When I was playing on The Ordinary’s website, I wandered over to one of their sister brands Hylamide to find the Hylamide Photography Foundation ($21). Part of their Finisher series, this is a foundation add-in that improves the overall look of your skin once the foundation is applied. It’s an unusual product, and I haven’t ever seen anything like it (although perhaps this Peter Thomas Roth 24K Prism Cream might be in the same neighborhood).
I realize that MAC’s Next to Nothing Foundation (review coming soon!) is billed as an “Instagram filter for your face.” However, this very humble, functional deep grey plastic squeeze bottle includes a formula designed to actually accomplish that same goal but in a completely different way. According to the line, this product is a “Next-generation golden tan foundation is designed specifically to make the skin look better for the camera lens while blurring away imperfections in real life” and let me tell you it works.
Here are the details from the line:
Fractionated Blurring Silica Suspension: Nano fractions of silica-based prisms create light confusion to reduce the looks of visible lines and pores immediately without looking like traditional makeup, while specifically creating a perfect backdrop to highlight facial features through the camera lens.
Prismatic Camera Hue Yellow-Red Correctors:Ultra-advanced super-fine hue correctors black out unwanted tones in real life while creating the look of angular shadows for more definition on camera.
Prismatic Gold Technology: Adds a discreet golden glow instantly for a visibly radiant, healthy-looking skin while adding a cinematic look in photographs.
Oil-Free Bio-Sugar Complex: Super-light oil-free biotechnology complex is clinically proven to offer comfortable hydration immediately with an effect that lasts with continued use.
The formula comes in three shades: Transparent, Golden Tan and Dark Tan. I purchased Golden Tan.
Right out of the bottle, the liquid is a reflective deep yellow gold. Those on the paler side will notice that this color darkens foundation slightly (pictures below using NARS Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska), so it may help to start out with a foundation that is on the lighter side. It adds a touch of glow to the foundation, but if you don’t use more than a drop it’s very flattering. For me, the product is too dark to use as a highlighter so my experiments have only used it to mix into my foundation. You can see how much darker this is compared to Marc Jacobs highlighting Dew Drops, below.
Sometimes I struggle with uneven skin tone, and I’ve noticed that this product virtually eliminates that. It makes my skin look healthier, more even-toned, and more dense and creamy. It doesn’t seem to add to the coverage of the foundation I’m using, but it does seem to just make my skin look perfected. There’s an enormous payoff for this little extra step. Ingredient list (click to enlarge):
I’m not sure why the product works, but in my experience it actually does. The Finisher Photography Foundation is available from the Hylamide website.
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