Welcome to another round of the Battle of the Brands featuring the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer vs NYX Angel Veil Primer! The contenders are ones that I’ve been meaning to compare for some time now, and now I can finally do just that! Both products are very popular and highly regarded in the world of makeup, so this post will be quite interesting. If you’d like to see which product prevails, please keep reading.
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
I previously reviewed the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer on another post. Long story short, I was not very impressed with it. Here are the claims for this product from the Sephora Website:
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 the look of skin imperfections and fine lines…This water-resistant primer is also 100 percent free of fragrance, oil, and gluten.
The regular size (1 oz) retails for a hefty price of $63 CAD, whereas the travel size (0.33 oz) retails for $24 CAD, making this product quite expensive. Both sizes come in a frosted glass bottle with a pump. It doesn’t say it on the Canadian site, however I believe this product also mentions that it contains SPF15. This is probably due to the fact that it uses minerals such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide in its formulation.
NYX Angel Veil Primer
This is considered a drugstore product, therefore it is widely available in many different stores. The regular size (1 oz) retails for $18 CAD. The jumbo size (2.02 oz) is listed as $18 CAD as well on the NYX Canada website, but I suspect that may be an error. Here are the claims from the NYX Canada website:
This super silky light and fresh formula creates a comfortable cushion on your skin to enhance makeup application. The incredible formula creates a smooth uniform canvas that minimizes shine and makes application flawless. Your skin will feel like it has been touched by an angel.
The claims are somewhat similar to the ones made by Hourglass’ product – shine control and smoothing properties. Both sizes come in a plastic tube, which isn’t the most glamorous but for the price is acceptable.
Firstly, I would like to discuss the ingredients for both products. Ingredients that are in bold are ones that both products share:
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Polysilicone-11, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Hexyl Laurate, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isosterate, Stearic Acid, Alumina. Active: Zinc Oxide (4.2%), Titanium Dioxide (2.45%)
NYX Angel Veil Primer
Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane , Polysilicone-1, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate, Nylon-12, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Laureth-12, Alumina, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)
As you can see, these two products share some of the same ingredients. The other ones that aren’t exactly the same are highly similar. Both are silicone-based and both have some mineral ingredients, so right off the bat, both products are very similar in terms of its formulas.
Once applied, both primers look and feel the same way. They both feel very smooth on the skin, which is characteristic of silicone-based primers. Both primers leave me skin with a bit of a white cast, so individuals with darker skin should be careful not to use too much of either primers. This is probably the result of the mineral ingredients in both products.
Left: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. Right: NYX Angel Veil Primer
In the image above, it looks like the NYX primer blurs out my pores a bit better than the Hourglass primer does.
Foundation on. Left: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. Right: NYX Angel Veil Primer
Applying foundation to both sides of my face was very easy. The foundation I used (by EX1 cosmetics – review here) blended very well over top of both primers, and looked very flawless.
Close up shot with foundation on. Left: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. Right: NYX Angel Veil Primer
Up close, you can see that the foundation looks quite nice and skin-like over top of both primers. Everything looks relatively smooth and there doesn’t seem to be any dry patches or uneven spots.
Full face done. Left: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. Right: NYX Angel Veil Primer
The rest of my makeup went on very smoothly. I did not experience any patchiness or migration of base products when applying other powders. Please don’t mind my panda makeup in the image above – I’m well aware that the concealer I used at the time was far too light for my skin, but for the sake of this review, I decided to leave it up!
Wear & Longevity
Here’s the part that really matters: how the makeup help up using these primers. Before we get into the juicy details, I am going to provide a bit of background info on my skin type. It’s definitely combination, with my T-zone being fairly oily. In the summer, however, given that it is usually warm and very humid, my skin leans more toward the oilier side. So the day that I decided to document these findings for my lovely readers, it just so happened that the weather was absolutely atrocious. It was quite warm, but there was also a torrential downpour. My friend and I decided it was the perfect day to go out to the local Greek festival, so we were outside in the extreme weather conditions. All that considered, the makeup actually held better than expected.
3-4 hours later. Left: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. Right: NYX Angel Veil Primer
Close up; 3-4 hours later. Left: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. Right: NYX Angel Veil Primer
I didn’t do any touch ups, and although my face was quite oily, I’d say it was nothing that a blotting paper (or two) couldn’t fix. Regardless of the crappy weather, both primers held up equally “well”. In the close up picture, you can see that my pores are definitely enlarged, and both sides of my face looks a little cakey. The foundation creased into my laugh lines on both sides of my face, and both primers definitely did not keep my oil at bay. As I mentioned before, the circumstances for this test were a little out of the ordinary, however I’ve worn both primers on normal instances, and trust me when I say that the results weren’t much different from how my makeup looked on this particular day.
So which one do I think wins this round of “Battle of the Brands”? I’m definitely going to have to go with the NYX Angel Veil Primer. Both primers are so similar to each other when it comes to their formulas and performance. Because of this, I really don’t see why anybody would want to pay so much more for the Hourglass primer. That being said, I have to mention that I’m not really a fan of either primers. On me, they just don’t really live up to their claims. Sure, when applied initially my face looks very flawless and smooth, however after a couple of hours, my face ends up looking quite greasy and not-so-flawless anymore. I find that these types of formulations end up enhancing my pores and fine lines because they are a bit too heavy, so they just don’t cut it for me.
Bottom line, if you’re interested in trying the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, I say skip it and just go for the NYX Angel Veil instead. Don’t even bother with the Hourglass travel size – the regular sized NYX primer is much cheaper and it honestly works the exact same way.
Have you tried either primers?
What are your thoughts on the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer vs NYX Angel Veil Primer?