Veil Mineral Primer Oil Free SPF 15

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$52 - 1 fl. oz.
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Category:
Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Foundation Primer
Last Updated:
10/29/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
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This weightless, colorless, and shine-free primer gets high marks for its unique fluid-like texture and its built-in mineral broad-spectrum sunscreen. Worn under foundation, it absolutely improves the look and longevity of foundation; worn alone, it will soften fine lines and the look of enlarged pores. This works for all skin types, but it's especially great for combination or oily skin that's sensitive and prone to breakouts.

Pros:
  • Once absorbed, this white primer with sunscreen completely disappears on your skin.
  • Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide provide gentle, broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Improves the look and extends the wear of foundation.
  • Suitable for sensitive skin, including rosacea.
  • Temporarily smoothes out fine lines and diminishes large pores.
  • Flattering matte finish.
  • Fragrance- and irritant-free.
Cons:
  • None.

More info:

This product earned our highest rating because of its unique formula, lack of fragrance, and superior sun protection. However, we typically recommend primers only if they perform well and also contain beneficial ingredients for skin, which in this case is the inclusion of broad-spectrum sunscreens. For best results, pair this with a moisturizer loaded with antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients to further improve your skin.

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.

According to founder Carisa Janes, Hourglass Cosmetics are "homegrown luxury cosmetics." Sounds like an intriguing marketing angle—but what does that mean for the consumer? The "luxury" element becomes overly apparent in the price tag, and the "homegrown" aspect seems to be related to the brand's humble beginnings as a small storefront in 2004. Other than those points, there is really nothing inherently special about this relatively small line of makeup, which is now available at most Sephora stores nationwide.

The most hyped product in the Hourglass line is their Veil Fluid Makeup SPF 15. This liquid foundation gets a lot of chatter online as being a "must-have" product, but that doesn't mean it's the only one or even the best option out there. In reality, although this foundation has a beautiful, lightweight texture that provides good coverage with reliable sun protection, it has a serious problem in that it noticeably separates in the bottle, which really puts into question the stability of the sunscreen. For $60 an ounce, this really should be perfect!

What you should know about any cosmetic product is that expensive doesn't necessarily mean better; there are good and bad products in all price ranges. Unfortunately, many consumers find it hard not to expect a line like Hourglass, with its luxury price tag, to be far better than "bargain" brands. But, even when an expensive product is great, you can almost always find a more affordable alternative that is just as good (if not better!) than the expensive one. The bottom line: In making the decision to purchase any cosmetic, you shouldn't rely solely on how much it costs, and Hourglass is no exception.

Case in point: Hourglass's exquisite, expensive makeup brush collection. Yes, these are soft, beautifully made and completely luxurious brushes, but so are plenty of other Taklon (synthetic hair) brushes that are available for far less money. Or even consider Hourglass's silly Oxygen Mineral Powder, a pressed powder that overhypes its mineral content (it's a stretch to call this product "mineral" at all) and makes unsubstantiated claims that it can deliver oxygen to the skin. But, worst of all, this $46 product seriously underperforms when compared to many $10 powders at the drugstore (Neutrogena, L'Oreal, Sonia Kashuk, and Rimmel come to mind).

Hourglass's underlying philosophy (and brand-name symbolism) is meant to speak to the benefit of using well-formulated products that ward off the ever-marching effects of time. Unfortunately, this lofty goal is nearly unattainable for any makeup company. For Hourglass, it extends only to their foundations with sunscreen, not exactly earthshaking given the number of companies who can provide this benefit, and it certainly doesn't take super-expensive products. In fact at Hourglass's prices, it's unlikely you'll apply these as liberally as needed for adequate sun protection. Just another example of how expensive doesn't mean better!

For more information about Hourglass Cosmetics, visit www.hourglasscosmetics.com or call 310-392-7799.

Member Comments

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  2. Was this product a good value? (4 = Best)

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  3. Would you recommend this product? (4 = Best)

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  1. k
    Reviewed on Tuesday, June 24, 2014
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Best cosmetic product ever
    • This primer is perfection.The formulation is flawless: can´t smell or feel the spf and is quickly absorbed by your skin. You usually have to choose between the spf or the silky smooth finish NOT WITH THIS PRODUCT. Another bonus is saving on multiple skin care products and layers. I use this primer for daytime use 7 day´s a week and a light coat of serum before applying makeup. I live in South America under unbearable heat/humidity and it works like magic. I´m in love. Hourglass is a great brand

  2. Peter V
    Reviewed on Saturday, May 17, 2014
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Sun Protection?
    • Do you know if this is adequate enough to use for sun protection alone? I use Clinique's Super City Block SPF 25 as my current sun protection but was wondering if I should use this product over City Block without having my foundation smear off my oily, acne-prone face?

  3. Flo T
    Reviewed on Sunday, April 27, 2014
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      2 / 4
    • Value
      2 / 4
    Leaves a white cast
    • veil gets top marks for oil control. Unfortunately, this primer leaves a serious white cast on my dark skin. I put the primer on by itself and took a "selfie" with flash. Sure enough, I looked very ghostly. I'll experiment with the amount of product I use (I used 1.5 pumps) and also try wearing non-SPF lotion on my face next time. But for now, I won't be wearing this primer to any weddings, clubs, or anywhere else I can expect flash photography, lest I look like Casper from the neck up.

  4. Helen L
    Reviewed on Monday, January 06, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    Great primer #2
    • Ooops, I meant to say that I don't leave the house without it!

  5. Helen L
    Reviewed on Wednesday, September 25, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Great primer
    • Really love this primer due to its staying power, consistency, non-fragrance (at last something that's not topped up with irritating fragrance!), contains SPF (could do with higher SPF) and great results. It is very pricey unfortunately, but after wasting money on numerious other primers, I'll be sticking with this one as it's a top performer everytime. I don't leave the house with it!

  6. Elizabeth M.
    Reviewed on Monday, September 16, 2013
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Love this primer
    • I love this product so much. It feels so silky on my skin and leaves a matte smooth finish that works beautifully under makeup. I wish Paula could duplicate this as I love her products as well. The only drawback is that it doesn't have a higher SPF.

  7. Diane B
    Reviewed on Tuesday, June 11, 2013
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Love this primer!
    • Veil Mineral Primer Oil Free SPF 15 is wonderful; I've been using it for a few months and love the way it glides on, absorbs instantly and smooths my complexion. I have combination skin with an oily T-zone and rosacea. It provides a great base for the Dr Jart BB cream (spf 45) I use in place of foundation. I think having the spf in both products gives my face extra sun protection. The only downside is that it is expensive.

  8. Darla
    Reviewed on Tuesday, March 05, 2013
    • Results
      2 / 4
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • Value
      1 / 4
    Drying
    • Nice except it was drying around the eye area. I had better results with the Hourglass Primer No. 28 for my mature skin.

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