Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick Review + Swatches (Espresso)

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

I haven’t tried a whole lot of stick foundations but ever since I first bought and used my Black Opal Stick Foundation, I knew that this was my favorite way of applying foundation. Even though this stick foundation wasn’t perfect, it was a whole lot better that the MUFE Stick Foundation which I hated.

So when I heard that Hourglass was releasing a stick foundation, I was excited to try it. Though I liked that this had many shades including a few dark shades, it was tough to pick a shade because I ordered this online and there was a difference in the way the foundation looked on various sites.

I ordered Espresso (cool undertone) which is the darkest shade which I actually thought looked too dark on the NORDSTROM and Hourglass websites but thank god for Sephora. I ordered this from NORDSTROM though (free shipping and no tax hello!) but definitely Sephora has the most realistic depiction of the shades especially when you use the zoom function and gives the undertones.

I also love the packaging. It’s a very sleek brownish/bronzy metallic finish and the tube is a triangular shape (illuminati anyone? lol). Very chic even the way you twist it at the bottom to cause the product to rise. On with the review of the product.

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick review

Messed up the perfect triangular shape when I first opened it!

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Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick Review


A long-wearing foundation stick with the coverage of a concealer, fluidity of a liquid, and weightlessness of a powder for invisible full coverage. The long-wearing, waterproof formula provides 12 hour coverage, and the innovative formula adjusts to your body temperature to effortlessly blend into the skin.


Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick ingredients


From the first time I applied this Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick, I was in love! The coverage and finish were just fantastic while not feeling like you have anything on your skin. This Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick definitely proved that it is a foundation and concealer in one. It did an excellent job of covering up my dark acne marks and if you need more, you can spot-apply. It’s full coverage without the heaviness and mask-like tendency of many full-coverage foundations.

While it is creamy, it’s not greasy like the MUFE stick foundation and leaves a very natural satin finish. It also applies very easily. I have used a brush to apply this foundation as well as sponges including a damp beautyblender but I prefer the finish I get with a brush.

Also, espresso fit me PERFECTLY which almost never happens with foundations. I’m usually between two shades if there are dark shades but I was completely satisfied with espresso. See the helpful swatch comparison of the darker shades below.

hourglass vanish seamless finish foundation dark shades swatches

Image credit – @_beautybyelle


For the complete shade range click here.

I applied it the first time without primer and only applied powder to my very oily t-zone and did not set the rest of my face with powder. See the completed look below.

No primer

No primer

This photo below is after three hours. While some people claim that this Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick helped control their oil production, I can’t say that it did that for me as you can see below. But I will say that it wasn’t as bad as usual and I decided not to oil blot until the 6th hour when my skin got really, really oily because I liked how “glowy” my skin looked.

After 3 hours

After 3 hours

The photo below is after I oil-blotted after 12+ hours of wear. This foundation was still there so the long wearing claims are legit. This stick foundation definitely lasts longer than my Black Opal and MUFE stick foundations which give me about 6 hours of wear before they start to break down.

After 12+ hours (changed my lipstick along the way)

After 12+ hours (changed my lipstick along the way)

The only thing was that after 12+ hours, my already large pores really opened up and demanded attention!

The Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick seemed to sink into my pores as the hours wore by so a primer may be necessary if you have large pores and oily skin but then again, after 12+ hours any primer would be gone so you’ll probably still have the same result with or without primer.

I have used it with various primers and didn’t notice much of a difference from using a primer as far as wear, application and finish.

One thing about primers – I found that I needed to stipple the foundation when I used it over a primer otherwise it would move around if I buffed it into my skin especially on my nose. Without a primer, buffing wasn’t a problem and there was no movement of the foundation. I prefer buffing my foundation into my skin.

If I used a primer, I would first stipple with a brush and then use a dry sponge in a stippling motion to finish off the job to get me the finish I wanted.


  • Beautiful packaging
  • Conceals very well
  • Very natural finish
  • Long wearing
  • Feels lightweight on the skin
  • Only need a little bit of product
  • Though it’s not completely transfer proof, it seemed to withstand sweating and oil production and did not completely disappear.
  • Spreads easily
  • I have sensitive, acne-prone skin and this foundation did not cause any adverse reaction


  • It does transfer.
  • While it gives a great almost airbrushed finish, it only blurred my large pores slightly and while it did not emphasize my fine lines, it didn’t blur them much either.
  • Expensive
  • Contains 0.25 oz product for the price ($46) which is much less than liquid foundations but I will say that stick foundations despite containing much less product, seem to last long for me. But when I compare this to my Black Opal stick foundation which contains 0.5 oz for $10, Black Opal will remain in my makeup bag.
  • While this does transfer, some of it seems to adhere to the skin so you will have to make sure that you thoroughly cleanse your skin. I wouldn’t just jump in the shower because no matter how good your cleanser is, a bit of this foundation may remain. So I definitely advise a two-step cleansing process. I usually use my makeup remover wipes or makeup remover cloth first and then jump in the shower for another cleansing. This seems to get the job done especially because I also use my Forea Luna Mini for about a minute when I’m cleansing in the shower.


Though I wish this contained more product especially considering the price and was completely transfer proof, I will wholeheartedly repurchase this. It’s now my number one stick foundation (or foundation in general) although because of the price, I will continue to use my Black Opal stick foundation which although a great product, simply doesn’t provide the coverage or longevity as this Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick.

If you can find not only your shade but also your undertone in this foundation, you should buy it. I loved it so much that I was ready to buy the next shade down (chestnut) for highlighting but this chestnut has a neutral undertone which doesn’t work well for my cool undertone.

Rating: 9.5/10

Grab this stick foundation for $46 at Sephora, NORDSTROM, Hourglass, etc.


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