Happy Chinese New Year! It’s been 3 continuous days of non-stop feasting and visiting with relatives, and in my free time I’ve been trying to catch up on some photography. I started formulating this post last night, but fairly soon into it, I decided that I wanted to expand the topic slightly. Hourglass only recently arrived at Sephora Singapore last fall, and today I’d like to introduce 2 of their recent base makeup releases – Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation and Ambient Light Correcting Primer in Luminous Light.
Hourglass’s first claim to fame was its line of finely-milled Ambient Lighting Powders [see here] that refract light to smoothen the skin’s appearance, and mimic the play of light on the skin’s surface for that luminous glow. Building on that successful franchise, Hourglass has now released the Ambient Light Correcting Primer. This is essentially the liquified version of the original powders, and is designed to be used either on its own as a skin perfect for those bare-skinned days, or underneath makeup for light correction. It contains light correcting pigments to neutralize, brighten, and soften light.
There are 3 colour variants, the one that I have here is Luminous Light, which is also the one that appeals most to me. It comes in a lightweight, handy squeeze tube, which is great for traveling. Luminous Light is a soft champagne that warms up the skin under indoors lighting, but under sunlight actually leaves me looking brighter. It is a silky texture that has very little slip to it, and dries almost immediately so I recommend working in small sections and very quickly.
Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer is unlike most other correcting primers in the market as it does not come in specific shades to target sallowness / redness / etc. Instead, the 3 colour variants work in the same way as their powdered cousins – Dim Light to warm up the complexion and soften the light; Mood Light to bring about a fresh glow; and Luminous Light for a candlelit glow.
When I first tried this, I did not take to it immediately as I found that the Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer needed a very moist base to adhere to properly. If you have very dry skin, you may find the primer emphasising flakiness on the skin, and I would recommend spritzing on some facial mist or a facial oil designed to be used with makeup such as this immediately prior to applying the primer. However once on, the Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer smoothens out the appearance of pores beautifully, and gives a subtle glow to the face and blurs any visible pigmentation. It also helps to keep makeup in place nicely all day. With luminizing drops and liquid highlighters all the rage these days, Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer is a lovely alternative that allows you to skip a separate step and the mess of having to dose the right amount of luminizer to your makeup!
The latest Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation is the first cream foundation in a stick that I tried that I absolutely loved! It comes in a novel triangular shaped tube that is handy for reaching tight to reach corners such as the sides of the nose and undereyes. This is a full coverage foundation, by which I mean the highest possible level of coverage I have ever encountered, whilst still miraculously maintaining a light-as-air texture. There is also enough slip in this product that allows you to blend and sheer out to your desired level of coverage. I personally like to swipe this quickly across my cheeks, forehead and jawline, then blend out using a moistened beauty blender. This way, I get to a nice medium coverage that feels natural, and then I use a small concealer brush to pick up more product and apply on specific spots.
I am a little disappointed that the comparison shot I have here is a little fuzzy, but you can still click to zoom in to examine specific areas. To be honest, there is not much to conceal at this specific point, and I had applied the Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer prior to this which had also worked it’s own dose of miracle. But hopefully you can still see how effectively the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation had eradicated the redness around my nose, and the darkness under my eyes.
On my dry skin, the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation wears fairly well throughout the day, with some shine showing up by mid-day, but not in an unacceptably oily sort of way. I do think the combination of this foundation with the Ambient Light Correcting Primer in Luminous Light is a powerful duo, and it is one that I have been reaching for whenever I need some extra coverage or when my skin feels blah. The tube form also makes it handy for touch-ups, and I really recommend it for when you are traveling to colder climates!
Have you tried either products? If so, what are your thoughts?