Today I am giving you all my two cents on a controversial foundation stick, if you will, because the reviews are so DIVIDED! People either love it or hate it…
It is the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick (already I think this is such an unnecessary long name…).
If you haven’t heard, for some reason in 2016 brands everywhere decided foundation sticks were cool again and pretty much every man and his dog came out with one.
After watching so many reviews on ALL of them, both good and bad, I decided I would try the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick because it seemed like it would work with my skin type best (I have pretty normal skin with some oiliness in the T zone and a slightly dry chin).
Hourglass claims this foundation is…
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. It sounds like magic in a stick. Which I guess is a wand… You know, brands should branch out and call them foundation wands, it sounds so much better.
Christ I’ve lost focus here.
So after my beloved Too Faced Born This Way foundation hit empty, I decided to grab this guy in the shade Light Beige, which is about 2 shades darker than my natural shade of ‘pasty translucence’ (not an actual Hourglass shade).
So here we go..
There are 26 shades in the collection, which is awesome. Well done Hourglass. They have included a great spectrum of shades in my opinion.
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.
I know I choked up a bit when handing my credit card over to the lovely cashier wondering if I was really serious about trying this product…
Once I got home and tore open the box, I got to playing with it. I am just going to say it. I really like it. I really do.
The packaging of this stick foundation is truly unique with its triangle shape. It allows for precision application under the eyes and around the nose for flawless coverage. And the tube itself is just gorgeous and luxurious.
The formula of the foundation truly acts in multiple ways. Depending on what I want to do with my makeup that day, I sometimes use the tan shade of my foundation to color correct under my eyes before highlighting. Its fluid like formula allows for under eye application that does not crease or look heavy, even after applying concealer on top.
It is incredible in its ability to leave the skin looking like skin no matter what level of coverage you go for.
The formula is also 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 leaves a great finish to the skin. Neither matte nor dewy, but quite natural. Applying the product is easy as the foundation glides effortlessly over the skin and then easily buffs into it.
I have combination to oily skin, where like many, my t-zone gets quite oily over the course of the day. So it is not unusual for me to need to blot those areas every now and again to remove the oil. When these areas do get oily, I do notice that the foundation does raise up a little and gives the appearance of wearing a foundation, 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…
What you can do however is buff the foundation back in with a buffing brush without it lifting off.
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 🙂
I do think a buffing brush or foundation brush is the way to go when applying this foundation as a beauty sponge won’t spread the product into the skin as well.
This is a long lasting foundation that I find wears pretty well throughout the day with minimal touch ups AS LONG AS YOU’RE NOT A HABITUAL FACE TOUCHER.
This foundation actually transfers relatively easily, no matter how long you’ve had it on for or even if you set it with powder. Now I don’t say this to scare you, just be aware. Setting with powder will of course help reduce its desire to transfer.
There are so many benefits to this product, including being travel convenient, that would make me recommend it to you.
I love the coverage, versatility, finish and longevity of it 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 not being able to see how much product you have left, and of course, the way it transfers. Which is avoidable.
Also, if you are really oily or really dry, you may want to try it out in store first because people on either sides of these spectrums seem to have the most problems with this foundation.
Now the big question is – Do I love it more than the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation? Hmmm nope. I think Too Faced still beats out the Hourglass foundation in price and performance (see that review here). But that is not to say that this foundation doesn’t give me a flawless looking complexion.
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.