistency.  Due to this fact, this trick does sheer the foundation out somewhat, but I’m sure that could be remedied by playing with the proportions.  I like a sheerer look so this worked great for me.Overall, I’m quite impressed with the efficacy of this product, though I was much more swayed with it when I used the second technique – I may not have repurchased otherwise as it’s quite expensive for the amount you get (alternatively you can buy it for $60CDN for 1oz).  I really liked that it didn’t have that silicone feel of the usual primer, and that it didn’t feel like it was smothering my face, which is the main reason I don’t wear a primer regularly.  I didn’t experience any breakouts with this product, and have used it for a week straight without issue.

I’d certainly recommend trying it out in the travel size if you’re in the market for a new primer – it’s pricier, yes, but a little goes a long way, and if you’re only using it sporadically, it should last a fair while.

What are your thoughts on primers?  Are they a must have in your arsenal, or just an extra unnecessary step? What are your tricks for getting your makeup to last throughout the day?

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  1. #1 by Eugenia on September 21, 2011 - 6:01 pm

    This weekend I have my niece’s wedding to attend (where my daughter is a bridesmaid!!) and I’ve been on the hunt for a great primer; I went to Sephora, where I picked up a bunch of samples to test drive, with this Hourglass one included. All in all, I must confess to being somewhat disappointed with this product – it did nothing to control any shine and my skin actually reacted to it. I had such high hopes for this, after all I’ve heard about it too….darn it! I’m really glad it worked for you, though!

    • #2 by Latoya on September 22, 2011 - 10:09 pm

      Oh, I’m sorry to hear that Eugenia! But it’s always good to have dissenting views about a product, because that’s just the way it is – what works for some doesn’t for others, and it’s good to know. Did you find a primer you DID like, in the end?? I’d be interested to hear what it was.

      • #3 by Eugenia on September 23, 2011 - 11:34 am

        Actually, I went back to one I purchased about a year ago, used it for a while, then when the hotter weather hit and I stopped needing foundation, I put it aside…until now! That primer is Givenchy’s “Mister Mat Matifying Foundation Primer” and how well it works (on me) is unbelievable! I had my makeup done at Armani last week and the pro there used their own primer; by the end of the day, my makeup may have looked decent, but my skin was a greasy mess! NOT the look I was going for. So I went back to the old drawing board, used the Givenchy, and know what? No oil, except for maybe the barest hint, and my foundation did not discolour or cake….my skin & makeup not only looked fab many hours later, but everything seemed to soften and look even more flawless. But then again, I did my own makeup that day, so perhaps I just worked it better?! If you get a chance, ask for a sample of the Givenchy at Sephora and let me know how it works on you! (PS: I have my niece’s wedding tomorrow, so keep your fingers crossed for me: I’ll be doing mine and my daughter’s nails – mani/pedi – hair, and makeup…and she’s one of the bridesmaids!!)

      • #4 by Latoya on September 24, 2011 - 4:20 pm

        Oh, I hope it goes (is going!) well!!! I know that you and your daughter are gonna look fantastic 🙂 There’s no other option, with a beauty guru doing the work!!! I’m excited to hear all about it!

        RE: the primer, I will have to give the Givenchy’s a look, it sounds pretty fab!! Thanks for the recommendation!

  2. #5 by Liz (Beauty Reductionista) on September 24, 2011 - 7:24 pm

    Oh man. That travel size is TINY. I was glad to see that they came out with a smaller option but yikes!

    I guess primers really are that extension between skincare and makeup, and what works for someone won’t work the same way for another. I’ve always applied it in the traditional method without issues. But after reading your experience, I’ll try the second method and see how it changes the effect. I read the same post by Sabrina and was puzzled at the white stark effect she talked about. I hadn’t really noticed that based on my experience.

    However, I love that we can have different views on the same product and offer a wider range of thoughts to the consumers out there. I haven’t bothered with this primer all summer since trying to control oil and shine in the summer is utterly hopeless in my case, but I’ll be sure to re-examine the product for the things you and Sabrina have picked up on!!

    @Eugenia – I’ve heard great things about the Givenchy primer but didn’t like the slippery siliconey feel of the product. But now I’ll have to give it a full face test and see how it works out!

    • #6 by Latoya on September 27, 2011 - 7:14 pm

      Yea, it is itty bitty, it’s true lol. I think you’re right about primers being an extension of skincare – that how I view them at least! And I appreciate getting the varied opinions because I hope readers get a well-rounded view of a product to make the most informed decision possible 🙂

      Also, I never noticed the stark effect either but perhaps she’s using more product than we are?

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