Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation Review

You know those people who have a naturally beautiful, clear and smooth complexion? I’m not exactly one of them, which means I am always looking for products that will make me look like I’ve got good skin. I have tried most foundations out there and was extremely excited when Hourglass launched their new Vanish Stick Foundation a couple of months back. I was itching to try this product as I am a huge Hourglass fan, so what did I do as soon as it launched? If you guessed ‘putting off purchasing it for months in fear you’d hate it’ then you are correct my friend.


Hourglass claim the Vanish Stick to be:

“A revolutionary foundation stick with the coverage of a concealer, the fluidity of a liquid, and the weightlessness of a powder in a longwearing waterproof formula for undetectable full coverage. The unprecedented concentration of pigment in this foundation provides maximum coverage with minimum product, concealing all discoloration and imperfections for flawless skin with a seamless finish.”

Based on the description of the Vanish Stick, I wanted it to:

  1. Completely cover up my current acne and acne scarring – I know, big expectations.
  2. Feel lightweight to wear (unlike other full coverage foundations).
  3. Apply smoothly.
  4. Look relatively natural despite the intense pigment of the product.
  5. Control my oily skin (to an extent).

So, did it do the five things I was hoping for?


I am currently experiencing the worst breakout of my life, so I have been doing battle each morning trying to cover my current blemishes and the awful red scarring on my face. I spend most mornings in tears as NOTHING seems to cover my face – apart from this foundation. I could not believe the coverage that I got from this product! It covers up practically everything and I didn’t need to go back in with multiple different concealers and powder foundations like I normally would. Vanish Stick really does live up to its claim of having the coverage of a concealer. I cannot stress enough how ‘natural’ this foundation looks on the skin despite being full coverage – it is definitely something you would have to try to believe. I go a bit lighter across my nose so that some freckles can show through, however overall it doesn’t look like I am wearing a mask.


Vanish Stick feels super lightweight on the skin and it feels like I have next to nothing on. I forget that I am wearing a full coverage foundation with this product.


I highly recommend picking up the new Vanish Stick Foundation Brush and your choice of Hourglass Primer to accompany this foundation. I found that by using the Hourglass primer and brush I got a super smooth and flawless application. The brush does most of the work for you and even though it is pricey, it will last you forever.

Oil Control

I am super lucky to have been blessed with possibly the oiliest skin known to mankind *rolls eyes *. I have always been oily but it has gone to new levels over the past couple of months. I kid you not when I say that I will be oily within 45 minutes of applying my makeup most days (and believe me, I have tried practically every ‘mattifying’ product out there). I have tried the Hourglass Immaculate Foundation, which is formulated with Kaolin Clay to combat oily skin, however for some reason I become far less oily with the Vanish Stick Foundation. I do set the foundation with a powder, but I am super impressed with how it sits on my skin.

In my experience the Hourglass Vanish Foundation Stick is a winner. It looks and feels amazing on the skin and is formulated with mineral components. There are also 26 shades in the range which is absolutely incredible, so almost everyone will be able to find their perfect shade.



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