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Foundation Series: A review of the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

Hello everyone! We are heading towards the end of the week and we’re more than half way through March! Unbelievable how time flies, but when we are heading towards the summer, I don’t really mind, personally. On another note, it’s foundation review day today! I’ve been meaning to review the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick for some time now, seeing as I purchased this product as soon as it launched towards the end of 2016. Better late than never though! I hope it’s still useful for those that are researching stick foundations or love Hourglass products!

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick packaging close up

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

I’m really not sure how I’ve ended up showing a preference for stick foundations recently, seeing as I’m not 100% sure about how long-wearing they all are. I think what’s attractive for me is their portability, ease of use and quick application. I pop one in my bag and around midday I can quickly touch up and apply a bit of product locally, build with fingers and I’m good to continue with my day. I’m not using powder on a day to day basis recently, so this method works for me after blotting.

Sticking to the topic of the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick though (I’m so good at diverging)! To start with, it’s a beautiful product to hold and to look at. The stick is thin, sort of triangular and I love the chocolate brown colour it has. It’s very sleek to hold indeed. You open it, twist it and the creamy stick foundation comes out. The triangular shape helps reach all corners of your face, and if you opt to buy more than one shade, you can highlight or contour with it easily.

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick Open close up

The Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick packaging close up

Another look at the packaging – it’s really pretty!

As well as being a jewel to hold, the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick promises to meet every single woman’s foundation-related dreams! It is supposed to:

  • Be long-lasting, with up to 12 hours of coverage (waterproof formulation)
  • Provide adjustable coverage to suit you, from medium to flawless
  • Double up as a concealer
  • Be very lightweight and imperceivable on the skin
  • Give satin finish
  • Adjust to your skin temperature, thus blending effortlessly

Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? Here’s how it looks on me:

Me without anything on my face

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick on olive toned face

Me wearing a thin layer of the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

Can we take a moment to appreciate the power of make-up? Please notice how my facial expression is neutral to “meh!” in the first photo, while in the second I’m like “See me? I’m rocking this!”, or something similar! Hahaha! I just noticed, actually. It was completely unintentional, especially that I happy to be wearing the jumper my mum bought me for Christmas for the first time. Anyway, you can see that a thin layer evened my skin tone and gave me the coverage I’m comfortable with.

Going back to the promises of the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick, I think that some of them are well met! The coverage is good and can be built to full. I’m not into that, but when I tried, it worked. However, note that this is a creamy formulation! The more you build it, the more product will inevitably sit on your face and if you’re oily, you are unlikely to enjoy long-lasting coverage. Drier skin types are safer, though. I’m combination (dehydrated) and with light to medium coverage I started getting shiny in my T-zone after 4 hours; full coverage was less. The foundation started disappearing around my chin and nose after 5 hours (no powder on top).

As such, I cannot testify that the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick provides impeccable coverage for 12 hours. It does, however, last for around 7 hours on me and, as it’s so portable, I can always blot and reapply on the problematic areas. Unfortunately, it first tends to disappear in the areas where I have a couple of marks from spots etc, so reapplying is sensible if I want these covered.

Good news is that this foundation can also work as a concealer for me. It’s a bit rich for under the eyes but applied thinly it’s fine. And it lasts well if you compare it to other under eye concealers, so that’s a positive thing. Moreover, it’s very lightweight – you can’t feel it on your skin at all. And it looks quite natural. The finish is satin, but it looks richer than a liquid foundation with satin finish. I’d describe it as luminous-creamy. Here’s a full look with the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick used as a base and concealer at the same time:

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick close up on face

Wearing the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick as foundation and concealer

The Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick comes with a brush which is rather expensive (I didn’t go near) but helps to blend effortlessly and achieve a seamless finish. I’m using my Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Brush or my fingers and this still blends like a dream! It can definitely give you expensive-looking skin in seconds without having to splurge on the brush, which is a work of art in itself. It’s a good brush if you can afford it, but you don’t need it to make this product work.

In addition, there are 26 yellow-based shades, pretty much for every skin tone on planet Earth, from very light to very deep! Can I say, at this stage, that I really appreciate it when brands offer a good selection of shades. I really don’t get how they sometimes release 6-7 shades and expect people to find a match!

I’m in between shades many times and, as I tan so easily, my shade can radically change during the year. When I purchased the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick I had a bit of my tan left from the summer and was matched to Sand. To my surprise this shade worked well a couple of days ago too! I no longer have any tan left and with the London sun (sun?) I’m at my palest. I can no longer build this to full coverage as it’ll look dark but for light to medium coverage it still worked perfect. I’m amazed! Well done Hourglass!

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick swatch on hand

Shade “Sand” of the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

All shades are described by Hourglass here. Please note that my skin is acne-prone and this foundation did not break me out or irritate me at all. Here’s a list of the ingredients too for you to have a look:

Phenyl Trimethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Polyethylene, Eupohorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Ceresin, Pentylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Ozokerite, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Mica, Talc, Silica, Triethoxycaprylysilane, Aluminum Hydroxide, Lauryl PEG/PPG-18/18 Methicone, Microcrystalline Wax, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Lauryl Laurate, Macadamia Seed Oil, Polyglyceryl-6 Esters Behenate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Propanediol, Dimethicone, Isostearyl Alcohol, Methicone, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.

All in all, I’m quite happy with this foundation. It gives a bit less coverage than the Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick for me (reviewed here), but it’s a touch more long-wearing on me and even more portable. I have to say though, I suspect it won’t be a good foundation for oily skin types. I’m not sure it’ll perform well on skin with acne issues either, as I don’t find it to be as long-wearing as claimed, unfortunately. Saying that, it’s a great product for normal to combination skin types, assuming the latter are happy to blot and reapply once or set it with powder to prolong its wear. For another view, check out Karen’s video here, she loved it even more than I did.

The Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick costs £42 (ouch!) for 7.2 gr. It’s very expensive for the amount of product you get, so that’s something to keep in mind. You get more product with other stick foundations for sure. In the UK, it can be purchased at Space NK or, online only, at John Lewis.

I will post a stick foundation comparison soon. I was planning to do it earlier but haven’t had enough time as things stand. It’s on my list though :). What foundation sticks do you love? Have you tried this product? If so, what are your thoughts?

Have a lovely end of the week and weekend ladies! Speak again soon,


Eleni x





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  1. LindaLibraLoca March 17, 2017

    I am not really into the whole stick concept, it seems to be a little unhygienic to me, appyling the stick directly to the face.
    My skin type is similar to yours, but I need a matte finish and prefer lomgevity, so I guess I will save the money.
    LindaLibraLoca recently posted…Doctor Duve Boosting Face Cream – How do you want to age?

  2. wendee March 17, 2017

    such an in-depth review. I love stick foundations. They are so easy to use.


  3. MimaMochi March 19, 2017

    Thanks so much for your detailed review. It’s especially useful to hear that it didn’t break you out. With the hot weather spell here, I having been struggling with pimples

    Adrianna xx
    MimaMochi recently posted…High Fashion – 88 Floors Above Ground at the Eureka Skydeck

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