review: hourglass vanish seamless finish foundation stick

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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.

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick
Application
Coverage
Longevity
Ease of Use
Pros
Easy to use
Great shade match
Doesn't cling to dry patches
Cons
Had to use a specific primer
Had to blot throughout the day
High price point
3.9

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