Hourglass has been on a roll this year with new releases and they recently dropped two new permanent launches for the complexion including the super popular Veil Translucent Setting Powder ($46 / .36 oz – 10.5 g), and Veil Retouching Fluid ($34 / 0.10 oz – 3.2 ml). The new launches are additions to the Veil line and are all about naturally flawless skin with multi-dimensional finishes and smooth textures.
The Veil Translucent Setting Powder is described as a 100% talc-free, ultra-refined powder formulated with light-reflecting particles to blur pores, fine lines, and wrinkles for an airbrushed finish. The formula is infused with diamond powder for the most refined light refraction without any flashback to enhance the look of natural skin. According to Hourglass founder Carisa Janes, she wanted to create a setting powder that encompassed the silky, weightless texture of their bestselling Veil Mineral Primer, and so the Veil Translucent Setting Powder was conceptualized.
I have been wearing this two ways, as an all-over face powder as well as a under-eye setting powder and found it to be one of the best that I’ve ever tried. Usually I am very cautious with loose setting powders because most will either leave a white cast all over the face, or even worse, cast a grayish veil underneath the eyes and settle into any fine line available. The Veil Translucent Setting Powder seamlessly melds and disappears into the skin once it is blended creating an actual blurring effect. The powder is extremely fine and has a velvety smooth texture that yields to soft, silky skin when on the face. It’s very lightweight and I can apply it underneath the eyes without the powder accentuating my lines. Since it’s not drying and a little hydrating/creamy instead it also doesn’t look cakey or crepey in the under-eye region nor does it cling to dry patches or texture! There is a soft glow to the powder that doesn’t translate entirely to the face and sets into a demi- matte finish with depth so skin doesn’t look dull or flat. No shimmer by any means. Skin looks noticeably smoother and brighter especially underneath the eyes which I feel almost makes the under-eyes more youthful.
The packaging is gorgeous and very luxurious. In itself the compact is quite large but fits nicely in the hand and is created with an innovative gold sifter and custom well in the cap that allows for the perfect amount of product to be dispensed, without creating a mess.
Next I have the Veil Retouching Fluid. This is a sheer, weightless, oil-free fluid that cancels out dullness, illuminates any darkness, and retouches fading makeup without caking or creasing. This is not a concealer more so that it is just a finisher or retoucher to touch-up makeup throughout the day or to bring life to the face when skin is looking a little dull. It’s actually quite a neat product with a really nice formulation. It offers sheer to light coverage that does not crease and blurs imperfections rather than covering them. The fluid has a nice creamy texture with a thin consistency that is easy to blend into the skin. You’re supposed to use it on top of already existing makeup, even when you’re powdered since it is meant to refresh. Simply dab it on the areas where you could use some TLC and than lightly dab with the finger to smooth out and brighten the skin. It does a really good job of refreshing the makeup and looks natural in the process while providing a soft luminosity. Like a filter for the face. It’s sheer and not very opaque but it evens out my skin and the subtle radiance is just enough to diffuse everything beautifully. Finish is smooth and doesn’t emphasize pores, texture or lines. Lasting power is quite good – it stayed put from early afternoon until I took my makeup off around 7.30- ish.
I picked up the shades Natural and Sand. At first I wasn’t quite sure what to do with the Veil Retouching Fluid but giving it enough time to play with it became the step in my makeup routine I didn’t know was missing. It truly blurs away any redness and darkness and is just natural and effortless-looking. I love how it instantly brightens the areas of application and it literally looks like I hit the refresh button on my makeup. I primarily use it on my chin where I have natural redness that always comes peeping through halfway throughout the day and for the areas where the inner corners of the eyes meet to really light up the eye area and make me appear less tired. Recently I started applying this in combination with my eyelid primer and it has made a huge difference in the opacity of eyeshadow colors. One area I don’t like to use it is my under-eye region. While the Veil Retouching Fluid is targeted to enhance said area, for me it emphasizes my skin’s texture and makes my concealer + setting powder combo look very cakey. Other than that it does a really amazing job, especially on low makeup days. Finish-wise it’s not heavy or thick feeling.
Swatched on the arm
Bottom line, the two new additions to the Veil lineup are beyond solid and there’s lots to love about both. The Veil Translucent Setting Powder is an absolute must-have. I thought nothing could ever replace my Laura Mercier but alas, it happened because it was love at first application. I’ve had nothing but positive experiences using the powder. The powder is weightless, non-drying, doesn’t emphasize or settle into lines, pores or cling to texture and patches. I like that it has a demi-matte finish and has a beautiful soft radiant glow. It also doesn’t leave a cast behind and I suspect it will work on a very wide range of skin colors since it is truly translucent. Phenomenal is not enough to describe how great this is. Overall I highly recommend this and think it’s definitely worth a look. It truly makes the skin glow in a natural way and seamlessly sets makeup to last all day. This is one of the best loose setting powder formulas that works perfectly for my skintype and needs. If you’re a fan of the Ambient Lighting Powders, this is almost the same thing but in a loose powder form.
The Veil Retouching Fluid was the one step in my makeup routine I didn’t know was missing. Overall it’s a really great product and I find that it does exactly what I wanted my regular concealer or highlighting powders to do. All that being said, in the grand scheme of things, it’s not necessary. Does it touch-up makeup flawlessly? Yes. Does it enhance the look of makeup? Absolutely. Does it impart a nice glow to the face? Sure does. But is it necessary? No. If you’re looking for strong opaque coverage and something that 100% disguises blemishes and dark circles, then I suggest to skip this. The Veil Retouching Fluid is not a traditional concealer, instead it’s a makeup retoucher/finisher and might I even say quasi- corrector. Once I figured out what it could do and how I could use it to its full potential, that’s when I discovered a new personal makeup favorite and now I carry it with me everywhere for quick on-the-go touchups.