Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Makeup Review: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

Blog Review of Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

ProductHourglass Veil Mineral Primer

Review: I wanted to love the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. I wanted it to be the epitome of what a primer should be. I'd heard nothing about amazing things about it: my friend endorsed the shit out of it, magazines are all over it, and it's been loved up by other reviewers, makeup gurus, etc. I think I might have gotten caught up in the hype, because I placed this primer on a pedestal before I bought it. I thought "Oh, I'll try a bunch of less expensive primers and when I finally buy this one, it'll blow me away." Nope, nope, nope.

I finally bought it last August, tried it out, and was just... underwhelmed. There is nothing exceptional about this product to me. The formula is kind of runny and separates, so I have to shake the bottle every time before I use it. Once on my skin, it feels like a less silicone-y version of Smashbox's Photo Finish Primer. It does nothing to really improve the texture of my skin or lessen the appearance of my pores. It only does an OK job of controlling the oil on my T-zone; other primers work just as well. I also don't notice much of a difference in application or wear-time of my makeup. It's just so very MEH to me! It's fine for what it is, I suppose, but it's like an apple in a pile of tropical fruit. So glad I bought the $18 travel size version to test it out, because I'm only just now finishing it up. I never reach for it! It's more of a last resort kind of primer for me. An afterthought, if you will. And if you're paying more for your primer than you are for your foundation (the full-size 1oz bottle is $52), it shouldn't be an afterthought. I guess it doesn't break me out or drive me nuts with fragrance, so at least there's that?

I can't help but think this is product is insanely overpriced. The people who rave about it most seem to be people with incredibly oily skin. If this works for you, awesome! But I think you could save a ton of money over the year using a less expensive primer, the Goss Foundation Method and a high-quality oil-absorbing powder, like Tarte's Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder, which I use on all my oily friends with great results.

Rated Beauty Grade: B-

Price: $18-72 at Nordstrom, Sephora,


  1. Thanks for such an honest review! I love your comment "an apple in a pile of tropical fruit!" x

    1. Thanks so much! It felt pretty accurate for me yesterday, because I had it on and regretted not picking one of my "fun" primers with anti-aging ingredients, color correction, pore minimizing, etc. :D