5 things you might not need but are really nice to have around…
- A bag of delicious Bali’s Best Green Tea Latte Candies. I sucked on six of these, which are like green tea-flavored Werther’s Originals hard candies, while doing this post!
- A surfboard (because it’s a reminder of summer)
- Fresh-cut flowers
- An excellent makeup primer
Regarding No. 5, have you met my new primer crush, Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15 ($52)? It’s an oil-free liquid primer from Hourglass’s permanent line, and let me tell ya — it’s quite the charmer!
While it’s not a brand new product, Veil is new to me. I only recently got to know it well while visiting and staying with family over the past few days, when I was doing my makeup early in the mornings and needed something to help my looks last from dawn till dusk. This month, that something was Veil.
Before I settled on Veil, though, I tried a number of other primers from MAC, Make Up For Ever, Smashbox and Cover FX over the month or so since Thanksgiving. Veil’s been my favorite so far.
A lot of primers feel thick and heavy to me, like they’re smothering my combination dry/oily/acne-prone skin, but lightweight Veil quickly absorbs and doesn’t feel like it’s just sitting on the top layers of skin like a lake of pore-suffocating product. It also hasn’t caused any breakouts, near as I can tell, and I’ve heard from other girls who love it specifically for this reason.
Hourglass designed Veil to do more than increase the wear time of makeup. It also absorbs excess oil, softens the appearance of fine lines and pores, and provides some protection from sun damage through the addition of naturally-derived zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. And the company managed to do all that without the use of parabens, synthetic fragrances or dyes, sulfates or phthalates.
I think Veil does everything it’s designed to do really, really well, but even so, I don’t rely on it as my sole source of sun protection (it’s rated SPF 15). With Veil, the MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation and Tarte Agent Provocateur Powder combination I’ve been wearing a lot lately looks far fresher longer when I apply the two of them on top of a layer of Veil, and I feel like my pores and fine lines don’t look as obvious, either. As for oil, Veil’s appetite for it is insatiable. It sucks oil up on my forehead, nose and chin, dramatically reducing the shine.
Too bad the stuff costs so much… Fifty-two dollars is a lot for a 1-ounce bottle of anything, but on the plus side, I find that I only have to use about half a pump per day, and at that rate I’m guessing the bottle should last at least 4-6 months.
Sephora also sells a smaller, 0.33-ounce travel size for $17, which might be a better option if you’re curious and would like to give it a try. I don’t have any plans for New Year’s Eve yet, but if I do stay up to watch the ball drop, at least I know that Veil won’t let me down.
PRICE: $52 for a full-size 1-ounce bottle; $17 for a 0.33-ounce travel-size bottle
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Sephora stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A (an A+ if it was $25 instead of $52)
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,