Happy Friday, everyone!! I’m excited to review this product for you today!
Here are my thoughts on Hourglass Cosmetics Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick (wow that was a mouthful)!
One of the biggest reasons I was enticed by this product was the impressive range of shades that are available (26 total!). I’ve been seeing more and more cosmetic companies expanding their range of foundation and concealer shades to accommodate more skin tones and I’m LOVING it. Kudos to Hourglass Cosmetics for embracing the diversity of their customers! Check out all of the shades here.
Here are swatches of the lightest shade (Blanc), medium shade (Golden), and darkest shade (Espresso). At first swatch, this foundation felt super creamy and was impressively pigmented!
(Outside in natural light)
I have to admit, it was intimidating finding the right shade for myself because there were so many to choose from. One thing I like the most about the shades is that they take into consideration not just skintone but also undertone. For example, shade Ivory is described as “light medium, with a cool undertone” and shade Nude is a “light medium, with a neutral undertone”.
After receiving some advice from a Sephora beauty expert, I chose the shade Golden Tan (medium beige, warm undertone) which blended perfectly with my neck after we swatched it on my chin.
The product comes in shiny a triangle shaped tube and this is how much product you get (about 2-2.5 inches).
You can use the Vanish Foundation Blush ($46) which is a soft bristled, tapered brush, about the size of a half dollar, or a damp beauty blender to apply this product.
Overall, this foundation was super easy to apply and I found that a little bit of product goes a long way!
I drew 2 lines across both my cheeks, one across my forehead, one down the bridge of my nose, and little dot on top of my lips, and a small line on my chin. And then blended this all out with a damp beauty blender.
My first impression after applying this on my face was a positive one! This foundation felt light, sheer, and really did seem to “vanish” as it blended in with my natural skintone. A lot of bloggers have mentioned that this foundation made their skin look airbrushed and flawless.
This product is said to be a long wearing and waterproof foundation, lasting 12 hours. I’ve been using this foundation for about a week now and have been testing out it’s durability througout a mellow day (mostly indoors around the office and lounging at home), and it’s durability throughout a more hectic day (5 hours outdoors in the hot sun and the rest indoors).
Overall, the staying power of this foundation is impressive! The foundation unfortunately did start to fade on the oilier parts of my face (such as my nose) after about 5 hours. But any part of my face that I set with powder stayed pretty well throughout the day and upheld it’s seamless, satin finish.
However (yes unfortunately there is a “however”), I felt like the satin finish of the foundation made my skintone look flat and almost dry. I typically like a more of a dewy, hydrating look for all over my face.
I also found that this foundation was not buildable. It started to get a little cakey after I tried applying 2-3 more layers. I personally believe this would be best used as 1 sheer layer.
- Range of 26 shades
- Considers undertone
- Easy to blend
- Little product goes a long way
- Seamless, airbrushed look
- Lasts throughout the day when set with powder
- A little pricey at $46
- Not a lot of product
- Not buildable
- Product doesn’t last on oily parts of your face
- Velvety finish can make your skin look flat
Would I buy it again?
Overall, the seamless look that you can achieve when using this product is really impressive, but I still prefer using liquid foundation over stick foundation. I personally think that this product would be great for contouring instead of applying it on your entire face. I would love to eventually buy a darker shade and use it to contour!
You can also use a hydrating liquid serum or primer like Ren Instant Firming Beauty Shot to mix with the product to change it’s consistency to feel more like a liquid foundation.
Now I want to hear from you!
Have you tried this foundation? What do you think?
Do you prefer liquid foundation or stick foundation? Why?
Are there any other foundations or concealers that you’ve seen have impressive range of shades?