Founded in 2004 by CEO Carisa James, Hourglass Cosmetics is a brand dedicated to creating good-for-the-skin makeup products. While James’ background at various beauty start-ups like Urban Decay helped pave the way for the creation of the line, her own problem skin served as the real inspiration for Hourglass’ formulas. The products don’t contain hazardous chemicals like parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. Many items in the line are also fragrance-, oil-, and even gluten-free, so they work well for sensitive skin.
But Hourglass Cosmetics doesn’t just treat your skin right. The brand offers a luxury cosmetics experience too, with rich pigments, elegant textures and sleek, sophisticated packaging that make it a popular choice among celebrity makeup artists for stars like Angelina Jolie and Madonna.
As a high-end brand, though, Hourglass’ products can definitely be a little pricey, so it helps to know what the line’s standout products are when you’re trying to decide which ones are worth trying out. Here are six of Hourglass Cosmetics’ best products that you should definitely check out on your next trip to Sephora.
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer and No 28 Serum Primer
Hourglass' foundation primer have reached near cult status -- and with good reason. The Veil Mineral Primer ($52) is a water-resistant formula that helps absorb excess oils and minimize pores, making it an ideal choice for normal to oily skin. If you have dry skin, though, the No 28 Primer ($65) can help smooth and hydrate your skin before foundation with its rich, oil-based formulation. Both available at Sephora.
Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup
The Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup is a liquid foundation that's ideal for mature and dry skins -- or for anyone who prefers a luminous finish. The oil-free formula actually contains anti-aging ingredients that help stimulate collagen production and reduce the appearance of wrinkles with long-term use. It also provides medium coverage and a glow-y satin finish to brighten the skin -- and it's available in 11 shades to flatter a range of skin tones. $60 at Sephora.
Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation
If you have oily skin, the Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation may be your new best friend. The oil-free, water-resistant, humidity-proof formula actually contains kaolinite clay to help absorb oil fora shine-free finish that lasts all day. It offers medium to full coverage that covers blemishes, scars, and other imperfections, and its powder finish helps eliminate the need for touch-ups throughout the day. The Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation comes in 16 shades too, so there's an option for most skin tones. $55 at Sephora.
Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer
Whether you're trying to hide dark under eye circles, blemishes, dark spots, or other blemishes, the Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer can get the job done. Available in 6 shades, the ultra creamy formula blends easily into the skin and contains Vitamin E to help soften and protect the skin. $32 at Sephora.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder
Perhaps one of Hourglass' most popular products, the Ambient Lighting Powders are finishing powders that recreate the look of natural light on your skin. Using photoluminescent technology, they help filter out harsh light and refine the look of your pores. The powders also have a subtle multidimensional luminescence that leaves the skin looking younger and lit from within. Available in 6 universal shades that create different effects on the skin, there's an Ambient Lighting Powder for every skin tone. $45 at Sephora.
Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick
If you're looking for a lipstick that imparts rich, vivid color and helps treat your lips, Hourglass' Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipsticks are an ideal option. They're formulated with ingredients that nourish, moisturize, and protect the lips for a plush, pouty look. Best of all, the lipsticks are available in 16 shades, ranging from soft neutral pink to bold, bright red. $30 at Sephora.