So this morning was the perfect opportunity for me to put this stuff to the ultimate Sick Chick test – I’ve been using it daily now for about two weeks, through the soggy, muggy, Midwestern summer weather – I live right smack on the border of a forest preserve, with a river, so i can assure you that it is HUMID where i live; add into the mix my super-stressed, Hashimoto’s/hormonal 40+ year-old skin…well, this foundation has its work cut out for it.
A word about Autoimmunity and skin – in particular, Hashimoto’s; The deal with our skin is, from one week to the next, it can go from dry and patchy, to oily as a teenager’s. And if we are still menstruating, like I am, then it’s oh-so-much-worse! For instance, i am closer to 50 than 40 now, but i STILL break out every month. Yet, if i don’t take proper care, i get very dry patches, and my naso-labial lines are looking more like…well, trenches, these days. It’s a constant battle to keep things in some sort of balance.
And that, my little Kumquats, is where Hyaluronic Acid comes in. I discovered this stuff awhile back when i was a makeup artist in Honolulu. You tend to find out about these things ahead of the curve – I remember some guy coming around and almost literally dancing on his toes in excitement about the “miraculous new science” involved in this amazing acid. Basically, if you don’t know about it at this point, what it does is the opposite of what you’d think of when you hear “acid” – it doesn’t peel the skin off your face or slough off dead cells the way a Retinoid does, in fact it’s pretty much the opposite. It attracts and binds moisture to the skin. Boom. That’s it. It’s a humectant. Not like, in a gross, greasy way. Even those of us who have bouts of oiliness need moisture, because if we are using Retinoids (which, if we are over the age of 18, we should – but ESPECIALLY if we are ahem…Of A Certain Age, or have stressed out skin), then we need to put moisture back into the skin.
Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint has – as the name implies, Hyaluronic Acid right in it. Now, granted, when you look at the ingredients list, it’s kind of way down there towards the bottom, which is kind of eh. However, i only look for certain kind of results when I use a product like foundation, because it’s foundation, ultimately, not skincare. And as a foundation, this stuff rocks.
What’s great about this stuff, aside from its moisturizing capabilities, is that it’s very buildable -it took my tired, sleep-deprived, stressed-out skin and made it look soft and refreshed (with the help of my skin-care stuff, which i’ll talk about in another post). It covers well, but doesn’t make you look like you’re wearing a Geisha-mask, or pancake makeup, a la 1965. All you need is a few dots across your face – forehead, cheeks, across the nose, chin, and jawline. I’ve heard some women complain that it’s too thick, and goes on way too heavy, but i suspect that’s because they lay it on WAAAY too thick. A little goes a looong way with this stuff, my dears. You can blend it in with a brush, blender, or your fingertips. I used my hands this morning, then pressed it gently in with my palms to melt it in and blend further. I find that works well with the thicker foundations.
Final word on this stuff? I had a terribly stressful night with not much sleep at all – I’ve been dealing with an autoimmune flare-up, and i woke up looking like the business end of a naked mole-rat. I was too horrified to post a before picture, although i probably should have, for veracity’s sake. Maybe when i’m feeling a little less fragile. But seriously, this is the good stuff. I’ve worn it for full ten hour days in Chicago humid Summers, and a bit of powder takes care of the shine. This stuff stays. If it survives that, I have full confidence it can survive a Winter day as well. It’s run the gamut of my Period Skin, i.e. The Crimson Wave of Doom, with it’s patchiness and hormonal Hellishness. On better days, I don’t even need concealer under my eyes – it covers that well. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it for the extremely young woman with nothing to cover or straight up super oily skin, because this does hydrate pretty well and has some slip to it, as well as being a medium-to-full coverage foundation. My skin is fairly oily midday, yes, but it’s also mature, so has an the underlying need for hydration.
This is pretty much my Holy Grail foundation at this point – and as per usual, I purchase my Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint at Sephora. They have made a fortune out of me. I don’t get any kickbacks, just delicious, delicious points. Try it out for yourself, and let me know what YOU think!