There’s nothing more important than a flawless finish when it comes to your skin. No amount of eyeshadow or mascara will hide a poorly prepped face, so I always put my focus on my primer, foundation, and highlight. Because, to be frank, that’s pretty much all I’ll wear most of the time! I’d rather go out with perfect looking skin and skip the eyes altogether. (Except the brows; you know I have to get the brows just right!)

I recently had a chance to review products from Hourglass, a brand I had tried one foundation from a couple years ago, and I remember liking it very much but just didn’t explore the rest of the brand. Now I’m kicking myself because I’ve missed out on two years of really stellar products!!

Here’s what I have: The Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer, Ambient Lighting Powder, Veil Mineral + No. 28 Primer Serum Primer Set, Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil, and Foundation Brush #2. The first thing I noticed after examining all the products is that whoever made these really took an art approach to these products: What I mean is that everything from the formula of the tinted moisturizer to the shape and texture of the brow pencil reminds me of my drawing and painting tools, all made to create the perfect art piece. It’s obvious that a very serious level of planning went into creating these products, so it’s no surprise that I’m in love with each and every one of them.

I’m going to skip my endless praises of the primer set and just tell you to go get it. You will not be disappointed! With the size and price of this set, it’s a great way to try it and see if it works for you. (I’m willing to bet you’ll get it again!) The No. 28 Primer Serum is perfect for my dry skin, (aside from being a primer it packs some majorly good-for-skin ingredients) and I only have to use the tiniest little drop to get my whole face. Whether I’m using a tinted moisturizer or a foundation, I achieve nothing but flawless perfection with this primer set.

The Illusion Tinted Moisturizer has to be my favorite product of the bunch. And for several reasons: For one thing, it matches my complexion to a T. Usually I have to add green and yellow food coloring to my foundations, bb creams, and tinted moisturizers to get them to match the olive/ashy tones in my skin. But the Beige shade practically became my skin, it matched so well. And the formula?! My dry skin made itself very comfortable under this light/medium coverage tinted moisturizer, and the glow is unreal. It’s not too much to where it makes you look greasy; it’s just enough to give you the most gorgeous, natural glow. I just cannot say enough about this tinted moisturizer!


Here I am wearing the Illusion Tinted Moisturizer, Ambient Lighting Powder, and Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil.

The Ambient Lighting Powder is a special one, too, because it’s hard to get a highlighting powder to look right. Most of the time they just sit on top of the makeup, creating an obvious distinction between the foundation and the highlighter. That’s no good. So going into it I was pretty sure I would think this was just an ‘okay’ product, but I was pleasantly surprised: The Ambient Lighting Powder blends right in, creating a very natural looking glow. And if you layer it on a bit more, the glow becomes more exaggerated but no less natural looking… It’s pretty incredible. The one that worked best for my skin was the Luminous shade, which has a pearl color to it. Personally I prefer something a little more golden for my complexion, so if that’s the case for you, try the Diffused shade which has more yellow in it.

And now for the Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil, which was the most fun to use!! Like I said, I have an art background, so it was nice to use a brow pencil that catered to my skill set. Usually brow pencils are just shaped like regular pencils with a point. But this particular pencil has a unique slanted design that makes it easier to shape brows. Though here’s a tip to ensure ease of use: Twist up the pencil about half an inch outside of where it’s dispensed. You would think that you only need to bring out a little bit so it’s just peeking out of the dispenser, but it’s much easier to use when you twist it up further. And on the other end? A spooly brush for perfectly groomed brows!

Here’s what I love most about Hourglass: This high-quality brand full of gorgeous cosmetics is 100% cruelty free. I took this directly from their website:

Do you rely on animal testing?

As a cruelty-free brand, Hourglass does not incorporate animal testing into our development phase or at the production level. We do not provide authorization to any third parties to perform animal testing on our products. In addition, Hourglass does not retail within any country that requires animal testing.

Many cosmetics brands can take a lesson from Hourglass!! Thank you for being responsible and for being a brand with integrity. I’m definitely adding Hourglass to my top favorites!