Let’s be real you guys, Hourglass is the most stunning brand in this world. It’s super luxurious, it’s super chic and it’s everything I want in life. But sadly it’s also super expensive. It depends on the product, but some of their products are so expensive even I don’t consider buying them. One of the products from Hourglass I would never buy would be their setting powder, the Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder. It’s super, super pricy and it also comes with very little product. However, I did hear some amazing things about it and that did make me want to try it. So I ended up buying the travel size version of The Veil. Still super, extremely expensive for what it is, but well, it happened. I’ve actually used it up already so I think it’s time for a review. If you’re interested in finding out more about this powder, make sure you continue reading this post!
There is quite a lot I have to say about this Hourglass powder, but let’s start with the packaging. The Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder comes in a really stunning looking little jar. I say little because it’s super, super tiny. I know this is the travel size but even for a travel size it’s super tiny. The lid is thicker than the jar and that already gives away how much product you get in this powder. Literally nothing… But okay, that’s not what we were talking about.
Anyway, the lid has this really pretty shiny brown colour that is classic Hourglass. It’s fancy and it’s good looking. On the lid it says Hourglass and that’s pretty much everything that is on here in terms of decoration or text. Hourglass kept things very simple and, you probably guessed it already, I like that style. It’s simple but classic.
Like I said the jar itself is really flat. It’s also matte. This part of the packaging is actually what differs the most from the full-size version in terms of looks. The full-size packaging has a golden sifter with an ‘h’ in it and this one has just a simple plastic sifter. Doesn’t matter, but worth mentioning.
Like I said I do think that this setting powder is crazy expensive. And if you have been following my blog for a while you might know that I don’t think something is too expensive quickly. But this really is. That’s because if you compare the price you pay per gram to, let’s say, the Laura Mercier setting powder it’s just crazy. In the travel size version of the Hourglass powder you pay about £17,78 per gram. In the full-size that is £4 per gram. Buying the travel size is therefore a very dumb move. You pay over 4 times more per gram if you compare it to the full-size price per gram. Anyway, in the Laura Mercier powder you get 29 grams for 30 pounds. That’s about £1,03 per gram. To me this is simply crazy. Now that I’ve calculated this I really don’t get why I ever decided to buy the flippin’ travel sized version of this Hourglass powder at all. Am I out of my mind?!
But well, I did it. So let’s just be happy about that. At least it gets me something to review, right?! And now I’m not going to think about the price anymore and move on to the product itself. Let’s see whether or not it’s worth it!
Before we get into details, let’s see what Hourglass has to say about their powder:
The magic of Veil transformed into an ultra-refined loose powder designed to give skin a naturally flawless finish. This finely-milled, weightless powder is 100% talc-free and formulated with soft-focus light-reflecting particles to instantly blur imperfections and minimise the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles for effortlessly smooth skin. The translucent formula can be used on all skin tones for an invisible, natural skin finish.
Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder’s key features:
– Blurs the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles for an airbrushed finish.
– Innovative gold sifter and custom cap allow for the perfect amount of product to be dispensed, without creating a mess.
– Sets makeup for longer wear.
– Translucent formula leaves an invisible finish, perfect for all skin tones.
– Infused with diamond powder for the most refined light refraction without any flashback.
– Can be used to bake undereye concealer to prevent creasing.
– Thoughtfully formulated to be 100% talc-free.”
According to Hourglass the Veil Translucent Setting Powder is a very finely milled, weightless powder with an invisible finish and I agree with that. I do feel like the formula is really nice. The powder is super soft and it definitely is invisible. I love how finely milled it is. You might think that it doesn’t matter, but because of that it has a very soft focus finish and it does make the powder look more natural on the skin. It definitely does make a huge difference.
But what’s more important to me is that the powder mattifies my skin, keeps it matte throughout the day and makes my makeup look stunning all day long. When it comes to that I think it does a pretty good job, but it hasn’t blown me away. I do think that this setting powder adds a nice finish to your makeup. It really creates a nice ‘veil’ over your makeup making it look super smooth and protecting it throughout the day. It also is nice and mattifying without making me look dull and dead. That’s definitely something very positive about this powder.
However, I don’t think this powder is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Normally I use the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder and I don’t think the Veil from Hourglass is much better than that. In fact, I like the Laura Mercier powder just as much and that’s a whole lot more affordable than this.
All in all I do think that the Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder is a nice powder. It’s definitely very high-quality and you can tell. However, I don’t think it’s worth the hefty price tag. I already find the Laura Mercier powder expensive enough and that performs very similar to this Hourglass one. Therefore I don’t think I’ll be buying this anymore. I’ll just stick to Laura Mercier in the future.
And that brings us to the end of today’s post. Thank you guys so much for reading it and be sure to let me know which setting powder is your absolute favourite!