REVIEW: Hourglass Vanish Foundation Stick & Brush

Hourglass Vanish

Price: $46.00 each // Size: 0.25 oz

Where to purchase: Sephora (foundation/brush)

-long-wearing 12 hr coverage (x)
-foundation & concealer in one (✓)
-waterproof (✓)
-seamless finish (✓)

Buildable full


Quick Tip:
Go heavy handed on moisturizer before applying this foundation!

My shades:
Warm Ivory (winter)
Sand (in between seasons)
Golden (summer)
*see swatches below!

My rating: 9/10 – I recommend this!

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Hourglass Vanish


  • Color range:
    This is available in 25 shades with many true yellow-toned matches to choose from. I appreciate that, since some other brands only carry red-toned warm shades.
  • Application:
    The ultra-pigmented formula paired with the specially designed brush blends easily and seamlessly.
  • Coverage:
    Hourglass markets the Vanish stick as both concealer and foundation in one- and I can attest to that! You really only need two swipes on each cheek and one swipe on your forehead to get full coverage.
  • Finish:
    Though this gives a very full, air-brushed finish, it doesn’t look cakey or unnatural on my skin. Many people, including a Sephora employee, have commented on the smoothness of my skin when I wear this foundation!
  • Brush quality:
    This brush banishes streakiness with all my other liquid and stick foundations, as well. It isn’t hard to clean and I haven’t experiences any fall out.



  • Clings to Dry Patches:
    Go heavy handed on moisturizer before applying this foundation if you have combo/dry skin! It has a tendency to cling to dry patches if you haven’t prepped your skin properly. I love using the Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic moisturizer or the Belif Aqua Bomb moisturizer as a first step. Since I have an oily T-zone, I prime that area only with a mattifying primer.
  • Oily:
    This will not help control your oil at all! Since it doesn’t claim to be oil-controlling, this wasn’t a huge con for me. However, if you have oily-combo skin like me, be prepared to blot and powder every few hours! To avoid looking cakey, first I blot the oils on my face, then I apply a very light layer of powder over just my t-zone.
    TIP: I like to spritz my face with setting spray to help revive my foundation if I overdo it on the powder. View our top 5 favorite setting sprays here!
  • Longevity:
    The first few hours of wearing this foundation, my skin looked flawless. However, after the 4-5 hour mark, the foundation began to separate around the corners of my nose and my oils began to break through. This caused the foundation to easily transfer off my face and begin moving around. However, I’ve found that priming my skin, setting with a translucent powder, and using a finishing spray has helped significantly decrease these effects. I’m willing to take those precautionary measures because I love the finish so much!



Warm Ivory, Sand, Golden

Warm Ivory best suits light-medium skin with yellow undertones.

Sand best suits light-medium/medium skin with yellow-olive undertones.

Golden best suits medium-tan skin with warm undertones.

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