I’ve had a few days to play around with the new Hourglass Vanish Foundation* and I’m still a bit undecided about it. One the one hand, it’s a concentrate so you only need to use half a pump for a whole face which makes the £51 price tag perhaps a little more bearable. On the other, you do need to do quite a bit of skin prep for it to work at its best.
It’s full coverage – or nearly – and requires precision application. You pop tiny dots over your face and blend from there – if you have buffing style brush, use that, otherwise use a damp sponge. Close inspection (in the magnifying mirror of doom) saw it cling to minute dry patches but nobody sees your face at magnified level so I’m not sure it matters so much but it’s why I say prep your skin well first, and absolutely do moisturise, although the brand says you do not need a primer. The finish is not quite matte and not quite satin but it does feel almost weightless. I can’t say I saw a marked ‘soft focus finish’ although my skin did look nicely even and smooth.
I’d strongly suggest you go and get colour-matched for this foundation – the shades I have above are (bottom to top) Warm Ivory, Ivory and Buff and even though I was colour matched at counter, none are perfect. I think I will have to mix a couple of them but I find they veer a bit yellow although the colour does stay true – I didn’t detect any oxidisation. So, exfoliate if necessary and moisturise before using and it’s a very decent full cover foundation (I don’t think I would recommend for dry skin) – the all day stay is certainly a draw. You can find it HERE*** Non Affiliate Link is HERE.
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