Product Review: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer (#ElevateYourFoundation #veilmineralprimer #contest)

Do you use a makeup primer? Because I wear a separate sunscreen everyday, and sunscreen usually doesn't play well with foundation, I need a primer to be Mom and make them play nice. Finding the Carol Brady of primers (I know you ladies my age remember Carol Brady!) isn't easy. It seems most of the primers I've tried are more like Peggy Bundy - they mean well, but they miss the mark.

There's been so much talk about the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer from Hourglass Cosmetics. It seems as if practically every beauty blogger loves it. But you guys know that I tend to be pretty cynical about anything that is hyped all over social media. If everyone is raving over it, I'm usually the last to try it because I'm convinced it can't be that great. I'm not sure if I've always been that way, or if it came with age. Ha!

Hourglass Veil  Mineral Primer

(Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.)

I had a small sample packet of the Hourglass primer a couple of months ago, and even though I only used it a few times, I liked it. As a matter of fact, I had the smallest size in my Sephora basket when I received an email from Influenster saying that I was getting the Hourglass VoxBox with the Veil Mineral Primer to test and review!! Thanks, Influenster and Hourglass!

While I had liked the sample, I wasn't prepared to love the product. But this primer is really and truly amazing. The consistency is so silky, creamy, smooth - and lightweight. Just a tiny pea-sized amount (maybe less) is enough to prime my entire face. It glides so easily over my skin, which isn't always easy over sunscreen. It dries down almost immediately, blurring pores, and leaving this lovely soft finish on my skin.

Hourglass Veil  Mineral Primer

The Veil Mineral Primer is oil-free, and appropriate for all skin types. I have an entire page devoted to describing my skin and it's issues, so I won't bore you with those details here. I let my daughter try it, too. Her skin is pretty much the total opposite of mine (except that we both have sensitive skin) - you can't see a pore on her face, and she tends to get a lot more oil throughout the day. She doesn't usually get breakouts, but she is prone to clogged pores. She really liked the primer and said it worked well for her.

Ingredients: Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 4.20%, Titanium Dioxide 2.45%. Other Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Polysilicone-11, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Hexyl Laurate, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isosterate, Stearic Acid, Alumina

As I mentioned above, I always wear a separate sunscreen. I realize this primer contains mineral sunscreen (which I appreciate), but it only offers a 15 SPF, and I use a 30 SPF for general daily wear. One of my foundations offers a 42 SPF and I wear a separate sunscreen with it as well. I just don't feel that I apply enough primer or foundation to provide adequate sun protection. I spend too much time and money on anti-aging to not use adequate sun protection. Plus I'm using tretinoin (Retin-A) now, so sun protection is a must.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

So far, I've tried the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer with several different foundations, and it has worked well with all of them. I've never had that happen with any other primer that I've used - and I've used a lot. Usually I need to use certain primers with certain foundations. I love that it works so well with everything!

Let's talk cost. Yes, a 1 oz. bottle is $54, and I know that sounds like a lot of money. But hear me out before you decide that it's just too expensive. First, a tiny bit goes a longgggggg way, so an ounce will last a good bit of time. Second - so far, for me, it's worked with every foundation. No more buying 2-3 different primers. If you only need to buy one primer instead of two or three at $20-$30, then you're probably spending less. If that still doesn't convince you, it's also available in a 0.3 oz. size for $19. I imagine even that size would last a few months, depending on whether you apply makeup every day or not (I don't). If you're one of those people who likes to get the best deal, it also comes in a 2 oz. size for $75. However, I think that size is a tube, and I much prefer the pump-top bottle.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

I'm really thinking that I may have found my holy grail primer - at least for now (or until my skin changes again). I think I'll use up my other ones on days I'm not doing anything important, and when they're gone, I won't be repurchasing. I'm an Hourglass girl now!

Do you have a favorite primer? Have you tried the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer? Leave me a comment!


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