What is it?
Sounds great but, how do I use it?
What kind of texture is it?
It is a creme. Don’t let that scare you though, it is not heavy or cakey like some people have learned to associate cremes with.
Do I use it over regular foundation or alone?
This IS a foundation so for most people it looks best used alone. If you like heavy coverage you can also layer it over your foundation although it is a creme so I would only layer it over liquid or creme foundations and not over powder.
Will it be available internationally?
Not yet:( In the beginning I was completely sure I would be shipping internationally because I have so many amazing readers all over the world! Then I found out about all of the stuff with customs….holy cow, they really make it difficult! I promise to work towards it until we get there but sadly, I’m not there just yet!
When and where can I order it?
You can order the Dark and light shades HERE. The medium shade sold out quick but it will be available again in early January. Blame me, I ordered too much light and not enough medium!
What about ANIMAL testing?
Does this answer your question?
Cause seriously, did you think I’d allow that!?
No animal testing, baby.
What is your return policy?
I racked my brain on how to work this out for a while now. I’m a small business and I have a much smaller profit margin than large makeup companies so to take a return is a pretty big loss, BUT 2 things: 1 I personally don’t buy ANYTHING unless there’s a return policy I approve, cause I have to have a backup plan and 2: I believe in the product %100 percent.
So if you get it and don’t like it for any reason I will be happy to accept the return for a full refund within 10 days of receipt.
SInce this product is so different that what most women have been using it might take a few tries to get it right, I am always addressing new questions and I hope you will give me a chance to help first, just in case it actually is perfect for you:)
What do you use to apply it?
You can use your fingers, a sponge or a brush. It looks the best with a brush though in my opinion. THIS brush is my ABSOLUTE favorite. Everyone I use it on asks about it because it is so soft and applies the foundation flawlessly. It is a pricy brush but if you can afford the splurge, it’s worth it!
For a more affordable brush try this ELF one.
What type of coverage is it?
The contour is a light to medium coverage and the highlight is medium but can be built to a full coverage. I have found that it is enough coverage for %90 of the people I have tried it on. If you feel you still need more coverage it can easily be layered over liquid or cream foundation as well.
How can there be only 3 shades?
Since IIID Foundation is not just one color there is actually a lot more leeway on the shade. I have found one of three shades has worked for nearly every single person I have done. The main exception being, I have had a few women of color that the Dark shade wasn’t dark enough. For those few that it does not work for I will be adding amore shades ASAP!
How do I know what shade to pick?
Most people will use medium. If you are very fair and feel that most bronzers go orange or dirty on you the fair was MADE for your face. Most women know if they are dark based on usually going for darker foundations. Another good option is to go on instagram and check out the #spotmyshade hashtag. Many women have been identified so that you can find someone with similar skin to yours and shoot for the color they were matched to.
Why have we been doing foundation in one color for so long?
Beats me! I think it might be because we learned to color faces with an apricot crayon at a young age.
Is it long lasting?
Yes, although If you are oily you may want to set with a setting powder but I would recommend that for any foundation for oily skin. I generally use a setting spray and on days when I forget I do need to touch it up the highlight in the evening.
How much does it cost?
For the whole HAC Pack (including the 2 foundations, a cream blush & an illuminator): $47
Individual prices are:
IIID Foundation: $26
IIID Cream Blush: $14
IIID Illuminator: $13
Will people try to steal it from my makeup bag?
Yes, this is very likely. Lock that shiz up!
Contour: Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Pentaerythrityl Tetralsostearate, Acrylates Crosspolymer, Silica, Polyethylene, Ozokerite, Boron Nitride, Glyceryl Caprylate, Caprylyl Glycol, 1.2-Hexanediol, Tocopheryl Acetate.
Is it oil-free?
It is not oil free as some of the ingredients are derived from coconut oil.
This makeup is a BIG change for most women. Especially those who are not used to using creams. Although I believe the consistency is by far the best out there for HAC and coverage I understand that there is a learning curve and it is going to behave differently from other textures, powders ESPECIALLY.
I chose this cream after a great deal of testing out many different creams and other forms of foundation because I loved the flawless finish that could be created and the brightness and blendability of it. Everyone’s skin is different so the techniques will vary but the general consensus I am receiving from talking to women directly who were struggling with the product is that once they get the hang of it, they love it!
Here is some of the info that I have gathered:
The contour color doesn’t seem to go on very dark. Shouldn’t it be darker?
I designed this product to be a very natural looking every day makeup. I believe in the world of HAC’ing subtlety is KEY. I really feel that this color is a very beautiful contour for most faces. For some it may also be that your color choice was too light. If you are unsure it might be helpful to give it a few days to get used to it and then decide. The magic of these colors is that they compliment each other and sculpt to make you look glowing and radiant rather than obviously highlighted and contoured.
Although, I do plan to make more products and colors in the future for those who want a dramatic HAC:)
When I first tried using my product it was hard to get onto my brush and/or went on uneven and blotchy!? Please HELP!
Don’t panic! I’ve noticed that it being a creme and this being winter many of the foundations seem to have a little barrier film on the very top layer that might cause these problems for the first use. Don’t be afraid to dig in and get past that layer! If it’s cold from the shipping you can also warm it up for a few seconds with your blow dryer. Once you do, it should go on smooth and creamy!
It looks dry or flaky on my face. What is going wrong?
There again this could be the same answer as above but it also could be that you need to do a little prep. Putting any kind of foundation on dry or flakey skin will generally not have your desired effect, I find most women do not use enough moisturizer or a heavy enough moisturizer like this one. Be sure that is has time to sink into your skin before applying the makeup. Also it is very important to exfoliate. I love using my Clarisonic or PMD for exfoliation but those are pricey options! Another great option is this Lemon Sugar Scrub you can make at your house that I LOVE. You can also consider a pore filling and smoothing primer like THIS one.
The foundation seems to sit on my skin and looks heavy
When I use the formula I take my brush and basically just slab it in the areas where I want it, then I go back through with the large side of my brush and stipple it in with a pushing motion. Which blends and leaves me with a very beautiful natural finish. Another option is to dab it on and then go through with a damp beauty blender using a stipple motion to blend. The third option was to use your fingers in a tapping motion. The warmth from your skin may help in creating the perfect melded finish.
The product isn’t lasting as long as I need it to.
In this case I would recommend a setting powder and or setting spray. Just a light dusting with a big fluffy brush will make a huge difference!
I’ve ALREADY hit the pan on my contour, what the heck!?
I think that because the contour is a much lighter application of foundation it’s being layered much more and is running out far faster than it should be for some people. I am VERY concerned about this. My product lasted over 3 months and I am not sure how there is such a deficit but I am taking it very seriously. I will be making a few changes to the product before my next order and this is definitely one of them.
UPDATE: 1/10/2014 Medium shade is now OUT OF STOCK.
There have been a lot of questions on the timeline of the new product and the changes that will be made so I will cover that as well as I can today.
Right now the second generation products (including instock mediums) are about 3 months out. I know that’s a long time to wait and I promise we are doing everything in our power to speed that process up but the number one priority for me is for the product to be perfect so speed is secondary.
One of the biggest concerns with the foundation was the uneven use between the two shades (most people ran out of the contour before the highlight). That is the first improvement of the new products.
The second concern I saw a lot of was that if women had dry or flaky skin the foundation would not go on smoothly. I LOVE for everyone to exfoliate and moisturize more but at the same time I want the foundation to be more forgiving in such cases. I am REALLY excited about the small changes we have made in that area. I’ve tested the new formula on the driest, flakiest skin and it did not exasperate the issue at all.
The third priority I wanted to improve was consistency. For most women the foundation smoothed on like butter and looked flawless but some women had problems where the products slid off their skin and sunk into their pores. I understand that it’s unrealistic to expect one foundation type to work for all skin types but I wanted to get as close to that as possible. With the new formula perfect consistency has been huge and working very closely with the manufacturer to ensure that is a top priority for me.
The final improvement is adding more shades to insure that everyone can find a match to perfectly fit their skin.
I have learned so much which these first release and I have you all to thank for your honest and helpful opinions. I don’t think most companies are lucky enough to have this many women helping them improve their product and I am so grateful that I do. You have been incredibly supportive and I couldn’t possibly thank you enough!
I’m so sorry the three months turned into FOREVER to wait for the updated product and for the medium! I promise I have made every single effort to make it go as fast as possible but the changes took far longer than I expected and longer than the companies I am working with expected as well. I promise it will be worth the wait though. The New stuff is going to knock your socks off! Better packaging, refillable and so much more! I am so so sorry! I will be starting pre-sales sometimes during the month of September FOR SURE and will release the product very soon after! I would give a date but the last thing I want is to be wrong again so until they GUARANTEE me a date I won’t risk lying about it:)
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Give it a second chance
I ordered the HAC pack last black friday when it was FIRST released, and was sorely disappointed. I was so excited and it just did not work the way I was hoping it would, even after purchasing the recommended IT cosmetics brush. So it sat, barely used, in my makeup box for several months.
Finally I saw the pretty compact in the box last month and decided to give it another shot. Cara was so sure of it, and I trusted her so much! I did use it as more of a foundation, using Bahama mama bronzer over the maskcara bronzer (I like a bit of a more chiseled look than the medium gives me), and using just a little dream touch lumi highlighting concealer over the HAC pack's (this I applied with the Sigma F86 tapered kabuki brush, I believe THAT made a huge difference!) the result was stunning. I was shocked that I had initially been so disappointed. My face looked flawless, even airbrushed, and I CANNOT stop using the highlighter. It helps hide my dark circles like you wouldn't believe, and the color is perfect. I do find that it settles into the lines under my eyes, but using a bit of the dream touch lumi on top and setting with a light powder completely fixes it.
I would encourage anyone who was disappointed to really try to work the the product. There is not any other makeup we would use just on its own, so we can't expect the HAC pack to work miracles without mixing and matching it with other products that work for us. I'm so excited for the next generation, and I will definitely purchase!
I'll never use anything else!
I truly feel this way!! I think getting used to the HAC pack can be a bit of a transition for some, but once you start using it and getting used to the application, you'll LOVE it! I have fair to medium skin (depends on the season) with freckles -- I use the light with princess peach and the illuminator and I truly love how it makes my skin look. I've gotten so many compliments and questions. I would recommend this to anyone who likes feel beautiful. AKA everyone. AM I RIGHT?
When will medium shades be back in stock?
I'm dying to try the HAC pack in medium. Do you have a date on when it will be back in stock? Also I see the light and dark are on sale. Will the medium be on sale too?
Response: I am clearancing the darks and lights to make room for the new generation of IIID foundation that will be going on sale this month!
Not perfect, but we're all different
I bought the first-gen "Light" HAC Pack (with Jem blush) on sale over Labor Day and have been using it regularly since I got it. The foundation looks WAY different than online (so much so that I really wonder if I got a mislabeled Medium instead of the Light! The Light online looks much pinker than what I got, which has a very yellow highlight) but still matches my skin well enough.
I always moisturize with philosophy Hope in a Jar and prime with BareMinerals primer (the original one that came in my BM starter pack). (Sometimes I use the BM just on my eye area with Benefit "That Gal", the brightening primer, on the rest of my face.) I've used the foundation alone and over Clinique Stay-Matte foundation. I use the Sephora #56 brush to apply both the Clinique and the IIID. I'm still working on my contour technique but switch between the Sephora brush, a smaller eyeshadow brush, and a "blending" brush that I got as part of a cheap set. I've tried applying with the Sephora brand blending sponge but didn't really see better-blended results. I sometimes set with BareMinerals powder, and always end with the Urban Decay setting spray (either the normal or the De-Slick).
I can hardly tell when I've used the contour on my cheeks, but I do think I notice a difference on my nose. I've already hit the pan with the highlight but have hardly made a dent in the contour, which I think is the reverse of what others have experienced. I have to be careful when I touch my face, though, because if I scratch I find that it leaves fingernail-shaped piles of makeup, especially later in the day. I also notice that it settles a bit into my pores (so that it looks almost textured) and the fine lines under my eyes by the end of the day. I don't know how noticable it is to anyone except me, though, and possibly my husband, because let's be honest, most people stay more than 4 inches away from my face (you know, personal space and all that). Also, I find that wearing sunglasses smudges it even in the morning - I have to re-blend with my finger when I get to the office most days.
I use my ring finger to apply the blush: I wipe excess product off the wand and make 5 or 6 dots on the apple of my cheek (I smile so I can find it) and then tap it in. I REALLY like how easy it is to blend, although I feel that it doesn't last all day. The color is perfect - I was worried that it would be too intense, but since it's so blendable you don't really need much to begin with. I use the same blending technique with the illuminator on the top of my cheek/eye socket: wipe excess product, start under my pupil and dot up around toward my eyebrow until I'm out of product, and tap in with my finger. Sometimes I add a little above and below my eyebrows, too.
For comparisons: I have light brown hair, blue eyes, and fair, freckled skin with cool undertones. My Sephora ColorIQ is 1R05 (one-R-zero-five) and the Clinique foundation I use is #2 Alabaster.
When will the medium shade get back in stock!?! I really want to buy it!!
Response: The next generation medium is going on pre-order this month!
How do I keep it from looking cakey?
I just ordered the HAC pack and have been testing it out the past few days. I like the product, except that it looks cakey on my skin. How do I avoid this?
Response: Hi Sarah! Since the product is a creme you didn\'t be sure you are starting off will exfoliated & Moisturized skin. If the skin is dry it tends to not blend well! Let me know if this helps;)
I would love to have this product!
I adore this makeup! I have worn makeup every day for years but still consider myself a beginner/lover of the basics (foundation, blush, mascara, lip gloss, go). With this product, it doesn't take any longer (to highlight, contour, blush, illuminate, mascara, lip gloss, go), but I look SO much more put together. The coverage is amazing, and the yellow color of the highlight really covers redness and breakouts. The only thing is that I've already hit the pan on the contour side after three weeks or so. I'll definitely buy the second generation if that problem is solved.
I just got my light foundation and I am loving it! The highlighter is the perfect shade! .Thanks so much for all of your tips & advice Cara!
Can you at least give an update? Here we all are waiting for the newest product that was said to come out in 3 months.. back in March. Love your products and website, but would appreciate an update on how far you are out from releasing the next edition! Thanks!
Response: Absolutely! I\'m so sorry the three months turned into FOREVER! I promise I have made every single effort to make it go as fast as possible but the changes took far longer than I expected and longer than the companies I am working with told me! I am so so sorry! I will be starting pre-sales sometimes during the month of September though FOR SURE and will release the product very soon after! I would give a date but the last thing I want is to be wrong again so until they GUARANTEE me a date I won\'t risk lying about it!