Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation Review + Swatches of The Shade Golden Almond

Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation Review

This is probably the most controversial foundation that launched last year. On the one hand everyone on Youtube seemed to love it. On the other hand, I’d go to retailer sites and see people complaining bitterly in the review sections about how awful this is. When a product provokes this kind of reaction I’m always curious to try it. So, I finally tried it and here are my thoughts.

Brand Description

A revolutionary foundation stick with the coverage of a concealer, the fluidity of a liquid, and the weightlessness of a powder in a long-wearing waterproof formula for undetectable full coverage.

The unprecedented concentration of pigment in this foundation provides maximum coverage with minimum product, concealing all discolouration and imperfections for virtually perfect skin with a seamless finish. Satin Finish. Coverage is buildable full.

Key Benefits:

• A foundation and concealer in one, this concentrated formula contains double the amount of pigment versus traditional foundations for instant full coverage in one application.

• Long-wearing, waterproof formula provides 12 hour coverage.

• Innovative formula adjusts to your body temperature to effortlessly blend into the skin.

• Formed in a unique triangular bullet for precision application along the contours of the face.

• Multiple shades can be used to also contour and highlight skin.

PS: Apparently this is best when paired with the Hourglass mineral veil primer. I have a sample of that somewhere but I never got around to pairing the two. If and when I wear the two together I will update this post. But to be honest, I’m not keen on purchasing an expensive primer specifically to use with one single foundation, so I just paired it with my favourite primer.

I tested it out two ways; 

  • By itself, which really shouldn’t count because in real life I always wear a primer.
  • With The Ordinary High Adherence Silicone Primer.

Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation Review

Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation Review Swatch

This foundation is really creamy. It blends easily and it has really great coverage. You can easily acheive full coverage with this and it doesn’t look cakey. It has a beautiful demi-matte finish and it doesn’t cause flashback in photos.

When worn by itself this has a tendency of sort of settling around my nose and in my smile lines. When paired with The Ordinary High Adherence Silicone Primer, I noticed little to no settling in my smile lines. 

This foundation transfers quite a bit. That’s quite disappointing, for a “waterproof” formula.

This foundation is not very good at controlling oil, which I kind of anticipated, because here’s the thing. 

Stick foundations are basically cream foundations in stick form. In my experience, a cream foundation that has some stiffness to it will do better at controlling oil than the softer, creamier, more easily blendable ones.

Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation Golden Almond Swatches and Comparison


The shade Golden Almond is a perfect match for me. I love that this shade has strong golden/yellow undertones because I always have trouble finding a foundation that suits my golden undertones.  I am tempted to believe the brand’s claims that this product adapts to your skintone.

Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation vs Anastasia Beverly Hills  (ABH) Stick Foundation 

Anastasia Beverly Hills ABH Stick foundation vs Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation

Having used both of these foundations, I think the Hourglass might be best suited for normal to dry skin, while the ABH stick foundation might be best for normal to oily skin. 

The Hourglass is creamier and more easy to blend, which can be a good or bad thing depending on your skin type, like I explained above. The ABH Stick Foundation is much better at controlling oil. 

The Hourglass Stick Foundation offers medium to full coverage while the ABH foundation offers light to medium coverage, never quite reaching full coverage. 

They both have a decent shade range, although I had much better luck guessing my shade online with Hourglass than I did with ABH. 


Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation Golden Almond Swatch
I’m wearing the shade Golden Almond here.

I see why some people love The Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation and I also see why some people hate it. It all depends on your skin type, and what climate you live in. I can see how someone with normal to dry skin, without large pores, living in cooler climates could love this. I can also see how this would not work out for someone with oily skin living in a humid climate. 

Personally, I love the coverage and the finish of this foundation. The colour match is so spot on that I can easily deal with the flaws of this foundation. 

However, on my oily skin in this Lagos heat, it will definitely require frequent touch ups. It’s not a foundation I can just put on and forget about. And for the $46 I really expected a little bit more from this foundation. 

Have you tried this? Did you like it? 

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8 Replies to “Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation Review + Swatches of The Shade Golden Almond”

    1. It blended well for me and I can work around the settling into smile lines. I just wish it was better at controlling shine, and that it doesn’t transfer easily

    1. The ABH Stick foundation is much better at controlling oil than the Vanish Stick Foundation. I know, right? I love the shade. It’s so hard to find a foundation that matches both my face and my chest without giving me flashback.

  1. Never got round to picking one up because I heard it has crazy transfer and really what’s the point of spending so much on a foundation if all it’ll do is settle in lines and transfer everywhere :/

  2. I’m pretty much a drug store babe because I have a normal skin and they work perfect for me. If i buy Abh or Hourglass foundation, my skin better be glass.

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