Reviewed: The Hourglass Vanish Foundation + My Uniform Style Staples

Last week, I had the privilege of attending an event at the Hourglass Flagship store in Venice Beach dedicated to the launch of the new *Vanish Foundation.  This revolutionary formula features a triangle shape and natural, nearly invisible convertable coverage that spans from sheer to full in a couple of passes.  Simply beautiful!

I also received my last outfit pick (mentioned HERE) from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and am thrilled by how well it embodies my personal sense of style…Frame Denim + an Equipment France blouse = my uniform.

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches of ALL 26 shades of Vanish, images of the foundation in action and my uniform style staples as well as the Bottom Line…

Initially discussed HERE, the *Hourglasss Vanish Foundation comes in a commendable 26 shades and is also currently available at Blue Mercury and Hourglass; it will also be in stock at Sephora and Barney’s NY soon.  
This creamy stick is housed in a clever triangular retractable tube that makes foundation a portable endeavor.  Equal parts concealer and base, the formula is saturated with pigment, guaranteeing that a little goes a long way in the application department.  After testing it for nearly a week, here are my observations:
  • The coverage is buildable from sheer, all the way to full with a minimum of product.  I find the finish to be extremely natural; it is neither ultra matte nor extra dewy…the satin matte finish just gets better as the day wears on!
  • The unscented formula is smooth and hydrating; it blends easily without feeling heavy and, I suspect, it will work on a variety of skin types from dry to oily.  My skin is very sensitive and I haven’t experienced any irritations or breakouts after consecutive days of use. 
  • Even though it can indeed offer the coverage of a concealer, I prefer to use additional concealer in my under eye region because I like a slightly lighter shade in that area.  However, if I were to pick up few more shades (e.g., a concealer shade for my skin tone like Buff and contouring shade like Almond), then I could use this formula exclusively.
  • When combined atop the *Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer (I’ve gone through bottles of this in the past and, until recently, forgot how much I like this formula) and buffed in (I apply the foundation in small strokes directly from the bullet) with the luxuriously dense *Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Brush, I get 8+ hours of flawless, touch up free wear, even in extreme heat and humidity (which were the weather conditions when the images at the end of the post were taken).
  • True to its claims, the Vanish Foundation is waterproof but, unlike similar stalwart formulas, does not feel weighty, suffocating or dry on the skin…so good.
All in all, I am extremely impressed with the *Hourglasss Vanish Foundation.  The divine coverage, natural finish and tremendously long wear time make this formula a truly exciting launch in the foundation category and the existence of 26 shades guarantees that most (if not all) will find their ideal match.  

Vanish Foundation in Sand. 
Official details, courtesy of Blue Mercury
A revolutionary foundation stick with the coverage of a concealer, the fluidity of a liquid, and the weightlessness of a powder in a longwearing waterproof formula for undetectable full coverage. The unprecedented concentration of pigment in this foundation provides maximum coverage with minimum product, concealing all discoloration and imperfections for virtually perfect skin with a seamless finish. 

• 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 
• Designed specifically to be used with the Vanish Foundation Brush for the most seamless finish • Available in 26 shades to perfectly match every skin tone 
• Finish: Satin 
• Coverage: Buildable full 

Based on a 1-week consumer study of 31 women, Vanish demonstrated dramatic visible improvements: 
– 100% reported Vanish was fast and easy to use 
– 97% saw an instant improvement in skin appearance 
– 97% reported Vanish covered redness and skin imperfections 
– 94% reported Vanish blended seamlessly into their own skin 
– 94% reported Vanish covered skin discoloration, pores, blemishes and dark under eye circles 
– 90% reported Vanish covered hyperpigmentation and dark spots 

Swatches in indoor lighting. 
Swatches in outdoor shade. 

(1) Blanc – very fair, cool undertone (@N/NW 5)

(2) Alabaster – fair, cool undertone (@N/NW 10)
(3) Porcelain – fair, neutral undertone (@N/NC 10)
(4) Bisque – fair, warm undertone (@NC 10)
(5) Linen – very light, warm undertone (@N/NC 15)
(6) Vanilla – light, cool undertone (@N/NW 15)
(7) Shell – light, neutral undertone (@N 15)
(8) Buff – light, warm undertone (@NC 20)
(9) Ivory – light medium, cool undertone (@N/NW 20)
(10) Warm Ivory – light medium, warm undertone (@N/NC 20-23)
(11) Nude – light medium, neutral undertone (@N 25)
(12) Sand – light medium, golden undertone (@NC 25-27) **My perfect match
(13) Golden – medium, golden undertone (@N/NC 25)
(14) Light Beige – medium, cool undertone (@N/NW 25)
(15) Beige – medium, warm undertone (@N/NC 25…more golden than Golden but not as golden as Sand)
(16) Warm Beige – medium beige, neutral undertone (@N/NC 30)
(17) Golden Tan – medium beige, warm undertone (@NC 30)
(18) Honey – medium beige, golden undertone (@N/NC 35-37)
(19) Amber – medium tan, warm undertone (N/NC 40)
(20) Golden Amber – medium tan, golden undertone (N/NC 42)
(21) Warm Almond – medium deep, golden undertone (N/NC 45)
(22) Golden Almond – medium deep, neutral undertone (N 48)
(23) Almond – medium deep, cool undertone (N/NW 50)
(24) Walnut – deep, warm undertone (N/NC 50
(25) Chestnut – deep, neutral undertone (N 55)
(26) Espresso – deep, cool undertone (N/NW 58)

Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Swatched in mixed outdoor lighting. 
My current shade match. 
For the sake of shade comparison, I swatched the *Vanish Foundation in Sand along side some of my other favorite summertime foundation formulas:

Swatches in direct sunlight. 

Components for the complete look. 
In the complete look below, I used the following products: 
// SKIN //
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
// EYES //
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
// LIPS //


The folowing images reflect all products in action in afternoon sunlight…

Eye products in action. 

// STYLE //

In my Nordstrom Anniversary Visual Shopping List, I mentioned that I had to order a couple of pieces that weren’t in stock at my local store.  They have since arrived and I am in love!  They include:
  • FRAME Denim Le High Straight High Rise Staggerd Hem Jeans: Although the blue version is now completely out of stock, I am thrilled that this style also comes in black and is still readily available.  The denim is soft yet holds shape well and they are so comfortable on the waist, especially for a high rise.  The cut hem adds an interesting twist that looks incredible with booties (I’m wearing them with this extremely comfortable pair of Pikolinos–on sale!).  I find that FRAME runs a bit large, so a size 24 (I generally wear a size 24 or 25) fit perfectly without being inordinately binding. 
  • Equipment France Leema Shirt: Made of cotton (rather than Equipment’s usual silk), with a silk leopard pocket for accent, this pinstriped blue buttondown is classic yet unique. I wear Equipment multiple times a week and know I’ll get a lot of use from this style…at $131 (during the sale), this is a veritable steal. I ordered a small but could have also worn a medium as this particular blouse does not run as large other Equipment shirts I own. 

Last look.
–Shop the Post–

Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this overview of the *Hourglasss Vanish Foundation (also currently available at Blue Mercury and Hourglass and soon in stock at Sephora and Barney’s NY) + style feature!

Cutting-edge and high performance, the foundation is marvelous for a multitude of skin types and skin tones and I implore you to pick up the gems from Equipment France and Frame Denim before they sell out.  Early access for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is still underway for card holders…what’s on YOUR list?

Good things ahead, including a fresh video, a Sisley Subscription Box breakdown, some beauty from across the pond and a host of new product procurements…xx,

–The Beauty Professor

** PR samples provided for review denoted by an asterisk (the rest purchased by me),  however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  © 2012-16 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author’s written permission.

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Comments (28)

  • Unknown Reply

    Thank for all the light and dark swatches doll!

    July 19, 2016 at 2:39 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      My absolute pleasure, Lily…love sharing the whole spectrum!


      –The Beauty Professor

      August 18, 2016 at 11:39 pm
  • Sheri Reply

    How does this compare to Tom Ford's foundation stick? Thank you!

    July 19, 2016 at 3:23 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      I find that this formula is more hydrating, blendable and longer lasting than the TF…oh, and there are many more shade options ; )


      –The Beauty Professor

      August 18, 2016 at 11:39 pm
  • Dom ( Reply

    Thank you for the very informative post. I'm so excited to try the Vanish foundation and you look beautiful as always.


    July 19, 2016 at 2:07 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thanks, Dom and hope your first week back to teaching is going well!


      –The Beauty Professor

      August 18, 2016 at 11:48 pm
  • Unknown Reply

    Hi Rachel! I definitely have to check out that foundation! I purchased the Charlotte Tilbury palette and LOVE it! It is perfect for travel. The Wayne Goss airbrush was instant love the minute it touched my face. Your outfit is fabulous. Thanks for the wonderful swatch work.

    July 19, 2016 at 5:05 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Debi!

      Love hearing that you are thrilled with the travel and yes, the WG Airbrush is so good…sad it is sold out now!

      Thank you for the encouraging words, my friend!


      –The Beauty Professor

      August 18, 2016 at 11:40 pm
  • Unknown Reply

    OMG BLESS!! I couldn't find swatches of the full range anywhere and the fact that you compared them to MAC shades made my life so easy. Thank you!! Seriously love your makeup and outfit! So beautiful 🙂

    Nida | Caked To The Nines

    July 19, 2016 at 7:18 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thanks, Nida…happy you found what you needed here ; )

      I appreciate your readership and support!!!


      –The Beauty Professor

      August 18, 2016 at 11:40 pm
  • Unknown Reply

    I was wondering the same about the comparison of this with the Tom Ford stick foundation!

    July 19, 2016 at 7:38 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Mia,

      It is more hydrating and longer lasting in my experience!


      –The Beauty Professor

      August 18, 2016 at 11:41 pm
  • Marissa Reply

    Thank you so much for showing all of the shades for the Hourglass foundation! I have been waiting to see a review on this and am so glad you liked it. I have my trusty MUFE and Lancome Teint Idole foundation sticks, but still may need to splurge on this one.

    July 22, 2016 at 8:26 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      My absolute pleasure! I am thrilled you found this review helpful!


      –The Beauty Professor

      August 18, 2016 at 11:41 pm
  • Hildegerd Reply


    From what I can see from your swatches, bisque will fit me. Thank you.

    July 23, 2016 at 10:45 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Awesome to hear, Hildegerd!


      –The Beauty Professor

      August 18, 2016 at 11:41 pm
  • Lynn127 Reply

    Thank you so much B.P! I definitely know what shade to order. You have the best swatches.

    July 29, 2016 at 6:24 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Lynn,

      So lovely to hear from you and thank you, my friend. You'll have to let me know how you like the formula!


      –The Beauty Professor

      August 18, 2016 at 11:42 pm
  • Michi-Iseki Reply

    Hi Rachel, is there much difference between Bisque and Linen?

    August 10, 2016 at 11:14 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hello…Bisque is slightly peachier/more neutral than the pale yellow Linen!


      –The Beauty Professor

      August 18, 2016 at 11:44 pm
  • StellaLily Reply

    Super info. THANKS <3

    August 15, 2016 at 11:57 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thank you and my pleasure!


      –The Beauty Professor

      August 18, 2016 at 11:42 pm
  • Unknown Reply

    Worship you and your thorough, invaluable advice! You have steered us so well in the cosmetics world, and saved me from a detrimental purchase on more than one occasion. I am fortunate that your personal color matches in foundation ( particularly in non-summer months ) often correspond to my own, despite the fact that I do not have olive to my skin tone. Curious which shade of the Hourglass foundation you would select in months when you haven't had much sun? (Jan-March). Your input is so greatly appreciated!!

    March 16, 2017 at 7:34 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Lauren,

      Thanks for the lovely words!

      I wear Beige in the non-summer months and it's perfect!


      –The Beauty Professor

      July 4, 2017 at 11:21 pm
  • Unknown Reply

    very good! you help me choose my color

    September 21, 2017 at 2:58 pm
  • Rachey Reply

    A bit late to the party (!) with this one, but Wow! Thanks for the BEST swatch selection of this foundation, which I am absolutely DYING to try. You've allowed me to guess my shades and do an online order rather than have to get on a train and travel to the nearest city that stocks Hourglass in store. I am a PhD student who is writing on Representations of Female Beauty and Cosmetics Use in English and French Literature 1848-1901 so cosmetics and academics are my thing too!

    March 22, 2018 at 10:06 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      What a delightful comment! Thanks for the kind and encouraging words and I am thrilled that my swatches are helpful for you! Your area of study sounds fascinating…please keep in touch and let me know when you publish.


      –The Beauty Professor

      March 22, 2018 at 5:25 pm
  • Unknown Reply

    HI!!! I just recently found your blog and i have to say I am IN LOVE!! You're sooooo detailed and thorough when it comes to your reviews, which is so damn helpfull!! I can't stop reading your reviews!

    June 10, 2018 at 7:48 pm

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