I had the pleasure of testing the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick when it originally launched. In fact, since then I already used up a shade, that’s how much I loved it. The foundation launched in 2016 and it was one of the first highly concentrated foundation sticks that I’ve tried.
As I mentioned in my previous post, the Vanish Stick Foundation has double the amount of pigment than your usual foundation so you end up using less to achieve full coverage. It works as a foundation but also as a concealer. The formula is waterproof and long-wearing (promises up to 12 hours of wear). It also adjusts to your body temperature which helps with blending and the appearance of a “skin like” finish. The foundation provides full coverage but it doesn’t feel or look heavy on the skin.
With 26 available shades, I think they did a pretty good job with the shade selection. There is a variety of skin tones but also undertones which is very important when it comes to foundations.
Since I received all 26 shades, I though it would be helpful to do a post with swatches and also description of the shades. I know how hard it is to figure out which shade to pick, especially if you are shopping online. If you can’t go to the store to get matched, here is a breakdown of all 26 shades of the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick line.
Fair Skin Tones:
Blanc – The fairest shade with cool undertone
Alabaster – Fair with cool undertone
Porcelain – Fair with neutral undertone
Bisque – Fair with warm undertone
Swatches L to R: Blanc, Alabaster, Porcelain, Bisque
Light Skin Tones:
Linen – Very light with warm undertone
Vanilla – Light with cool undertone
Shell – Light with neutral undertone
Buff – Light with golden undertone
Swatches L to R: Linen, Vanilla, Shell, Buff
Light/Medium Skin tones:
Ivory – Light Medium with cool undertone
Warm Ivory – Light Medium with warm undertone
Nude – Light Medium with neutral undertone
Sand – Light Medium with golden undertone
Swatches L to R: Ivory, Warm Ivory, Nude, Sand
Medium Skin tones:
Golden – Medium with golden undertone
Light Beige – Medium with cool undertone
Beige – Medium with warm undertone
Warm Beige – Medium with neutral undertone
Swatches L to R: Golden, Light Beige, Beige, Warm Beige
Medium Beige and Medium Tan Skin tones:
Golden Tan – Medium Beige with warm undertone
Honey – Medium Beige with golden undertone
Amber – Medium Tan with warm undertone
Golden Amber – Medium Tan with golden undertone
Swatches L to R: Golden Tan, Honey, Amber, Golden Amber
Medium Deep Skin tones:
Warm Almond – Medium Deep with golden undertone
Golden Almond – Medium Deep with warm undertone
Almond – Medium Deep with cool undertone
Swatches L to R: Warm Almond, Golden Almond, Almond
Deep Skin tones:
Walnut – Deep with warm undertone
Chestnut – Deep with neutral undertone
Espresso – Deep with cool undertone
Swatches L to R: Walnut, Chestnut, Espresso
The Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick is listed as for all skin types. The foundation has a satin finish so it doesn’t appear matte on the skin. It has more of a natural velvet finish that looks very natural, despite being a full coverage foundation.
I like to use the Vanish Foundation Brush for application when I want to achieve medium coverage. For lighter coverage or to sheer it out, you can always use a damp sponge.
Bottom line, I love the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick. I like it because it’s very quick to use and I can skip on the concealer. Since it’s in a stick form, it’s great for travel. Plus the unique shape makes it’s a pleasure to work with (you can really get in to the inner corners if you need to).
Hope this post was helpful. You can always let me know if you need any help with finding your right shade.
*The post was done in collaboration with Hourglass