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Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15 Review, Photos

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15 ($52.00 for 1 oz.) is a “mineral-based, water-resistant primer with SPF 15 that neutralizes the skin, minimizes shine, and creates a smooth, uniform canvas.” It is also supposed to “[absorb] exess oils and [minimize] the appearance of pores.” This primer uses a mix of titanium dioxide (2.45%) and zinc oxide (4.20%) to provide the SPF content. As a result, you may get a white cast, particularly in pictures, as these are physical blockers (which work by reflecting), as opposed to chemical ones (which work by absorbing). I have worn it in photos on the blog, but primarily in ones without flash, which is where you would worry most about what kind of sunscreen agent you had on.

It has a thin consistency that appears white when pumped out of the container. One pump tends to be sufficient coverage for me. I use either a flat face brush or my fingertips (cleaned, of course!) to apply all over my face, and then I let it dry down for about five minutes. There’s a slightly oily feel initially–it almost feels like a moisturizer–that dries down to a more powdery feel that looks satin-like in finish. It does give my skin a “smooth” feeling from the silicones. The primer doesn’t pill, though, which I do appreciate, as that has been an issue in the past with silicone-heavy primers.

It has been a very long time (years) since I’ve tried a face primer with this many silicones in it. I’ve worn this numerous times over the past couple of months, and I haven’t had any extra breakouts as a result. I’ve certainly had acne before, after, and during the previous months, but the level is as much (or as little) as is “normal” for me. Previously, it seemed like I had a sensitivity to silicone-based products, which meant that I had to limit how many products I wore each day that had silicone–e.g. avoid silicone-based primers, because they appear to have a lot more silicones as compared to a blush, moisturizer, or foundation, since there are usually a few in the beginning of the ingredients’ lists.

I’m not a doctor, and no dermatologist ever evaluated/tested my skin in relationship to silicones. The last time I saw a dermatologist, she told me to never wear makeup and that wearing any makeup was causing all of my acne (so I never returned to her!). After that, my general doctor prescribed me Differin, which has greatly decreased my acne. I decided to give Hourglass’ primer a chance, because I saw a lot of readers rave about it!

Mineral Veil makes everything else I layer on top of my skin look noticeably better. I think that “smooth canvas” enables foundation to apply and settle better against the skin. I used this a lot during the winter when my skin was drier, because I did have a few flaking areas (particularly around the nose), and it helped to smooth and almost hydrate those areas. It didn’t do much to minimize pores, but it certainly helped add longevity to my face products.

Typically, when I would wear this under a foundation, it would prolong the wear by an hour and a half to two and a half hours–and as a result, my blush stayed on better and for longer as well. Though I have normal-to-dry skin, I do get a little oily around my t-zone after six to eight hours of wearing full makeup. This really did help combat that and staved it off until eight to ten hours.

The biggest downside to this product is that it’s very pricey! I’d recommend trying the smaller version (0.33 oz.), which is a more palatable $18. It’s a great way to test out the product over a longer period of time to get a feel for whether it’s suitable for your skin type and needs. It’s one of my favorite primers, but I can readily admit that my “big picture” view on primers is limited, as I haven’t tested many in the past few years because I’ve wanted to stay away from silicone-based ones! I may open this up a bit more in the future, but no promises–it will be a very slow, gradual introduction to see how my skin reacts!

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Shiseido Sweet Pea RD 304 Perfect Rouge Lipstick

Shiseido Sweet Pea RD 304 Perfect Rouge Lipstick
Shiseido Sweet Pea RD 304 Perfect Rouge Lipstick

Shiseido Sweet Pea RD 304 Perfect Rouge Lipstick

Shiseido Sweet Pea RD 304 Perfect Rouge Lipstick ($25.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a strawberry red with warm undertones and a white shimmer. There’s a natural sheen to the finish. NARS Flamenco is very similar but less warm-toned. Guerlain Rouge Sensuel is a bit warmer. Milani Bing Cherry is slightly brighter and doesn’t have shimmer. Guerlain Grenade is very similar.

This formula is extremely hydrating with an almost gel-like consistency that glides right on.  It’s lightweight, comfortable to wear, and has no discernible taste or scent.  Sweet Pea wears a solid five and a half hours, and the color applies opaquely with little product needed.  I’m always impressed by Shiseido’s Perfect Rouge formula; it’s a really moisturizing formula that feels so good to wear and wears well.  I also love that there’s 0.14 oz. of product, while many lipsticks are 0.10 to 0.12 oz. in size.

Shiseido Sweet Pea RD 304 Perfect Rouge Lipstick

A+
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

Bobbi Brown Beach High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Beach High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Beach High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Beach High Shimmer Lipgloss ($23.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink bronze with pearl.” It’s a rosy brown with pink and gold shimmer. At a glance, it reminded me of Bobbi Brown Canary, which is sheer with a ton of gold sparkle (but no pink). MAC Fancy Cat is darker, browner. MAC Spree is very similar but has a more metallic sheen.

Bobbi Brown’s High Shimmer Lipgloss is well-put–it’s ridiculously shimmery and sparkly. Beach is semi-opaque; the color darkens my natural lip color and adds a fine dusting of shimmer along with larger pink and gold sparkle.  It has a lightweight, comfortable feel on the lips with a non-sticky consistency and is mint-scented.  I love that it never feels gritty, not when you initially apply it nor when it fades away (after about four hours), and it doesn’t travel.  The formula is also moisturizing with just enough thickness that it glides and applies evenly.

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss Beach
Beach
Beach
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total

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OCC Foxfire Loose Colour Concentrate

OCC Foxfire Loose Colour Concentrate
OCC Foxfire Loose Colour Concentrate

OCC Foxfire Loose Colour Concentrate

OCC Foxfire Loose Colour Concentrate ($12.00 for 0.088 oz. / 2.5 grams) is described as a “silvery lime-green shimmer.” It’s a shimmery medium green with yellow undertones. MAC Fresh Flare is darker, less shimmery. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bright Idea is less yellow-toned. MAC Wondergrass is more vibrant and darker.

Applied dry, it’s on the sheerer side, softer in color, and pulls more like a springy yellow-green. When it’s applied wet, it’s much darker and greener. What’s interesting about the difference is that it is almost like having two different colors, because the dry version is only slightly sheer, almost translucent, but much, much lighter.  Perhaps the difference is that it’s light and delicately translucent as compared to sheer in a patchy kind of way.  I love that when you use it damp, the color continues to look that intense once it dries. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and applies smoothly, but it’s the tiniest bit powdery. When I tested it out, it wore for a full eight hours without any fading or creasing.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Loose Colour Concentrate Foxfire
Foxfire
Foxfire
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette ($34.00 for 0.33 oz.) contains nine matte eyeshadows named after theBalm’s favorite Matts. It includes a small, dual-ended bristle brush, which is usable and better than sponge-tipped brushes that are often included in these kinds of palettes, but it wouldn’t replace full-sized brushes for me. The palette is small, square-ish, and made out of heavy-duty cardboard. It flips open and has a mirror under the lid.

Overall, the texture of these shades are soft, smooth, and buttery–they’re not as dense or as buttery as theBalm’s more shimmery eyeshadows (think the Shady Lady series or their singles). These are finely-milled and soft enough that there is some excess powder kicked up when you go to use them. The majority of the shades applied with good to excellent color payoff, though Matt Chung was a little chalky and sheer, Matt Schilling wasn’t chalky but it was a bit sheer and a little dry, and Matt Patel was slightly sheer in places and didn’t apply as smoothly. Also worth noting, Matt Batali was a bit drier and not as soft or as dense as the other shades in the palette, but the pigmentation didn’t suffer as a consequence.

Each eyeshadow is 0.037 oz., whereas the average full-sized eyeshadow is typically 0.05 oz. I actually like the size of each shade, because they’re about 75% the size of regular full-sized ones (though theBalm’s individuals shades are 0.10 oz.), you still get plenty of product, but the entire compact fits in your hand and is very travel-friendly. I will point out the obvious that theBalm’s Shady Lady palettes contain a whopping 0.60 oz. (almost double the size of this palette) and retail for $39.50, which is only a little bit more. Nude ‘tude is slightly larger at 0.38 oz. and retails for $36. The Shady Lady palettes are still a super-sized value palette in comparison, but I think the pricing is about right here, and you’re getting a good amount of product for your buck.

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette

A-
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

Make Up For Ever #N40 Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick

Make Up For Ever #N40 Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick
Make Up For Ever #N40 Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick

Make Up For Ever #N40 Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick

Make Up For Ever #N40 Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “pastel coral.” It’s more along the lines of a light-medium peach-orange with a glistening sheen. On my lips, it looks softer, less like Creamiscle orange, because of the natural tones of my lip color (and the redder your natural lip color, the more coral this will look). This looks a lot like Le Metier de Beaute Ginger Lily but a bit darker. MAC Woo Me is also similar applied.

It looked a bit pale and pastel when swatched, but it should flatter a wider range of skin tones once it is applied, because it’s not fully opaque and lets the natural lip color shine through, which will, inevitably, alter the way the color looks based on your natural lip color. This formula is supposed to be extremely hydrating (purportedly “for eight hours after application”). The color applies with quite a bit of pigmentation, but there’s that soft, slightly transparent-nature of this type of finish that makes it less heavy. Although, the press release says the formula “provides translucent shine with sheer yet radiant color,” and this applies rather opaque.

I found #N40 to be more moisturizing than Folk, but this shade also had a creamier, more slippery consistency in comparison. It wears three and a half hours on me, which is pretty good for something that has this kind of texture.  I’d describe it has lightly moisturizing, but it’s not as hydrating as described–I definitely couldn’t get away with not applying something else over an eight hour period.  It was scent- and taste-free.

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick #N40
#N40
#N40
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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