Full Review of the Hourglass Vanish Foundation Stick

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Hourglass are one of my favourite brands at the moment. If you follow me on Instagram then you will know that I am slightly obsessed with the Ambient Lighting Edit III and so when my beloved Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation ran out I knew I had to give the Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation a try and here are my thoughts on it…

Coverage, Consistency & Finish

I am a fan of a fuller-coverage foundation and this foundation stick is not exception. Hourglass claim that this foundation 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.” I would say that this was true. It is very full coverage which is perfect for me and it is very blend-able, light and easy to apply. I haven’t tried applying this with a Beauty Blender because I’ve read that it is better to use a brush. A brush provides fantastic coverage, blending it out perfectly and making sure you get maximum coverage. The foundation claims to have the coverage of a concealer but I have been using concealer with it under my eyes as I don’t feel like it provides the type of coverage I like under there but I don’t use concealer on blemishes anymore. This foundation does a cracking job of covering them up. Coverage-wise, if you really like that flawless, filtered look, this foundation is perfect. I find that it doesn’t melt away, even if you style your hair using heat while this foundation is on, which is an issue I have because I always use a hair dryer when doing my hair.

This foundation has a really lovely finish. It makes you honestly look like you’re glowing. When I first put this on, Johnny told me how ‘healthy’ I looked, which I guess is a compliment. I would say this has a very dewy, glowy finish but it is no way heavy or tacky on your face. I have quite dry skin but don’t often like super dewy foundations as they can slip and slide on my oily t-zone after more than 5 or 6 hours of wear. However, this one stays put for up to 8 hours and keeps a really, healthy sheen all day without looking totally gross and like an oil slick has been born upon your face.If you have oily skin I would advise putting on some kind of mattifying primer underneath it and perhaps setting it with a mattifying powder. I only set it using the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders which aren’t mattifying and it typically stays in place on my t-zone without breaking down for 8 hours.

Colour Range & Value For Money

As you probably know if you’re a seasoned reader of Chloe Alice Lily, but I’m a girl who likes a bargain. I really adore luxury beauty but hate the price tag attached to it. This foundation is pretty price. You get 0.25 fluid ounces for £42. I’m not even going to pretend that it’s not pretty pricy. I cheat a bit with finding beauty bargains because I get a discount that most of you can’t get, which is 25% off at John Lewis thanks to Johnny’s job. This means that I managed to get this for £31. However, a lot of you don’t have access to that kind of discount so I’m going to talk about this as if I paid full price. For the amount of money you’re paying, you don’t get much product. To compare, your average bottle of liquid foundation will have 1 fluid ounce in it (like the Charlotte Tilbury Magic or the Nars Luminous Weightless) and it is £10 more expensive than those foundations. However, a little goes a long way with this product and three or four stripes can provide decent medium-to-full coverage. I have only been using this for a few weeks so have no idea how long the stick is going to last me but a bottle of Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation lasts me 6 months.

Shade range is something that is (finally!) being talked a lot about in the beauty world. This foundation comes in 26 shades which gives you options but in my opinion if you’re super pale or have a deeper skin then there aren’t as many options as there are for people like me – basic & white. I bought the shade ‘Bisque’ because I have yellow undertones in my skin and I’m fairly fair. Bisque is the 4th lightest shade that they do. There is 1 quite pale shade and about 4 shades that I would consider ‘deep’ in this selection. It’s not too bad compared to brands like Tarte who seem to think that one deep shade is okay but compared to brands like Fenty Beauty and even Kylie Cosmetics who have 40+ shades in their collections for their skin products. I think with big, luxury brands like Hourglass there’s no excuse for their shade range to be fully inclusive. While it’s not a disaster, they could definitely do better. Bisque is the perfect shade for me, though.

I like to do these in-depth reviews of foundations because I know that, especially when they’re on the pricier side like this one, buying a new foundation can be a big purchase for people so I like to be as comprehensive as I can be when reviewing them. I hope that this has helped some of you decide whether or not this foundation is for you. I really like this foundation and I think I’ve found a new favourite in it.

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  1. January 23, 2018 / 8:30 pm

    I love how in-depth this is! I think I would also be the shade bisque. I’ve yet to try stick foundations since I don’t think think they would last as long but it sounds like such a beautiful coverage and finish x

    • Chloe Rennard
      January 24, 2018 / 2:02 pm

      It’s really lovely! x

  2. January 24, 2018 / 12:07 am

    Great review. Had me hooked haha. That is definitely pricey for the amount of product… even with the discount!! I’ve only ever used one stick foundation (benefit one) and found it quite heavy but soooo easy to use. So perhaps they’re charging so much just because it’s convenient lol xxxxxxx


    • Chloe Rennard
      January 24, 2018 / 2:02 pm

      Yeah, that could be the reason! xxx

  3. January 24, 2018 / 8:21 am

    Chloe you described this foundation perfectly, I totally agree with everything you said – even your opinion on the shade range! It’s one of my favorites ! xx

    • Chloe Rennard
      January 24, 2018 / 2:03 pm

      It’s so lovely – isn’t it? xx

  4. January 24, 2018 / 9:27 am

    Brilliant review – I’ve never considered a foundation stick before! In fact I don’t think I’ve ever really heard about one before x

    • Chloe Rennard
      January 24, 2018 / 2:03 pm

      Really? That’s odd as they’re all over the internet! x

  5. January 24, 2018 / 10:43 am

    I’m really intrigued to try a foundation stick and this sounds perfect for me as I do prefer a fuller coverage foundation! x

    • Chloe Rennard
      January 24, 2018 / 2:03 pm

      It’s got great coverage! x

  6. January 24, 2018 / 10:55 am

    I really enjoy using foundation sticks and this sounds like one id love too!! Im all for full coverage (and a good bloody bargain) and for me, my thoughts on makeup is that if it lasts a long time and does the job, I can justify the price! Im going to look out for this as I like using foundations sticks when I go out for the day!

    Sarah | http://www.sazsinclair.com xx

    • Chloe Rennard
      January 24, 2018 / 2:03 pm

      Yes – that’s what I think about make up too! xx

  7. January 24, 2018 / 10:57 am

    I’d be interested to know how long this lasts you as I’d love to try it! x

    • Chloe Rennard
      January 24, 2018 / 2:04 pm

      I’ll keep ya updated 😉

    • Chloe Rennard
      January 24, 2018 / 2:04 pm

      Great! x

  8. January 24, 2018 / 1:15 pm

    I’ve never even heard of this foundation but it sounds so intriguing! The price tag certainly is pretty damn hefty so it’s good that you get to use Johnny’s discount! I’d deffo like to try this out at some point xx

    • Chloe Rennard
      January 24, 2018 / 2:04 pm

      It’s such a lovely foundation! xx

  9. Emma
    January 24, 2018 / 5:16 pm

    Amazing review Chlo; love how you discuss every possible aspect of the foundation! Definitely made me wanna try it!
    Emma | emmadrury.com

    • Chloe Rennard
      January 25, 2018 / 11:17 am

      Yay – I’m glad I’ve got you convinced!

  10. Shauna Claire
    January 24, 2018 / 8:41 pm

    This review is so in depth I love it! I normally am not the biggest fan of stick foundations but now I really want to give this a try!

    • Chloe Rennard
      January 25, 2018 / 11:17 am

      Yay – so glad I could convince you! x

  11. January 25, 2018 / 1:47 pm

    I’ve never tried a stick foundation before but this one sounds fab! It is a shame about the shade range, but hopefully they’ll update that soon as this foundation is quite popular! Fab review and photos Chloe 🙂 xo

    Char | http://www.charslittleblog.co.uk

    • Chloe
      January 28, 2018 / 1:30 pm

      They’ve just added 6 more shades actually which is so promising! X

  12. January 25, 2018 / 6:16 pm

    This sounds like an incredibly lovely foundation, I’ve been quite curious since it’s launch. It’s a shame as to the lack of product but I’ve always liked the idea of a stick foundation as if sounds so convenient xx

    • Chloe
      January 28, 2018 / 1:30 pm

      Yeah it’s so easy for on the go touch ups x

  13. January 26, 2018 / 9:42 am

    Ive been really interested in trying these foundation sticks, I see them all over instagram and they just seem a lot easier than liquid! its wonderful it comes in so many shades, i agree its great to see that the shades are improving and there are more out there now.

    • Chloe
      January 28, 2018 / 1:31 pm

      They are really easy!! X

  14. January 26, 2018 / 11:53 am

    I’ve never tried a foundation stick before and I think this one is a good place to start! I’ve heard a lot of good things about this foundation x

    • Chloe
      January 28, 2018 / 1:31 pm

      It’s amazing! First stick I went for but i’ll be trying more now! X

  15. January 27, 2018 / 4:43 pm

    This sounds like a really good foundation, but I’m the same… I can’t justify paying the price! X

    • Chloe
      January 28, 2018 / 1:31 pm

      It’s quite pricy! X

  16. January 27, 2018 / 5:02 pm

    Buying a foundation is something that I do a lot of research into before actually making a purchase, so in-depth reviews like this one are so SO useful! I agree that Hourglass could do a lot better with shade diversity, brands like Fenty are showing them exactly how it should be done! I am impressed by the finish of this product that you describe, however, I would definitely say that a “healthy” look is a compliment!

    Abbey 😘 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    • Chloe
      January 28, 2018 / 1:32 pm

      Definitely, looking healthy and having that glow is what it’s all about 😉

  17. January 27, 2018 / 7:57 pm

    I have never treid foudation sticks, they weird me out aah but this looks so good!! Sounds so easy and anything that gives that healthy glow is a yes from me!!
    Emma xox • http://www.emmalanglands.co.uk

    • Chloe
      January 28, 2018 / 1:33 pm

      Haha this made me laugh- no need to be weirded out, this one is lovely! X

  18. January 28, 2018 / 8:06 pm

    this is actually the first time I’ve heard of this brand! I love the name, and the design of the products. Although as you said, it is pretty pricey for the small amount you get! xx

  19. January 30, 2018 / 8:06 am

    Such a great review. I’ve only heard good things about this and if I were a regular wearer or foundation I’d buy this in a heartbeat.


  20. January 31, 2018 / 10:35 pm

    I adore this foundation also ! It’s just got such a pretty finish and is the one I go for when I need to get out of the door quickly !

    Robyn x

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