12.19.2014
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Veil Fluid Makeup Oil Free SPF 15
$60
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Community Rating (4)
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Last Updated:12.19.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No

Hourglass has built a reputation based on the popularity of this liquid foundation; although it's a very good foundation, it isn't as spectacular as you would expect given the price. Dispensed from a pump, this silky formula provides medium to full coverage. This foundation's pigmentation is so concentrated that if you're seeking sheer application, you really have to blend and blend again to get a more translucent, lightweight appearance. It's worth noting that the texture is far thicker than the "fluid" in the product's name suggests, so a little goes a long way.

The shade range is impressive, neutral and has options for those with very fair skin to deep.

The formula's primary drawback is its now-deficient sunscreen. Whereas the original version had an in-part titanium dioxide sunscreen, the most current version omits the titanium dioxide in favor of sunscreen ingredients octisalate and oxybenzone, neither of which provides sufficient UVA protection (plus both can be sensitizing when applied near the eyes). See More Info to learn which active ingredients to look for in any SPF-rated product.

Pros:
  • Lush, creamy texture that blends easily and evenly on skin.
  • Dries to a powdery finish with a subtle glow.
  • Medium coverage can be built up to full and still look surprisingly natural.
  • Considering the amount of coverage, it feels surprisingly light.
  • All shades are impressively neutral.
  • Fragrance-free.
Cons:
  • No longer provides broad-spectrum sun protection that includes sufficient UVA screening.
  • Expensive.
More Info:

This foundation does not include the ingredients needed to shield your skin from the sun's entire range of damaging UVA rays, which is essential for anti-aging benefits. The sun's UVB rays are what cause sunburn, and the SPF number reflects that protection, but there is no rating for the sun's silent, though more penetrating (and in many ways more damaging), UVA rays. Any SPF-rated product should contain one or more of the following UVA-protecting ingredients listed as "active" to ensure you are getting UVA protection: avobenzone, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, Mexoryl SX (ecamsule), or Tinosorb (Sources: Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences, December 2011, pages 81–90; Cosmetic Dermatology, Second Edition, Baumann, Leslie MD, McGraw Hill, 2009, pages 246–252; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, Supplement, 2009, pages 19–24; The Encyclopedia of Ultraviolet Filters, Shaath, Nadim A., Allured Publishing, 2007; and Photodermatology, Photoimmunology, and Photomedicine, October 2003, pages 242–253).

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Ingredients

Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 4.0%, Oxybenzone 3.0%. Inactive Ingredients: Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Cetyl PEG/PPG 10/1 Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glycerin, Glyceryl Behenate, Glyceryl Dibehenate, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Hexyl Laurate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Isododecane, Isoeicosane, Macrocystic Pyrifera Extract, Magnesium Sulfate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Phenoxyethanol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Potassium Sorbate, Propylene Carbonate, PVP, Quaternium-90 Bentonite, Silica, Sodium Benzoate, Tocopherylacetate, Tribehenin, Triethoxylcaprylylsilane, Water. May Contain (+/-): Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide.

Brand Overview

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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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.