Thursday, August 25, 2016

HOURGLASS Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick & Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Brush | Review and Swatches

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HOURGLASS Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick ($46.00 for .25 oz.) is a very creamy and ultra-emollient stick foundation that is a long-wearing, lightweight waterproof formula that offers 12 hours of coverage. It can be sheered-out for light coverage, or built up for full coverage, and it is formulated to work as a concealer as well as a foundation. Furthermore, there are 26 colors from which to choose ranging from pale to dark shades.
HOURGLASS has taken the guesswork out of selecting the right shade by creating a very helpful "Discover Your Perfect Shade" guide that provides color descriptions, and details whether they are warm or cool shades. I definitely recommend referring to it before selecting your shade. 
The two shades that I tried, Vanilla and Ivory, are on the lighter end of the spectrum, and I have tried them individually and I have also mixed them together.

Vanilla, which is described as fair with cool undertones, is a great color match for my cool-toned skin.

Ivory, which is described light medium with cool undertones, is a little darker than my skin tone, but when mixed with Vanilla it is a great match.

It is very important to note that this is an ultra-concentrated formula, and as such I would definitely take a less-is-more approach. I dot a small amount from the stick directly onto my face and then begin blending and buffing it with the HOURGLASS Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Brush, and I only add more if I desire added coverage.
As soon as you apply this foundation to your warm skin. its creamy, luxurious texture, facilitates effortless application. It gracefully glides across the skin without incident, blends and buffs with ease, and it neither emphasizes pores, nor does it settle into fine lines. In fact, it is its very blendability that allows this full-coverage foundation to be sheered out– which is the way that I tend to wear my foundations. Furthermore, the creamy, emollient formula stays put, rather than migrating or melting away– even on the oilier regions of my normal/combination skin. While I seldom wear full coverage foundation, it is worthy to note that when I have worn HOURGLASS Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick at maximum opacity, it still feels comfortable and lightweight on the skin. I often feel as though full-coverage foundations are wearing me rather than the other way around, and that simply is not the case with this wonderful foundation formula. On my skin, without fail, this foundation last all day long. I will also say that as a concealer it does an exemplary jog in concealing dark circles and imperfection, and it does so without becoming cakey, and without emphasizing or settling into fine lines.
 According to HOURGLASS,

A revolutionary foundation stick with the coverage of a concealer, the fluidity of a liquid, and the weightlessness of a powder in a long-wearing waterproof formula for undetectable full coverage. The unprecedented concentration of pigment in this foundation provides maximum coverage with minimum product, concealing all discoloration and imperfections for flawless skin with a seamless finish.
• A foundation and concealer in one, this concentrated formula contains double the amount of pigment versus traditional foundations for instant coverage in one application.
• Long wearing, waterproof formula provides 12 hour coverage.
• Innovative formula adjusts to your body temperature to effortlessly blend into the skin.
• Designed specifically to be used with the Vanish Foundation Brush for the most seamless finish.
• Available in 26 shades to perfectly match every skin tone.
Vanilla is fair with cool undertones
Ivory is light medium, cool undertones
HOURGLASS Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Brush ($46.00) is an ultra-soft brush with synthetic Taklon bristles that was specifically created to be used in tandem with the Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick, and there is no question that they work exceptionally well together. The slightly angled brush head, that boasts very densely packed bristles, is very soft and smooth against the skin, and yet the sheer density of the bristles are firm enough to create a flawless airbrushed finish. Furthermore, the short handle, the brush is almost 4.5 inches long, allows for meticulous control of the brush– which facilitates perfect application. The results are consistently streak-free– whether the brush is used with Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick, or any other foundation that I have tried, and it has quickly become my Holy-Grail foundation brush.

HOURGLASS Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Brush is very easy to wash, and in the two times that I have cleaned it it has not shed a single bristle.
According to HOURGLASS,

A high-performance foundation brush designed with ideal shape, density, and texture to achieve the most seamless finish. 

Vanish Foundation Brush is designed specifically to work with the Vanish Foundation Stick for the most flawless foundation look. The bristles provide an ultra-soft texture that recreates a luxe microfiber feel on the face. Designed with a unique shape to fit into all the contours of the face, including around the nose and under the eyes, it features uniquely crimped bristles that provide the ultimate control so you can easily sweep the foundation across the face. 

• Formed in a unique shape to fit into all the contours of the face, such as around the nose and under the eyes
• Features uniquely crimped bristles that provide the ultimate control to easily sweep across the planes of the face
• Supremely soft texture recreates a luxe microfiber feel on the face
• Designed specifically to work with the Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick for the most seamless finish
• Features PETA-approved, high-grade, ultra-soft Taklon bristles - an excellent alternative for those who suffer from animal hair allergies
Overall Assessment: I am so impressed by this foundation and foundation brush, and definitely recommend taking a closer look at them. If you are shopping the upcoming Barneys New York and Space NK bag events, then these should definitely be on your radar as you begin selecting your goodies!

HOURGLASS Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick $46.00 for .25 oz. from HOURGLASSNordstromSephoraSpace NKSpace NK UK and Barneys New York.

HOURGLASS Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Brush $46.00 from HOURGLASSNordstromSephoraSpace NKSpace NK UK and Barneys New York (Affiliate Links).

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  1. I cannot tell you how curious I am about this stick foundation. I've gotta go to Sephora to check out Ivory. Your swatches were very helpful!

    1. I am so glad that my swatches are helpful! It is definitely worth a visit to Sephora to see what you think– especially since the Barneys New York Bag Event is coming up (September 7-11).

  2. I am interested in this (was the first time you mentioned it) but none of the colors on that square look pale enough for me! Maybe I will get to Sephora for a test before the big events. How would the Artis Oval brush work with this foundation?

    1. I posted a first impressions post/press release about this several weeks ago, but wanted to use it for a while before writing a review. I really like the formula a lot. You could definitely use your Artis Oval brush, but I love this brush so much that I have bene using it for all of my foundations lately. The shape really allows you to cover the larger planes of the face, but also the small areas as well. Check the brush out on your trip to Sephora to see what you think of it. I am completely obsessed with it! LOL!

  3. It looks like a great product, I just feel you get such a tiny amount for the price.

    1. It really is a wonderful product, Courtney. You are quite right, it is a small amount of product, but it is so concentrated that I only use a tiny bit.

  4. I've been tempted by this before but I think you've convinced me for sure. Vanilla looks perfect for me and I love brushes. I forgot when the Barney's event was though.

    1. My guess is that Vanilla is a good match for you, as well! I think that you will really like the formula, but the trick is definitely to use very little because it is so concentrated. The BNY LOVE YOURSELF Event is September 7-11 this year. I am currently working on my mega step-up gift post– so please let me know if there are certain lines that you are interested in so that I can make sure to include them!

  5. I am so intrigued by foundation sticks! I've seen a few posts about them recently, and now I want to try them :) haha

    1. I love stick foundations, and this one is definitely worth checking out!

  6. I love this foundation. It is so beautiful on my skin. It's definitely a fave. Which is a problem, considering how spendy it is. lol

    1. Me too! The finish is exceptional! I really love the formula, and the brush is absolutely heavenly against the skin!


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