Hourglass released a liquid version of their popular Vanish foundation stick in January, to mixed reviews across the beauty community. I’ve never tried their foundation stick, but when I heard positive reviews from beauty influencers with a similar skin type and/or similar foundation preferences, I went to Sephora to pick up a sample for myself.
First, I have oily skin, so my primary concern with any foundation is that it controls shine and doesn’t enhance my pores. I also prefer to use the least amount of product I can on my face, as I find it gives the best results when my natural oils do start shining through.
I’ve tested the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Liquid Foundation several times now, and I’m seriously impressed. I’ll be ordering a full size during the next Beauty Insider sale (reports say it will start May 1 — thanks Eileen!).
What I love about this foundation is that you need very little product for a flawless finish. Hourglass says you only need half a pump for your entire face. Since I’m using a sample pot, I’m not sure how much I’m using, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I use even less than that.
First, I cleanse, tone, and moisturize as I usually do. The key to this foundation is to moisturize well before applying, even on oily skin, and especially if you have any dry areas. The interesting thing about this foundation is that no primer is necessary. I usually can’t go without primer, but I honestly don’t feel it made a difference with this foundation.
To apply, I concentrate on one area of my face at a time, dotting the area with foundation, then buffing it in with my Clarisonic Mia and foundation brush head. The Clarisonic merits its own post — truly, it will make any foundation look better. But I’ve also tried the Hourglass Vanish Liquid Foundation with a regular foundation brush and was happy with the results.
RawBeautyKristi posted this video using the Hourglass Vanish Liquid Foundation, and her application process closely matches my own, though from what I can tell I think I tend to use even a little less product than she does. I tend to do three dots on each cheek area, four on the forehead, and two on the nose and chin areas each, then I might go back and build up coverage if needed.
Nothing keeps me shine-free all day, but this does a good job of keeping the shine at bay for a while. When my natural oils do begin to shine through, the foundation doesn’t break apart and can be touched up easily.
Unfortunately, it’s a very pricey foundation at $56 for just 25mL, where most foundations are 30mL. However, given that I still haven’t run out of my sample, I can see a full-size bottle lasting a very long time. Not to mention, this foundation will save me the cost of primer.
With any foundation available at Sephora, I highly recommend visiting the store and asking for a sample, before committing to the full size. Not only will you get a better idea of color match, you’ll also really be able to test performance and make sure you don’t have any adverse reactions.
You can check out the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Liquid Foundation here.
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