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Over the last several weeks, I’ve been testing out the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick (say that five time fast!) in my everyday makeup routine. Here’s what I thought about this foundation stick:
According to Sephora, the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick (Vanish Foundation from here on out) is “A long-wearing foundation stick with the coverage of a concealer, fluidity of a liquid, and weightlessness of a powder for invisible, full coverage.” It is supposed to be suitable for all skin types and could be a medium to full coverage foundation. Hourglass also suggests using their buffing brush with this product. It states it should work for all skin types. It costs $46.00 and comes with 0.25 oz of product. I will say right off the bat that this is one expensive foundation and you don’t get a whole lot in the tube.
For reference, I have oily/combination skin, with dry patches around my jawline. I was color matched at a Sephora and purchased the Golden Tan shade, which is medium beige with a warm undertone. There were quite a lot of shades, which is great, and I think this was a pretty good shade match for me. The finish is more of a satin finish, which I prefer over a matte finish.
Let’s start with the application: this definitely applied better with a buffing brush than a damp sponge. I’ve tried it with both a Beauty Blender and my trust e.l.f. buffing brush and the finish is just so much nicer with a brush. Plus, it definitely lasted more throughout the day and I felt like I used less product for a full coverage. I do like that it applies better with a brush – I could do my foundation in the car on the way to work without having to worry about carrying around a damp sponge with me. Also, it didn’t look streaky on my face and just looked like my skin.
In terms of coverage, this definitely a medium-to-full coverage, depending on how much you apply. It covers my blemishes while feeling like nothing on my face. I love that it covers most of my redness and I only really had to conceal my undereye circles. As for the longevity, if I used a smoothing primer over my regular mattifying primer, it would last about 10 hours on me. However, if I used any other primer, I would end up a greaseball within the first two hours. I like switching up my primers for different purposes (and to test them!), so this made me a bit sad. At first, I really didn’t like the foundation, but when I switched up the primer, it worked great and I really liked how it looked. I don’t mind blotting throughout the day, but if you prefer your foundation is matte, I would steer clear of this one.
Overall, I think if you’re oily and prefer matte foundations, this one is not for you. This might work better for drier skin tones, since I didn’t notice it cling to any of my dry patches. I do like the satin finish myself, so I will continue to use this, but I will probably not be re-purchasing in the future. There is so many things I love about this foundation, but I don’t like having to use a specific primer and it’s high price point.