Posts Tagged 'hourglass cosmetics'

Review: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15

Hi everyone! Last month Hourglass Cosmetics was kind enough to send me their Veil Mineral Primer to review. I asked my friend Jennie from Spontaneous Truth to give me her guest review on the product since i’m allergic to titanium dioxide. Thanks for the great review, Jennie!

Per the description on the Sephora website: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer is a clean, satin-finish formula that effortlessly smoothes onto skin to help keep makeup looking fresh and prevent fading. Veil Mineral Primer also absorbs excess oils and minimizes the appearance of pores by evenly distributing light to help hide and soften skin’s imperfections and fine lines. 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% free of fragrance, oil, and parabens.

Jennie’s review:

I’m admittedly not as much of a makeup junkie as I’d like to be. I don’t always know the hot new items on the shelves in Sephora and while I know how to wear makeup, I could probably benefit from a class in artistic application of the stuff. So consider this a girl-off-the-street review and treat this as a disclaimer that I’m no expert (now, in all things related to grammar and edible desserts I do like to pretend to have expertise…but that’s another matter entirely).
 
Slated for review today? Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer with SPF 15. Now junkie I may not be, but I’m no primer virgin. That cherry got popped years ago and I’ve long been alternating between Smashbox and Bare Minerals primers. But it was time for fresh blood…er, primer. Enter the Hourglass. It looks like sunscreen and kind of felt like it at first application, but it smoothes on nicely and the initial greasiness wore off immediately. The SPF is a nice added bonus (I’m a fair Irish gal and always need any added protection from harsh sunshine rays that I can get).
 
Now some background on my complexion. I’m a combination kind of chick and I tend to get my shine on by noon (sadly). I use pressed powder and blotting sheets throughout the day to combat the shine and keep my makeup looking fresh. But after wearing the Hourglass primer on a daily basis (at least, during the workweek) for about two weeks, I found I wasn’t whipping out my compact or blotters to freshen up nearly as often — if at all. Maybe once during the day but more often than not, I was leaving it untouched in my purse. Color me happy.
 
I found the Hourglass primer to be a good canvas for makeup application, and it held my foundation on nicely. It also worked wonders on my eyelids, as my eye makeup rarely lasts a full workday. I’ve got somewhat sensitive skin and I’m prone to break out easily when I try certain products, but this primer didn’t cause a single blemish or issue that I could find on my skin.

Bottom line: My makeup stayed on longer, stayed fresh and shininess was definitely minimized. I’d definitely add this stuff to my daily makeup regimen. Two thumbs up!


Dispensed


Blended out

Disclosure: I was provided a sample of the product by PR.

Hourglass Fortune LOTD and Review

This Summer, Hourglass Cosmetics is adding Fortune, a metallic pink gold shade to their ever popular Extreme Sheen Lip Gloss collection, and I was lucky enough to score a tube to review.

Quick take: Does as promised on the packaging. Not the cheapest but it makes up for it in quality. Not a fan of lipglosses that smell like food. B+

Product Claims
*Laminactine™ deeply penetrates, reinforcing fragile tissues damaged by excessive sun exposure while enhancing collagen and elastin production to smooth fine lines and form definition.
*Provides intense hydration to keep lips from cracking or chapping.
*Treated with super-antioxidant vitamin E to nurture and shelter lips from damaging environmental elements.
*Wears alone or layers over lipstick and liner to impart instant shine.
*Paraben-, sulfate-, synthetic-dye, and phthalate-free. 

Fortune looks gorgeous in the tube. It applies as a warm metallic golden pink.

Side note: man it’s so weird looking at my lips up close and personal! I was going to post a full face picture but I had a pretty bad allergic reaction to an SPF lotion I was testing out. Boo to octinoxate!

Sunlight

Flash

No lippie= SCARY!

What I liked: 
*It felt very smooth on my lips with no tackiness.
*Thin but opaque application.
*Super shiny and gorgeous color!
*Did not settle into lines.
*Moisturizing on the lips.
*It wears about 4 hours before I feel I need to reapply it.

No likey:
*The price, but any good gloss is going to set you back (hello Chanel!)
*Smells like cake frosting. I don’t like glosses that smell like food, however many people do. The smell faded after a little while.

Available May 2010 at Sephora and Barneys New York ($28)

Disclosure: I was provided a sample of the product by PR. I was not paid to do this review. My commitment is to my readers, and I will remain truthful to you.


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