Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer: Definitely not Worth the Hype

Hey guys! I hope you’re having a great week so far. This is a post I should have done ages ago but I lost my photographs and then I just couldn’t be bothered to take new ones but I’m finally getting it up, and today I’m going to be talking about the Hourglass Veil Mineral primer. This primer definitely has mixed reviews, people either really love it or dislike it. There aren’t many in betweens so I thought I’d add my two cents to it. The primer comes in a glass bottle with the signature Hourglass brown. This is what the brand has to say about the product:  

Elevate your foundation to unprecedented performance with this state-of-the art primer that extends the wear of foundation for a perfect complexion that lasts. With a texture unlike any other, this oil free primer not only creates a smooth even canvas for makeup, but also conceals redness and minimizes the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles, and provides broad spectrum SPF 15 protection, all in an airy, silky, cloud – like texture. 

The foundation makes some pretty big claims, so let’s find out if it lives up to them. The foundation comes in a glass bottle with a pump. Hourglass is a luxury brand so I wasn’t surprised that the primer came in a glass bottle. The brown accents are minimalist but very pretty. I’ve had this primer for a while, which you can probably tell, because the bottle is half empty. 

To address the claims, I don’t have any redness so I can’t tell you if it does cover up redness. And does it minimize the appearance of pores, wrinkles and fine lines? Err, no. Not as well as my Becca ever matte primer does, anyway. It does, however, create a smooth base for foundation application, and foundation glides on so effortless. In the swatch above, I only used a pea sized amount; a little definitely goes a long way with this foundation, so it’s best to use sparingly. 

I like to use this in conjunction with my Becca ever matte primer and it definitely does make my foundation last much longer than it probably would. Hourglass claims this is the best primer for oily skin but I have to disagree with that. If you’re oily, this is not the primer for you. My oils start to break through around the 3-4 hour mark when I use this on its own. But when I use it together with my Becca ever matte primer, I don’t get oily til after over 6-7 hours. I apply the Veil primer, wait a few seconds for it to set then go in with my Becca in my t zone and on the areas where my pores are the largest. 

The primer has a light, mousse-y texture, just as it claims. It is also water proof (water resistant?) so it helps to keep your makeup transfer resistant for a while until you start to get oily, which you will soon if you use this primer on its own. It leaves a blueish tint on my face, which thankfully does not translate into my foundation. I also talked about the Becca ever matte giving me a white cast when I let it sit on my face for a while so you can imagine just how ashy I look with a combination of these two before I apply my foundation 😂😂😂 

Honestly I don’t think this primer is worth the hype. I like that it has SPF 15 (although I do use a separate SPF, and you should too) but for a whopping $52, it does absolutely nothing that it claims, aside from creating a smooth base for foundation application which I could probably get in any old drugstore foundation. I do like it, but I’m not crazy about it and I will definitely NOT be repurchasing when it runs out. It doesn’t minimize my pores as much as I thought it would, doesn’t keep me matte — well it doesn’t claim to but for a primer that claims to be the best for oily skin and that costs an arm and a leg, you expect to be matte for the entire duration you’re wearing your makeup. So do I recommend this? Absolutely not. Maybe if you have dry skin and are willing to splash the cash, sure. But I’d say save your money and get the NYX Angel Veil primer which everyone says is a dupe for this one. 

Thank you for reading this review, and if you’ve tried this ridiculously expensive primer or the dupe, NYX Angel Veil, share your thoughts with me. 

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