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Hourglass Equilibrium Skincare Line Is Everything We Expected And More

BY Victoria Hall

Back in 2013, Carisa Janes revolutionised our makeup bags when she unveiled Hourglass’ lightweight Ambient Lighting Palettes and this year the brand founder is turning her attention to our skincare routines. Promising to restore, rebalance and renew, this is more than just a skincare range for makeup lovers. From the cleanser and essence to the eye balm and night treatment, every product has been formulated to soothe and nourish our skin. Here’s everything you need to know, alongside what our testers thought after using the range for a week…

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Equilibrium Rebalancing Cream Cleanser, € 28,00

The Skincare Hero
For us, this cleanser is the standout product that everyone needs to try. Cleansers are often disregarded as mere vehicles for removing makeup, dirt and grime, but this one proves that using a good formula can transform how your skin feels. “It contains the same hero ingredients as the rest of the collection,” says Carisa. This includes a blend of cell-balancing lipids to help strengthen your skin’s barrier. “This is an everyday essential that's been elevated - it's as luxurious as it is effective," Carisa adds.

After 4 weeks of testing: “It leaves my skin feeling really hydrated once I’ve finished and I can see my congested areas have started to disappear,” says Natasha, Supervisor at Space NK Regent Street.

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Equilibrium Restoring Essence, € 73,50

The Rebalancer
While the entire range is dedicated to restoring and rebalancing, the essence is where the magic really happens. This hyaluronic acid and calcium infused water helps to reset your skin’s pH (which should be between 4.7 and 5.75). If you’re new to essences, you apply them after your cleanser to prep skin for your serum or moisturiser. It might sound like an extra step, but you’ll notice your skin feels softer and more hydrated within days.

After 4 weeks of testing: “The cell balancing complex throughout the range, including in this formula, really helps to make your skin look younger and I’ve noticed a real difference in my skin’s hydration since using this essence,” says Peter, Supervisor at Space NK Hans Crescent.

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Equilibrium Intensive Hydrating Eye Balm, € 106,00

The Overnight Eye Recovery
It’s almost as if Hourglass knew that by 2021 our eye area would need a little extra TLC. “This intensive hydrating formula was inspired by traditional healing balms, which have protected and soothed skin for over a century,” explains Carisa. And if you’ve found that your face mask is drying out your eye area, this balm is just the tonic you need. Gently press the formula around your eye socket, using your ring finger, and you’ll feel the soothing relief instantly.

After 4 weeks of testing: “The glow that this product gives your skin is second to none, while also offering that all important protection from the sun,” says Grant, Assistant Manager at Space NK Glasgow.

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Equilibrium Day Fluid, € 116,00

The Lightweight Protector
Don’t be fooled by the term ‘fluid’ or the lightweight texture of this lotion, it packs an impressive punch when it comes to hydrating your skin. It also offers the bonus of broad-spectrum SPF 30 protection and we’ve found it creates the perfect base for makeup. If we weren’t such fans of Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15, € 20,50, we might be tempted to go straight in with our foundation.

After 4 weeks of testing: “When I wake up in the morning my skin feels hydrated and this overnight treatment has really helped to balance out any oiliness and blemishes,” says Emily, Assistant Manager & Supervisor at Space NK St. Albans.

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Equilibrium Biomimetic Skin Active Serum, € 167,00

The Skin Super Trooper
Combining squalane and angelica root extract, this serum helps to nourish and pump up your collagen production as you sleep. It’s the perfect overnight treatment for anyone concerned with fine lines and dullness and doesn’t want the faff of layering several formulas in the evening.

After 4 weeks of testing: “This has made a noticeable difference to the brightness, firmness and the fine lines around my eyes,” Louise, Manager at Space NK Marlow.

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Posted: Thursday, 21 January 2021
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