To be 100 percent with you guys, I've never been much of a primer girl. Because my skin is so parched most of the time, I've often preferred rich moisturizers that seal over any dry patches to ensure my makeup glides on seamlessly. Primers, on the other hand, always seemed geared towards those with oily skin, or those looking to add luminosity to dull-looking areas. What's more, the claims that most primers make — sweat-proof, waterproof, 24-hour wear, and so on — made me wary, as they always seemed a bit unrealistic.
Then, on a whim I decided to give the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer a go, mostly because it landed on my desk and I thought, Why Not? But also because I've seen some of my favorite beauty influencers wax poetic about it on YouTube. Those who swear by it say it allows makeup to apply more beautifully, aids in longevity, and imparts an "airbrushed" finish to the skin — all things I'm very much into when it comes to my face beat.
Much to my surprise — and delight — it did not disappoint. Its lightweight , airy texture felt soothing upon application, downsized the appearance of my (massive) pores, as well as my fine lines, and even diffused some of my redness. It contains two physical sunscreens (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide) that amount to an SPF 15 (so you still need to wear sunscreen underneath), but I didn't find it looked white or chalky at all on my skin. I was also elated to find that it didn't highlight any of my rough patches, but rather smoothed over them, allowing the makeup to sit better on the skin. And any product that helps me avoid falling victim to "cake-face," I can get behind.
The verdict? I'll definitely be reaching for this primer on days when I want my makeup to look especially flawless, or when I know I'll be wearing foundation for a long period of time. Who would've guessed I'd become a convert? Not me, that's for sure.
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