Monday, February 25, 2019

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Liquid Foundation review, photos

I know we're only two months into the year, but I think 2019 is going to be the year of the foundation.  I'm in the process of trying a few new ones out, but thought I'd start with the most expensive one as January is over and we're all rich right?!  The Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Liquid Foundation is an eye watering €60, but with claims that it's suitable for all skin types and there's no need for a primer (amongst many other claims that I'll go through below), in the words of Carrie Bradshaw, I couldn't help but wonder how I'd get along with it.

I've given the foundation a proper go over the last few weeks and out of all of the times I've used it, my skin was flawless and perfect for just one of those days.  And even on that day, there was a bit of upkeep to it.  As you'll see in the before and after photos below, I took two sets because I wasn't impressed with how it all went after the first day and felt bad!


At the launch, we were advised to use half a pump of the product for our face, and that's exactly what I've been using.  We were also advised to dot the foundation all over our faces and then buff it in with a brush.  Doing that shows how truly opaque the foundation is and that half a pump gives a medium to full level of coverage with it, without looking too heavy or cakey.    I've tried it with both a makeup sponge and a buffing brush and both give similar finishes.  Because of the really thick consistency, dotting it over the skin definitely is the way to go because yes, I tried applying it directly from the back of my hand to my face one day in the interest of testing and applied way too much.

The finish - immediately after application

I love the finish of it right after applying because it has that balance of coverage and glow, but it's a finish I have to powder down because I can feel the product on my face.  It doesn't seem to dry down on me at all, so powdering has to happen.

It definitely gives my skin a smoothing effect with a lovely radiance to it and each time I've used it, I'm generally impressed with it for the first hour or so.

The finish - throughout the day

The very first day I tried it out, I powdered half of my face with my usual Charlotte Tilbury powder, so I could see how it lasted and how it sat on my skin.  And as an oily skinned bridie, I was so aware of how shiny both sides of my face was for the whole day.  I only powdered it that morning and left it for the day and spent the day asking the girls if I was offensively shiny because I felt like I was!

The foundation fairs best on me when I powder it completely to set it, but even then I have to powder my whole face every couple of hours to keep it in place, adding extra powder on my nose.  That seems to be my biggest problem area when using the foundation because it starts to break down there within the first hour.   I've not been able to get it to look even on my nose at all, using a brush or a makeup sponge.

Now, this foundation confuses me and my skin, because somehow, it manages to make me look oily and dry at the same time.  On my cheeks, it's just beautiful and my blushes sit perfectly on top.  But on my nose and on any dry patches, it clings to those areas, so if you're someone with dryer skin than me, I'm not sure if you'd like this.  But it also makes my nose look oily.  So I end up having to powder it to take care of the oil but then powdering exacerbates the look of the dry bits.  I don't know at all at all!

It's claimed to be transfer proof, but I haven't found that to be the case at all unfortunately.  Because it makes my skin look and feel oilier than usual, if I touch my face at all, it just wipes away.  I remember having a tiny itch on my forehead one day at work and barely used my nail to scratch it, checked my mush in the mirror and the foundation had completely disappeared in that area.

Because it seems to make my skin look and feel oilier, I found that I can't wait to come home and take it off, so while I haven't tried the 24 hour fade proof claim, it looks pretty rough after 10 hours on me.

I think for a foundation that's €60, as the song says, it's got to be perfect.  And this just requires a lot of work for it to look good on me, so I haven't been reaching for it unfortunately.  I think I'll give it a go with a mattifying primer and see how I get on before throwing in the towel completely.  I love Hourglass and have tried a good few of their products over the years, but this isn't the one for me.

On a positive note, it comes in 32 shades!  I use the shade Shell but it's slightly too dark for me (story of my life), so if you decide you want to try it, get colour matched and then go outside into daylight so you can see it properly.  It's such a shame this didn't work for me because I was so excited to give it a go.  Ah well, you can't win 'em all Hourglass.


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