Hourglass No 28 Primer Serum Review and Swatches
There aren’t a ton of products that really grab my attention. It’s hard getting excited about beauty some times when I see a ton of repetitive ideas plus combine Musings of a Muse with my own obsessive beauty junkie ways and it’s understandable that occasionally I go into beauty burn out mode.
But sometimes something wonderful runs across my desk and I proceed to dance around and crow at the glory of it all. Hourglass No 28 Primer Serum is that some kind of wonderful for me.
I haven’t been this excited about a primer since Make Up For Ever introduced HD Elixir.
Facts is facts, this is expensive stuff but worth every single penny.
You NEED it.
Ok, let’s just let it all hang out here, this stuff is crazy stupid awesome.
This is a rich, highly concentrated, intensely hydrating serum. It not only treats skin, with incredibly visible results, but it preps skin for makeup and long wear as well!
I’m not sure how well sensitive and oily skin will take to this but dry skin will absolutely, positively adore it. I’m skeptical that oily skin will enjoy it since it has an oily/serum hybrid formula that might be a little too hydrating for such a skin type and sensitive skin might not love the essential oils in the mix which also provide a stronger lavender scent to the blend. I found the scent pleasant, relaxing, and very soothing but it is strong so if you’re a sensitive you might want to do a little sniff test prior to a purchase.
I want to call it a serum but it’s more of an oil to me. The formula has a thick, oily texture that absorbs easily into skin and leaves behind super hydrated skin with a soft, smooth finish.
A tiny amount will refine and re-texture drier skin creating this incredibly smooth, soft, even layer for makeup to adhere to. In all my makeup years I don’t think I’ve ever had such an amazing canvas as this created to apply my makeup onto. Soft, smooth, a baby’s behind comes to mind! Although my skin isn’t showing a terrible amount of aging as of yet it is dull and I feel like I’m starting to see the signs of smile lines on either sides of my cheeks/mouth area. This instantly gives skin a boast so skin appears more younger, glowing if you will and eases dullness for a brighter appearance in a single application.
The “28” in the name refers to the key ingredients in the formula which include 14 essential oils, 10 lipid-rich plant oils, and four vitamins.
- Lavender (revitalizing, healing)
- Geranium (balancing)
- Rose Geranium (balancing, tonic)
- Vanilla (relaxing, soothing)
- Clove (anti-acne, scarring)
- Orange Peel (anti-aging, toning)
- Amyris (anti-aging, regenerative)
- Lemon Peel (brightening, refreshing)
- Petitgrain (anti-acne, balancing)
- Eucalyptus (healing, calming)
- Rosemary Leaf (toning, de-congesting)
- Bois de Rose (moisturizing, anti-aging)
- Cedar Leaf (healing, softening)
- Ylang Ylang (balancing, moisturizing)
Lipid-Rich Plant Oils
- Jojoba (antioxidant)
- Rose Hips Seed (anti-aging)
- Evening Primrose (moisturizing)
- Hazelnut (firming)
- Borage Seed (moisturizing)
- Kukui Nut (emollient, moisturizing)
- Sweet Almond (anti-aging)
- Green Tea (moisturizing)
- Olive (balancing)
- Cherry Pit (conditioning)
- A (anti-aging)
- B5 (regenerative, moisturizing)
- C (antioxidant)
- E (moisturizing)
Hourglass recommends using with their Veil Mineral Primer for long lasting makeup wear however, on its own, it seems to do just fine. My foundation wear seemed to be extended by at least three hours as well as my blush. My entire face just looked a lot less tired as the day progressed and my makeup looked flawless, as if I just applied it.
Overall, it’s possible the makeup gods poured heaven into a bottle here because Hourglass No 28 Primer Serum can do no wrong, only make things right and perfectly flawless. I do recommend it for those with drier skin as I think such a skin type will find it the most beneficial.
Heaven must be missing a primer because Hourglass No 28 Primer Serum is here with me right now!
You NEED to at the very least try this.
It’s $65 for a 1 oz which is a good deal of money to dish out but I do dare say it is worth every single red penny.
I absolutely loved it.
Muse Approved for purchase.
This is headed on the HG (holy grail) list.
Would love to hear your thoughts on it.
This product was purchased by the Muse for review purposes.
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