Hourglass is a high-end brand which is almost the same as Estée Lauder price-wise. For example, the stick, the mini of which I'm reviewing today, costs $46.
The product offers only 7g of the formula all in all. Is it gold-based or anything? My mini offers only 1.2g and that isn’t a lot.
But I liked the design of the product. I mean it’s so compact, like a mini-lipstick and I can easily take it with me. I didn’t pay attention to the stick products before, only to the correctors maybe and that was utterly in vain.
The mini differs from the full-size with the stick’s cut. It also has a cardboard cover with a guidance list inside in different languages. The back of it offers the full list of ingredients.
My foundation is in the shade SHELL, which is neutrally toned and rather fair.
When I started to apply the product over my face, all the glam disappeared. Somehow the product turned out to be yellow on my skin. I don’t get how this might have happened but it’s a fact. I know that they constantly advise us testing the foundation products in stores on our faces, not on the hands. But I can barely see anyone doing it. But here it’s magic. The product looks super flattering my skin tone on my hand and it turns into a yellow mess on my face…
Moreover, this stick foundation doesn’t even out the appearance of my pores and in general it shows flaking skin. The coverage is so-so. It feels like the product is thick but I wouldn’t say that it does anything about my blemish coverage. I intentionally took photos of my pimpled cheek and you can see yourself that this foundation doesn’t conceal any of them. All in all the results are controversial. I guess that my skin before application looks much better. And taking into account that the product cost a fortune, well...
I managed to control the product settling into my pores when I started using a primer beforehand. If you find a good skin primer then you’ll manage to make your foundation setting better and in general, the coverage will look good then. But what about the stick on-the-go convenience then? The idea was that this product is super-mega travel-friendly, and compact and the maker even states that this stick is able to replace a concealer. But in my book, it’s too heavy for the gentle under eye area. I’m just more into lightweight concealers.
All in all, I liked the stick idea of the product. But in all the other respects this Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick is A MISS for me.