Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer
Last Updated:12.30.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer is supposed to create a smooth canvas for flawless makeup application, but we found that it actually made matters worse! In fact, despite the "angelic" name, our review reveals the devil is in the details.

The problem starts with the liquid-cream texture which has to be shaken before use each time (otherwise it comes out runny). Like most primers, this one has a silicone-rich formula, but it requires a surprising amount of rigorous blending and leaves a matte, white cast which is especially noticeable on deeper skin tones.

When worn under makeup, particularly foundation, the texture creates a clinging effect that results in uneven application. Blending over this primer is not only difficult; it also exacerbates flaws (such as dry patches) and causes foundation to pool in pores.

About the only promise this delivers on is minimizing shine (temporarily), and at least it's fragrance-free, but that doesn't make up for all this primer's anti- "skin perfecting" qualities.

  • Temporarily minimizes shine.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Difficult to blend.
  • Leaves a white cast, particularly noticeable on deeper skin tones.
  • Grabs on to makeup, creating uneven application.
  • Draws attention to dry skin and pores.

Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Polysilicone-1, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate, Nylon-12, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Laureth-12, Alumina, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide

Brand Overview

NYX Cosmetics At-A-Glance

Strengths: NYX provides complete ingredient lists on its website; inexpensive for such quality makeup that rivals department store brands (yes, even M.A.C.); superior blush, gloss, and eyeshadow; several excellent mascaras.

Weaknesses: Many products are available only from the company's website, which means you can't see or test the colors in person (and the company doesn't offer samples); disappointing foundation primers.

This small Los Angeles–based makeup line was founded in 1999 by a woman named Toni Ko. The company's Web site is vague about Ko's background, merely stating that she developed an interest in cosmetics as a teenager (you know, just like about 99.9% of teenage women) and wanted to create her own line of cosmetics. Ko's goal was to produce high-quality products at affordable prices, and that's the draw of NYX (pronounced "nicks") Cosmetics. We are pleased to report that, for the most part, Ko succeeded in her childhood dream.

It is important to note that this line offers a full selection of makeup products, from foundations to lip gloss. However, the only place to access everything NYX Cosmetics has to offer is their Web site. The Ulta chain is the largest distributor of NYX Cosmetics products in the United States, but they carry a smaller selection of NYX products. The good news is that most of the few NYX products Ulta stocks are impressive, especially the powder eyeshadows, which compete evenly with eyeshadows that cost a lot more.

NYX Cosmetics customer service number is (866) 699-1004 or you can visit www.nyxcosmetics.com.

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Update: this primer can separate over time

Updating my review because after a few weeks of using and LOVING this stuff, I suddenly went to apply and clear liquid squirted out. Then oil. Then some white stuff. OH NO! I managed to kind of swirl these together but results were terrible. I've been shaking the bottle like mad now before using, but results still aren't as good as they were. I understand there was a similar problem with Hourglass Mineral Veil which is the product that this primer is kind of based on.

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Jenny A
Disagree with this completely

Strongly disagree with this review. The primer I purchased did not need to be shaken to work. It comes out of the tube as a homogenous white with a slightly thick consistency, like a heavy moisturizer. The woman at Ulta who sold it to me said to use only a small amount. If you wait a few minutes for the primer to soak in it shouldn't grab at your foundation and cause a streaky application. You can see the pore blurring effect before you even put the foundation on and it helps my makeup last

Reviewed by
Jenny A
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