The new Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick claims to have the coverage of a concealer, fluidity of a liquid, and weightlessness of a powder. All while being waterproof and long-wearing- up to 12 hours. The foundation is available in 26 shades with a nice variety for deeper complexions. I received a sample of the foundation in Almond from Influenster, along with the Vanish Foundation Brush. I’ve taken it for a few rides around the block so here’s my thoughts.
The Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick comes in a twist-up, triangular tube. Pardon the appearance of my foundation stick as it came broken and stuck inside of the top. Not very pretty, yet still functional. Anyway, the shape makes it easy to apply to smaller, hard to reach areas- like the creases around the nose. The Vanish Foundation Brush is made with vegan, high-grade, super soft taklon bristles. The shape and density makes it perfect for blending the foundation. To use the brush, you apply 2-3 dots of the Vanish Foundation to each section of the face, and blend in circular motions. It does a pretty good job of blending the foundation out.
Almond is described as medium-deep with a cool undertone. In my opinion, it leans more neutral/warm. Although it looks like the perfect match, it’s slightly too light for me for the Summer since my face is darker. I have to deepen it a bit with bronzing powder. It will be the perfect shade for me come Winter though. The foundation is extremely concentrated, so a little bit goes a long way. It blends pretty well, but not exactly seamlessly as the name suggests.
Although lightweight, the foundation has a heavy, full-coverage look. It doesn’t matter how much you apply. Like it’s sitting on top of the skin instead of melting into the skin. It takes a lot of blending to get rid of this look and it never completely goes away. Oh, and don’t touch your face during the day as the foundation moves, leaving visible spots. I get about 4 hours of wear before I need to blot my t-zone. After about 9 hours the foundation starts to break down and separate, looking oily and patchy. Here’s how my face looks after about two hours of wear…
I took this photo in direct sunlight and the foundation looks really good. I primed my skin with the MUFE Mattifying & Smoothing Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primers, and set with Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder. With this combination of products I’m able to get about 9 hours of wear, which is enough to get me through the work day. Every few hours I use an oil control sheet to blot excess oil on my t-zone. Overall, I have a love-hate relationship with this foundation. Although it has great pigmentation with decent wear time, I don’t really like how it sits on the skin like a mask. I also don’t like the way it looks when it starts to break down. Not cute at all. If you have dry skin you may not have this problem, but oily girls beware.