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Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

What it is:A mineral-based, water-resistant primer with SPF 15 that neutralizes the skin, minimizes shine, and creates a smooth, uniform canvas for flawless makeup application.What it does:This clean, satin-finish formula helps keep makeup looking fresh and prevents fading. Veil Mineral Primer also absorbs excess oils and minimizes the appearance of pores by evenly distributing light to help hide and soften skin imperfections and fine lines.What it is formulated WITHOUT:- Parabens- Sulfates- PhthalatesWhat else you need to know:Veil Mineral Primer is formulated with naturally derived titanium dioxide and zinc oxide instead of chemical sun-blocking agents. This water-resistant primer is also 100 percent free of fragrance, oil, and gluten.
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Questions & Answers for Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

Question
do u need to wear a moisturiser before you apply primer
asked 4 years ago
Anonymous
on Veil Mineral Primer
13 answers
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answer 1
You always have to apply moisturizer to your skin beforehand. This is a primer and doesn't have skincare properties. It does a fantastic job and may look like you do not need a moisturizer. But it doesn't matter if you have dry or oily skin, always apply your skincare, because it will regulate your skin.
answered 10 months ago
SimplyMeee
(Wichita Falls, TX)
answer 2
Yes. I have combination/oily skin and I always moisturize with a light moisturizer before I prime. I use Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation and then this. I feel like my makeup looks fresher when I do both.
answered 11 months ago
JeKnee
(Seattle, WA)
answer 3
You dont really have to .. but i always too because of my dry skin. It actually looks better once youre done and gives a more dewy look.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
Kimmyfernandez
(NEW YORK , NEW YORK)
answer 4
YES!
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
smithaarona
(Akron, Ohio)
answer 5
If you're dry or normal, I'd say yes. If oily or combo, no.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
pbcup04
(Florida)
answer 6
You should always moisturize. A Sephora skin care specialist told me that my oily skin will be oilier if I don't moisturize because skipping a moisturizer makes your skin produce more oil. I emailed Hourglass about their tinted moisturizer and they say to moisturize, prime, then apply that product. I say that to say, yes, you should moisturize first. I have pretty oily skin and have had great results using Clinique's Moisture Surge gel under this primer. On oily days, I use the Boscia green tea blotting linens once a day and that fixes any breakthrough oiliness this primer doesn't fix. i hope this long-winded answer helps!
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
Sensitisma
(Augusta, GA)
answer 7
YES!!! I have extremely oily skin, and I always thought that a daily moisturizer was the enemy to my face, but i have been proven wrong! After a lot of convincing from a skin specialist i decided to break down and start using a moisturizer. Nothing special and expensive, just Sephora's brand, because I didn't want to spend a lot of (what I thought would be) wasted money. I can't say enough about the difference it has made! I have found my skin to actually be LESS oily with moisturizing! Also, I feel it actually smoothes my skin before priming, which I also do daily before make-up application. Make sure you are using a FACE moisturizer, though. Don't use your regular body cream on your face or it will make your skin gross.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
briebelle00
(Elkhart, Indiana)
answer 8
I always do. I never consulted anyone about this so I could be wrong. I use a lightweight moisturizer with an spf. I let that settle before applyin the primer. Words out fine for me. Good luck and experiment. That's the true way of finding out.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
peanutb
answer 9
Yes.
answered 4 years ago
sfuller2
(El Segundo)
answer 10
Yes, I use one in the winter when it's dry out. Not sure if I'll need it in the summer when it's humid.
answered 4 years ago
tiibird
(NYC NY)
answer 11
Yes!
answered 4 years ago
sephoraholic1017
(New York, NY)
answer 12
Hello, You do not need to use a moisturiser prior to using primer, although it will benefit the skin (as always). Many oilier skins skip a moisturiser when using primer, especially in hotter or more humid weather. I have combination skin that becomes very oily in the T-zone & I use a moisturising serum prior to my primer, but skip the moisturiser most days (exception being very cold/dry winter days).
answered 4 years ago
carolineg
(Boston, MA)
answer 13
Unless you have very oily skin, I would. The first layer I put on usually sinks into my skin, and this isn't moisturizing enough by itself for dry skin. Its great to use over a basic moisturizer to get a little more smoothness and a good chemical free sunscreen on your face prior to going outside with or without a foundation that does not have sunscreen.
answered 4 years ago
ellenmd
(Roslyn, NY)
Question
I already own this primer & it works very well for my oily skin. I was wondering if i can use it alone as a moisturizer for my night skincare routine?
asked 3 years, 2 months ago
sephoraaddict4
(San Francisco, CA)
on Veil Mineral Primer
13 answers
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answer 1
My answer was posted on the wrong question...please disregard :)
answered 10 months ago
Cherizzle
(Arlington, TX)
answer 2
First let me start by saying that having oily skin and having acne-prone skin are not the same thing. They can definitely accompany each other, but they aren't the same thing. This primer is amazing for oily skin, but there could be an ingredient that irritates your acne-prone skin, while still dramatically minimizing the oiliness. Also, it may not affect someone else's skin, but it may irritate yours. Everyone's skin is different and that includes what causes your acne. That being said, there are no typical blemish-causing ingredients in this primer, no irritants and no fragrance and it IS a great option for acne-prone skin. I would suggest asking for a sample from your local Sephora and seeing how your skin reacts to it if you are really concerned. Ask one of their makeup artists to try it on you with a foundation that you know works for you and see how it wears on you. That's what I did. I had a foundation match at Sephora for a new foundation (MUFE Mat Velvet) and asked about a good primer for oily skin and this was her top suggestion. She gave me a sample so that I could see if I liked it after wearing for a few hours before outright purchasing it. Well, I will definitely be purchasing once my sample is gone. It's definitely worth a try if you have oily skin; it cuts down the oil on my face like nothing I have ever used before (I'm 32 and have used hundreds of products over the years) and I have very oily skin. I also have blemish-prone skin, and I've only used this product for about 4 days, but no issues thus far. The person stating that this isn't for oily skin is really mistaken because that's exactly what it is for. The fact that a Sephora makeup artist told them that is also sad. I would not recommend for dry skin, as it goes on matte as soon as you put it on your skin and I have read the reviews by people with dry skin. It also does NOT have shimmer in it (as that same person stated); I noticed an iridescent effect which I assume is what helps neutralize your skin by helping to distribute light to help hide and soften skin imperfections, just like the description says. I have yellow undertones, but a lot of red in my skin that I can't stand, and this helps neutralize that redness. Look up Paula's Choice for a professional, unbiased review on this; I don't purchase anything that goes on my face without consulting that website. I would provide the link, but Sephora doesn't want me to. Let me also tell you that my Sephora makeup artist said that Smashbox primers are all hype, and complete cr@p. I can say that I've used it in the past and was never impressed so I stopped using primer altogether until just now after reading testimonials that the new foundation I wanted worked best with a primer.
answered 10 months ago
Cherizzle
(Arlington, TX)
answer 3
I wouldn't. This is meant as a foundation primer, not as a moisturizer. If you are happy with the primer you currently use, you can give this a miss, as it's pretty pricey. I was also happy with my primers til I tried this, though, and it is now my favourite foundation primer. But for moisturizer, look for something else - that would be my advice.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
dancingdream99
(Toronto, Ontario)
answer 4
What I would do it use it over my moisturizer instead of using it alone. I don't do it myself because I don't have problems with my moisturizer but another MUA for another brand said to use primer over your night moisturizer to lock it in. I haven't tried it with this primer but I do notice that when I use it with my day moisturizer, when I was my face @ the end of the day, my skin is so smooth.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
meehluvmakeup
(Honolulu, HI)
answer 5
RE: Using this at night as a moisturizer: Im not an expert, just a consumer who loves this product, but due to the spf and general purpose as a daytime primer, I would use a different product at night that is geared towards hydration-or whatever your specific needs are. Also, given the price of this product, I only want to use it where it makes the most sense.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
leslee
(Tulsa,OK)
answer 6
I wouldn't recommend it as it has SPF in it. One, I think it's a waste of product when you don't need protection at night, you want moisturizers with repairing properties. So save your money, keep this for daytime use under makeup, and get a good moisturizer for night.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
kmball
(Kansas City, MO)
answer 7
This isn't meant as a moisturizer, I wouldn't recommend that at all. You would want something that allows your pores to breathe especially at night, the point of primer is to block everything from getting in, you might risk clogging your pores and making your skin worse if you sleep with this on.
answered 3 years ago
stylediva80
(Chicago, IL)
answer 8
I probably would not use it at night because I use Josie Maran's Argan oil and I think I would be wasting it. I do use it with just moisturizer if I don't feel like wearing foundation during the day. Just dust a little powder over it.
answered 3 years ago
lucy2045
answer 9
you could use this product at night but i don't think it was designed for that purpose. if i were you, i would use a daytime face lotion for your skin at night :)
answered 3 years ago
meg1985
(Rochester, NY)
answer 10
I do not recommend you use this primer as a moisturizer, because it only have oil-control ingredients (not moisturizers!). You should try the Shiseido Pureness Matifying Moisturizer Oil-Free. This is the best moisturizer for oily skin, I am in love with it! I live in Puerto Rico, having high temperatures all the year, and I have a very oily skin. I can tell you that this Sheseido Moisturizer is excellent. I use it also in my neck and chest areas. Try it, and you will solve your problem!
answered 3 years ago
maribel
(Ponce, Puerto Rico)
answer 11
You can use this alone. I do that when I'm in a rush to get out of the house, but as a moisturzer at night? NO WAY.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
nolasriah
(Denver, CO)
answer 12
No. I would not recommend it as a moisturizer. It is a great sunscreen and primer, but at night is when your skin repairs itself. You need a real moisturizer. I would recommend Luzern Force de Vie Micro Gel for oily skin or Josie Maran Argan Oil moisturizer for combination skin.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
everafterall
(Dublin GA)
answer 13
I recommend you use Ole Henriksen's Sheer Transformation moisturizer. It's super lightweight, oil free and absorbs quickly, leaving your skin very soft. Plus it lasts a long time.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
desireevmv
(Austin, TX)
Question
for dry skin?
I have dry skin in the winter and just bought (and love) the Hourglass Tinted Moisturizer. Would this do me any good? I do not have an oil issue.
asked 3 years, 1 month ago
lovinglady
(Northville MI)
on Veil Mineral Primer
12 answers
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answer 1
I have extremely dry skin, with flaky patches and all ((YUCK!)). I use a moisturizer ((one most people would use at night)), let it set and absorb for about 10 minutes then apply this primer over top. It locks in all of the moisture in my skin, and even better it waterproofs whatever you put over it! Even better than that, you CAN apply it to the eyelid (something I found out from my sephora consultant).

I think that you will be completely satisfied with this product, and will find that as long as you use a good moisturizer under it, it will help to maintain your skins moisture levels!
Good Luck!
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
piccolist13
(Virginia Beach, VA)
answer 2
This primer made my face look too oily so I would think it would be perfect for dry skin. I do use the foundation and am in love with it, so light and goes such a long way with the foundation brush. I would try it, just not for me.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
femmegirl44
(Boston, MA)
answer 3
It would definatley work well...I use a tinted moisturizer and this primer makes it even better
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
lcartgrl
answer 4
This should be great for you - it's not drying but doesn't over-moisturize as well.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
stephanie777
(Georgetown, TX)
answer 5
I also have dry skin and use a moisturizer with Veil. The directions say to apply moisturizer first, which is what I do. Veil doesn't dry my skin in any way, and it helps to keep my foundation in place at times when my moisturizer might otherwise work against me.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
missfrizzle67
(Fresno, CA)
answer 6
I really don't think this is for you if you have dry skin at all. I have combination skin, and this stuff instantly dried my skin out, making it tight and flaky. My skin is not normally dry like that, even when I skip my moisturizer. Yuck! ...Hope this helps :)
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
vanityaphair
(Madison, WI)
answer 7
I actually bought this product because the sales person told me it helped seal in moisture, and they were right! I have combination skin and this made dry spots soft and oily spots "dewy" rather than slicked.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
alwaysimproving
answer 8
This primer has a lighter feel, so I don't know if it will add much moisture to your skin. You might prefer the Smashbox Photo Finish original.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
figpox
(Columbus, OH)
answer 9
My skin gets dry and sometimes peels around the nose and mouth in the winter. I bought the small size of this to try it out and it's fantastic. Smoothing, soothing and not drying at all. No breakouts either. Way less ingredients than other primers and I find there is less to irritate sensitive skin. Moisturize and then apply a pea size amount of primer.
answered 3 years ago
cynnymn
(New Fairfield, CT)
answer 10
This primer is fabulous, and I would definitely suggest using it prior to applying the tinted moisturizer. It is not oily, but seems to smooth the surface of the skin. I noticed the difference when I forgot to apply it prior to applying the tinted moisturizer.
answered 3 years ago
ashleysmum
(Manson, WA)
answer 11
If you wear it on top I think it would give you a smoother finish, I put a moisturizer on underneath. It waterproofs your makeup and it's great if you're going to wear foundation over top... I'm just not sure of the value you're going to get for your money if you're not going to wear a foundation over it. I wouldn't recommend wearing your moisturizer over top because I don't think it will absorb into your skin properly.
answered 3 years ago
stylediva80
(Chicago, IL)
answer 12
My skin is a little dry too and I feel like it helps. I also love it!
answered 3 years ago
lucy2045
Question
how is this compared to Smashbox Photo Finish Original Primer?
asked 3 years ago
saolover26
(San Diego, CA)
on Veil Mineral Primer
12 answers
Answers
answer 1
I'm not a fan of the Smashbox primers but this primer blows every other primer that I do like right out of the water. IMO, Smashbox can't hold a candle to Hourglass.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
dancingdream99
(Toronto, Ontario)
answer 2
This product lasts longer and goes on lighter.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
stephanie777
(Georgetown, TX)
answer 3
I have used Photo finish primer and this works soo much better. Never really noticed a difference with the photo finish, but everything stayed perfectly in place & looked fresh all day with this
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
ginflows
(Fredericksburg,VA)
answer 4
No. I loved the Smashbox primers. This is not even close. It stings my skin.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
lovinglady
(Northville MI)
answer 5
I like it better. It has the same great staying power, but it doesn't feel as heavy as the Smashbox product. Let's put it this way: Smashbox' Photo Finish Light used to be my favorite primer. Now I can't do without this one!
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
figpox
(Columbus, OH)
answer 6
I tried Smashbox - it did not work for me. I am African American with very oily skin. I gave the product away.
answered 3 years ago
gigi9194
(Columbia, MD)
answer 7
I was a smashbox girl myself, and this blows it away, people will stop you on the street and you won't be able to stop looking at yourself in the mirror just shocked at how smooth and even your skin looks
answered 3 years ago
stylediva80
(Chicago, IL)
answer 8
I personally have used the SmashBox primer and the HG Primer puts all others to shame!! It is wonderful!! It reallt helps us oily skinned girls keep our make-up on and in place!!
answered 3 years ago
wykenzie
(wyoming)
answer 9
i was very disappointed with the smashbox primer. I thought it was too heavy and left a weird residue on my skin. This product to me was a million times better. light weight, and absorbed perfectly into my skin. Kept my foundation on all day and felt like my complexion was picture perfect from morning to evening.
answered 3 years ago
dullbaby
answer 10
prefer it to Smashbox -- which tended to be a bit greasy and lacks SPF
answered 3 years ago
valorie1
(Knoxville, TN)
answer 11
I tried the Smashbox too since I had heard a lot about that one as well. For me, it was just okay. The feel and smoothness of Hourglass was just so much better. No comparison.
answered 3 years ago
la24
(Santa Rosa, CA)
answer 12
it doesn't just add a nice, silky foundation to work from (as the smashbox product does), but it also boosts radiance and evens out darker areas of skin.
answered 3 years ago
meg1985
(Rochester, NY)
Question
Too matte for older skin?
I recently purchased this primer and while it went on silky smooth, I have noticed that it makes my skin look too matte? Has anyone else noticed this issue with this primer? I'm in my late 40's with nice skin but think maybe I don't need a primer? I don't have any issues with my foundation staying put all day...It is advertised as "minimizing shine"....maybe a little "shine" is good for slightly older skin!
asked 2 years, 10 months ago
karenh
(Goodlettsville, TN)
on Veil Mineral Primer
12 answers
Answers
answer 1
I'll be 40 this year, and I actually love it for under my eyes. I don't think it is drying or too matte, I think it feels very moisturizing. Even after it dries, my skin feels very soft.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
bystarlight
(Tennessee, USA)
answer 2
To me, this product is very mattifying. I have combination skin and it really sucks the life out of my face. To me, as you age, a very matte finish is just more aging.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
amandahw
(Yorktown VA)
answer 3
yes i feel the same way, i am 42 and have nice skin (thank goodness) but as much as i like this primer i do feel it is matte and a little drying as the day goes on....having said that i read about guerlain meterorites primer, and i have also just purchased dr jarts beauty balm which is great and i use it on top of this primer and my skin looked great/ my skin looked hydrated and my makeup stayed on all day....hope this helps/
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
alie621
(New York, New York)
answer 4
You can never go wrong with a sample! I would honestly say that if your skin isn't the 'greasy' type of shiny then you could skip this product.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
smithaarona
(Akron, Ohio)
answer 5
If the primer settles into your skin you may not need a primer after all. Try just using an oil free moisturizer 10 minutes before you apply your makeup. That should provide the moisture your skin needs and keep you comfortable throughout the day.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
midnightphoenix
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 6
I use Lancome's luminizing foundation with it and it give me that "glow" from within. I'm 58! Hope this helps.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
betteb
(Scottsville, Va)
answer 7
I am dry as well so I moisturize really well before I use it. It does not make me look dull. I do use a hydrating foundation so it does balance itself out a little.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
bmorehon
(Baltimore, MD)
answer 8
I think it's fine for older skin...as long as you moisturize...because it does mattify the skin, so if your not looking for that property, you might want to try moisturizing first, or a different primer altogether.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
pbcup04
(Florida)
answer 9
Although I am 49, admittedly my skin is still oily. I worried that I would look chalky but that hasn't been the case at all.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
missjr
(Washington, D.C.)
answer 10
This primer is definitely matte, and it does reduce shine, absorbing oil, but the matte finish doesn't look dry, but gives your face a very smooth youthful finish, it fills in tiny age lines but doesn't make you look mask-like. I wear with either bare mineral powder over it or apply over my moisture with a little argan luminizer. Try a sample first, or return it if it doesn't work with your skin type.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
seaglitter
(Central Coast)
answer 11
I don't think you can be too old for primer, its always nice to have something to even out your skin. But if you find that this makes you too matte maybe you need a more hydrating moisturizer before you use the primer or you can always use a foundation that gives you a more dewy finish. Hydrating foundation is usually best for mature skin.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
meesh29
(Fountain Valley, CA)
answer 12
It's definetely not for oily skin, so if you have oily, or even normal to oily, i would say avoid this product. A good primer for older skin would be the anti aging from korres, or the photofinish from smashbox. But when in doubt, ask a Sephora sales associate and they can reccomend something perfect for you. There are toooons of primers out there, and they are a must for anyone, as they keep your skin healthier, keep your makeup from settling into fine lines, and keep your makeup from running our disappearing. So my suggestion would be to go into a Sephora and ask an associate about primers and ask her to make some samples for you to take home and try out! Good luck!
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
jamiihicks
(Mission Viejo, CA)
Question
okay for acne prone skin?
I have benn using the cover fx for the longest time but i dnt like it as much cuz it always separates and comes out of the tube watery and im tired of shaking it. is primer evn necessary for acne prone skin? i tried the hour glass one once in a sample and i like the texture and smell of it. idk of it made my acne worse or better cuz it was jst once. is it worth a try?
asked 2 years, 11 months ago
liz1192
(Winnipeg, MB)
on Veil Mineral Primer
12 answers
Answers
answer 1
I have sensitive skin And the wrong products will definitely make my skin break out with little pimples. I try to avoid products with dimethicone in it because in the past I feel this ingrediant has caused breakouts. However, this primer is so silky nd has worked better than any other primer so I really wanted to try it with my skin. Ive been using it a couple of weeks now, maybe 4 times per week and so far(knock) no breakouts. I'm not 100 percent sure I'm in the clear, but most likely i would of had pimple by now. It could also be that my new lotion choice has been philosophy hope in a jar for the past 2 months and my skin has never looked better. I think the combination of products really contribute to how your skin reacts.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
blondie8377
(New York, NY)
answer 2
Yes
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
yourreporter
(Tulsa)
answer 3
I too suffer from acne, but I do use this primer. I use the primer because it helps my makeup to go on smoother and stay longer. I don't know why anyone else uses it. This product absorbs oil for me for about 3 hours without a touch up. Then I see a small amount of shine. That's not a long time, but no other primer worked any longer for me. However, I have started wearing a very thin layer of milk of magnesia on my skin AFTER I moisturize. I put the primer on after the milk of magnesia. Not only did the milk of magnesia absorb the oil just about all day, my acne has decreased significantly. I don't know if it will work for you, but it works for me.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
reynaj
answer 4
Yes- I have the identical problem as you; it will not interfere with your skin's tendency to breakouts. It is amazing!
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
catnhat
(Moorestown, NJ)
answer 5
I've found that it's helped my acne-prone skin - it's so light that it doesn't irritate my skin. I would really recommend this product, it's helped me so much and really settled my skin down. The added SPF is a huge bonus too in summer. Maybe give the smaller $17 bottle a try? You only need a small amount so even that small bottle lasts a long time, and then you can decide whether or not to invest in the larger bottle.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
kindo
(Minneapolis, MN)
answer 6
Yes, it is oil free and will absorb oil. It will make your makup last all day
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
talbo
(Phoenix, AZ)
answer 7
Try it out longer. I would give it two weeks. My local Sephora doesn't sell the small bottle, the $17 one, but I think you can get it online. I think it's worth it. I too have acne prone skin but I do use other things to help with that. I do think primer is important to making makeup last longer.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
meehluvmakeup
(Honolulu, HI)
answer 8
it's good for acne skin because is oil control
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
lizmariema
(Dorado, PR)
answer 9
Yes it is worth a try, I have acne prone skin and it hasn't agitated my skin or caused any flare ups. Also I don't have a problems with my skin being oily after I use this, you know after you've had your makeup on for a few hours and then your t-zone starts to shine, this eliminates that for me as well!
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
nique1127
(NY, NY)
answer 10
I would get the small travel size one which should last you about a month and see what you think. I'm a HUGE believer in the natural products as I had lots of blemishes and after consistent use of natural skinecare and foundations, my skin looks great.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
kmball
(Kansas City, MO)
answer 11
I am 45 and had horrible acne from age 10 through my 30's. Just really awful and I have always had oily skin. Although my acne is gone, the oiliness remains although I do moisturize because if you don't your skin will notice and start overproducing oil which is......not good. I use this foundation and love it and tried this primer. The Sephora SA told me ahead of time it's not the best primer for oily skin but I foolishly did not listen and bought it anyway. He was right. It has a little shimmer to it and made my skin look and feel oiler than normal. I returned it for the amazing cosmetics primer and noticed the difference right away. So while I think this is probably a great product, I would stay away if you have acne prone, oily skin. Smashbox makes a really nice, light primer and it's less money than this so that is what I would try if I were you.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
femmegirl44
(Boston, MA)
answer 12
This is definitely worth it and it will NOT break you out. I have very sensitive, acne-prone, allergic tendency skin and it just drinks this primer up. I've had no breakouts since I started using it.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
whitebrownie
(Phoenix, AZ)
Question
Any substitutes?
Some of you said that this primer is great but not worth the money, any great substitutes that come close? I've tried Bare Minerals, Korres, and Smashbox. I'm looking for something that controls oil really well and smoothes out my skin...
asked 3 years, 10 months ago
Anonymous
on Veil Mineral Primer
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
I recommend for oily skin Tarte's Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hour Perfecting Primer and Becca's Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector. Becca's is really thick though so you have to get used to it. Personally I use the Becca only on my nose because it is second to none for pore coverage but hard to work with and Tarte's on the rest of my face. Good luck!
answered 7 months ago
krtty1125
(Granby, CT)
answer 2
Have you tried Becca? Matt finish and reduces oil. Especially for oil reduction.
answered 8 months ago
boww
answer 3
I have a few different Smashbox primers, and after a few hours my skin looks shiny / oily -- which it doesn't without the primer. The Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer both feels better on my face (I almost forget I'm wearing it and foundation), and lasts much longer without making me look like I need to wash my face!
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
audgem
(Raleigh, NC)
answer 4
I have really oily skin too (and also on a budget!), so I know where you're coming from. I've tried so many primers and hated all of them. People kept telling me I should use one, but none of them seemed to be made for oily skin. Even the Korres one; I can't believe something that's supposed to be "matte" would make my skin feel so greasy! The Smashbox ones were even worse on me.

This is the ONLY primer I've tried that actually makes a signifcant enough difference in my skin that I actually feel it's a necessary part of my routine. I can't believe I found one that works. I'm hesitant about the price also, but as others said, you honestly don't need much and that bottle will last you a really long time. I have yet to find anything like it.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
eriatarka
(Philadelphia, PA)
answer 5
No. Nothing else comes close. Maybe Smashbox if you like the feeling of it, but that has parabens and you will use up the same amount in about 3 months time (Hourlgass lasts up to 6.) Perfekt is nice too, but same $$.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
sephoraholic1017
(New York, NY)
answer 6
This one worked for me much better than any of the ones you mentioned and tons of others... I hate the price of it... but this is what I will stick with from now on... my make up stays on and my oily tzone stays almost shine free.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
katieqr
(Lenoir, NC)
answer 7
This one actually works for oily skin, it is worth every penny.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
margj
(Youngstown, OH)
answer 8
I have not tried it myself but I have read really good things about "Fresh's" line. I also see on the site they have a primer duo on set for $10.00! Good luck!
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
tlm128
(Anderson, IN)
answer 9
Save your pennies because this is well worth it! I have tried everything (BM, Smashbox, Laura Mercier, etc) and nothing comes close. I have super oily skin and this keeps me matte all day!
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
hotpepper
(Tyler, TX)
answer 10
I think it is worth the money. You only need to use a small amount to cover your entire face. And having tried other primers - they may be cheaper, but not as high a quality as this one. I've had tons of compliments on how good my skin looks - it evens out skin splotches and makes the pores on my nose less noticeable. It is the only primer that works well with my under eye concealer. It is very lightweight and I use it as my overall eye makeup base.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
julessc
(Bettendorf, IA)
answer 11
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answered 3 years, 10 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
With mineral powder foundation?
Does this work well with mineral powder foundation?
asked 3 years, 7 months ago
hermosa
(Brentwood, CA)
on Veil Mineral Primer
11 answers
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answer 1
Yes it does. I use a mineral foundation and it works very well, I even noticed that I use less foundation because my skin looks so smooth and even after applying the primer. Hope this helps =)
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
coyolxauqui
(West Covina, CA)
answer 2
yes it does
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
om4me
(Reno, Nevada)
answer 3
Absolutely. I use it with Bare Escentuals and I haven't had any powdery/dry problems.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
elanac
(New York, NY)
answer 4
This is not too matte for dry or mature skin - I just need to use a better moisturizer under it. I like this primer because it makes my skin look bright and soft, plus it's waterproof and has SPF in it. There are other primers on the market that have other benefits - if your makeup stays on, and your skin is dry - seek one that suits your specific needs! Also, this will be a HG product for vacation or warmer climates!
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
luxemakeup
(Chicago, IL)
answer 5
For Mineral foundations i've only tried this together with BE, and I think it works very complimentary with it. BE seems to buff better with this primer than with others i've tried. If you use a different mineral foundation, I cannot comment as I have not tried other mineral foundations with this primer yet.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
nexxie
(San Diego)
answer 6
Yes. This primer works with any foundation. Mineral, liquid, creamy, etc. It feels light on and not greasy, I love it! :)
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
lizabella09
(Westchester, NY)
answer 7
Yes and beautifully!
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
sephoraholic1017
(New York, NY)
answer 8
Absolutely! It is mineral based and the sunscreen elements are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, same as MMU
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
drmv
(South Salem, NY)
answer 9
Yes, it will work with mineral powder foundation. Just be sure to let the primer "set" so that it dries before you apply your powder foundation. Apply the foundation sparingly so that you don't have areas that are over saturated. I suggest that you apply foundation a little at a time and build the coverage so that you have an even finish.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
molobabe
(Hawaii)
answer 10
I wear this with my Bare Escentuals mineral make and it works and look great.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
terryh
(Chattanooga, Tennessee)
answer 11
I use it as the primer before my Bare Minerals. There is no caking, my skin doesn't get oily later, and my Bare Minerals stay put and look great all day! It also works great under liquid makeup on the rare occasion I use it!
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
emk4444
(Greeley, CO)
Question
Hourglass Veil Mineral vs. MUFE All Mat
Has anyone tried both primers? Do you prefer one to the other? I get extremely oily, and am told both will work well, but which is better in YOUR opinion? They only gave me about a 2 day sample of each primer, which is really nearly enough to be able to make a good comparison :-(
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asked 3 years, 6 months ago
briebelle00
(Elkhart, Indiana)
on Veil Mineral Primer
11 answers
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answer 1
best one I have tried on my clients is the oil-free from Smashbox
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
rartiste
(miami beach, florida)
answer 2
I prefer the Hourglass primer. I have moderate/heavy oily skin and I sweat probably more than average. The hourglass seems to control my oilyness better, sets my foundation better, and it doesn't feel heavy on my skin at all. With MUFE All Mat, I felt greasy again after 1-2hrs. If you tend to JUST be oily, MUFE may work fine for you, but if you are oily/sweaty, I feel the hourglass works better.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
nexxie
(San Diego)
answer 3
Without a doubt, Hourglass Veil Mineral is much better for the severely oily...like myself. I have used both, and am blown away by the results of the Hourglass primer. Yes, much more expensive I know, but believe me, well worth the money vs all the money I've wasted in looking for the perfect primer for my extremely oily skin. Good luck
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
pbcup04
(Florida)
answer 4
This one wins for me, hands down. MUFE's primer didn't even stand a chance!
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
ssmittys
(Louisville, KY)
answer 5
NO COMPARISON here! Hourglass all the way! NOTHING ever worked for me before. I will never stray from this amazing product for my extremely oily skin!
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
catnhat
(Moorestown, NJ)
answer 6
Absolutely Hourglass. I tried MUFE too, and I'm not a big fan. I have combination skin and my T-zone tend to get oily during the day. And when I tried MUFE, it makes my makeup looked cakey during the day. MUFE doesn't work as well as Hourglass because MUFE isn't as fast absorbing as this one. Good luck!
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
118makeupjunkie
(Boston, MA)
answer 7
All Mat is better for oil control, but has that 'cone feel to it. Hourglass has no silicone/dimethicone, so it feels nicer. I might suggest trying Urban Decay's Deslick in a Tube for ultimate oil prevention. Under foundation or tapped over top for mid-day touch ups: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P260800&shouldPaginate=true&categoryId=3806
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
nyaxa
(Toronto, Ontario)
answer 8
Definitely this primer is better- I have the MUFE all matt- was also told by sales rep that it is good. Veil is way better and controls oil all day- I have very oily skin
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
mich10
(Sayreville, NJ)
answer 9
I've never tried the MUFE primer but sometimes I can get oily and the Veil Mineral Primer lasts all day AND through a tough workout. You can buy the Veil primer in a smaller size for around $17, which is what I did to test it out. When it runs out I plan on buying the larger size. Also, if you don't like it, you can always return it. I hope that helped!
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
gayle113
(Lanoka Harbor, NJ)
answer 10
If you have greasy skin this is amazing for fixing it. I have greasy skin as well. What's also crazy: I think it cleared up my skin on top of it. I usually have acne-prone skin and I don't think I have had one pimple since I used this product. Get the smaller bottle- it's SUPER small but at least you can try it to see if it works for you.
If it doesn't work for you- try Smashbox Photo Finish. That's also an awesome primer.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
meggiega123
(Atlanta, GA)
answer 11
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answered 3 years, 6 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
How long does it last?
I'm interested in purchasing the small bottle to test it out. If I wear it almost every day, how long will the bottle last? For comparison how long does the larger, 1 oz. bottle last?
asked 3 years, 5 months ago
egoteen
(Tampa, FL)
on Veil Mineral Primer
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
I purchased the small bottle. I knew before I used the whole bottle that I loved the product. I gave what was left in the small bottle to my son's fiance and purchased the larger size for myself. She's 24 and she loved it too!
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
modernmagdalene
(Baton Rouge, LA)
answer 2
5 hours
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
yourreporter
(Tulsa)
answer 3
The big bottle lasts me 3-4 months with daily use. The little bottle should last about 1 month with daily use seeing as how it is 1/3 the size of the full sized product.

Hope this helps!
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
ssmittys
(Louisville, KY)
answer 4
It lasts several months for me. Well worth every cent!
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
catnhat
(Moorestown, NJ)
answer 5
It's hard to say how long it will last. Depends on how much you use at a time, but mine lasted over a month.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
everafterall
(Dublin GA)
answer 6
i have the small size, have been using it daily for at least 2 months and still have around 1/3 to 1/4 of the product left
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
tarav2009
(Oakville, ON)
answer 7
A little goes a looong way. A half until 1 pump is all you need. I got the large bottle one, and it lasts me about 3 months (and that still has a bit left but you have to open the bottle and flip it upside down to get it out.) So yeah, if you get the to-go size, I would assume it will last about 1 month, at least.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
118makeupjunkie
(Boston, MA)
answer 8
my 1oz bottle lasts about 2 months
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
maggiedot
(Alexandria, VA)
answer 9
The small bottle lasted me about 2 months. You don't need a lot of this product. Next time I am purchasing the large: I like it so well.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
linsey174
(Rockford, MI)
answer 10
I used it practically everyday and got 8 months out of this baby. The thin, liquid-like consistency allows you to use every last drop in the bottle unlike many of the thicker, gel-like primers on the market. And like the previous reviewer said, you need the SMALLEST amount to achieve optimal results.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
rubyred0039
(Chicago, IL)
answer 11
I use it everyday and the first bottle lasted almost 5 months. It spreads easily so one pump is all I need to cover my face.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
ginja
(Boston, MA)
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