What it is:
A breakthrough liquid-to-powder foundation formula that absorbs oil, camouflages imperfections, and delivers a long-lasting, velvet-matte finish.
What it does:
This innovative foundation helps reduce the appearance of oil, acne scars, and the severity breakouts. It’s formulated with Cashmere Kaolinite Clay, which absorbs 75 percent of its weight in oil without over-drying the skin. The oil-free formula transforms instantly from liquid to powder, creating an all-day finish that camouflages imperfections and never appears dull, flat, or cakey. This foundation’s ultra-fine pigments provide unsurpassed coverage and effectively eliminate the need for powder, blotting, or constant touch-ups throughout the day.
What else you need to know:
“Immaculate was developed for those who want a matte finish without endless touch-ups. In addition to commissioning a consumer study on the foundation, we also surveyed some of our clients about it, and many testified to seeing their skin improve from wearing it. They reported that the appearance of acne scars and breakouts had improved. It’s a lifesaver for women with oily skin.”—Carisa Janes, Hourglass Founder
-Prepare skin with Veil Mineral Primer.
-Apply one pump of foundation to the back of your hand.
-Working in sections of the face, apply a small amount using fingertips, blend and repeat.
-Work quickly, as Immaculate immediately transforms from liquid to powder as you blend.
-Apply with the Hourglass Foundation Brush for an airbrushed finish. Sponge application is not recommended.
Hourglass products are 100 percent cruelty-free.
In a consumer study on 30 women with oily, acne-prone skin after 4 weeks:
– 100% reported an improvement in skin’s overall appearance and smoothness
– 100% said that the product worked without drying out their skin
– 83% reported a decrease in oil production and a reduced need for touch-ups
– 80% reported a visible improvement in the appearance of acne scars
– 70% reported a visible improvement in the appearance of pore size
– 63% reported a reduction in the appearance of breakout severity
Blanc – very fair, cool undertone
Vanilla – fair, cool undertone
Pearl – fair, neutral undertone
Porcelain – very light, warm undertone
Buff – light, warm undertone
Shell – light, neutral undertone
Bare – light, golden undertone
Natural – light medium, cool undertone
Ivory – light medium, warm undertone
Nude – light medium, neutral undertone
Golden – light medium, golden undertone
Light Beige – light medium beige, neutral undertone
Warm Amber – medium beige, warm undertone
Sand – medium, golden undertone
Tan – medium, warm undertone
Beige – medium beige, neutral undertone
Honey – medium beige, golden undertone
Golden Amber – medium tan, golden undertone
Warm Beige – medium tan, neutral undertone
Sable – medium deep, neutral undertone
Chestnut – deep, warm undertone
Ebony – deep, golden undertone
Yes, I am aware that this was designed for people with oily skin and I have dry skin, but to my surprise, this doesn’t dry out my skin at all. This is marketed to control oil and reduce the appearance of shine in facial makeup while preventing makeup from breaking up throughout the day and in short, this does its job. Now, I have not tried this on oily skin, but I can vouch for this working on my skin without drying it out or damaging it, but from what I’ve read, this works great no matter the skin type. I stumbled upon this on at Sephora on a boredom buy, and I’m so glad I did. I knew it was intended for oily skin, but all the other benefits of the formula made me consider trying it out. Even if I didn’t like it, I could return it for a different foundation thanks to Sephora’s phenomenal exchange policy. I wanted a liquid to powder formula that would cut time and steps out of my makeup routine and I wasn’t let down. The smell isn’t anything out of the ordinary and smells like any other foundation. I also want to give kudos to Hourglass for the wide (and growing) color options they have for this. It is almost impossible for me to find a foundation that matches perfectly without causing some form of oxidation or just generally being a shade or 2 off. Believe it or not, some of us have to deal with a line of demarcation because makeup companies make a generic lottery of colors that don’t fit every client. This color matches me perfectly and with all the other great benefits that payoff, I couldn’t be happier with this!
Performance/Wear: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★/5
I freaking LOVE this stuff! It doesn’t oxidize like most other foundation formulas do and they aren’t kidding about how quickly the formula turns from liquid to powder. The main downside to this performance-wise is that it isn’t buildable because when I tried, it just removed the previous layer of product that had already turned to powder and the new layer set. I kind of expected that to happen since it is a rule of thumb not to apply cream products over powder because the formulas collide with each other, resulting in a mess, but I still wanted to test it out just out of curiosity. The company follows through on the velvet finish when the formula turns to powder and my, does it look luxurious! I’ve found the best way for this to work for me is to use a foundation primer first, then apply a dime-sized amount of this and let it dry, then apply a foundation over this, preferably a full-coverage one. What that does is it creates a base for the foundation that goes over it to adhere to and creates an even canvas. Have you ever seen one of the YouTube beauty gurus use setting powder on their face before applying liquid foundation? This duplicates the same effect, but adds coverage with it instead of a sheer setting powder. Listen to Hourglass when they say using a sponge isn’t best, because they are definitely right. I wanted to test that out as well and it was quite the disaster! Basically, the product was drying while I was trying to blend it with my beautyblender and the sponge just wiped it all up, wasting product and money. Not cool! Then again, I knew it would happen since the company advised against it. Believe it or not, I used to have oily skin, then at some point, my face decided it was done over-producing sebum and wanted to start under-producing it. Lucky me! Well, I used all sorts of foundations targeted for people with oily skin and they not only dried out my skin pretty hardcore, but they also made me break out, causing a viscous cycle of having to wear more makeup to hide the damage and increasing the damage from wearing it. This wonderful tube of magic wasn’t like that at all. What surprised me the most is that those other formulas would dry out my skin when it was oily, yet this one was gentle to my sensitive, dry skin and only did as it promised. Meaning it controlled excess oil (which I have none of), kept a velvet-matte finish, had plenty of coverage that I could wear this alone, and cut time out of my routine. There is no cakey or powdery look to my face which I found astounding since my face is already dry so I kind of expected it to look on the ashy or powdery side, but it didn’t! It created an even canvas for the rest of my makeup, reduced the appearance of my acne scars, blemishes, fine lines, and hyperpigmentation. This stuff really deserves to be everyone’s Holy Grail! Another great tip is mixing this with your favorite BB or CC cream that has primers and correctors in it for that extra oomph! They dry together, still eliminating the need to set it with powder and it creates a natural, healthy finish. My only concern would be to test out what foundation you want to wear over this to make sure it doesn’t cause oxidation. I have yet to have an issue with the formulas I have, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t one out there that may cause it, so just be cautious and test preemptively to avoid wasting excess product. Did I mention how light this feels on my skin? Most foundations with this much coverage feel like a thin sheet of product that sits on my skin, but this feels so lightweight as if nothing is on my face! I definitely recommend this for my makeup minimalists and on-the-go makeup enthusiasts (i.e. your car, office, public bathroom, pretty much anywhere that isn’t ideal but necessary).
Price: ★ ★/5
Yes, this price is awful. That and the packaging are the only things I dislike about this, but for all the good it does, I’ll save money from buying other foundations that fell through the cracks and just keep stocking up on this.
Packaging: ★ ★/5
Eh, anyone who knows me knows I am no fan of squeeze-tubes. It just isn’t comfortable for people with hand and wrist pain to use something that causes more stress on our flexors and extensors. I always vote for bottles with pumps that are refillable because that not only saves the clients, like me, from pain, but it also is good for the economy when we’re not forced to throw away all this plastic that can’t be recycled. The size of it is pretty perfect for traveling, though. This magic tube takes place for foundations and setting powder, saving space for more important things like souvenirs!! Also, the lid is pretty sturdy because I will toss this in my gym bag and it doesn’t open up and spill everywhere, nor does the tough plastic get punctured. Hourglass kept the packaging sleek and sophisticated, like they always do, and the quality shines on through. My main suggestion when taking this traveling is to turn the tube cap side up and gently squeeze the excess air out of it. That way, you avoid the changes of pressure forcing the tube to explode in your luggage, ruining whatever you have near it.
Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Methyl Perfluorobutyl Ether, Water, Silica, Butylene Glycol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Peg/Ppg-18/18 Dimethicone, Kaolin, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Polysilicone-11, Dimethicone, Quaternium-90 Bentonite, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Glycol, Decyl Glucoside, Dimethicone/Methicone Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Lavandula Stoechas Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum Meristem Cell Culture, Magnesium Sulfate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Propylene Carbonate, Sodium Benzoate, Tribehenin, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Xanthan Gum. May Contain (+/-): Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).
All ingredients are vegan.
Scent: Every other foundation
Size: 1 oz.
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