Hourglass • Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation • Foundations

rated 3.5(132 reviews)

Average Rating.3.5
Would buy this product again.47%

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rated 4 of 5 sarah8jane on 2/8/2014 9:15:00 PM more reviews by sarah8jane

Age: 18 & Under   Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Neutral   Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium   Eyes: Hazel    


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

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rated 4 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* babieedoll on 2/8/2014 1:42:00 AM more reviews by babieedoll

Age: 25-29   Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm   Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium   Eyes: Brown    

I'm around MAC NC25-NC30
Combination skin

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!

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rated 5 of 5 redyarn11 on 2/4/2014 1:10:00 AM more reviews by redyarn11

Age: 36-43   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium   Hair: Black   Eyes: Brown    

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.

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rated 4 of 5 QueenBee1217 on 1/31/2014 6:19:00 PM more reviews by QueenBee1217

Age: 25-29   Skin: Acne-prone, Medium   Hair: Black   Eyes: Black    

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!

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rated 5 of 5 jessierose27 on 1/21/2014 11:37:00 PM more reviews by jessierose27

Age: 19-24   Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral   Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium   Eyes: Hazel    

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.

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rated 3 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* polarpooch on 1/21/2014 3:40:00 PM more reviews by polarpooch

Age: 44-55   Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium, Neutral   Hair: Brunette, Fine   Eyes: Brown    

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.

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rated 2 of 5 kelz25 on 1/18/2014 4:01:00 PM more reviews by kelz25

Age: 25-29   Skin: Other   Hair: Other   Eyes: Other    

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.

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rated 5 of 5 estellanutella on 1/16/2014 6:07:00 PM more reviews by estellanutella

Age: 19-24   Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium   Hair: Black, Straight, Medium   Eyes: Black    

(\@@/) long review warning! (\@@/)

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:

- 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?

- 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.

- 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)
- ***OXIDIZES***

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"

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.

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'

~Edit Update~
It's been over 2 months now of 4-5 days/week use. Still no breakouts at all except a couple during ~that~ week. I'm in love.

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rated 5 of 5 SunnySoFla on 1/15/2014 11:45:00 PM more reviews by SunnySoFla

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.

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rated 3 of 5 carpenox on 12/17/2013 6:28:00 PM more reviews by carpenox

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!!

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