Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer & N° 28 Primer Serum Keep Skin Happy Under Makeup!

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, N28 Primer Serum review

Being a hardcore Hourglass fan, it might seem a little peculiar that I hadn’t tried their much raved-about Veil Mineral Primer and  28 Primer Serum till recently. I don’t tend to switch base products up too often, and a full-size bottle of primer is always quite a commitment. When I found this set on Sephora (it goes for 25 USD), I just had to see for myself how these Hourglass star products perform!

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, N28 Primer Serum set

In this set, you get 10 ml (0.33 oz) of Veil Mineral Primer, and 5 ml (0.16 oz) of  28 Primer Serum. The Veil Mineral Primer comes with the nice bonus of SPF 15, and the  28 Primer Serum promises to be hydrating and beneficial for the skin.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, N28 Primer Serum

Veil Mineral Primer comes with a pump. The texture is extremely lightweight and easy to blend out. Despite the fact that it has an SPF, it doesn’t really have the sunscreen smell that I often associate with an SPF, and it doesn’t feel too silicone-y on the skin (sometimes products that contain silicone make me feel there is a waterproof layer on my skin, if you know what I mean). It gives the skin a smoother surface, so foundation goes on more easily and lasts better. Veil Mineral Primer is an all-purpose primer that doesn’t claim to control sebum production, though it does promise to absorb excess oil. The weather has been rather sunny and warm here. With this primer, my normal cheeks do A OK, but I do get some shine in my T-zone after about 5 hours. However, the shine definitely doesn’t reach the level at which I have to blot it out for a couple more hours, so all in all I would say this will work for those with combination as well as normal to dry skin types!

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, N28 Primer Serum packaging

 28 Primer Serum comes with an applicator. I can’t stress this enough: you need much less than what you think you do. A small tip: if you end up with too much product, try rubbing it into the ends of your hair. Now you can spend the next 2 minutes being amazed by how soft your hair is while waiting for the primer to sink in!

The texture of  28 Primer Serum is interesting. It feels almost like a dry oil, but it is not thick or sticky at all once it is spread out. Once it has sunk in, my skin feels extremely soft to the touch with a bit of sheen (not a greasy one so don’t be scared). It has a very light herbal smell (from the 28 different essential oil/lipid-rich plant oil in the formula). I want to say it’s a bit like camphor, but I could be wrong. It does dissipate fast enough, so in any case I am not bothered.

Most primers create a smoother surface and make foundation go on more easily, but you have to try  28 Primer Serum to know just how easy it can be! I need much less foundation to cover the same area, and my foundation brush skates around on my skin with so little effort! I have tried  28 Primer Serum all over my face. While it does not make my T-zone grease up faster, it is not the best at controlling shine. I do however, really like it on my cheeks, especially in the undereye area. Depending on the products (including eye cream, primer, foundation) I use, concealer could crease under my “bad eye.” With  28 Primer Serum, I definitely see less creasing, if any at all! I think it will work particularly well for drier and more mature skin. My normal cheeks do enjoy it enormously, so if you have normal skin it might come down to personal preferences.

Is it beneficial for the skin like what Hourglass promises? I’ll have to answer yes! Actually this goes to both primers. With or without makeup, my skin looks a bit tired at the end of the day. A lot of the times after removing makeup at the end of a long day, I could literally hear my skin say:” it’s about time you slather some nice serum/moisturizer on!” Whenever I have primed my skin with Hourglass primers however, my skin looks just as nice and fresh as it did right after I moisturized it in the morning. At first I thought I was just having a good skin day, but after repetitive experiments, I had to give Hourglass primers all the credit!

Bottom line: While I think there might be better oil-controlling primers out there for those with oilier skin, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer to combination and normal skin types, and Hourglass  28 Primer Serum to normal, dry, and mature skin. I was skeptical about primers being beneficial for the skin, but after trying these two, I have to say Hourglass is not exaggerating! If you are curious about Hourglass primers, I would strongly encourage you to pick this set up. Both bottles will last you quite a while, and you can switch things up according to skin condition/season!

Have you tried Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer or  28 Primer Serum? What is your experience like?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

Here is the ingredient list of  28 Primer Serum:

Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Cocoate, Dimethiconol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Ceramide 3, Sphingolipids, Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis) Oil, Rose Hips Seed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Sweet Almond (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) Oil, Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis) Oil, Olive (Olea Europaea) Oil, Hazelnut (Corylus Americana) Oil, Borage (Borago Officinalis) Seed Oil, Kukui (Aleurites Moluccana) Nut Oil, Cherry (Prunus Avium) Pit Oil, Tocopherol, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Linoleate, Panthenyl Triacetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Octyldodecanol, Dioctyl Succinate, Peg-8, Tridecyl Stearate, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Lithospermum Officinale Root Extract, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Citric Acid, Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia) Oil, Geranium (Geranium Maculatum) Oil, Rose Geranium (Pelargonium Roseum) Oil, Vanilla (Vanilla Planifolia) Oil, Clove (Eugenia Caryophyllus) Oil, Orange (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis) Peel Oil, Petitgrain (Citrus Reticulata) Oil, Amyris (Amyris Balsamifera) Oil, Benzoin Siam Absolute, Lemon (Citrus Medica Limonum) Peel Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Oil, Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) Leaf Oil, Bois De Rose (Aniba Rosaeodora) Oil, Cedar (Thuja Occidentalis) Leaf Oil, Ylang Ylang (Cananga Odorata) Oi

Here is the ingredient list of Veil Mineral Primer:

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



  • http://www.bellachique.be Teri

    Ooooh, the serum one really looks amazing! I’m still looking for the perfect primer, I might want to try this whenever Hourglass is hopefully more available here.

    • Sunny

      Hey Teri, I think your skin might be just slightly drier than mine, so the primer serum could work really well for you! It is a pity that Hourglass is almost impossible to get here nowadays. I hope things will change soon!

      • Sunny

        FYI Teri, I just found out Liberty London carries Hourglass and they do ship here!

  • http://beautyreflectionsblog.com Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    I agree! The No.28 Primer is my FAVOURITE! It’ so great for dry skin. It makes any foundation I wear look even better, especially powders! LOVE.

    • Sunny

      Hey Tracy, I think it’s incredible just HOW easily foundation goes on, and how much less you need to cover the same area! This one is a keeper!

  • http://aucupariabrumalis.wordpress.com Claire

    I broke out from the mineral primer but the n28 sounds like it would work for my dry skin. I am so curious now, loved how you described how it feels ;) I already have my HG primer, the RBR metamorphoses one but I would like to try the Hourglass nevertheless :) xxx

    • Sunny

      Aww I’m so sorry to hear about that, Claire! I haven’t tried the RBR one. I don’t tend to switch things up too often when it comes to base makeup, so it might be a while before I get there (but I most probably will)!

  • http://missprettysunshine.blogspot.be/ Undraa

    I only recently heard of Hourglass and heard amazing things about their lip treatment oil (Hourglass No.28). Is it available in Belgium? Looks very interesting.

    • Sunny

      Hey girl, nope unfortunately for the moment it’s very tricky to get Hourglass products in Belgium. Zuneta used to carry the brand, but now it’s merging with another site so the shop is virtually empty. I’m hoping Hourglass will soon be available on a UK-based webshop because I need my fix too!

      • Sunny

        Hey, I just found out Liberty London carries Hourglass and they ship to Belgium! Hope this helps :)

        • Tigerlily

          Uh-oh! This is great and scary news at the same time! My skin says thank you (so much) for sharing while my wallet just shivered…

  • http://beautiesatwork.wordpress.com/ beauties

    I don’t think these primers would suit my oily skin :)

    • Sunny

      Hey Eva, apparently some people find them good, but with base products mileage could indeed vary quite a bit!

  • Shoegal

    Interesting product! The serum seems like would help my dry flakey skin, but would it be overkill putting all these products on my face? Serum, moisturizer, and then hourglass serum plus foundation? Please advise, my beauty guru!

    • Sunny

      Hey girl, I think the Primer Serum might be right up your alley!

      I don’t think it’ll be too much, but it depends on what serum and moisturizer you combine with it. If I’m using the Hourglass Primer Serum, I can most definitely skip moisturizer but everyone’s skin is different. If you can find a travel-size bottle I’d definitely encourage you to try out different combinations till you find one that your skin loves!

  • http://kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.wordpress.com/ Kiss & Make-up

    I heard so many great things about this primer and its oil-fighting capacities. I was planning on buying it when I use up my current primer. But now I am not so sure anymore… my skin keeps getting oilier and oilier, so I need a heavy-duty primer.

    • Sunny

      Hey Melissa, aww I’m so sorry to hear about that :( If you can get a sample or a small bottle of Veil Mineral Primer, I’d still encourage you to try. Apparently some people with oilier skin have good experience with this too!

      • http://kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.wordpress.com/ Kiss & Make-up

        Yeah, that might be a good idea. I’ll go beg for a sample! :-)

  • Lesley

    I’ve used these for at least 1.5-2 years now. I started off with the mineral primer…and then discovered the serum primer and have been using that since. Weird thing is, I have combination skin and it doesn’t make me oilier..in fact, I think the oils in the serum primer help keep my face moisturized as I used to be one of those that like my face to feel “squeaky clean” when I wash it..long gone are those days! After I wash my face, I apply the serum primer like a moisturizer…then I top it with tinted sunscreen (on work days, this is my foundation) or foundation, then set with powder. Crazy good (:

    • Sunny

      Hey Lesley, thanks so much for sharing your experience! I don’t think the Primer Serum makes my skin grease up faster either, but if I don’t do some oil control I might have to blot twice a day. Frankly speaking I’m too lazy for that ;) I had a long period of my life when I loved the squeaky clean feeling. Not anymore! I’ve been opting for products that are more gentle on the skin, and making sure I keep it properly hydrated. I think some wisdom only comes with age LOL

  • http://icarias.blogspot.ca Icaria

    Oh now I’m intrigued. This would probably be quite nice for Winter since recently my skin has become quite oily especially in the t-zone area. If my wallet allows me and it’s still available I just might pick up that kit during Summer to try in the Fall but I so want the Ambient Lighting Powder too! Decisions, decisions. :)

    • Sunny

      Hey Helene, for oilier skin I think Veil Mineral Primer might be a better bet! I hope you’ll get to try this set and the Ambient Lighting Powder soon!

  • http://www.bakingbeauty.net Krystle Kouture (Baking Beauty)

    I’ve heard great things about this. I need all the help I can get smoothing out my skin. However i’m not a fan of the applicator.

    I saw this in the Sephora checkout line in travel size, I wonder if it applies the same way.

    • Sunny

      Hey Krystle, a full-size bottle just has a pump. I’m not too sure if the travel-size bottle is the same as this one, but it might be. I just dab some on the back of my hand before picking it up and applying it on my face. You really just need a TEENY bit!

      • Lesley

        Travel-sized ones do still have the pump. Actually almost the same price if you break it down by volume. I buy the travel-sized ones for convenience and..in case I don’t want to commit! HTH.

  • http://www.peggytimmermans.be/blog peggy timmermans

    Ahhhh you’ve tried them! Very well. As you know the Veil is my favourtie primer evah! No greasy T-zone at all on my skin!

    • Sunny

      Hey Peggy, yes I finally did! I think it might keep my T-zone shine-free all day in autumn/winter. For the moment my skin is already back to the oilier state!

  • http://www.beautyinclusive.be Beautyinclusive

    It looks so professional and good! I want it! :)

    • Sunny

      Hey Heidi, it does! That’s the Hourglass vibe!

  • http://redhotjillypeppers.com Redhotjillypeppers

    The primer serum sounds appealing ! And it doesn’t contain parabens so that’s great, too.

    • Sunny

      Hey Jill, oh yeah you just reminded me! Hourglass products never contain parabens. I’m so used to that I forgot to mention it again in my post ;)

  • Rachel

    I thought about getting this set the last time I ordered, but ultimately left it behind. It’s definitely going in the cart next time though!

    • Sunny

      Hey Rachel, I’ve definitely been there! You should really give them a go when you get a chance next time!

  • http://beautyreductionista.blogspot.ca/ Liz

    I’m pretty oily but the No. 28 keeps me really matte for some reason! I think it’s one of those rare miracle products that balance the skin no matter which type you are. I’ve used 3-4 full sizes of the Veil Mineral in the past and also thought it was not only mattifying and priming but actually beneficial to the skin. I’d break out if I stopped using them. Had to stop buying them as I got distracted and more frugal as months went by, but I’m thinking of splurging for one or both of them the next time I need primers. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

    • Sunny

      Hey Liz, wow that’s good to know! I find it incredible that my skin looks just as nice and fresh at the end of the day as it does in the morning. That’s something I haven’t really seen many makeup items achieve!

  • http://www.nailsandcupcakes.com Isabelle

    I’ve read so much about these products already.. I’m not really a primer kind of girl, I’m using my By Terry one occasionally and am now trying to use up the Poreless Profesionnal by Benefit because otherwise it’ll go bad and will have been wasted sitting in my cabinet.. I’m not even sure why I don’t put them on that often! I can clearly see a huge difference when I use the Hyaluronic one by By Terry, so I should really put my mind to it and use it every day. I might have to hang up a post-it to remind me! :)

    Might buy this one by Hourglass in the US, if perhaps by then I mentally gave in to primers and using them daily.

    • Sunny

      Hey Isabelle, I wasn’t really into primers till recently. I think it’s also a habit to be honest! It’ll be so nice in summer for base makeup not to melt away!

      You should definitely take a look at this set when you’re in the US! It’s a bit of a pity that it’s a Sephora exclusive!

  • http://eyeheartit.blogspot.com Larie

    I want to try the n28 serum, but I haven’t gotten around to it. Most primers have been fail for me, haha! And then the added step of actually putting it on T_T I’m lazy, Sunny.

    • Sunny

      Haha I know what you mean, Larie! I only started using a primer recently, and I pretty much only do it when I have somewhere fancier to go ;) Still, it’s always nice to have one that you like on hand!

  • http://mybeautysample.com/ Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    I love these primers! Glad you were finally able to try them for yourself :) I use the Veil Mineral primer all the time now when I need to look my best. The N°28 serum is really nice too, though I’m careful about using it as often so I won’t break out. But it is incredible and somehow doesn’t make my already-oily skin oilier like I thought it would! It’s amazing and makes your skin feel impossibly silky. Love them both! And REALLY love this little duo. I think it’s great that Hourglass sells it in a smaller size for people to try out!

    • Sunny

      Hey Becca, I know!!! A full-size bottle of foundation/primer is always quite a commitment. I wouldn’t really purchase anything along that line without trying it first. So happy with this set! I’m sure it’ll last me quite some time too!

  • http://memoiselle.com/ Meryl @ Memoiselle

    The primer sounds very good! If only hourglass is more available in SIngapore, I’d be happy to try those products!

    • Sunny

      Hey Meryl, I understand. I’ve relied on extensive online research, and everything seems to work well enough so far. Still, it’d just be GREAT if I could wander into a store to swatch everything!

  • http://mylucitedreams.com Taylor

    I recently picked this duo up from Sephora, I havnt yet out them to good use but now I must try them ASAP. You make them sound amazing, I feel like I need to start including a good primer into my routine now with the warmer weather. I can’t wait!

    • Sunny

      Hey Tayloy, I’d love to hear what you think after you’ve given them a proper go!

  • LeeAnn

    Mineral Veil broke me out too. :’(

    • Sunny

      Aww I’m so sorry to hear that, LeeAnn!

  • http://www.unprofessionalbeautyblog.com Angela @ The Unprofessional Beauty Blog

    I’ve never tried the primer serum, so I don’t know how that works. But I do have the mineral primer in full size, and I love it.

    • Sunny

      Hey Angela, good to know! If your skin isn’t very oily, I’d recommend Primer Serum as well!

  • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/blog Catherine @ bcrueltyfree

    I’ve only recently been able to try Hourglass and I really haven’t stopped singing their praises since! I’m sure I’ll be trying this at some point, though I’m in no rush given the size of my primer stash

    • Sunny

      Hey Catherine, I hope you’ll love them when you get to try!

  • http://lifeandlensofbeauty.blogspot.hk jenni@lifeandlensofbeauty.blogspot.hk

    I picked this up during the last sephora ff sale via a friend too! i briefly tried on my hands and they both felt heavenly on the skin! I have high hopes for them!

    • Sunny

      Hey Jenni, I’d love to hear about your experience!

  • http://www.chloeash.com Lily

    I’ve been so curious about the Hourglass primers! I want to try them once I use up mine. For face products, starting with primers, I’m practicing or at least trying to practise “one at a time” policy. LOL!

    • Sunny

      Hey Lily, that’s a good policy! I don’t really hoard base products. I feel like it takes me so long to really know a primer/foundation, and having to do it all the time is frankly exhausting ;)

  • Chloe

    “While I think there might be better oil-controlling primers out there for those with oilier skin”

    what primers would you also recommend for oily skin?

    • Sunny

      Hey Chloe, my favorite oil-controlling primer is Becca Resurfacing Primer! I know Becca launched a couple more recently, and there is a mattifying one that doesn’t contain silicone (haven’t tried so I can’t tell you if it works though)! If you’re looking for some oil control I’d steer you in that direction :)

  • http://www.glambunctious.com Kristen @ Glambunctious

    I picked this up over the weekend! I used the Veil Mineral Primer today and did a double-take when my makeup was still rockin’ 13 hours later! That never happens! I’d recently tried an expensive mattifying primer that performed really poorly. I cannot believe how great this stuff is! I haven’t used the No. 28 one yet because if it’s labelled moisturizing, it typically makes me too oily, but it might be good for cooler weather. Thanks for reviewing this duo, Sunny!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Oh yay, Kristen! I’m so glad to hear that! You should try the Primer Serum on your cheeks or when it gets cooler. My cheeks love this thing!

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