I have obnoxiously oily skin. I almost returned this, but the color was so perfect and I wanted it to work so bad that I broke down and tried it with a primer. Very glad I did. I've never used primer, but before using it with a primer, I felt it looked Cakey and makeup-ey. Now I use the primer and moisturizer before use and the end results are about everything I coud realistically aske for. It doesn't make me look too made up, lasts through the day, covers the redness in my face, and stays matte. I still have to blot but less than with my old standby....el doublewear.
When I first tried this foundation I hated it but I gave it another chance and I have to say that I REALLY like this foundation. A LOT! If your hesitant to buy this bc of the price, then I would suggest to try out the covergirl 3 in 1 foundation bc I think they are quite similar. I do have to say that you have to work quickly and blend well with this foundation or else it will look bad. I recommend working with a magnified mirror and a dense synthetic brush. After you blend it with the brush go over with a beauty blender and push the foundation into your skin.It looks so amazing when you know how to apply it so dont give up on it so easily. I dont mind spending extra time on my foundation bc to me its the most important part of my makeup routine.
My skin type - very oily
Skin tone - pale - NC10
I wasn't a fan of this. I purchased the shade Pearl for my NC10 skin and it was far too dark and beige. It's a very neutral beige without any discernible pink or yellow tones and actually looked completely grey and corpse like when I mixed some white in.
As for the formula, I have very oily skin yet it managed to make it look dry and cakey in certain spots and I ended up having to remove it from between my eyebrows and nose and just use concealer there because it looked so bad lol. It's also not buildable and sets very quickly, similarly to the way Revlon Colorstay does, yet dries to a powder finish. When I tried to put more on top, the foundation that had already dried underneath caked up..I wasn't able to spot conceal blemishes on top of the foundation because it was impossible to blend on top of the powder finish the foundation dries too.
Oh well, I can at least say that I am very impressed with the oil sucking abilities of this foundation. My face was completely matte when I came home after a 8 hour day. I may experiment with mixing it with some one my foundations that I find too dewy, or oily sunscreens.
Absolutely LOVE this foundation!! I have VERY oily skin to the point where even when i wear EL double wear i get shiny after a few hours! This has the power to keep me matte all day! My search for my HG foundation for work is over! This would probably last over 12+ hours although i haven't tried it for that long. BUT please! Application of this foundation is KEY for making this work for you! As the name suggests this is a liquid to powder foundation so it will not work or blend like normal foundations. When i first got this i HATED IT! It made me look cakey dry, would settle into my pores and looked awful to the point i wanted to return it! So 2weeks passed and it was sitting there and i thought i would give it another try! This time with a light hand i used a Mac 187 brush and with very fast motions buffed this all over my face and i was amazed! I looked airbrushed and well... Immaculate!! So please if u get this DO NOT use your fingers, a sponge or a flat foundation brush - please use a stippling brush or maybe a kabuki brush and buff this foundation and swirl it over your skin very quickly and you'll be amazed by this foundation! - MY HG!!! I do not recommend this foundation if you have dry skin - i would say if you have normal/combination/oily skin this will be great for you!! By the way the coverage of this foundation is one of the most natural coverages I've come across! Looks just like Skin! It starts out Light and can be built up to A high medium coverage however i think you would struggle to keep this looking natural if you build it up to full. Im NC 40-42 in MAC and Beige works great for me and has yellow undertones which is perfect for me! My only issue with this foundation is the pump tends to get clogged up! Its still pumps products but its just annoying because you'll get dried up products followed by foundation. Ive honestly tried so many foundations for my oily skin that need to last at least 9hours and keep me shine free and this is by far the best! Just an idea i have tried.. YSL Teint Resist, Shiseido sun protection foundation, Giorgio armani lasting silk, Estee Lauder Double wear, Lancome Teint idole ultra 24hr, Mac ProLongwear, Mac StudioFix, Chanel perfection lumiere, Chanel Vitalumiere, Bobbi brown long lasting foundation, Dior Nude, Mac Face and Body, Bourjois Healthy Mix, The list goes on and on and like i mentioned above the Hourglass beats them all!! But please if you do buy this or have bought this and are not pleased with it please look at my application method as this is make or break with this foundation! Thankyou HOURGLASS!!! :)
I wanted to love this product and was using MAC Pro Longwear foundation in NC25 and wanted to switch because of how much the MAC oxidized on my skin. Shell matched perfectly with NC25, however it does not oxidize on my skin so it is a bit pale. My skin did however get oily mid day and I expected better! I never have this oily problem with MAC Pro Longwear in the middle of the day so I will buy that from now on - especially at half the price! I do however love the color, the packaging, and the texture when applying this foundation. I will finish this bottle but its not worth the $65
I was really excited to try Immaculate after reading so many positive reviews. Their shade range is pretty limited. I got matched with Shell but not was still too light. Anyhow, I have acne prone skin but NOT oily. My skin is more like normal/combo/ some days it feels dry. The Foundation is definitely for oily skin. It looked really bad on me and accentuated every pore and as it dried to a lovely powdery finish (which is the only thing I liked about it) my face looked like an immaculate deserted island. I can see it being wonderful for oily skin though for real. So if u have normal or dry skin... Stay away from this foundation. I actually prefer Revlon foundation for combo skin as it also dries to powdery finish but doesn't look cakey.
Beautiful medium coverage foundation for oily skin. Feels like nothing, applies like a dream with a flawless finish, wears very well and by end of day looks radiant and healthy. No oxidizing, no sliding or melting, no breaking down into an oily mess.
No foundation in the world will make oily skin stop producing oil. You'll probably still have to blot, but probably less with this foundation than with others. Its not a workhorse, dont put it to impossible tests, but its very elegant option that I'm personally really happy with.
This foundation works best on oily skin like mine. It can look cakey on normal to dry skin. It dries quickly so you have to apply fast but it will go on evenly. it's lightweight. It's light to medium buildable coverage that is easy to build up. it does dry to a matte powder finish but it doesn't look powdery. It smooths pores very well. you can powder if you want to make it even more longlasting but it sets itself. throughout the day i still get some shine in mt t-zone but i don't need to blot, it just looks dewy not oily.
what makes this foundation better than other mattifying foundations from other brands is that this one doesn't break me out and it doesn't look heavy!!!!!
I dropped in at Sephora to pick up a concealer, and was accosted (I know this is a harsh word, but if you've ever been to Sephora, you'll know what I mean) by an associate. I told her I wanted to be matched for Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage. She did just that...but did she stop there? She asked me if I was using a primer before applying my foundation and I said, 'No". Big mistake. No. I got dragged (Walk with me) to the Hourglass display and she proceeded to 'school' me on primer and foundation. I got to experience the Sephora 'exclusive' Hourglass line. Primer and foundation were applied. She gushed over how great my skin looked and asked me to check it out in the mirror provided. It was all I could do not to scream...I looked like a Kabuki dancer. Firstly, the foundation was waaay to light. Secondly, I could SEE the foundation on the top of my skin. Was this problem with the Hourglass primer or the foundation. Not a clue, but I was not about to buy these products. After the associate saw I was not impressed, she was all about getting me checked out and out the door. As far as I'm concerned, I will NEVER set foot in another Sephora. What is their deal, anyway?
I was very impressed by this foundation. It's considered a liquid powder . Love that! One thing I must say is that you need to work fast with this one cause it sets fast! I like the mineral powder brush by sephora collection best. This foundation wore all day without a powder even! It gave me a beautiful doll like finish! The most impressive part is the ingredients inside this formula!!! Ill mention the 2 top ones. 1.) phytostem edelweiss ~ an active from a rare Himalayan plant that slows collegen degradation .2.) lavandox ~Spanish lavender I guess this is supposed to relax muscle contractions?