Hourglass • Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation • Foundations
|Would buy this product again.||48%|
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Black
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Despair is the absence of hope... and this foundation has pulled from the depths of skin-problems despair back into the land of all-night dance parties!! Oh where to begin. I'm oily, oily, oily, and I've been struggling with REALLY bad breakouts since going off BC pill almost 2 years ago -- "bad" breakouts as in google "severe acne" bad, as in youtube channel worthy bad, as in 7-10 pimples EVERYDAY for 2 months, over half of them cystic. My record cystic size: 1 inch in diameter. I'd have two months of healing, hope, calm before the storm... and then the badness, again. It has been really depressing to say the least.
This is the only -- I repeat, ONLY -- foundation that does not break me out -- SO FAR.
Just you get a sense of what I've tried, here is a list (including what ingredient it seems broke me out as observed over my last two years of skin despair):
MUFE Mat Velvet - (sodium chloride)
MUFE HD - (sodium chloride, also has parabens = bad)
Bobbi Brown - (sodium chloride)
Tarte BB Spf 30 - (Stearic Acid) -- too bad, because I loved this for oiliness.
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 HR - (sodium chloride, potassium chloride, tocopherol)
Bare Minerals Matte Foundation - (no idea?!)
Laura Mercier Mineral Powder Spf 15 - (bismuth oxychloride)
Estee Lauder DW (polyglyceryl-3 disostearate)
Lancome- Teint Idole Ultra - (denat. alcohol)
Clinique Stay Matte - (didn't use it more than once because it did not make me matte)
Clinique City Block Spf 25 - (stearic acid, also has propylene glycol = bad)
Okay, I'm bored too & the list actually goes ON but ya get the picture...
Hourglass Immaculate. Already used it two weeks. My skin looks amazing. I got a compliment on my skin today... FOR THE FIRST TIME IN TWO YEARS!!!! I was so happy I decided I had to write this review. This foundation is for:
- highly sensitive, acne-prone, oily skin peeps with a good job ($$$) or sheer desperation (me)
What I've noticed after 2 weeks:
~~~~ EXCELLENT QUALITIES ~~~~
- fades post-acne pigmentation. Says so on the box. Didn't believe it. Almost in tears right now about how much I can already see my redness has faded in just two weeks.
- does not aggravate active, pustular acne
- helps cystic acne?! Allz I know is that I covered my cystic bumps with it (usually I just let them breathe and put foundation around 'em) and they faded THAT day. Happened twice. Could be a coincidence though, I don't know.
- does not feel heavy -- it is the ONLY foundation I've tried that makes my skin feel like it's breathing
- skin feels SOFT and SMOOTH at the end of the day when I wash it off
- NO breakouts, not even tiny small clogged pores kinda thing.
Literally, clean, soft, beautiful skin, like an anachronism in my mirror. I'm so happy with Immaculate, I actually look forward to "make-up days" when I get to use this rather than approach those days with deep anxiety, dread, and fear of the ~mirror moment~
I don't work for them. I can't explain how this is great. And maybe this doesn't do it for everyone, but I've never used ANY product that has truly lived up to its box promises as this one has. Guess that's why I'm shelling out like $75 CAN?
~~~ OKAY QUALITIES ~~~
- controls oiliness but shine breakthrough within 4-5 hours (Estee DW, Tarte BB Spf 30, and MUFE Mat Velvet are all better at this but they all break me out w/ small bumps after just 1 use, and probably contributed to triggering one of my "bad" breakouts from daily use.)
- light or med coverage
- waterproof! But hard to wash off completely. (I do a double wash with Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Cleanser (hg worthy!) followed by home-made tea-tree & rosewater toner, then a clay mask if I have time.
~~ MEH QUALITIES ~~
- dries SO fast, faster than MUFE mat velvet, so you can't make any mistakes
- not that buildable because it goes "liquid to powder" that fast so you have to use the right technique
- so expensive! aaahhhh
- clings to dry patches (around my temples)
I can see from the reviews here that it has not oxidized on everyone. I guess I am just THAT oily. Luckily, I was between shades anyway so I just picked the lighter shade (shell) and it darkens within a couple hours to match my skintone perfectly! For everything else that it does, I'm willing to look a bit ghostly pale in the morning.
For reference, I am: MUFE HD - 120 (closest match ever). Tarte BB SPF 30 - light (slightly light and pink on me). MUFE mat velvet 40 (slightly dark and yellow on me). LM Mineral Powder - Real Sand.
If you're having trouble picking a shade, I had to try SIX shades before finding mine. Sephora's website descriptions are totally off and I found that (perhaps as a result) their colour IQ database with Hourglass Immaculate are bad matches. I was matched to Nude which is way way dark on me.
Here is what I've noticed from my attempts:
- IVORY is supposedly "lighter" than NUDE, but on my face, it was WAY MORE yellow.
- GOLDEN is not pink at all, and more like in-between ivory/nude with NEUTRAL undertones
- SHELL has slightly YELLOW undertones but is labelled "neutral"
- PEARL has slightly PINK undertones but is also called "neutral"
~HOW TO USE~
Scroll up. Click filter to sort reviews. Choose "Most Helpful". Follow tips. Click "thumbs up!" to helpful for all those lovely reviewers who took the time to figure out this foundation so we don't have to waste our product/time. :) I use an Ecotools foundation brush. Fingers make it oxidize faster. A tiny bit goes a long way!!
This is worth if it you *need* it. Truly HG for me. I can understand why, for this price, half y'all ain't so impressed, especially if your skin isn't so problematic that this has a noticeable effect. Still definitely worth a sample though IMO!
Thanks for readin'
It's been over 2 months now of 4-5 days/week use. Still no breakouts at all except a couple dur
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
This is the only foundation that can hold up with my oily skin. It is a little expensive ($55 at sephora), but I try to make it stretch 2 months. I use two pumps on my whole face and I like a full coverage. The trick to get the best coverage is use your fingers instead I a brush or sponge, and let the first layer/pump dry before you put the 2nd (if you like full coverage). I think you can get away with one pump if you like medium or light coverage and just want something to even everything out and keep you matte throughout the day. Another thing I love about this product is that it has tons of great, skin improving ingredients. I use Nude and it matches my skin tone like no other product I have ever tried. I have tried pretty much every foundation that sephora carries trying to find one that will hold up all day with my oily skin without breaking me out and this is the only one that passed the test. The only negatives I have with this product are 1) expensive, 2) packaging - you can get all if the product out unscrewing the top, and 3) no SPF.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Blue
I want to love this stuff, but I don't. It doesn't help that I was initially colour matched incorrectly (I'm very fair, with cool under tones. So colour matching is sometimes hard). I love how it feels on my skin, but I wouldn't use this without the very pricey veil primer. A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY!! I like to apply with a stippling brush, half a face at a time (it sets very fast). I have combo skin. It clings to any dryness. So I think it's probably better suited to someone with oily skin. The finish is very matt, however I look like I've over powdered. For some, that's okay. Not for me. It's $78 in Australia. I'd probably be more forgiving if it wasn't so expensive!!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Curly, Coarse Eyes: Black
Working at Sephora many clients purchase and return this foundation so I decided to see the pros and cons of it. In the very beginning I really liked it because of its texture and feel on the skin but after a couple of wears I noticed it oxidizes and is not full coverage. In order for this foundation to be full coverage you need to either build it up, use a concealer or use a foundation pressed powder on top of it to really set it in because using this alone does not cover problem areas so easily.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Tan Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
There are as many good things about this product as there are bad in my opinion. I have blemish prone skin, i have around 3 active blemishes that are very red at any one time and dark discolouration from previous acne.
$78 at mecca cosmetica. pump bottle with 30mL of product. medium coverage.
8 colours. i am in the colour beige (i wear match master 4, NC40 pro long wear and stromboli NARS sheer matte) which is slightly grey on my face. it is more neutral/olive in my opinion than it is geared pink or yellow. I use about 1 and a half to 2 pumps on my face.
There is a slight smell to the product, it smells chemical-y but in no way as bad as MAC studio fix fluid. the smell goes away after about 5 minutes on the face. it controls oil well and does stay on all day. it tends to cling onto dry patches though and it is a 'dry' formula. it isn't wet like how some foundations feel before they set on the face.
It is a mouse formula; when you spread it on your face you can hardly feel it going on.
it dried straight away on the face so it is EXTREMELY hard to layer on. if you layer on, the product 'sticks' to each other and looks like dry flakes of skin. when i try to layer it, whether dabbing on or brushing on, it lifts the bottom layer of foundation off my face. you must put concealer (i use pro long wear MAC) under the foundation because if you put it over the layer, it does not 'sink' or blend into the foundation.
for me, it is hardly buildable and for that reason, i take off one point.
I take off another for the price.
one more off because it clings to dry patches.
hard to apply compared to other foundations.
limited range of colours.
formula is not capable of being mixed with other foundations except of the exact same foundation (sometimes i mix branded foundations and they work beautifully together; this one is a nightmare when you mix with others)
points for being long wearing and oil controlling.
not a bad smell either.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Other, Fair Hair: Other Eyes: Brown
This is my HG foundation. BUT... I can't use it alone to get the coverage I want. I still have it 5 lippies because it's still amazing! Even if I feel oily and I blot and oil comes off I never LOOK oily which is amazing. No other "matte" foundation has done that for me. I love this stuff I have it in 3 colors so I can wear it all year long and highlight with it. Will never stop using it.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Grey
I live in hope that one day I'll find something as good as this for half the price ($78 AU) but until then I'll repurchase because this is the only foundation I've ever used that my skin doesn't take as a challenge and grease off.
I got colour matched to Shell, which is a good fit. This product needs a brush to apply IMHO, I'm even considering buying one of the Hourglass ones, because you really need to buff this in to get it to spread out to as thin a layer as possible. It can be built up but I've found that can look a bit cakey. It dries down quickly to a powder finish. You don't need too much either, a spot the size of a 5c piece (or a US penny) will easily cover your whole face. I've found the best way to do it is to use half of that amount, dot it over one cheek and blend the dots and then repeat for the other cheek and forehead, meeting over your nose. Don't leave it unblended for two long because it dries out and you'll end up with little dot outlines LOL... It offers pretty good coverage- not completely opaque, but it evens out all the hyper pigmentation around my mouth and the redness I have in other areas and it doesn't look mask like.
After about an hour my skin's natural oiliness neutralises the powder finish a bit and it just looks like I have perfect skin, and that's basically how it stays for another 8 or so hours. Really hot weather impacts its wear, but not by as much as any other foundation I've tried- it won't look as pristine, but it won't wear off and need reapplication like everything else does on me. It (understandably) works well with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders, they help prevent it looking too matte.
I wouldn't suggest this at all for people with dry skin- it will emphasise any and all dryness. But for my oily skin it works really well, and should last because I only use a little bit. I'd also probably suggest a sample first if you have a lot of acne scarring- it really needs to be buffed in on my (relatively minor) acne scarred areas or it can look a bit weird.
The packaging is chic, though it's annoying that you can't tell without opening the bottle how much is left. The pump nozzle is really tiny too, which is good so you don't over dispense, but it can get a bit blocked if you don't clean it.
The claims about it actually improving your skin through wear were in my experience (gasp!) true. I wear a full face of makeup maybe four days a week and I found my acne before 'that time of the month' was lessened after using this- maybe one zit rather than four or five. I haven't changed any other aspect of my makeup or skincare routines.
So yeah, cringey price but otherwise the best foundation product I've used. And I will repurchase the second I run out.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
HOLY GRAIL ALERT!!!
I have not read ALL the reviews but I feel as if people are expecting this foundation to be something that it is not. This foundation is best for those of you with oily, acne prone skin, You don't have to have that type of skin but it's just best suited for those. It's a medium to full coverage MATTIFYING oil free foundation with a powder finish. There's clay in it (I forget what kind) that soaks up oil and it does not contain SPF so it's perfect for flash photography (you will not get the white overcast when taking pictures). I believe it comes in 16 shades so there must be a shade for everyone.
I got color matched at Sephora and took home a sample. I have medium tan skin with yellow undertones (Revlon ColorStay in Toast, GA Luminous Silk #8, MAC MatchMaster 5) so when they gave me Honey, I thought it would be too light at first. BUT OH MY GOODNESS WHEN I FIRST APPLIED IT I WANTED TO JUMP UP AND DOWN FOR JOY! It's difficult to match brown skinned girls but this was beyond perfect. I apply it with a flat top synthetic and sometimes the BeautyBlender (they don't recommend a sponge though). One layer cover almost all my blemishes and discoloration. I dab on a second layer to problem areas. I don't have to powder until maybe 6 hours later, I put on the Veil Primer on my t-zone and my face is flawless after. It's best to moisturize any dry patches before applying this because it can cling to dry skin. I cannot stop raving about this product and cannot go without it. The price is steep ($55) but a little goes a long way. I will definitely repurchase!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I don't use liquid foundation daily, usually it's just concealer and loose powder after moisturizer and sunscreen. My skin is clear so coverage is not a concern. I'd put foundation on when I have more time and want to be a little bit more made up. What always bothers me is the bridge of my nose always gets shiny (just shine but not oily-oily) a few hours after I applied make up (with or without foundation). I want a nice matte/powdered look that will stay that way throughout the day without having to touch up with powder or blotting paper mid-morning so I thought this foundation sounds perfect.
I tried it 4 times this past week, the weather has been cold around 26F. My skin is normal to dry this time of year. The Shell color matches perfectly. The finish is matte with medium coverage. I used a brush to apply and found it to be a bit drying. One day I used it over the Hourglass Veil Mineral primer, it glided on easier but my nose got greasy within hours and the foundation caked around the sides of my nose--totally gross! This never happened to me before. The times I used it without a primer, it stayed on okay but not totally matte past 3 hours and my nose got some sheen. I also used loose powder to set the foundation so I don't know what else I could have done. My Armani Luminous Silk Foundation delivers similar results. This one is supposed to be mattifying but I'm not seeing a difference. It's an okay foundation but nothing special.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I don't understand, there is no way you can reaply this foundation, how can you manage being so perfect doing your makeup? Sometime you need to clean your eyes or something, there's no way you can clean because if you reapply the foundation it'll get horrible! You have to wash your face immediately and reapply all over again, that is bad bad bad. Too expensive if it actually was 5 bucks.