//complementary products provided to me for editorial consideration//affiliate links in use//Foundation is, by far my biggest beauty challenge. Finding just the right match to my fair, not porcelain neutral skin tone, a formula that is hydrating to my very dry skin yet doesn't feel wet or sticky, that gives me my perfect, desired coverage but won't settle or cake into my fine lines and wrinkles. I love a foundation that feels exquisitely weightless on and it must be absolutely free of any trace of chemical sunscreen. Finding a foundation that meets all of those requirements is a challenge.
Hourglass Cosmetics said, "Challenge accepted!" And did they ever pull through for me.
The new Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick is an exquisite addition to my makeup routine. Packaged in Hourglass' signature glossy brown and gold in a triangular tube is a highly pigmented multitasker that can work as both foundation and concealer in one.
My poor, mangled stick! When it arrived, the foundation and it's base had come out of the bottom of the tube and it was stuck up in the cap. I honestly believed that it was utterly ruined but a good tap of the rim of the cap on my dressing table top dislodged the foundation stick from the cap and, since it was largely intact, I was able to drop it back where it belonged and happily, the twisty-up and down is working just fine. So, it wasn't as pristine as I would have liked but perfectly usable. Damn this Arizona heat! I'm convinced that had a lot to do with it. Anyway...
This unique poured liquid formula sick contains double the amount of pigment found in most foundations to offer flawless, up to full coverage in one effortless application.
In a consumer study of 31 women after 1 week of use:
- 100% reported product was fast and easy to use and apply
- 97% saw an instant improvement in skin appearance
- 97% reported product effectively covered redness and skin imperfections
- 94% reported product blended seamlessly into their own skin
- 94% reported product effectively covered skin discoloration, pores, blemishes and dark under eye circles
- 90% reported product effectively covered hyperpigmentation and dark spots
I was sent the shade Blanc. It is just a little bit light and a touch cool for me, on it's own but once I set it with my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in a combination of Dim and Diffused Light, it matches me quite well. I think that to get a more perfect match, I need to pick up Porcelain. Then I could use Blanc for subtle highlighting. Yes... That is what I need to do.
Swatched, you can see how pale this foundation is. I hope that you can also see just how creamy soft and pigmented it is. Gentle reader, if you are very, very fair and have trouble finding a gorgeous foundation that matches you, Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick in Blanc may be your jam.
Application of this foundation couldn't be easier. After cleansing and skin care, I smooth on Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre for a little additional moisture and to prime then touch the stick to my skin and do a few quick, light swipes. The makeup begins to melt on contact with warm skin and using the Hourglass Vanish Foundation Brush, I can quickly and easily blend the foundation into my skin. That brush is a beautiful tool. The glossy brown handle is long enough to be comfortable to hold and short enough to be perfectly packable. The synthetic bristles are soft as a bunny and densely packed and formed into a soft angle to deliver an absolutely seamless, silken smooth finish.
What I love about the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Stick Foundation is that I can sheer it out on areas of my face that don't need much coverage and to avoid settling into my fine lines and wrinkles then add a tiny bit more and buff it in to areas that need a little more perfecting. This foundation covers redness very well and takes care of any uneven skin tone like a boss. The feel on is absolutely weightless, I literally can not feel this on my skin! Sadly, it does naught for my dark circles. I had a tiny bit of hope. Nope. I get all day wear from this foundation. It hangs together so beautifully and my complexion looks as good when I am ready to take it off, as it did when I applied it.
My one tiny complaint about this foundation is that, while it is gorgeous for dry skin, it will catch on and enhance any dry patches. I have to be sure that my skin is very well exfoliated and nicely moisturized before I apply this foundation. I'm going to be frank, here. I don't think that this foundation is made for oily skin. I know that in my oily days, there is no way I could have used and loved this foundation. My feelings aren't hurt. We dry skinned creatures need more gorgeous foundation options.
My face draped in this beautiful foundation. Yes... I went way overboard correcting my dark circles in editing. I had to... Those nasty jerks were out. of control. and I hated the look of this pic with no other makeup so I "applied" some in editing. Heh! Heh! The rest of my skin, tho is wearing only the foundation and a little powder and a hint of blush. I did no photo editing on the rest of my complexion. I am not wearing any additional concealer. My skin doesn't look absolutely flawless in macro but at a casual distance, it's, well, kinda perfect. My husband, who rarely comments on my makeup did a double take and told me that my skin looked amazing. High praise, indeed from Mr. Reticent.
What all of this babble breaks down to is, Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Stick Foundation is pretty much my dream foundation for my dry skin and the Hourglass Vanish Foundation Brush is the perfect tool with which to apply it. At $46.00 for .25 oz. this foundation is not inexpensive but I use so little of it, it is going to last me quite a while. The brush is also $46.00 and in my opinion, it is worth the asking price. I am going to enjoy this brush for a long time to come.
Are you interested in trying the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Stick Foundation for yourself? Pick it up from Sephora and Nordstrom. Grab the brush here and here. Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Stick Foundation is free of Parabens, Sulfates and Phthalates and is Cruelty Free.
Are you using this exceptional foundation and/or the brush? Please tell me what you think. I'm interested in the experiences of users of different ages and skin types.
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