I try to review more of the new things I buy, which means that sometimes old 'classics' gets forgotten. Though you've probably heard and read countless reviews on this cult classic of a primer, I thought I should write a review up nonetheless as it is one of my all-time favourites.
The primer comes in beautiful glass packaging, with a pump in the now signature Hourglass brown. It is oil free, paraben free, fragrance free, nanoparticle free, gluten free, synthetic dye free, sulfate free, phthlate free and vegan. All of none of these things, plus an SPF of 15, you get 30 ml of. It's supposed to help keep skin shine-free, minimise pores and create a smoother base for your foundation to go on top of.
The product itself is white and quite thin. It spreads across the skin super easily and has a very smooth feel, which is probably from the silicones it does contain. You need the absolute tiniest amount to cover most of your face, so if you are using it for the first time, start with less than you would think you'd need - you'll be surprised. This is why a bottle of this lasts a really long time, which helps with sticker shock.
Someone at youtube at some point decided that this was called The Mineral Veil, which has now kind of become it's name in the blogging world. It's actually called just 'veil' and is a mineral primer, but I've come to prefer 'Mineral Veil' after hearing it pretty much every week for a few years so I'll keep calling it that. I'm sure that's what most of you are used to as well!
When applied the primer instantly transforms the skin. It's nothing major, you'll still feel like you need foundation (unless you have model skin), but your skin is already a bit brighter and radiant looking. When foundation goes on top of this you definitely notice a difference to when you apply it on top of nothing, or a different primer. It covers better, pores are less visible or not visible at all and everything just applies so much more easily and seamlessly. If you've got fine lines or wrinkles this will help hide them.
It also helps keep the foundation on for much longer than otherwise. Lasting power obviously depends a lot on you skin type plus choice of base product, but whatever you use will stay nice and in place for at the very least a bit longer than otherwise. For me it's a few hours more with any base product, which is really all I need.
I've got combination skin that is mostly normal, but a bit dehydrated most of the year. In summer my skin gets a bit more oily and I need more help keeping makeup on - which is when this is especially good. It's not the most 'hardcore anti-shine primer' - for super hot days I still prefer Guerlain Meteorites Pearls Primer ( review - here ). I don't think this is the answer to your prayers if you've got super oily skin, but if your skin is somewhere around normal this is fantastic.
Some people don't use primer, others swear by it. I've used primers every time I've done my makeup since YSL released their 'Top Secret' one ages ago. I've gotten lazy with primers sometimes in the past year, feeling like I don't need it in the same way, but I definitely notice the difference when I do use it - and it's so much better. Out of all the ones I have - the Hourglass one is one of my all-time favourites. This bottle pictured is the second or third one I've been through, and it's almost done as well. There's not even a question in my mind on wether or not I'll re-purchase, so if you are in need of a new primer - let me recommend this one - you won't be disappointed!
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