Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15

I received a sample of this primer with one of my recent purchases from Mecca which couldn’t have been timed better as I’d just ran out of my current primer and had been looking at this one to possibly replace it.

So from this sample packet I was able to test this primer five times which was a good amount to understand how it wore in different conditions and with different products.

The Formula

The formula of this was a mousse like texture that was incredibly light weight. If I hadn’t seen it on my fingers first I wouldn’t have known that I’d applied anything at all.

It also had white/grey pigment which I wasn’t expecting. It could slightly lighten my complexion before I’d really blended it in. I assume this comes from the SPF properties as it reminded me of the white cast effect from sunscreen.

The Performance

This primer is supposed to smooth pores, correct redness and significantly increase the longevity of your makeup.

Firstly, I could say that it maybe softened my overall appearance however I’ve definitely used cheaper primers that filled in my pores a lot more than this did. I could have applied a heavier amount I suppose however I worried that it would leave a white cast from the SPF.

Secondly I can’t say I noticed any particular improvement in my redness however I don’t have a lot of that to begin with anyway so any changes might not have shown up on my skin as significantly.

And lastly while my makeup wore well throughout the day I also can’t say I was wowed to the point where I would think this very expensive primer was performing any miracles.

I will also say that I have very oily skin and while this primer didn’t make that worse it also did nothing to make it any better. I would end the day looking greasy so for me that’s something I like my primers to address.

The Ingredients

Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Polysilicone-11, Zinc Oxide, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Titanium Dioxide, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Stearic Acid, Alumina

I was pleased to see the SPF comes from physical barriers like Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide rather than chemical sunscreen ingredients. I personally only use physical sunscreens.

I was also really happy to not find any fragrance, it’s such an unnecessary ingredient, especially for a primer.

The Review

Overall I wasn’t impressed with this primer. For how much of a cult following it has I can’t say that I noticed any significant improvement in my pores, redness or the longevity of my makeup. For how much this costs I’ve used much cheaper primers that have given me better results.

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