I was never a fan of stick foundations. I remember trying one in my early teenage years (when I started to get interested in makeup), and it wasn’t a good experience. The result was dry, cakey, just a big fat nope. So from then on, I instantly assumed all stick foundations would be the same and never bothered with them again. Not too different from when someone offers you food and you tell them “no thank you, I don’t like it”, but in reality you haven’t tried it before (sound familiar?). Lately I’m all for trying things I would have previously refused. Blame it on the triangular shape, its gorgeous hand-bag friendly packaging, or the fact that it’s from Hourglass… but I had to have the Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick!
Before I get right into it, my friend Sorren from Beauty In Bold (@beauty.in.bold on Instagram) and I decided to post our reviews at the same time. I noticed there are very polarising reviews on this product, so we thought it would be interesting to offer two different views. Check hers out here.
What initially appealed to me besides how pretty it looks, is the fact that it’s supposed to be a fuss-free foundation. It offers customisable coverage and can be used as a foundation and concealer. Its concentrated formula offers double the amount of pigment versus traditional foundations. The formula is also supposed to adjust to your body temperature to allow the foundation to blend seamlessly into the skin. Hourglass claim this foundation will provide weightless full coverage that is water-proof is lasts for up to 12 hours. I appreciate the shape of the stick as it allows you to get into all hard to reach areas.
How much exactly is in this little tube, you ask? There is .25 OZ/7.2 G. I know, at AUD $69/US $46, it feels like it’d be a massive hit on the wallet. However, based on the fact that it’s a concentrated formula, it should last a while so I will keep you posted on that.
Choosing out of the 26 available shades proved a bit stressful, as I wanted this foundation to match me perfectly. I have an olive undertone to my skin, so most foundations never match me all that well. I decided on the shade Beige, described as a medium warm undertone, and I’m happy to report that it matched my NC35 skin perfectly.
For reference, I have combination skin – I tend to get shiny in the t-zone as day day progresses, and I’m normal everywhere else. The first couple of times I wore this foundation, I used the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer on half my face, and the other half without. I didn’t notice a huge amount of difference on the longevity, but the application seemed a tiny bit easier on the primed side. The formula is incredibly creamy, which makes it a joy to apply. I didn’t purchase the brush Hourglass released with this foundation because I already had a couple of dense buffing brushes in my collection. The Zoeva 102 Silk Finish brush is definitely my choice – it buffs the foundation in so quickly! For you Beauty Blender fans out there, I thought a dense brush did a way better job at applying everything evenly. A sponge can get things looking a little patchy.
Initially it was a bit of a game trying to work out the amount of product to put on my face. After a few applications, I had it down-pat. I only apply two triangles to the forehead, three on both cheeks, a little bit on the nose and chin. This gives me a medium to full coverage, with a beautiful satin finish. What I really like about the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick is its ability to blur pores and really perfect the skin while still looking incredibly natural. And Hourglass totally delivers on the weightless promise – it doesn’t feel like much is on the skin at all. Typically full coverage means heaviness, but not with the Vanish foundation. I set it with either the Rimmel Stay Matte Translucent Powder, or the Kat Von D Lock-It Translucent Powder. It transfers a tiny little bit but nothing so bad it annoys me. I think this also has to do with the amount I apply – I don’t go too heavy with it. I don’t find the foundation moves around as the day goes by nor does it break up in certain areas either. It doesn’t sink into pores or accentuate fine lines. Tick, tick, tick.
I get a solid 8-9 hours of wear until I notice it’s worn off in certain areas; most prominently my chin and nose (the two parts of my face I touch the most). By this time, my face is a little on the dewy side – this is the only thing that’s a negative, but completely manageable by blotting away excess oils or powdering the t-zone if I’m expecting to wear it for a full 12 hours. This is also when I start to feel like I am wearing makeup; once the oils come through I can feel the foundation on my skin. Because of this, I would say oily skin gals might want to stay clear of this foundation.
I am usually all about that medium coverage, because I like my skin to still peep through; but I am completely in love with the finish of this foundation. I haven’t been able to put it down since I got it! Admittedly, I should be saving it for more special occasions but it’s hard to leave it sitting there looking pretty in my vanity.
It’s safe to say the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick is a hit with me.
Are you planning on picking it up? What’s your favourite stick foundation?