Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer verses Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer vs. Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer verses Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base.

Facial Makeup Primers are everywhere these days.  It seems as if every cosmetic line makes the claim their primer is the best on the market.  The advertising claim of prolonged makeup, defused pores, color correction, smoother looking skin and good for you ingredients are the catch phases that dominate most campaigns.  Up today are two heavy hitters; Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer verses Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base.  In the left corner we have the heavyweight champion, weighing in at 1 oz., straight from the USA….Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer ($52 US).  In the right corner we have the contender, weighing in at .88 oz. imported straight from Japan….Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base ($48 US).  At the end of six rounds (categories) a winner will be declared….ding, ding, ding…let the games begin 🙂

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer vs. Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer verses Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer vs. Koh Gen Do Packaging:

Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer is housed in a substantially weighted glass bottle.  This packaging, although very sanitary, is not ideal for travel and for accessing the entirety of the product.  Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base is housed in a light-weight squeeze tube; very convenient for travel and rather useful for getting every last drop of the product out.  I must admit the glass container does look more luxe than the plastic tube, however sometimes functionality trumps looks.

Ding, Ding, Ding:  Round 1 goes to Koh Gen Do.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer vs. Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer verses Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer vs. Koh Gen Do Amount/Price Ratio:

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer contains 1 fluid ounce for $52.  Koh Gen Do contains .88 fl oz.  for $48. Both product’s cost are relatively comparable, however I would think glass is more expensive to produce than a plastic squeeze tube.  Therefore, Koh Gen Do could have thrown their customers a bone and granted us an additional .12 fl. oz. of product.

Ding, Ding, Ding:  Round 2 goes to Hourglass.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer vs. Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base spread out.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer verses Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base spread out.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer vs. Koh Gen Do Formula:

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer has a thin consistency and the feel is truly lightweight.  A very small amount is needed to completely cover the face.  There is a slight diffused look to imperfections and the skin feels silky soft to the touch.  Foundation can be applied immediately after the primer, there is no “dry-time” required with this formula.  Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base in Yellow has a cream-like consistency giving the skin a slightly diffused look.   The yellow coloring is completely undetectable once the product is blended out, voiding the claim that the yellow coloring minimizes redness.  KGD does not smooth over the skin as easily as Hourglass.  With KGD, one must be very diligent with the amount used, too much product results in a change of consistency (the primer can pill on the skin–less is more).  Foundation cannot be applied immediately after the makeup color base is administered.  A “dry-time’ of two-three minutes is required.

Ding, Ding, Ding:  Round 3 goes to Hourglass.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer vs. Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base blended out.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer verses Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base blended out.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer vs. Koh Gen Do Application:

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer applies smoothly with fingers or a brush.  Koh Gen Do recommends to use fingers to apply the primer a little at a time (less product is accidentally used).  One must be very diligent to spread the primer in thin layers evenly on the skin, in places that require the most attention (my area is the T-Zone, and slightly extending around the front of the cheeks).   Nonetheless, KGD does not feel as silicone(y) as Hourglass.  Hourglass’s white coloring can turn ashy on darker skinned beauties, if too much product is used.

Ding, Ding, Ding:  Round 4 goes to Koh Gen Do.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer vs. Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base with Estee Lauder Double Wear blended on top.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer verses Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base with Estee Lauder Double Wear blended on top.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer vs. Koh Gen Do Ingredients:

Both Hourglass and Koh Gen Do are silicone based products.  Both companies can try to advertise “mineral” and “good for you ingredients”, but the bottom line is there is nothing natural about either product. Hourglass has 12 ingredients and Koh Gen Do has a heck of a lot more, but both contain the same first few ingredients (titanium dioxide, cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone).  Props to both companies for not using parabens, mineral oils, phthalates, etc. in their product.

Ding, Ding, Ding:  Round 5 is a tie.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer vs. Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base  ingredient list.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer verses Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base ingredient list.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer vs. Koh Gen Do Results:

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer does make foundation last longer and the skin is visibly smoother and more radiant.  The skin does not feel tacky to the touch after foundation application.  The white coloring and heavier silicone additive does give the skin a slightly dewier look.  This can be problematic for oilier skins. Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base does make foundation last longer and the skin is visibly smoother and satiny looking.  The skin does feel slightly tacky after foundation application (easily solved with the use of a setting powder).  However, KGD Makeup Color Base does control oil amazing well throughout the day and my dry skin does feel noticeably moisturized.  Oilier skin would prefer this primer over Hourglass.  Admittedly, I do as well.  SHOCKER!!!

Ding, Ding, Ding:  Round 6 goes to Koh Gen Do.

Left side: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer  Right Side: Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base with Estee Lauder Double Wear blended on top.

Left side: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
Right Side: Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base with Estee Lauder Double Wear blended on top.

The Hourglass side (left) is dewier and less diffused (especially visible around the under-eye area).  The Koh Gen Do side (right) does appear more diffused and the satin finish does last throughout the day.  Do you see what I see?

Both Hourglass and Koh Gen Do can be found at Sephora.com and Barneys.com.  If residing in NYC, to my knowledge, only Sephora at Times Square and Chelsea Meat Market sell KGD in store.  Try to get a sample of each and test them out for yourself.

Left side: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer  Right Side: Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base with Estee Lauder Double Wear blended on top.

Left side: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
Right Side: Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base with Estee Lauder Double Wear blended on top.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you the winner in this battle of the primers is Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base.  This yellow colored primer does need extra care during application, however the results are worth the additional effort.  Hourglass is still a great primer for drier skins and those who seek a dewier look to their makeup. Presently, I prefer the satiny look KGD provides.  I feel as if I am cheating on my high school sweetheart with the new heart-throb in town, but there is no denying the attraction.  Oh well, I never said Hourglass and I were exclusive…like does not equate love, it’s not you it’s me, I’m not ready to get serious with anyone……anymore lines I can type to justify my betrayal of my three-year relationship with Hourglass Primer?  Nahh…I’m just not that into it anymore.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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Comments

  1. I was wondering if you’ve tried their Aqua foundation? It’s a little pricey so would like to hear your review before purchasing. Thanks!

    • Hello Sherry,
      I have not tried their Aqua Foundation only the Maifanshi Moisture Foundationin #123. When I went to get samples at the Barney’s counter, the sale woman told me the Aqua Foundation did not give as much coverage as the Maifanshi. Personally, I always purchase the higher coverage foundations in any line, because you can sheer them down next to nothing (with a damp sponge or damp brush) and for those days when you need extra coverage, you are covered (pun intended). If you contact Koh Gen Do directly, they will send out samples for you to try for free…great customer service…be sure to tell them the current foundation brand and color you are using for them to have an idea of your coloring. Toll Free 1 (877) 754-3872. I remembering speaking to the owner herself (for another product)..I hope this helps.
      -Maria

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