Hourglass Immaculate is a really unique foundation. The "liquid-to-powder" shit is no joke. I have never used a liquid-to-powder item that is as no-nonsense-it-just-fucking-works as this product. Although I find myself lusting after the concept of a full-coverage powder foundation, the finished look when I use Hourglass Immaculate is so close to my imaginary, awesome full-coverage powder in appearance that I should probably just sit down and shut up. As soon as you blend the liquid into your face, BAM, it's a powder.
Sadly, there are a few negatives associated with this incredible property. The first is that it has a tendency to get streaky if you don't know how to handle it. Even though I usually love brushes for liquid foundation application, this is a product where my fingers really give me the best control. I also strongly recommend using a lighted, magnifying mirror so you can identify streakiness the second that it occurs. If you miss it, it's now a powder and you have to wash the steak off and try again, as you can't just layer more foundation on top. (Trust me, that's a recipe for cake-face.)
The other big problem is that you can't put concealer on top. Normally, I do my concealer on top of liquid foundation because it lets me "fill in the gaps" that my foundation didn't cover. The powder finish means concealer has to come first.
These caveats aside, I unequivocally adore this foundation. It has excellent coverage and it can leave even the oiliest of skin with a perfect matte finish all day. The shade range is pretty good in terms of fair-er shades, although it looks much more sparse on the darker side of the spectrum. I wear "Vanilla" (described as "very fair with pink undertones"), although "Shell" could conceivably work in the summer.
|Tarte 12H Amazonian Foundation in Ivory on the left, Hourglass Immaculate in Vanilla on the right.|
- You must already love makeup. There are lots of foundations that are easy to work with, and this just isn't one of them. If you already feel really comfortable with makeup application, you can make this sucker look flawless. If not... it will just be frustrating.
- You must have really greasy skin. The uber-matte powder-thing can be awesome, but any dryness will look terrible underneath. Bonus points if your oily skin usually causes foundation to migrate throughout the day.
- You must be able to justify spending $55 on a single fluid ounce of foundation. That's obviously a shitload of money for foundation.
- Obviously, you must want a matte look with plenty of coverage.