Illusion Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free SPF 15

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$55 - 1 fl. oz.
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Makeup > Foundations With Sunscreen > Tinted Moisturizer w/ Sunscreen
Last Updated:
3/24/2014
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Tested On Animals:
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This creamy tinted moisturizer provides light to medium coverage (more akin to a foundation), has a lush texture, and creates a strikingly luminous finish with its slight amount of shimmer. The fragrance-free formula is best for normal to dry or sensitive skin, and was updated from its original version to provide reliable broad-spectrum protection. It tends to be too creamy for those with breakout-prone skin.

Illusion Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 contains an in-part titanium dioxide sunscreen, and titanium dioxide is one of the better UVA-protecting sunscreen actives to look for. Now this tinted moisturizer is the complete package, so unless the price proves discouraging (you can find excellent tinted moisturizers for less), this is highly recommended!

Pros:
  • Coverage is better than you'd expect from a tinted moisturizer.
  • Creamy texture makes blending easy.
  • Hydrates and leaves a dewy finish.
  • Fragrance-free.
Cons:
  • Expensive.

This advanced alternative to liquid foundation has clinical levels of anti-aging complexes to help create a youthful, glowing complexion, and added broad spectrum SPF 15 to protect skin from the sun. Ultra-rich and deeply moisturizing, Illusion offers moderate coverage to help even out skin tone and ensures a soft luminous finish.

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).

According to founder Carisa Janes, Hourglass Cosmetics are "homegrown luxury cosmetics." Sounds like an intriguing marketing angle—but what does that mean for the consumer? The "luxury" element becomes overly apparent in the price tag, and the "homegrown" aspect seems to be related to the brand's humble beginnings as a small storefront in 2004. Other than those points, there is really nothing inherently special about this relatively small line of makeup, which is now available at most Sephora stores nationwide.

The most hyped product in the Hourglass line is their Veil Fluid Makeup SPF 15. This liquid foundation gets a lot of chatter online as being a "must-have" product, but that doesn't mean it's the only one or even the best option out there. In reality, although this foundation has a beautiful, lightweight texture that provides good coverage with reliable sun protection, it has a serious problem in that it noticeably separates in the bottle, which really puts into question the stability of the sunscreen. For $60 an ounce, this really should be perfect!

What you should know about any cosmetic product is that expensive doesn't necessarily mean better; there are good and bad products in all price ranges. Unfortunately, many consumers find it hard not to expect a line like Hourglass, with its luxury price tag, to be far better than "bargain" brands. But, even when an expensive product is great, you can almost always find a more affordable alternative that is just as good (if not better!) than the expensive one. The bottom line: In making the decision to purchase any cosmetic, you shouldn't rely solely on how much it costs, and Hourglass is no exception.

Case in point: Hourglass's exquisite, expensive makeup brush collection. Yes, these are soft, beautifully made and completely luxurious brushes, but so are plenty of other Taklon (synthetic hair) brushes that are available for far less money. Or even consider Hourglass's silly Oxygen Mineral Powder, a pressed powder that overhypes its mineral content (it's a stretch to call this product "mineral" at all) and makes unsubstantiated claims that it can deliver oxygen to the skin. But, worst of all, this $46 product seriously underperforms when compared to many $10 powders at the drugstore (Neutrogena, L'Oreal, Sonia Kashuk, and Rimmel come to mind).

Hourglass's underlying philosophy (and brand-name symbolism) is meant to speak to the benefit of using well-formulated products that ward off the ever-marching effects of time. Unfortunately, this lofty goal is nearly unattainable for any makeup company. For Hourglass, it extends only to their foundations with sunscreen, not exactly earthshaking given the number of companies who can provide this benefit, and it certainly doesn't take super-expensive products. In fact at Hourglass's prices, it's unlikely you'll apply these as liberally as needed for adequate sun protection. Just another example of how expensive doesn't mean better!

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

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