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.