After going through multiple samples of both the Veil and Immaculate foundation by Hourglass, I decided to go for the Veil foundation. I have oily/ combo skin but I still found Immaculate to have a severely matte and powdery finish. It clung to dry patches I didn't even know I had and pooled horribly in my pores.
I'm about NC15 in MAC and the shade 0 Porcelain is a fairly decent match. Be warned: this foundation is really really yellow. It also oxidizes a bit and turns slightly darker on the skin. I think Hourglass needs to work on their shade range because it seems to be a hassle finding a good match that isn't too dark or orange. That being said, I do enjoy the coverage, finish, and wear of this foundation. I only use a very small amount to get the coverage I need and I make sure to buff it in really well with a synthetic round-top brush. The yellow undertones do a great job of counteracting redness and evening out my skin tone.
I love the fact that this has the veil primer already incorporated. It gives it a very smooth, velvety, almost silicone feel. The finish is slightly luminous and looks natural but perfected. It glides over pores and minimizes their appearance. It doesn't do very much for oil control, but it holds up well through blotting and touch-ups with powder. Like others have said, this isn't quite transfer-resistant and it comes off on blotting sheets or anything else that comes into contact with my face. But even though the color comes off I don't find that it affects the coverage on my skin. However, if I don't touch up throughout the day this will start to get patchy after a few hours and 'float' on top of my skin.
I like the packaging, which has a sleek and luxurious aesthetic and heavy feel, but the bottle is opaque and I can't see how much product I have left. The pump makes it easy to control how much you get and since I only need so little (about half a pea-sized amount) for each application, one bottle should last me a very long time.
Overall, I'm content with the performance of this foundation and I'm glad to know that it contains beneficial, anti-aging ingredients. But I don't think I would purchase it at the full $60 price. I only decided to give it a shot because of the 20% off Sephora offers during their VIB sale. It was still very expensive though. When I went in to purchase this I was wearing Revlon Nearly Naked in 120 Vanilla and the SA who was helping me commented that my skin looked amazing. So... if a $10 foundation from the drugstore can garner that kind of compliment why should I spend 6x as much for makeup that isn't quite anything to write home about?
I was put off by some of the terrible reviews on this product but I'm glad I gave it a chance. I've had it for a few weeks now so I feel I can give it a decent review.
I am an NC20 for reference with strong yellow undertones and bought this in Porcelain. I really don't see anyone with lighter skin tones matching well with this product.
If I do not exfoliate, and put on a night cream the night before, this WILL cling to my dry patches. It gives a radiant finish and paired with Bare Minerals Mineral Veil, it lasts a very long time.
It does cost 60 dollars but I can justify the price because this has the primer ALREADY IN IT and I don't need additional primers and I only need a half a pump to cover my whole face.
Love love love this.
As promised, it gives a radiant glow, covers pores, and does not settle into lines or make me look old. Of Hourglass' three new foundations (including the Tinted Moisturizer and Liquid Powder Foundation) this is the best one, hands down. I think it is more natural looking and wears better than many other foundations I've tried. It's just not quite good enough to make me abandon my HG Shiseido foundations that I swear by.
I love the finish on this, hands down best finish of any foundation. Not too matte, not too dewy, just very natural. Light to medium coverage, not at all heavy or cakey on my dry skin. I applied this with my fingers, a dab on the forehead, chin, cheeks, and nose and blended out. finished with a very light dusting of powder and was done. Great makeup that doesn't look like you are wearing makeup. Very pricey though, and definitely high end.
This foundation is way too thick and cakey. When I wear it I can feel like I'm wearing foundation all day long - who wants that? Heavy, heavy, heavy - way too much coverage. Also separates and has to be mixed again before applied. *shudders* DO NOT WANT.
I like a flawless coverage- but not thick and cakey, my fave foundation so far being MUFE HD foundation/ occasionally LM silk creme. I dont like mac foundations, as although i love medium-fuller coverage they all tend to look quite made up on me, and visible. Anyway i got this in sand which was slightly too light for my nc35/37 skintone. I didnt find it orange-y at all just about 2 shades lighter than I am. I didnt like the coverage- too sheer, slippery texture of the foundation so kept moving about, and highlighted all these pores on my nose and dry patches (and with the horrid uk winter weather right now i definitely have a few!) My skin which is otherwise clear, looked crap. Bits of redness around my nose showed through the foundation. Definitely not for me. I thought it was like those runny thin drugstore foundations and certainly nothing about it wowed me.
This is a fantastic foundation, but of course not for everyone. This might help someone trying to decide if this foundation could work for them:
- provides a light to medium level of coverage
- dewy to satin finish. if you have oily skin and prefer a mattifying foundation, this is not it. I have dry to normal skin and I adore the natural finish it gives
- limited shade range BUT is workable. I have NC20 skin and wear the shade 0- porcelain, which has yellow undertones too. I don't see this working for anyone with lighter skin than that, but when this shade is buffed in it suits me very well. Shade 1 is too peach-toned for me and doesn't match my neck.
- best applied with a synthetic buffing brush in circular motions. I use the retractable foundation brush also made by hourglass but I've had good results also with the Real Techniques buffing brush and the Sigma f80 flat-top kabuki brush.
- if shine is a problem for you then definitely use a powder after you apply the foundation. I find this works really well with the NARS light reflecting setting powder on my T-zone.
Overall, I love this foundation and it is my holy grail. I'm normal to dry and the finish works well for me and doesn't oxidize. But try it out first! In Australia, mecca cosmetica always offers samples. $87 AUD is too much to spend on a foundation that doesn't work for you.
The end all and be all of foundation. Great medium to heavy coverage without the cakey feeling. They softer "lit" affect is nice glow on my combo skin but NOT as dewey as BB/CC creams, which I don't like for that aspect. In fact, it's skin tightening and softening, spanx for the face is what one make up artisit calls it. He's right, takes years off the face! Feels great on.
Now for the color. Hourglass is weird in this way. DO NOT rely on the numbering system, 1.5 (nude that should work for most Asian skin tones), is darker than 2.0, depending on your definition of "dark". So invest the time to find the color without relying on the numbers, it's worth it.
I hate wearing foundation so when I need the coverage, I splurge on the best. I have Georgio Maestro, Tom Ford, YSL, Kevin Aucion, Laura Mercier, Cle de peu, MAC, Chantacalle, etc... Been there done that, all disappointed.
I tried this as a free Sephora sample. Be warned -- it's SO orange. I have neutral to warm skin and I can't even imagine whose skin tone would match this. Given some of the other reviews, it sounds like the oranginess runs throughout all of the shades in this line. I tried Nude. Egad. No bueno.
Great coverage, love the Dewey finish, and is the only foundation that doesn't make me break out! I highly recommend this foundation and it's anti aging!!!