There’s been a lot of buzz lately about two new foundations, one from Fenty and the other from Huda Beauty. Fenty doesn’t seem to have a good color match for me, and I’m not sure the formula is right for my dry skin anyway. Plus the shades that might be close to my skin tone are always out of stock at my local Sephora, and they take away the testers. Huda’s foundation is not carried at my Sephora, and I will not buy a foundation without color matching in person.
I was chatting with a very nice SA who works in the fragrance department at Sephora who I met a year ago about what I was shopping for during the VIB event. She asked if I had tried the Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint from Hourglass. I wasn’t aware of it.
Last year, I was shopping for the Hourglass Stick Foundation, but they didn’t have a good color for me. I was amazed that the shade Vanilla in the Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint foundation was perfect for me.
Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint comes in a handy flat tube that’s great for travel. The foundation itself is a thick but fluffy, whipped cream. A little goes a long way. I’ve applied it with either a blending sponge or an angled kabuki brush, and I’ve had good results with both.
What amazes me about this foundation is that it feels absolutely lightweight on my skin, but it provides full coverage! In fact, this is the first foundation I’ve found among all the full coverage foundations I’ve tried that actually covers my sun damage without me needing to apply concealer. I’m impressed.
The foundation is a great choice for those of us with mature skin. Here’s how Hourglass describes it:
“This superior foundation employs advanced technology to promote the appearance of a smoother, firmer and more youthful complexion. Fortified with Hourglass’ Hyaluronan Complex, Illusion® plumps fine lines and wrinkles, tightens the appearance of sagging skin, and delivers an unbelievably luminous glow. UVA/UVB SPF 15 helps protect skin from the sun.”
I really haven’t noticed the “luminous glow” that is supposed to result from “pearlescent pigments” on my face, but I have primers and bases that can do that if I want it. However, you can definitely see the glow in this lightly but not completely blended swatch.
I would say the finish is neutral: somewhere between matte and dewy. It’s very comfortable to wear, and it wears well, though I do wear it over primer. I believe that the hyaluronic acid in the formula is a real plus for me with my very dry skin.
The tube contains 1.0 oz/30 ml, but unfortunately, it’s priced at $56! Yikes. To be honest, I didn’t look at the price (probably the first time in history that I haven’t). Because of the 20% off sale and the SA who was helping me, I just went with it. So, this tube better last me till the next VIB sale!
The foundation comes in 12 shades from fair/light to medium/deep. My shade, Vanilla, is the lightest shade with cool undertones, though it looks pinkish to me. Shell, the next light shade, has neutral undertones, thought it looked more yellow to me.
So it you have dry skin or mature skin, I definitely think it’s worthwhile to take a look at Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint and ask for a sample to try. It’s available on the Hourglass website, at Sephora, Bergdorf’s, Nordstrom, and other fine retailers.
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