Most makeup enthusiasts sit within two groups, some believe that primers are an unnecessary addition to our routines and then there are those like myself who believe primers have a place in the market, provided you choose a primer suited to your skin type and personal preferences.
Makeup primers, much like a base primer applied before painting a house, prepare a surface prior to foundation application to achieve the user's desired result. Over the years I have dabbled in many forms of complexion primers, some claiming to extend foundation longevity, others promising to keep oily skin matte, dry skin hydrated, dull skin looking radiant, primers that smooth fine lines, disguise the appearance of enlarged pores, or correct skin discolouration. Some haven't come close to meeting my expectations, other's like the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer SPF15 have exceeded them.
I sound like a broken record for repeating this once again but I live in the tropics where the days are exceptionally warm and even more humid, I'm forever looking for products that will last throughout a full working day on my combination skin. The Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer SPF15 claims to have a weightless non greasy feel on the skin, extend foundation longevity, blur the appearance of pores, minimise the look of fine lines and wrinkles, conceal pigmentation in the skin, and help protect the skin from sun damage with mineral broad spectrum SPF15. I agree 100% with Hourglass, the formula is lightweight, a little goes a long way as the silicone based formula spreads easily over the skin and sets almost immediately to an ultra comfortable matte but not flat finish, disappearing seamlessly once absorbed. It does indeed reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, and softly blurs fine lines, blemishes and uneven skin texture. Best of all really helps to extend the wear of my foundation, by preventing significant oil break through or allowing my foundation to go patchy. I adore the inclusion of mineral based sun protection, although I do already wear broad spectrum SPF daily, a little more couldn't hurt.
Regular readers know all too well that I prefer both my skincare and makeup to be both irritant and fragrance free, I am so pleased that the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer SPF15 meets that criteria. The formula is also vegan, paraben free, sulfate free, oil free, phthalate free, gluten free, formulated without synthetic dyes and wasn't tested on animals.
Full ingredients include:
Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 4.20%, Titanium Dioxide 2.45%. Inactive Ingredients: Alumina, Cyclopentasiloxane, Hexyl Laurate, Isododecane, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Polysilicone-11, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Stearic Acid.
Yes it's a pricey product, I won't deny that, but the results speak for themselves and if it is within your budget I absolutely recommend trying it out for yourself. The Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer SPF15 Primer is available in travel size, full size and jumbo size (full size pictured).
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