I’ll just put it out there, I don’t like primers. It first started when I used the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer around 6 years ago and experienced one of the worst breakouts of my life. Around a year ago I decided to try the Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser and again it made me break out a little but what’s worse is that it actually increased my oiliness.
Whilst doing some research I stumbled across the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer SPF 15 and on a whim decided to give it a go, as I quite liked the look of the ingredients. Take from the SpaceNK website, Mineral Veil Primer is:
“A mineral-based, water-resistant primer with SPF 15 that creates an impossibly smooth canvas and seamless look. Veil eliminates redness, minimizes pore size, softens fine lines and creates a uniform canvas for a flawless makeup application. This clean, satin-finish formula helps keep makeup looking fresh and prevents fading, while SPF 15 shields the skin from the sun.”
A teeny, tiny 10ml bottle of this primer costs a whopping £20.00 and can be bought in the UK from SpaceNK or John Lewis.
Packaging: This primer comes in a frosted glass bottle with a pump. A great delivery system for a primer and hygienic too.
Formula: I really like the formula for this primer. It contains mostly silicones to give it the slippery texture but also contains mineral sunscreen. What I like about this primer is that is doesn’t feel oily when applied to the skin and it dries to a matte powdery finish.
Application: The pump dispenses a small amount of white cream which is the perfect amount for the whole face. When applied I can see the redness disappear immediately and the texture of my skin is left looking really smooth. In fact I would feel completely okay wearing this alone without foundation.
I chose to test this under the DiorSkin Airflash Foundation. After the primer set I applied this foundation using a stippling brush. This primer made my foundation look ridiculously smooth and flawless whilst maintaining the dewiness of the product.
Longevity: When I look at all the claims this product makes it indeed meets all the requirements. It reduces redness, minimizes pore size, softens fine lines for a smooth canvas, prevents fading of make-up. The only downfall was that it doesn’t control oil, but then again it didn’t claim to. I have an extremely oily T-zone and whilst this did help a bit it only kept the oiliness at bay for say around 2 more hours than usual. I also found that my make-up faded less when this was on my skin. I also used this product several times and experienced no skin reactions.
Below is a raw unedited picture of me wearing Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer under Estee Lauder Double Wear and MAC Studio Sculpt combined. I’ve found this primer works amazingly well under these foundations in particular and works really well with my combination- oily skin. I think you’ll agree it has made my skin appear really smooth and flawless.
So has my opinion on primers changed? Yes actually, I’d say so. I’m rather impressed with this primer but at that very expensive price tag it isn’t something that I personally can afford to use every day. If you’re someone who loves high end products and wants a primer to give a perfect, smooth canvas with the added benefit of SPF then this is a really good choice. For me personally this is good for when I want my make-up to stay flawless for around 6 hours, or during the cooler months. If you’re specifically looking for oil control then perhaps you should look elsewhere.