“Miraculously Matte.” – Hourglass
PRODUCT RATING: ★★★★★★★★★☆ (9/10)
PRICE DETAILS: $55 for 1 fl.oz. (♦♦♦♦♦)
PRESENTATION: Plastic pump bottle with faux metal finish.
TEXTURE & SCENT: Light mousse texture with no scent.
SKIN TYPE: Normal to Combination
COLOR REVIEWED: Beige (Light yellow based tan). Available in 8 colors.
FEATURES: Infused with botanical extracts, it nourishes the skin and slows the aging process.
QUICK REVIEW: Incredibly matte yet natural coverage.
the REVIEW: After using Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Base (the secret is applying it with a Make Up For Ever HD powder puff) – I haven’t religiously used a liquid/cream foundation. Any attempts left my skin feeling goopy and looking oily or dull. So here is where sampling a product generated a very enthusiastic sale.
Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation by Hourglass Cosmetics goes beyond a ultra-velvet foundation that truly buffs away pores and fine lines, but also has anti-aging properties that can reduce wrinkles by 15% after 20 days. The oil, paraben and fragrance free formulation is also water resistant and smooths over any minor imperfections without looking dry or unnatural. Amazing. No wonder it sold out!
Only a tiny bit is needed and I only use it on my areas of concern (redness/pores around the nose, forehead and chin) before applying a light application of the Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Base. My skin looks natural with a slight glow that never develops into a greasy face. A few pats with Tatcha Original Aburatorigami (Beauty Papers) removes any excess oils and makeup still looks fresh at the end of a long day.
While this is incredibly long lasting, its easy to remove and does not clog my pores or irritate my skin. I can’t wait to try this with the NEW Hourglass Serum N° 28 Primer Serum ($65) which is packed with 28 beneficial ingredients.
FINAL ROAR!: I wish the pump worked better (it doesn’t dispense smoothly) and the shade range definitely needs extending – but this incredible foundation gives me the best of both worlds. Anti-aging fresh looking coverage that never looks heavy, lasts all day and still remains fashionably matte.
Left Swatch: Rimmel London Clean Finish Foundation in Warm Sand. Right Swatch: Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation in Beige.
(L-R) Unretouched photos: Bare skin, foundation only, finished base makeup.
RIMMEL LONDON CLEAN FINISH FOUNDATION IN WARM SAND ($4.99 for 1fl.oz. Available at drugstores and kmart.com) – Formula enriched with natural shine-controlling mineral powders for all-day oil control that won’t clog pores. Smooth Skin™ technology covers completely, for a natural, 100% poreless look. Wears all day.Don’t just mattify your complexion– go poreless! Perfect for all skin types. Fragrance free. Won’t clog pores. (Source: Rimmellondon.com)
HOW IT COMPARES: Aside from being 1/10 of the price – this inexpensive foundation controls oil and minimizes pores, although I wouldn’t say it delivers 100% poreless skin. The shades are decent for a drugstore brand – offering a spectrum of 16 cool and warm toned shades. I chose Warm Sand, which is a touch more golden than the Hourglass Beige. The texture of the Rimmel foundation is a touch lighter weight and has less coverage.
The main difference here is the length of wear. Hourglass provided 10+ hours of flawless wear – while Rimmel lasted about 6 hours and was less matte. While it doesn’t compare to Hourglass in terms of quality – considering its $5 price tag, its still a great drugstore buy.
HOURGLASS IMMACULATE LIQUID POWDER FOUNDATION DETAILS:
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: An ultra-mattifying, anti-aging foundation that absorbs oil, camouflages imperfections, and ensures a long-lasting flawless finish—without the need for touchups.
PHYTOSTEM EDELWEISS, AN ACTIVE DERIVED FROM A RARE ALPINE PLANT, SLOWS COLLAGEN DEGRADATION AND REDUCES WRINKLE DEPTH BY 15% AFTER 20 DAYS OF USE
LAVANDOX, AN INGREDIENT EXTRACTED FROM SPANISH LAVENDER, REDUCES THE APPEARANCE OF WRINKLES BY 11% AFTER 24 HOURS OF APPLICATION.
WATER-RESISTANT AND IDEAL FOR OILY, COMBINATION OR BLEMISH-PRONE COMPLEXIONS
OIL-, PARABEN-, GLUTEN-, FRAGRANCE-, PHTHALATE-, SYNTHETIC DYE- AND NANOPARTICLES-FREE