Tuesday, 23 June 2015
[review] Hourglass' Veil Mineral Primer (Oil-free) spf15I often find primers to be a bother. I also often find them annoying, to say the least because you have to go through the effort of finding which primers go well with which foundation or else you get the 'balling' effect where the little flakes appear when applying/blending foundation on top on the primer. And you do not want your foundation to ball up and flake off. It's annoying because you have to start allll over again.
After testing out the Hourglass primer, I can safely say that it goes well with all foundations. I have also yet found a foundation or 'alphabet'-cream that do not go well with it. Something to keep in-mind though, you do not really need a specific primer. You can use your serum as a
primer, or even better, your moisturiser. But if you really want your make-up to last long, then yes, get a primer.
Foolproof primer alert. This never makes my foundation ball off or flake off my face.
Ingredients list:"Active: Zinc Oxide (4.2%), Titanium Dioxide (2.45%), Other: Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Polysilicone-11, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Hexyl Laurate, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isosterate, Stearic Acid, Alumina."
By blank canvas, I also mean it smooths out your pores and wrinkles so that the surface is even and
smooth. At this point, those with acne-prone skin will probably think that it will cause breakouts but fear not! On myself, I use half-1 pump (1 pump can cover both my face and neck) and I find that the texture is so thin that it doesn't clog your pores or cause breakouts. I know acne triggers are very a personal factor so I recommend that for any product, to try to get a sample to try it on yourself.
But after using this quite often, it hasn't broke me out.
And since this has a mattifying effect (reducing shine), I find that this can easily work for people who have combination-oily type skin. But, the matte-ness (if that's a word) is not completely matte, it's just that matte + white cast makes your look ghostly. But overall, it suits all skin types as it doesn't accentuate the dry parts of my face (if it did, then it wouldn't be a primer lol). It also doesn't ball up and pill off like some primers that I have tried before. The texture is very silicon-ny smooth but it's quite light, as in once I put it on and it sinks in, I forgot it's even there! I should also say that this primer is not hydrating, yet also not drying.
This primer also has spf15. Finally, a primer with spf. This can increase the longevity of your sunscreen (always apply sunscreen people) thus giving you more protection against the harmful UVAs. Additionally, no, spfs do not add up (if your sunscreen is spf30 and you put this primer on, it doesn't go 30+15. stop.)
The result: Although it also depends on the longevity of your foundation, I find that it extends the wear-time of my foundation to about 2-4 hours longer, depending on which foundation that is. This also depends if you touch-up during the day/night and your particular skin-type. So yet again, a personal thing. But it does extend the wear-time of your make-up. I find that another useful trick is to use it as an undereye/eyelid primer. I have tried it and it works. Especially if you have oily lids or lines around your under eyes. And for some strange reason, with this primer underneath, my make-up looks better. Don't ask me why, I couldn't figure it out.
One bad thing to be said though (not really bad but..): I'm not a fan of the smell. It's unscented so it kinda smells chemically-ish sunscreen-ish. Personal preferences haha.
Now, the price. For 30ml, it retails at £52. Could I justify the price? Yaaasssss. It also comes in 10ml and it retails at £20. I think the 10ml one will last a long time because for this primer, a little really does go a long way. And it really does help with make-up application and increase its longevity. Definitely one of the better primers that I've tried, if not, the best primer I've tried.
Woud I repurchase? Yes and No. I'm still on the hunt for the Holy grail (as people put it) primer but the hourglass one is nearly there. So yes, I would repurchase it if I finish mine (another story altogether). Another factor is that I don't often use primers. I only use them for special occasions. On any other time, I depend on my moisturiser/skincare to act as a primer for anything I put on top of it.