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Hourglass is one of those truly rare companies that generates one exquisite product after another. They have the uncanny ability to create masterpieces out of a genre of products that people often give little thought to. For me this most assuredly rings true with their primers. Primers are products that I seldom ever thought about-- yet alone used with any degree of regularity. In fact, it wasn't until I tried their Veil Primer that I realized that using a primer might not be such a bad idea since Veil had proven to me to be so great that it was the primer against which all other primers should be judged. This was a closed argument for me until Hourglass outdid themselves by creating their peerless Hourglass Nº 28 Primer Serum.
Hourglass describes it as,
An ultra-hydrating, nutrient-rich primer and serum infused with 28 beneficial ingredients to nurture your skin as it prepares it for flawless makeup. This silky, lightweight oil blend glides on and is quickly absorbed to hydrate the skin and refine the appearance of visible pores. Skin is instantly transformed, appears younger and more luminous.
This serum nurtures skin with a blend of rejuvenating ingredients including 14 essentials oils (lavender, geranium, rose geranium, vanilla, clove, orange peel, amyris, lemon peel, petitgrain, eucalyptus, rosemary leaf, bois de rose, cedar leaf, ylang ylang), 10 lipid-rich plant oils (jojoba, rose hips seed, evening primrose, hazelnut, borage seed, kukui nut, sweet almond, green tea, olive, and cherry pit), and four vitamins (A, B5, C, and E).
• Contains 14 essential oils to soften the complexion: Bois de Rose, Lavender, Geranium, Petitgrain, Lemon, Rosemary, Vanilla, Clove, Amyris, Orange, Ylang Ylang, Eucalyptus, Cedar and Rose Geranium
• Contains a blend of 10 lipid-rich plant oils to help hydrate the skins underlying layers: Hazelnut, Kukui Nut, Rose Hip, Borage, Olive, Green Tea, Cherry Pit, Sweet Almond, Jojoba and Evening Primrose
• Enriched with 4 skin-rejuvenating vitamins to condition the complexion: A, B5, C and E
• Suitable for all skin types
• Formula repels water
• Free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates, synthetic dyes and vegan-friendly
Apply one pump of No. 28 Primer Serum before or after moisturizer and before makeup. No. 28 can be worn at night as a treatment and can be applied to hair to seal split ends.
Not only is my combination skin ultra happy with Nº 28 Primer Serum, but even my oilier t-zone appears happier and more balanced when I use this product. The end result is that my skin looks smoother, more supple, more hydrated, more luminous, and nearly poreless! It has the rare distinction of being a complexion perfector as both a cosmetic and skincare product. Do I mean to say that it will permanently reduce the size of your pores and whisk away all "imperfections"? Of course not, but the combination of skincare and finishing ingredients makes this primer one that works overtime and gives real and tangible results. It has a very slightly herbal scent that is punctuated by the faint aroma of the lavender coming through-- this makes applying it what many might consider a ritualistic aromatherapeutic experience to be savored (and I am one of them), but the scent does quickly dissipate soon after it sinks in. It also does wonders for dry hands-- leaving them soft, silky and hydrated.
$65.00 for 1 oz. Available from Hourglass, Barneys New York, Sephora and SpaceNK (Affiliate links).
$22.00 for .33oz. Available from Barneys New York, Sephora, & SpaceNK.
Press Sample. All views expressed are categorically my own.
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