I’m not usually a tinted moisturiser wearer. My face has freckles and a few sunspots that I prefer to cover up, and foundation does the job pretty effectively (and quickly) in the morning. I also find myself out for most of the day, every day, so I want my makeup to stay on with minimal touchups. In the past, the tinted moisturisers I’ve used have either vanished from my face by midday, turned greasy, or scarcely been there at all. But when I went into Mecca, the Hourglass display was too enticing to pass up, so the very enthusiastic sales assistant happily fetched me a few samples of the Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturiser. I also loved the fact that it’s paraben free, oil free and water resistant. It has an SPF of 15, but I still wear my normal suncreen underneath for added sun protection.
Sadly, light beige (light-medium with neutral undertones) is not my colour, especially not in winter, but I was able to blend it successfully into my skin and avoid the mask-effect. It’s thicker than the average tinted moisturiser, but spreads thin, and feels lightweight. The colour range is very limited indeed, but I’m hoping that Ivory (the lightest colour they sell in Australia, although I notice they’ve added an even lighter colour Hourglass.com) will be the right colour, as I like this product.
This product provides great coverage for a tinted moisturiser (more like a light foundation really), but still feels incredibly light on the skin. After setting my t-zone with Ben Nye Translucent Powder, it easily lasted all day, and I love that it didn’t transfer onto my hands, scarf, or phone. This does give a ‘dewy’ finish, but I didn’t find it looked too greasy by the end of the day. It ‘s also meant to be a moisturising formula, which I normally steer clear of with my combination skin, but I found this made the product comfortable to wear during the day and didn’t affect the look of the product on my skin.