Hourglass Veil Translucent Loose Setting Powder

The Step Missing From My Makeup Routine

Ever since I posted this photo of the Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder, I got numerous requests to do a review on the product. Like LOTS!

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With such an overwhelming response from you all, I’m not going to say no, am I? Of course not!

The Background Story

Before this purchase, I have never ever used a loose setting powder. I know right! So, what made me decide to start now? I guess it was the news of Laura Mercier exiting the Australian market. As you’re probably aware, Laura Mercier loose powder is hailed as this holy grail of setting powders in the market. And then came the news of Huda Beauty releasing her baking powders. Needless to say, setting powder was on my mind.

You know how you walk into Mecca just to browse and somehow end up walking out with more product than you can shake a stick at? Yes, that was me one Sunday afternoon. I blame it on my restless child, whom I took to the mall to keep entertained. I don’t remember walking into Mecca at all (I must have blacked out – that seems to happen every time I visit a beauty store).

So anyway, long story short, I somehow ended up with the Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder. This is a fairly new release – to be honest, I didn’t see it pop up too much on Social Media.

PackagingHourglass Mineral Veil Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Right off the bat, you can tell this product is all class. I don’t mean to judge a book by it’s cover, but LOOK. AT. IT. Sah Pretty! The outer pack features the familiar colours of the Hourglass brand. Unscrew the lid and it reveals a beautiful gold casing inside. The sifter is quite obviously in the shape of an “H” (for Hourglass).


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This is a translucent powder and on the outset, it looks white. But when you swirl product on the brush and then apply to the skin, it doesn’t have a white cast. The powder is finely milled, which just means that it doesn’t give a heavy, cakey look on the skin. Did I do a sniff test? Oh you betcha! It doesn’t have a scent of any sort.

How to UseHourglass Veil Translucent Loose Setting Powder

To get the Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder out, you simply need to tap the case – either on the side or the bottom of the tub. But here’s a hack to save precious product: loosen the lid and, while still leaving it half closed, tap the base. This will get the product out of the case, into the bowl and yet, you save it from flying everywhere. The shape of the bowl allows you to nestle your brush safely, swirl things around and evenly disperse product onto the brush.

There are two ways you can use this product – to Set your makeup and to Bake. What’s the difference you ask? Setting involves lightly dusting the powder onto the areas where you want to mattify or set for instance – set your under eye concealer and your oily t-zone. Baking involves packing product onto areas like under your eyes or chin, to smooth and mattify. Baking involves a little bit of wait time, to allow your body heat to encourage setting the product.


How does the Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder fare? Not only does it mattify the skin, I found that it gave my skin this veil of a diffused glow. My skin looked smooth and when set, it lasted all day without requiring a touch up. You can see the difference this product has made to my overall look –

  • combined with concealer, the darkness under my eyes were like a distant memory and
  • the oily t-zone was kept at bay for a good 13 hours

To be honest, I only realised the difference the Veil Setting Powder provided on the day I skipped using the powder. With the Veil Translucent Setting Powder, my foundation lasted a lot longer. While the longest my foundation lasted was 6-8 hours; for the most part, with this powder, I was still fresh even at the 13 hour mark! Some areas – particularly my chin and nose showed the first signs of breaking through the powder at the 13 hour mark, which is quite impressive for me.

Now, most days, I don’t really care what I look like at the 13 hour mark, because (a) it’s winter and dark, and (b) I’m on my way home and they are quite used to seeing my “13-hour makeup face”. But I’m comforted in the knowledge that this will last a good while and I can go from day to night without having to redo my whole makeup.

Hourglass also released a dual ended brush to be used with this product, but sadly, that was sold out when I purchased the VeilTranslucent Setting Powder.

Overall Thoughts

I honestly didn’t realise what I was missing from my routine. I’ve used pressed powders before, but I never had this much of an impact with a pressed powder as I did with the loose powder. I now get the hype behind loose powders. I do!

I used this powder on my Eid GRWM post this year too: check it out here.

Here in Australia, Hourglass is available for purchase at these links: Mecca and Net-A-Porter.Hourglass Veil Translucent Loose Setting Powder


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