A Match Made In Heaven?! Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation + Seamless Finish Foundation Brush

A Match Made In Heaven?! Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation + Seamless Finish Foundation Brush

It’s took me a little while to get holt of this foundation. Mainly because it’s always out of stock whenever I’ve tried to buy it but also I wasn’t entirely sure if I even wanted to buy this foundation in the first place. I guess that’s because of it’s price.
I mean, this foundation isn’t cheap at £42.00 so I wouldn’t call it a necessity in the slightest BUT after a lot of ‘toing and froing’ I finally decided that enough was enough and I was going to take the plunge and give this foundation a try. I was also slightly concerned about applying this product – because let’s face it I’m not used to stick foundations in the slightest, so I wanted to get Hourglass’ recommended application tool which just so happens to be the Seamless Finish Foundation Brush.

At the time of purchasing these two Hourglass products Space N K had a delightful little offer on; ‘spend £60 or more and receive £15 off at checkout’, which made the decision a little easier to tell you the truth.

 

About the products

SO what does this foundation claim to be able to achieve?! WELL on the Hourglass website it says that this foundation gives a ‘weightless full coverage which is waterproof and will last for 12 hours’. It also states to be ‘suitable for all skin types, build able and give the skin a satin finish’. This foundation doesn’t have any SPF, which may or may not be a good thing – personally, I always like my foundation to have a little SPF, just to ensure a little protection from the sun. I can also clarify that this foundation has a very creamy formula and that it’s available in 26 different shades.
According to Hourglass this foundation is best applied with the Seamless Finish Foundation Brush and should be used with a primer. Hourglass recommend either the Veil Mineral Primer, the Ambient Light Correcting Primer OR the No 28 Primer Serum.

Hourglass Seamless Finish Foundation Stick – Shade: Blanc

Together these two products pair up beautifully, as they’re each encased in Hourglass’s iconic bronzy brown (metal looking) packaging. The foundation is triangular shaped and actually quite petite in size. Would these two be good travel companions? You know what, I’d actually say so. As the brush has quite a short handle – (something similar to a ‘mini’ or short handled MAC brush) and the foundation itself is securely hidden away by the tightly fitting lid. I wouldn’t say that these two products are all that weighty either. I mean, I could walk around with these two in my handbag quite happily without really noticing that they’re even there.

The Brush

The ‘Seamless Finish Foundation Brush’ is sold separately to the foundation. It claims to ‘fit into all of the contours in the face, such as around the nose and under the eyes’. It’s also described by Hourglass to be ‘designed specially to work with the Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick’ and to be ‘PETA-approved, high grade and have ultra soft Taklon bristles, which are a great alternative for those who suffer from animal hair allergies’.

The short handle really helps me personally to buff this foundation into my skin. I guess that’s because the handle isn’t very long and I hold the brush more securely and more steadily. I also really like the shape of the brush head itself as true to Hourglass’ word this brush is really easy to use around my eye area and in the creases of my nose. The bristles themselves are soft, I wouldn’t describe them as the softest or relatively fluffy BUT they are soft and this brush is comfortable to use. The bristles are however very dense, which I presume is the reason as to what makes this brush ideal for cream based products and thicker formula foundations?!

When applying this foundation, I like to sweep the product directly onto my skin, then use the pairing brush to buff it into my skin – then apply a touch of concealer under my eyes and on any blemishes that I have. AFTER I like to use a damp beauty blender or beauty sponge to blend everything into my skin, as occasionally I’ve found this brush to miss areas or not blend the foundation in perfectly – (which could be my fault by all means).

Hourglass Seamless Finish Foundation Stick – Shade: Blanc

The Foundation

NOW I have dry skin. It’s a problem that I’ve always suffered with and unfortunately no amount of moisturiser changes this dramatically or cures it. One thing that stood out to me about this foundation is that it claims to be ‘suitable for all skin types’. Meaning dry skin too right?! Personally I was hesitant about this as it’s a cream based product and cream foundations usually (or have in the past) clung to every dry patch going on my face BUT Hourglass say that this is suitable for all skin types – SO if Hourglass say it’s suitable then it must be okay?!

On first use (and a number of times after) I was very impressed with this foundation. I buffed it into my skin with the brush and my skins overall texture appeared smooth, practically flawless and even. Yesterday I chose to use this foundation again, as I hadn’t used it in quite a few days BUT I also wanted to re jog my memory on it before writing this review.

NOW whether my skins become drier I don’t know. I had a spray tan last weekend and because of which hadn’t been able to apply a face mask in just over seven days. When I applied this foundation yesterday (with the brush) the finish of this foundation appeared to be quite cakey on my nose and seemed to emphasise the dry areas on my face, with also slightly emphasising the pores that I have too. One thing that did really bug me about this foundation yesterday is that it seemed to make dry areas on my skin stand out – in fact I can’t say that I even knew about some of the areas beforehand. As I say this may have just been a bad skin day, I used the usual coconut based (hydrating) primer that I’ve used in the past with this but it didn’t seem to make a difference. To be honest I was EXTREMELY tempted to wipe the whole lot of and switch to a completely different foundation BUT I didn’t want to give up on it. SO I applied quite a hefty amount of concealer and went over my entire face with a damp beauty sponge for quite a while – trying to ensure that everything was blended properly and smooth. After concealer my skin didn’t appear too bad if I’m honest, I mean it still looked pretty dry but it wasn’t disastrous.

Based on the fact that this foundation has looked nice on a number of times before… I think I better tell you about those times too.

This foundation has an incredibly creamy formula and if you let this product warm up on your skin before buffing it in, I’ve found it on a number of occasions to almost melt into my skin – which is something that I’ve certainly never experienced before. On good skin days, I find this foundation to be very easy to use and actually pretty time effective too. As it doesn’t seem to take all that long to apply onto the skin, and then buff and blend. Does this foundation give a full coverage? HMMMMM I’m not sure. This foundation does conceal redness amazingly well! It evens out my complexion, giving me an ideal base BUT I wouldn’t necessarily describe it as ‘full coverage’. It’s build able YES but to a degree. I mean, you have to be careful when applying extra layers because after about two this will appear quite heavy on the skin and cakey in problem areas.

Hourglass Seamless Finish Foundation Stick – Shade: Blanc

Do I like this foundation?! You know what I do. Apart from the one bad experience that I had when using it, I really like this foundation and want to carry on using it. Would I say that it’s worth it’s hefty price tag?! Hmmm… I can’t say that I do. It’s a luxurious product in every sense because you only get 0.25oz of the product itself, which I can assure you is hardly anything at all. Comparing this to one of my favourite foundations; NARS Sheer Glow, Hourglass are giving you 0.25oz (one quarter) and NARS are giving you 1oz – (which is literally three quarters more). SO if your thinking of buying this foundation, try and use it sparingly because a little doesn’t go a long way.

Would I say that this foundations partner in crime is a necessity?!…. Actually I wouldn’t. As you can apply this foundation just as well with a kabuki brush or my trusty Artis Oval 7 brush. Of course and by no means am I saying that the brush is a let down. In fact it’s far from it in my opinion. It’s just not the only tool or brush that you have to use with this foundation stick by Hourglass.

What do you think of this foundation, is Hourglass a brand that you admire?!

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