Being a hardcore Hourglass fan, it might seem a little peculiar that I hadn’t tried their much raved-about Veil Mineral Primer and Nº 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!
In this set, you get 10 ml (0.33 oz) of Veil Mineral Primer, and 5 ml (0.16 oz) of Nº 28 Primer Serum. The Veil Mineral Primer comes with the nice bonus of SPF 15, and the Nº 28 Primer Serum promises to be hydrating and beneficial for the skin.
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!
Nº 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 Nº 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 Nº 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 Nº 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 Nº 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 Nº 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 Nº 28 Primer Serum? What is your experience like?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx
Here is the ingredient list of Nº 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.