Beauty Reviews

Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation

Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation - Born To Be Bright

For over a year I’ve been getting ipsy and racking up points for one of their insanely amazing rewards.  Then I found it, a full-size Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation to welcome into my collection.  You can’t imagine my excitement when I found out this was full-size.  Say hello to my first full-size high end foundation.  It’s crazy I’ve been blogging for this long and was never convinced to actually buy a high-end foundation.  But, I think I’ve been converted.

This foundation stick has amazing packaging, a chocolate brown shiny triangular stick.  It’s perfect to fit on your nose, under your eyes, but still big enough to cover ground.  And a dream to travel with.  Although the packaging is a magnet for fingerprints, it’s easy enough to wipe down with a tissue or makeup wipe once in a while.Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation - Born To Be Bright

The formula on this is thick and pigmented.  A quick tip: if you use too much you will hate the finish.  A light hand is key to the “seamless” “vanish” stuff they’re talking about.  I’ve tried it both ways and I washed it off when I used how much I use of other foundation sticks.  This one is just so pigmented and so thick that it has to be light or it gets cakey.  Another quick tip: a brush is necessary.  While I wouldn’t spend however much they charge for the brush, the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and the Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush both work very well with some Rosewater spritzed on.  A beauty blender doesn’t work quite right with how thick this is but if you want to, give it a try.

When I use this I like a light to medium coverage.  So I do a stripe down my nose, on each cheek, a small one on my chin, and one going from between my brows onto my forehead.  Use a super light hand because it layers well but cakes so easily if you use too much at once.  It takes some getting used to but it lasts so well and looks amazing when you get it right.  To blend I take my Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush and spray once with Mario Badescu Rosewater and blend in circular motions, repeat for each stripe.

When I use this I don’t use a powder except under my eyes because it just has such a great finish.  It also lasts really well.  Whenever I have a long night, you can put money on the fact that I’m wearing this.  The finish gets better throughout the night as oils begin to peek through.

Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation - Born To Be Bright

I’ve never been one to spend a lot on foundations, especially since they’re an item you keep buying pretty often.  This foundation has definitely helped me understand “what’s so great about high-end foundations”  this is what’s so great.  They’re so long lasting, the finish is incredible, and the packaging is well thought out to make it easier to use.  Also the shade range is pretty extensive and would fit a ton more people than any drugstore foundation I’ve seen.

If you’re thinking about purchasing the Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation, go for it.  With a little practice you won’t regret it.

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  • I figured there’d be a learning curve to a product like this. I tested it at Sephora and it feels super creamy and yes, very opaque. I think a Beauty Blender type sponge would be great to blend this out on the face for a natural finish. The shade range is really impressive, I agree!

    • I unfortunately haven’t been able to get my hands on a beauty blender since I’ve had this to try with it but I tried it with a knock off from Ulta and it didn’t really move the foundation it just absorbed it. I’m sure a higher quality sponge would work a lot better though! Thank you for reading and your comment!

    • I haven’t been able to get my hands on a real Beauty Blender since I’ve had this foundation so I only tested it with a knock off from Ulta and it just absorbed the product and didn’t blend. I’m sure a higher quality beauty sponge would definitely blend a lot better! Thank you for reading and your comment!

  • This is one of the most helpful reviews I’ve ever read! I love that you were honest and acknowledged that it takes some practice because for some reason a lot of people do not say that, and I love that you did! I’ve seen so many beauty gurus (including Jaclyn) rave about this, but since it is very full coverage, thicker, and more matte and those are all things I stay away from, I never even considered buying it, but now, I really want it! It seems perfect for formal special events with photos! Using a more dewy facial mist with your brush to blend it out is one of my favorite tricks, too Thanks for the amazing, honest, and informative review! xoxo

    • This comment just made my day! It’s been so much harder lately to sit down and write a post I want to actually post but I’m so happy you liked this one! When I got this I knew I had to do a review as soon as possible because I’m one of those people to scour blogs before making a big makeup purchase! I saw Jaclyn talking about this about a week before mine arrived in the mail and I was so pumped to finally get it! The dewy facial mist has definitely made this so much more wearable for me, and so has exfoliating right before I apply it. It looks amazing in photos, especially since there’s no SPF and it’s not super glowy. Thank you for commenting, it means so much! ❤️❤️❤️

      • Of course! Reviews always take such a long time for me to write because, like you I always read tons of reviews before purchasing anything, so I want to make it honest and helpful. You did a great job and when you’re feeling uninspired, just know that there is always someone like me who reads every word and appreciates your effort! xoxo

      • This is such a sweet comment! I have been trying to ease my way back into regularly writing posts, and I think I’ve found my groove again! Thank you for always being so kind and reading my posts!