Perfecting My Complexion - A Review of the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

Review: Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

Today I am giving you all my two cents on the controversial Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick. I don’t mean to sound so dramatic (haha yes I do) but the reviews are so DIVIDED! People either love it or hate it…


Before we get into it, I feel it is always important to know how the company markets their products, so we can give a fair review on if they have delivered on their promises. Here is what Hourglass has to say about the Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick:

A revolutionary foundation stick with the coverage of a concealer, the fluidity of a liquid, and the weightlessness of a powder in a longwearing waterproof formula for undetectable full coverage. The unprecedented concentration of pigment in this foundation provides maximum coverage with minimum product, concealing all discoloration and imperfections for flawless skin with a seamless finish.

Pretty sweet claims right? I thought so.


I picked my stick up from my local Mecca Maxima for a tidy $67AUD. I know some of you may think that’s pretty standard for a high-end foundation BUT you only get 7.2g/0.25oz. There are also 26 shades in the collection – I am wearing the shade ‘Light Beige’ (which is about 2 shades darker than my natural shade of ‘pasty translucence’).


My skin can change from dry to oily seemingly overnight, so I have tried this foundation under both conditions. If my skin gets oily, I do notice that the foundation does raise up a little, however, this is not unique to this foundation for me. I also notice that it does have a bit of a tendency to cling to dry patches…but you can easily buff the foundation back in with a buffing brush without it lifting off. The formula is insanely buildable so you can add as much product to your skin to achieve your desired coverage without issue AND you don’t even need that much to get full coverage. It is incredible in its ability to leave the skin looking like skin no matter what level of coverage you go for.

Review: Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

Review: Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

Review: Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

The Chic Opinion

I love the coverage, versatility and finish of this foundation, and I think that due to its intense pigment, you really don’t use as much as you think you would. The downside of this product is, of course, the price, not being able to see how much product you have left, and the way it transfers. This foundation actually transfers relatively easily, no matter how long you’ve had it on for or even if you set it with powder.  Setting with powder will of course help reduce its desire to transfer.  AS LONG AS YOU’RE NOT A HABITUAL FACE TOUCHER this foundation looks great and wears pretty well throughout the day with minimal touch-ups. Also, if you are really oily or really dry, you may want to try it out in store first because people on either side of these spectrums seem to have the most problems with this foundation.

The best way to apply this foundation is with a buffing brush. Yes, Hourglass released a special brush with this foundation that you can buy separately, I decided I would see how much own collection on face brushes would work first. And what do you know, my own face brushes work just fine 🙂

So there you have it. Take from that what you will. I will continue to use my vanish stick and if you have tried it, I would love to hear your thoughts and experience with it!

*Hourglass Cosmetics is completely 100% cruelty-free and also contains a lot of vegan items within their collection. For a complete list of vegan items click here.

*There are affiliate links on this page and I make a small commission when they are clicked. You as a customer do not pay more because I have used an affiliate link and my opinion of the product is not affected by the use of the link. 

I would love to hear your comments, questions and feedback! xx