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Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick


Ahh foundation. One of my favourite products to buy and try. But normally they're liquid/cream formulas, well not this one. Today's review is all about a stick foundation. It's had quite a hype so lets find out whether it's worth it. Introducing the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick. It's Houglass so it's pretty darn pricey at £42 for only .25oz, but I, along with many other beauty lovers had high expectations, and in my eyes they were most definitely met.

I purchased mine on the Harvey Nicholls site as my shade was out of stock on most of the other websites. Speaking of which I am in the shade Porcelain which would you believe is actually the third lightest shade, I've never seen a shade range where I'm not the first lightest nevermind the third. There are 26 shades in total and they have really thought about this selection thoroughly. Because of it's large shade range, please see at the bottom of this post a list of the shades along with a description (and the original link where I found it). This is what I used to choose my shade as I purchased mine online and went in having no idea what shade I would be as I have never tried one of the Hourglass Foundations before.
Side Note: I will also be uploading a post specifically to give you all the shades of foundation I have tried that match my skin along with some that don't and that I have to customise, so that you can determine whether you are the same shade range as me or not. Hopefully it can help you pick out your shade of foundation in the future.

I've never used a foundation stick before but I have to say the ease of it, it's so fast and effortless. With the fluidity of a liquid, the coverage of a concealer and weightlessness of a powder it has the best of everything. But because of its highly concentrated pigment you only need a small amount to get a complete and flawless application. I simply swipe onto my forehead, cheeks, chin and nose and then blend out, but if I want more coverage then I apply another thin layer where needed. Maximum coverage with minimum product. Or simply dot in the centre of my face where I want the most coverage and then blend out for a quick everyday lighter coverage. Although it's in a stick form it's a very creamy consistency, which is what makes it go so far. 

It's a 12 hour wear foundation and waterproof, and although it has a full, seamless coverage, it's practically undetectable, whilst still concealing discolouration and imperfections.
The worry I had was that being a full coverage base it would be quite heavy and mask-like, but this is weightless and I do love the flawless full coverage finish that it gives.
Although I try not to wear my makeup for that long, if it's a particularly long and busy day I am confident that this foundation will look just as good at the end of the day as it did when I first put it on. It doesn't get overly greasy and it doesn't break down or look patchy throughout the day. I don't feel the need to powder it or touch up, but if you have oily skin then you may want to keep a powder with you just in case, as it's finish isn't matte, but it's not dewey either.
I love this foundation. I really do think it's an incredible foundation. 

As for application, Hourglass does have a specific brush, the Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Brush also £42 that was released alongside the foundation. It's shape was designed to fit into all the contour of the face. However, I didn't see the need for this as I have other dense, soft blending brushes like the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush which is my favourite way of blending, but the Tarte Kabuki Brush or the Sigma F82 Round Kabuki Brush are great alternatives, I then go over it with a Beauty Blender to ensure its all blended in properly as I do with all of my foundations.

I think I have raved about this enough and made it very clear just how much I love it, but just in case I do think the claims are true and accurate, it's expensive but it's such a stunning finish and coverage, but it's versatility is just what I look for in my bases.

Keep your eyes peeled for my post on my foundation shades, I hope it will be helpful to some of you to at least determine where in the spectrum you are. 

Shade Range:

Blanc - very fair, cool undertone
Alabaster - fair, cool undertone

Porcelain - fair, neutral undertone

Bisque - fair, warm undertone

Linen - very light, warm undertone
Vanilla - light, cool undertone
Shell - light, neutral undertone
Buff - light, warm undertone
Ivory - light medium, cool undertone
Warm Ivory - light medium, warm undertone
Nude - light medium, neutral undertone
Sand - light medium, golden undertone
Golden - medium, golden undertone
Light Beige - medium, cool undertone
Beige - medium, warm undertone
Warm Beige - medium beige, neutral undertone
Golden Tan - medium beige, warm undertone
Honey - medium beige, golden undertone
Amber - medium tan, warm undertone
Golden Amber - medium tan, golden undertone
Warm Almond - medium deep, golden undertone
Golden Almond - medium deep, neutral undertone
Almond - medium deep, cool undertone
Walnut - deep, warm undertone
Chestnut - deep, neutral undertone
Espresso - deep, cool undertone

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