Monday, 14 January 2019


So I plan to post a video on this as well (which will be here if it exists) but let's see if that actually happens, but today we are talking about the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Stick Foundation* (£42), which will soon be sold in a liquid format as well. The shade I use is Golden Tan, I purchased mine from Space NK when they had a discount in store. This foundation is so expensive and you  do not get a lot of product which still bothers me so from the get go I would say it is not worth it based on that alone and if  you still want to try the foundation maybe wait until the liquid version is out and hopefully you will get at least a full ounce in the glass bottle version, in this version you get 0.25oz. I have already reviewed this foundation here and I hated it (read full first review here). To find out how I went from hate to love, to never using this foundation and looking upon it with sole disgust to exclusively using it as my foundation on a daily basis please keep reading. 

In case you can't be bothered to read the first review, and I don't blame you, I hated this foundation when I first got it because I couldn't get it to work for me. I remember my avid disappointment because this was touted as the stick foundation for oily skin types and I was ready for it. Although, the colour match was good and the packaging kind of cool and different, a bit like how everyone is salivating over the hexagonal/octagonal packaging from Fenty Beauty, it is kind of funny how a new shape has everyone losing their mind (wow so innovative - I say this with love I am guilty of this too). To sum up, the foundation did not control my oil at all, in fact it looked greasy in a matter of hours and sometimes even within an hour. I tried everything, sponges, brushes, different primers and moisturisers and honestly just gave up and only used it for Instagram looks because it did photograph beautifully when first applied. 

On a whim I decided to try it out again, this must have been about two months ago and now everytime I wear makeup this is the foundation I am wearing. I have finally figured out how to make this expensive ass foundation to work for me, I am not sure if there is anything different going on with my skin. It was, and still is, winter time when I began using this foundation again, I would still describe my skin as oily/combination, although in general it is probably slightly drier than usual just due to the time of year. This is the same foundation, by the way, I didn't repurchase it, but it doesn't smell bad or break me out so I am sure it is fine, but I am not sure if  with time the formula might have changed? If you have any thoughts on that, please let me know down below. 

Now, for how this has become my holy grail. Here is how I use it, and it all started because I am a lazy bitch. I had to get ready super fast one day and after washing my face and digging into my boxed up makeup (from moving back home from London) I grabbed the Hourglass Vanish Stick as I was only going to be out for a few hours and applied it onto clean, bare skin. No moisturiser, no primer, no SPF (*sobs* forgive me please) and blended it out with a flat top kabuki brush, the exact one I use is the Bdellium Tools 957S Studio Line Precision Kabuki Brush* (£14.50). I set it with Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent and then haphazardly applied bronzer and blush and left. I went out, came home, caught up with Drag Race, ate dinner, watched YouTube videos and at midnight went to wash my face, noticed my skin and thought damn girl your skin still looks good 10 hours later and then was speechless upon the realisation it was the Hourglass Vanish Stick. 

I truly thought it must be a fluke. So for the ensuing days and weeks I used it every time I left my house, partly because I wanted to see if it was actually any good and also partly because I wanted to use it up anyway. To my surprise, it was consistently good, I have noticed the less you do with it the better, it looks good and lasts all day as long as I don't put anything underneath it. It is pretty both on camera and in person, which can be a rare find, the only trouble I have is if I use a translucent setting powder and "bake"for too long  around my smile lines, which is something I regularly do, the foundation will start to settle in those lines at around the 6 hour mark. Less really is more, setting with a pressed powder provides a better, lighter finish, but if you are oily skinned like me and prefer to bake with loose powder just be careful not to leave it onto long. That being said, even the smile lines were easily fixed I can just use my finger to blend it out. I fully intend on getting a sample of the liquid foundation whenever it comes out and comparing the two. Below you can see my video if it exists, please be kind, I am a bit of a chunky monkey at the moment and incredibly self-conscious about how shapeless my everything is.

Thank you so much for reading, I would love to know if you have had a similar experience where you have revisited a product that you hate and found that you actually really like it now. By no means is this my favourite ever foundation I think that is the Fenty Pro Filtr Foundation still but this might be a holy grail winter foundation for me. It is just so easy and quick to apply, it takes mere seconds and is travel friendly too. Hope you are having a great week, please leave a comment below and check out my various socials if you fancy. Thank you for your time. Take care. 

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  1. I didn't really get along with this foundation either but you've made me want to re-visit! xx

  2. So interesting it works without putting anything underneath! I can't imagine not using a moisturizer.

    Effortlessly Sophisticated

  3. I'm so happy you figured out how to wear it, especially because it's so expensive. I've been tempted to try this one.

    Jennifer | Mrs Q Beauty

  4. I can't seem to get along with foundation sticks! I'm glad you found a way to wear it. great post x

  5. I find stick foundations very hit and miss, glad to hear you've found a way of making it work!

    Dena xo | Dena Jayne | Bloglovin


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