Honestly, how dare they sell this for $64 dollars and claim that it is "Perfect for the oiliest of skins" and Sephora. Everything about this enticed me into purchasing it. The bottle is stunning, the things it claims are wonderful (will soak up oil, perfect matte, no touch-ups, etc) and the price makes you believe it has to work. Well, it doesn't. I wouldn't even pay $5 for this if it was offered in the drugstore. It literally shined up after 3 hours (with my favorite primer underneath), and not only that, but the coverage was lousy, and I was patchy by mid-afternoon! Worst purchase ever made. The only plus is I can return it.
Okay. Lets start out with my skin type: I'm combination, and have acne prone skin. Last summer I was having trouble being extremely oily. I asked the lady in Sephora what I should do to get to help and she suggested this. OKAY: It was a nice foundation, it blended smoothly and my face looked very nice with it on. It did oxidize a little bit but that didn't bother me too much. Now for paying $60 for not having oily skin is what it didn't do. My skin still got really oily. Although it didn't break me out the only reason I bought it was for the oil control. Disappointed. The packaging was awesome, I loved the pump(wish more products had it). Overall, its a nice foundation if you have money to spend on something like that. I on the other hand ended up going back to Cover Girl for $12 and was satisfied.
I'll preface this by saying that I have only used this foundation once, thanks to a sample from Sephora. I didn't know anything about this foundation prior to getting the sample, but the recommendation from the Sephora staff was that this was great for acne-prone skin (including some testimonies about it clearing up acne entirely), a buildable light to medium (and even full) coverage, and very oil-resistant. I was perfectly matched to the shade Pearl, which is a pale color with pink undertones.
Background about my face: For starters, I am extremely, extremely pale. As in my redheaded friends are tanner than naturally brunette me. My skin becomes very oily and shiny throughout the day, particularly on my forehead, even with makeup. Additionally, most foundation has a tendency to "migrate" on my face, or at least you can see splotchiness or spots on my face where the foundation has accumulated with a dry, patchy, and very gross texture. Not exactly appealing. Additionally, my very acne-prone skin itself has a lot of redness around the nose and chin, bumpy red pimples, and in general a lot of bumpy, mountainous ranges from little tiny acne areas across my face. In short, I need a full-coverage, oil-proof foundation that doesn't migrate or slide and that also is light enough to match my very pale face. The closest I have found was the Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation, but unfortunately they discontinued my shade, L-42, so I am on the hunt again. The only other foundation that has been okay with my skin is Revlon Colorstay for Combination/Oily in Ivory, but that has some serious shortcomings as well.
I applied this foundation after I washed and moisturized my face, and primed with Smashbox Light Primer. I read that this foundation dries quickly so you have to work fast, so I used my Tarte buffer airbrush finish foundation brush (by the way, the best foundation brush I have ever used) and applied to one area at a time, using a quick circular buffing motion. Application of the foundation wasn't too bad, and I didn't have any real issues applying the foundation and blended it all out pretty well. Out of all the liquid foundations I have used, I would say this foundation was probably the most blendable and applied very well. The "feel" on my face was very soft, smooth, and lightweight though, so it didn't feel like I had anything on, which was a nice change from my typical foundation.
The coverage is sheer to light (definitely not medium and absolutely not full). It did not cover any acne spots on my face nor cover the redness around my nose. On the areas of my face that were clear and problem free, the foundation did work very well; it didn't look like I was wearing a liquid foundation and my skin basically just looked a lot better and very matte but without looking dead. I would say that the coverage of this foundation is great if you already have clear skin and aren't worried about any major redness or acne spots (which is a disappointment, as this foundation is supposed to be good for acne-prone skin, which I would assume to mean decent coverage). Trying to build the foundation was a no go. Even using stippling motions with my brush, which usually gives me excellent coverage results, showed no real difference in the amount of coverage. I couldn't really build the coverage at all, so I was most disappointed with this lack of coverage. Even my BB cream has better coverage than this. I would rate this foundation absolutely the worst at that, out of all the foundations, liquid or powder, that I have tried.
I set my foundation with Kryolan Translucent Powder, which is my favorite setting powder for oil control and a fancy finish. Then I left it alone for the rest of my day; it was about 6 hours before I really checked it again. Unfortunately, after about 3-4 hours, I looked quickly at my face and realized that my forehead was starting to get shiny again. As I was at home all day and wanted to really test this foundation's oil coverage, I left it alone and did not touch up (realistically, I don't have a lot of time to touch up when I'm out and about). By the end of the day, my t-zone was completely oily again, and my forehead looked like an oil slick. Additionally, a lot of the foundation seemed to have worn off and my redness and pimples were shining through. Finally, I noticed some pimples had come to a head from the foundation, which is totally gross and not what I want to happen during the day. However, the foundation didn't really seem to have migrated or clumped, which was a major sticking point for most other foundations I have tried. For this being supposedly an oil-controlling, mattifying foundation, I was most disappointed by the performance, as I didn't see any of the oil-controlling benefits this foundation claimed to have. Again, this is an ongoing issue with my face and other foundations I have tried, but my expectations were high for this product and it was, in my opinion, a failure.
Overall, this foundation seems to have a lot of hype surrounding it, and the reviews I've read seem to be divided on whether or not this foundation works. The people for whom the foundation works rave about it, and I really was hoping to be one of those people. Like I said, the application of this foundation is awesome, and the finish on my clear skin areas is awesome. However, there is practically no coverage on my problem areas, my oily areas shined through (literally) very quickly, and I was repulsed by the very prominent pimples on my face by the end of the day. I would be more forgiving of this product if it was a drugstore brand, but for $55 at Sephora, I had much higher expectations.
Staying power: 2/10
Lived up to its claims? Not at all.
Would buy again? Definitely not.
Would recommend? Again, definitely not.
Worth the price? Nope.
MY FAVORITE FOUNDATION SO FAR!!
Okay so I have acne prone and oily skin and when I went to sephora the worker there recommended to me this foundation. She matched me and even applied it to my face. I was so pleased with how it looked and the color seemed to math my neck very well so I decided to get it. The next day as I apply it I noticed that the color was too pink for my yellow undertones and it didn't match my skin and I didn't like the way it looked either. I felt like it made my skin look so dry and splotchy and I wanted to return it so bad. But before I decided to do that I decided to try different methods for applying it and I used a small concealer brush from bare minerals because it was the only one I had at the time and I loved it! I was so much happier and pleased with this foundation (besides the color but that was my own fault).
All I can really say is if you have dry skin this foundation is probably not the one you want. I notice it tends to show the flaky bits of my face during the winter but during summer this foundation is perfect for me.
*also this is the only foundation that has not broken me out and that is my favorite thing about it because it gives such great coverage and doesn't clog my pores
I'm around MAC NC25-NC30
I have the shade Nude which is supposed to be a medium light neutral to yellow undertones. I feel as though you can sheer it out or build it up medium-full coverage. My skin in general is pretty clear but recently had to cover up 2 unslighty red spots. It covered them up nicely and stayed put all day. I love the matte-natural skin finish it has. Sometimes if I want to give just a touch of "glow" or dewy finish I mix in some of Rimmel wake me up foundation. I personally don't like the wear of the Rimmel foundation alone but the two mixed works great or you can use a luminizer. I find that when I apply the Hourglass foundation on flakey spots it doesn't necessarily accentuate them but you can see it. So when I mix it with the Rimmel foundation it looks a lot better on those patches or I have to exfoliate well. So far I'm really liking this foundation, I don't find it oxidizing or anything really wrong with it. Highly recommend it!
I discovered Hourglass in Sephora while buying another product and I must say I LOVE LOVE LOVE this! It literally melts like butter. I love the liquid - to powder finish. It gives me a smooth, flawless look. And although I have combination skin, this didn't dry me out.
Great flawless finish. Absolutely no comparison when it comes to texture and consistency of product.
I have tried Chanel, Givenchy, YSL, Estee Lauder, MAC, MakeUp Forever, Clinique mattifying foundations among others but nothing compares to this product. My skin is super duper oily that I am very prone to break out. I got a sample from Sephora and tried it the next day and boy do I love that my face stayed really matte the whole day til night so I went back to get the full size in Nude shade! The only reason I gave it 4 lippies is because I am still recovering from a bad breakout and this doesn't hide everything. I still need my Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Coverage Camouflage Makeup as concealer.
And since it is liquid powder foundation, I swear I don't need pressed or loose powder after application considering my super oily face. So even if the price is $55 you still save by not buying loose or pressed powder! This is my holy grail. I'm in love!
I've been using this since November. And I'm gonna go with yes. Now, I've been reading all these reviews on here and I agree with clings to dry patches, can look cakey if you put a lot of powder on top, but the pros outweigh the cons. A reviewer said: it settles into fine lines. First of all, don't put a mattifying foundation under your eyes hunnybun. You are asking for fine lines. Just use a setting powder to set concealer and corrector. Anyways... I'm actually a combo dry/oily skinned gal from Frigid Chicago and I love this stuff. However, you need to really prep the skin for it. I cleanse, tone, and moisturize around my cheeks, nose, and mouth well. I wait, and then use the hourglass mineral primer. I'll let that sink in for 10 minutes or so, and then use small, small amounts of this on my t zone only. Less is more and I mean LESS. If you are reading this, definitely have your own opinion and don't rely on others. Everyone is different and I feel like we can overthink and doubt ourself-- especially if we read negative reviews from others' voices. Ya feel? It could totally work for you. It works for me.
This is difficult to apply, but once its on, its on. It does not separate, and I think it's one of those foundations that looks better throughout the day. Yes, it is mattifying, but once your natural oils come through it looks semi-matte, it looks nice. I do touch up with this.
for $55/bottle, i expected a lot more than what i got. well, all i expected was a foundation that would hold up on my very, very oil t-zone for the work day. what i got was an expensive, silicone-based foundation that is only OK in that regard. even WITH the pricey mineral veil primer, MAYBE i can get 5 hours out of this. finish is nice when used w/a good foundation bursh. color (nude) was OK, though a little yellow. but that matters little if the foundation doesn't last. and it doesn't. going to keep using my EL DW and EL IF.
I wanted to love this foundation for my oily skin. I ended up buying the wrong color from Sephora online so I got a sample in store in Ivory. My skin is currently NC20-25. This wasn't that great of a color match, it was a tad light. I wasn't impressed with the color range. It didn't apply very smoothly and it clung to all my dry patches. You can tell that it's infused with clay- it's dry and didn't blend out well. It didn't keep me very matte and just looked like oil on top of dry/powdery skin. This may work for you if your skin is extremely oily and/or have no dry patches at all.