Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer in Ivory Review and Swatches

It took me several months to form my opinion about the Hourglass Illusion Tinted Mositurizer. But I am finally ready to share my thoughts.

‘Illusion’ comes in a gorgeous shimmering golden bottle which is pretty heavy and looks properly luxurious which is always a bonus.

I have a shade called Ivory which is a second lightest shade which has a yellow under-tone to it. There are six shades in general and each retails for £45/ $55.

The brand promises a visibly tighten and lifted skin within an hour, intense moisturising and hydration (thanks to hyaluronic) which minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This product is also water-resistant and free of oils, fragrance, paraben, gluten, sulfate and phtalate.

As you know, I love Hourglass so was  hoping to love this product, too!

So here is my opinion…

Although I have the second lightest shade, it is a bit dark for my skin tone in winter and is a bit to yellow but I find that it adapts to the skin tone and  you can’t see the difference in some time. That really impressed me.

It does feel moisturising and nourishing on the skin, as promised, and I do find that  after it’s set, the skin looks different. What do I mean? It does look lifted and tightened, it gets this youthful glow. Now, I don’t really need such effect yet and the difference is not that impressive on my skin just yet.  This is why  I have tried it on my Mum who is from the 45-55 age group. We both loved the results!

This product works great for dry and dehydrated skin which is a great bonus for me. It does minimise the appearance of fine lines and doesn’t enhance the dry patches. I haven’t tried ‘Illusion’ on oily skin so can’t comment on that.

The coverage is actually really nice as for a tinted moisturizer. I find that it is enough for me personally.

However, there is one thing that I am not sure about. It is the ‘glow’ it gives.  At first you don’t notice it but after the product sets, you can see that this tinted moisturizer contains this delicate micro shimmer which I am personally not a huge fan of. It is similar to Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint and Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer. The effect really depends on the light and sometimes it can be just a bit too much for me.


I think the formula is brilliant, especially for dry, mature or dull skin.  But I  use it when I am  going for a look which requires glowy and polished skin.  Sometimes I don’t like that much glow. Although, if you are a fan, this is  a must have!  Oh, and would  not  recommend wearing a highlighter with this product, it can be too much. At least for my taste. I wore this tinted moisturizer for my Birthday, by the way.

Here is how the ‘Illusion’ looks like on my skin.

And here is how it looks like on Kate Beckinsale on the red carpet.

I also have a No. 2 Foundation/Blush (£43/$58)

It is made of  PETA-approved Takelon bristles and stylish metallic handle. It is written that Takelon cannot hold bacteria, which I did not know, and which sounds awesome. Gina Brooke (Creative Director of Hourglass and Madonna’s MUA) is actually a huge fan of these brushes.

This brush is really soft and it’s a pleasure to apply cream products with it. I don’t have a similar brush in my collection and I like this one a lot.

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2 thoughts on “Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer in Ivory Review and Swatches”

  1. Heather Welch

    Did you happen to try Houglasses Veil Primer?
    It also is free of parabens, fragrance and oils. It’s waterproof,
    and in our Texas humidity it’s a favorite!!! I truly believe the
    primer and brush make this the most excellent combo, I love
    your comments and honesty!!! Great stuff!!!

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