A set of best-selling silicone-based primers from Hourglass in which, one works like a charm for me, the other, not so much!
Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15
There are just so many good things to say about this primer. First the consistency, it's unlike anything I've tried before. It is extremely velvety and feather light. You only need just one small pump to cover your whole face because it spreads like a dream. At first you will see small white cast of the sunscreen but it disappears soon after it is fully absorbed. My skin is instantly mattified yet at the same time moisturized. It's really hard to explain. I tried this primer with different kinds of foundation formula be it cream, liquid, or powder, and it seems to work wonderfully well with all of them. No peeling, no separating. It keeps my face matte for a long time as well. I maybe have to blot once around my nose which I think is pretty doable. I'm mostly surprised by the fact that my makeup would still look just as fresh as when I put it on hours before. I'm normally very sensitive to silicone but this primer did not give me any breakout. Maybe because it is so light and I only need a thin layer to cover my whole face. Another good thing? The Veil Mineral Primer comes in a glass bottle with a pump — very convenient and hygienic!
No. 28 Serum
Now, for the No. 28 serum, I wish I liked it as much as the Veil Mineral Primer. This serum is loaded with silicone derivatives and different types of oils. The name No. 28 is for the unique blend of essential oils, plant oils, and vitamins. There's no doubt this serum will give you the smoothest application on the skin. The problem for me is that this primer gives me a gross oily-sticky feeling, no matter how little I use. They recommend that you use the tiniest amount possible, spread it out, pat gently onto skin until it is full absorbed. I did. And while it's mostly absorbed, I just couldn't get past the oily feeling. It felt heavy and I noticed it throughout the day. Some people do love the smell of the serum but to me it smells therapeutic, like an AVEDA store. Another thing about this primer is you have to use it with only an oil-based foundation. Make a mistake of using a water-based foundation and this primer will ball up and peel off along with your foundation! This primer supposedly can be used as a treatment serum as well and while it may work for a lot of people, it certainly did not for me. I used it for a couple of days and you bet my pores were clogged so bad and I had a major episode of breakout. So, if you have acne-prone skin like I do, maybe grab a sample first to see if it's safe for your skin.
The serum is half the size of the Veil Mineral Primer but you only need a tiny, tiny amount each time so I'm guessing it should last you a month or two. The bottle comes with a screw cap top that has a spatula-like applicator attached to it. It isn't the most convenient but it gets the job done.
In summary, I still feel like this is a good set to try the brand's two best-selling primers. At $25, it is still worth it if only one of the primers works for you. For me, I am absolutely in love with the Veil Mineral Primer and I think I did get my money's worth. As for the serum, well, it didn't work out for my whole face so I tried to use it as a lip primer instead and it worked wonderfully at filling in fine lines. It seemed to make my lip color application much smoother!