Hourglass Cosmetics

Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 15

1.00 fl. oz. for $ 55.00
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Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint is a wonderful pick for those with normal to dry skin seeking a moisturizing, medium coverage foundation. A rich cream, the fragrance- free formula leaves skin with a dewy, yet natural-looking finish. (Those with combination to oily skin will likely find it too moisturizing.)

We also loved that Hourglass Cosmetics included a few "bonuses" to this already excellent formula: Broad spectrum UV protection due to its combination of mineral and non-mineral actives, as well as a boost of skin-protecting antioxidants from goji berry (Lycium barbarum fruit extract) and cotton seed.

12 shades are available, with a wide range that includes options for light to medium-deep skin tones—those with fair or very fair complexions will likely find the lightest shade isn't a fit.

We should also note that though this product is marketed as a "skin tint," don't let that mislead you into thinking this is a sheer coverage formula. As mentioned above, this provides a medium coverage upon application—it can be sheered out to a degree, but don't expect this to perform like a tinted moisturizer in terms of finish.

What of the hyaluronic acid mention in this product's name? Hourglass Cosmetics uses the salt form, sodium hyaluronate (which is more effective than hyaluronic acid when used in topical products), however there is a relatively smaller amount given its call out in the marketing. This shouldn't dissuade you from the product; it's still an excellent option, but its moisturizing benefits are owed to a variety of fatty acids, thickening agents and wax-based ingredients that are less exciting-sounding than hyaluronic acid. After all, would this seem as enticing if the name was Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate Tint? We think not!

Moisturizing foundations can be tricky—the balance of emollients and pigments can result in difficult to blend formulas (or separating on skin, never a good look). Illusion Hyaluronic Acid Skin Tint broke away from this trend with this beautiful formula. Though on the pricey side, if you haven't found a foundation that suited your dry skin, this is absolutely one to try next time you visit your local Sephora.

Note: This product was recently downgraded from 5-stars to 4-stars due to its less-than-optimal SPF rating. Although this does provide sun protection, it's less than SPF 30. The problem? Health experts and medical boards around the globe agree that SPF 30 or greater is best when it comes to providing a reliable defense against the damage the sun can do. Yes, a foundation with less than SPF 30 is acceptable if your daytime moisturizer is rated SPF 30 or greater, but we wouldn't want anyone thinking an SPF under 30 is the best for skin. See More Info below for details.

  • Medium coverage yet retains a natural-looking appearance.
  • Dewy, moisturizing formula that blends easily.
  • Provides broad-spectrum UV protection.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • On the pricey side given the number of less expensive foundations.
  • SPF 15 is below worldwide standards for optimum sun protection.
More Info:

Sunscreens Rated Lower than an SPF 30: An extensive body of research and a growing number of medical organizations around the world have determined that a sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater is mandatory to ensure adequate sun protection.

Although a sunscreen rated lower than 30 will provide protection at the SPF number on the label and may claim broad-spectrum protection, we always point out when it does not have a rating of SPF 30 or greater because that's so important for the health and appearance of your skin.

References for this information:

Journal of Clinical Oncology, September 2016, ePublication

Photodermatology, Photoimmunology, and Photomedicine, August 2014, pages 212–219

The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, September 2012, pages 18–23

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, May 2008, Supplemental, pages S149–S154



Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No
This foundation delivers a luminous glow, while UVA/UVB SPF 15 helps protect skin from the sun. Formulated with Hourglass Hyaluronan Complex, Illusion, it reduced the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, supports the tightening of sagging skin.
Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.0%, Octisalate 4.0%, Titanium Dioxide 4.0%; Inactive Ingredients: Alumina, Butylene Glycol, Calcium Carbonate, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetyl PEG/PPG 10/1 Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glycerin, Glyceryl Behenate, Glyceryl Dibehenate, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton), Hexyl Laurate, Hexylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract, Magnesium Sulfate, Mica, Microcrystalline Wax, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Pentaerythrityl, Tetraisostearate, Phenoxyethanol, Polyethylacrylate, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Potassium Sorbate, Propylene Carbonate, Quaternium-90, Bentonite, Silica, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hyaluronate, Stearic Acid, Tribehenin, Triethoxylcaprylylsilane, Water. May Contain (+/): Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Hourglass At-A-Glance

Hourglass Cosmetics bills itself as luxury performance makeup, and for the most part that description is apt. The luxury aspect is apparent in the brand's packaging, which evokes sophistication and glamour. As for what's inside, while not every Hourglass product is a blockbuster, it has a number of strong products in its lineup, particularly its Ambient Lighting collection of powder makeup products. There are also some standout options for lip colors, and its Veil Fluid Makeup Oil SPF 15 foundation is a blogger and Beautypedia favorite for good reason (you can find out exactly why in our individual review). Hourglass does offer a small selection of skincare, but when it comes to this brand makeup is truly where its strengths lie.

For more information about Hourglass Cosmetics, visit www.hourglasscosmetics.com or call 310-392-7799.

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