The Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15 ($52) is worth fighting for. The sleek lines of the frosted glass bottle make this primer hard to resist, but the addition of the naturally derived titanium dioxide and zinc oxide instead of chemical sun-blocking agents make this Holy Grail material in my beauty book. Sunscreen in face makeup products tends to smell funky, but the Veil is oil-free and truly fragrance-free. I adore how this unique mineral-based, water-resistant formula manages to even out my open pores without irritating my sensitive skin, and it also calms the redness on my cheeks and around my nose, though I do recommend topping with a concealer for more coverage.Â
The Veil Mineral Primer is one of the few that actually helps my foundation last an extra hour at the end of the day since it effectively absorbs excess oil. This does not mean the Veil is like an antiperspirant deodorant for the face. It always prevented my T-Zone from looking like a greasy mess back when I had combination skin, but it left my skin feeling pampered and balanced. Though my skin is normal to slightly dry now, it still works beautifully with all my liquid foundations. When I experience seasonal dry patches, I add a little extra moisturizer before applying this primer. The Veil is not ideal for very dry skin, but if you are prepared to prep your face properly (with a hydrating serum and a rich moisturizer) and love a matte base as much as I do, this Veil primer could work for you.Â
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An importantly note is that the primer will leave a white cast upon initial application, but it absorbs into the skin quickly and leaves a brightened, satiny smooth finish. Blend quickly with fingertips for best results. I never use more than one full pump for my entire face, so my first first bottle lasted nearly a year with an average of 4 applications per week.Â
The product may be a splurge at $52, but it is worth the investment for a velvety soft base to help put your best face forward!