Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF15

August 18, 2011

Over the years I’ve discovered a number of excellent foundation primers such as MAC Prep & Prime, Chanel Base Lumiere, Le Blanc de Chanel, Smashbox Photofinish, NARS (the original version) and Guerlain Meteorites Light-Diffusing Perfecting Primer. I’m always on the hunt for tips and tricks that will help me achieve that flawless foundation finish. Primers are often key to achieving a natural even look. Considering the fact that I have sensitive skin, I’ve had quite a bit success in finding good primers from numerous brands, however, few have managed to keep my makeup looking fresh all day from morning until late afternoon. I was recently sent a sample package from Hourglass and over the past week have been putting the Veil Mineral Primer to the test. The primer comes in 2 sizes at Sephora: 0.33 oz for $17 and a larger size of 1.00 oz for $52 (both with pump dispensers). I received the smaller size to sample. The product comes in a liquid formula with a white tint. The satiny finish is supposed to smooth out the appearance of your skin, absorb oil and minimize pores. From the swatch below you can see that the product lightened my skin slightly.

The Veil Mineral Primer is described as oil free, paraben free, fragrance free, nanoparticle free, gluten free, synthetic dye free, sulfate free, phthalate free, vegan and water resistant. The ingredient listing is shown below:

I’ve tested this for a few days and am very pleased with the results. The liquid fluid texture makes it easy to apply as it glides on flawlessly. I found one pump sufficient to cover the entire face which provides your skin with a smooth satiny canvas. I was surprised how the Veil Mineral Primer helped the application of the foundation to achieve a truly flawless finish. I love that the box had a few tips on how to apply this product – I found these extremely helpful.

I tried this primer several different ways:

Method 1: Apply like a regular primer all over the face (over Cle de Peau moisturizer & under Guerlain Lingerie de Peau foundation) – my foundation and powder lasted all day and looked just as fresh as when I first applied it, however this made my face look pale and pasty from the white cast of the primer

Method 2: Apply all over bare face (skip moisturizer and apply Guerlain Lingerie de Peau) – same result as above, but I believe you need a moisturizer, the finish really is so satiny that without moisturizer, I personally thought this felt too dry on my skin

Method 3: Mix 1/2 and 1/2 primer and foundation (tested with Guerlain & Chanel) – the result was less white, but my foundation was lightened by a tiny bit

Method 4: Mix 1 part primer to 2 parts foundation (tested with Guerlain & Chanel) – this was the best result for me and mixing a larger proportion of foundation to about a 1/2 pump of the primer and blending with a foundation brush gave a smooth velvety looking finish and helped my foundation/powder last all day

Overall I am thoroughly impressed by the performance of this primer. After several days of using this, no breakouts, no clogged pores, no irritation, no dryness or thick feeling finish. I can’t believe how well my foundation, powder and blush have been holding up in the summer humidity. I still need a touch up on the nose in the afternoon, but the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer has helped make my makeup last longer than most primers. Have you tried this primer before? Thoughts? Application tips?

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  • I really like this primer, it's my favourite at the moment. I didn't really notice any white cast on my skin but that might be because my skintone is slightly lighter than yours (NC20-25). Maybe it would help if you put your primer on first, did your eye makeup and then applied the foundation. I really like how smooth and silky it feels on the skin, it doesn't cause any irritation and it lasts really well on me as well (I especially like how it makes any blush/bronzer last a lot longer).
    I'm also really interested in the new eyeshadow palette, their eyeshadows are supposed to be amazing. x

  • HI, I am a fan of Hourglass products (specifically the mascaras and liquid blush) and have always wondered about the primer. I'm a bit concerned about the 'lightening of the skin' but do appreciate your tip #4 as i would have not thought to mix primer and foundation. I will definitely check this product out. Thanks for the post πŸ™‚

  • I love it when a product is not just accidentally vegan, but labeled as such! This sounds amazing, thanks for the review!

  • I've read that Gina Brooke used the primer on Madonna when she was on tour and this is how she (Gina) became a fan of a brand. Now she is a Creative Director.
    I have a small sample somewhere but always forget to try it. So thanks for reminding me.
    I am also excited that now they have a smaller size of it.

  • I'm having a real love affair with Hourglass right now! I need a primer for when I'm wearing foundation instead of my LMdB Peau Vierge so I think this may just be the one I decide to pick up. I'd been on the fence but I think you just pushed me off! LOL

  • I bought the Hourglass Veil Primer in the sample size from Sephora a few months ago and I love it.

    My only issue is with the packaging. The pump works erratically. Sometimes, I push and get nothing, other times a product will squirt out and get everywhere.

  • I have been using this primer for over a year and absolutely love it. It slides on like silk. I never notices a white cast upon application but my skin is lighter than yours. Fore color reference I wear Hourglass mineral veil in 1.5, and Houglass illusion in ivory, Armani Lasting silk in 5., Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in BR20. I've been color matched at MAC for their mineralized fondation as an NW20, BUT this makes me a VERY WHITE GIRL! From the pixiwoo beauty blog I learned about a Pixie primer called N0.1 Even Skin $28 Target it is both mattifying and adds shimmer and might mix nicely with your foundation to give you a nice glow for the summer!(It can be used all three ways as the hourglass primer.

  • I have used both these primer and foundation in the past and I loved it. I ask myself all the time why I strayed — I think there's just so many new foundations to try that's why I didn't repurchase when I ran out. I do agree with the white cast and it does lighten the foundation a bit. Overall, it's one of the best primers I have ever tried as well.

  • Gail

    Thanks so much for the great review and especially for including the ingredients. I am definitely going to try this on my sensitive skin.

  • I just recently started using this primer as well and so far so awesome on my super-sensitive skin! I LOVE that it doesn't feel like silicone like a lot of the the super popular Smashbox ones do.

  • Anonymous

    I am not convinced that primers actually do anything! Have tried Laura Mercier and Smashbox and: zip…

  • Anonymous

    I purchased this yesterday after having read your blog and am amazed at how the Hourglass Primer really does transform my skin. I haven't tried it with foundation yet, just on bare skin with a bit of cream blush and finishing powder. I can't believe I'm going to say this but it actually made my pores appear smaller. Usually I wont wear cream blush because it tends to settle into my pores, but with this product the blush just glided right over those pores and stayed beautiful all day!