Hourglass Seamless Finish Vanish Foundation Review

I saw a review for the Hourglass Seamless Finish Vanish Foundation on Beautezine and bought it the second it hit the shelves at my local Sephora. She made it sound pretty amazing, so much so that I stalked it until it popped up as available in-store. I didn’t want to chance ordering the wrong shade online-with foundation I just prefer to see it in person. I wasn’t planning on doing this review, as I wasn’t  anticipating blogging again, so I don’t have fresh out of the box product pictures. But you know I’ve used it enough to give a thorough opinion on it.

Packaging. Love it. It’s sleek and functional, a retractable, triangular tube that makes it easy to apply product to your face. The shiny surface can get smudgy, but it can be wiped clean, unlike the rubbery surface of say, a Nars blush. Rating: 5/5

Swatched:

Performance. This is supposed to be a long-wear (12 hours), full coverage, waterproof foundation. The formula glides onto the skin easily when you swipe it onto your face. I’ve used a brush and the beauty blender to apply this and I prefer the latter. It just seems to help move the foundation around more easily than a brush and makes it meld into the skin more naturally. I’ve worn it with and without primer and I think the application is better with the primer. It can cling to dry patches so make sure to moisturize well before use. I’d say it has a satin finish and looks more natural on the skin. It’s also probably the best shade match I’ve ever had in a foundation-I got Sand which is for light to medium skin with a golden undertone.  It’s not as long wearing as the Estée Lauder Double Wear,  so I wouldn’t wear it on a long haul day or if I’m going to be out in the summer heat and humidity. It starts to breakdown around my nose before 8 hours, but I do have an oily T-zone. It looks awesome everywhere else. It would probably last the full 12 hours on someone with normal to dry skin. Rating:4/5

Price. This retails for $46 USD which is super pricey considering you only get 0.25 oz of product. I get that this is a cream foundation and they say that a little goes a long way, but I feel like to get a really good full coverage you’re going to end up using more and you’ll run through it really quickly. If it came in double or triple the amount I think it would be more worth the price. Rating: 4/5

Overall rating: 4.3/5

I would actually buy this foundation again because it applies easily and it looks so natural that I can get away with just slapping it on without even having to bronze or apply blush. With the Double Wear or pretty much any other foundation I’ve tried, it’s obvious that I’m wearing foundation and I need to add warmth and dimension to my face with other products. With this it really is just like “my skin but better”.

If you’ve given this a try yet, let me know if it’s love or hate.

A beauty-mini quickie: Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation

I’ve wanted to try the Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation for some time because of my love for the brand’s Veil Primer. It was offered as a sample recently on the Sephora website and I decided I may as well go for it. I’ve looked at the shades online and thought that Nude was probably a closest match to my skin anyway.

The foundation is on the thin, liquidy side and dries down to a powder finish. I used a Real Techniques buffing brush to apply it-they also recommend using your fingers. It does set quickly so you need to work fast. I did one layer, then applied a bit more just to the places where I needed it. I think the coverage is a good medium, it definitely evened out my skintone and covered up the redness around my nose. I didn’t want to go with another full layer because it looked like if I did, it was going towards the dry, cakey side really quick. I didn’t feel like it needed to be set with a finishing powder because it really does have a powder-like finish and looks like it too. I think setting it would have been major overkill.

The before and after. I did use the Veil Primer with it.

After the rest of my makeup.


And about 5 hours later.

You can see its worn down around my nose area, but it did help to control my oily T-zone. I’m usually much oiler looking by now. Everywhere else it held up pretty well. By the eighth hour, I definitely needed to powder my nose, it was dark by then and I didn’t bother with a picture.

So I’m glad I got to try this sample because I wasn’t blown away by it and buying a full-size would have cost $55. Not worth it for me, I actually prefer the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte to this.

Have you tried the Hourglass Immaculate? What did you think?

The Foundation Edit

This has been a loooong time coming, but I finally bit the bullet and decided to sort through my foundations (and concealers and setting powders) and do a purge. I have issues letting go of things, even makeup so old it’s just not even okay to use anymore. Gross, I know. And although the pile of ‘keepers’ was bigger than the throw always, I have to admit I felt strangely liberated by the process of it. It made me feel like I had the power to let these things go and it just felt good.

I decided not to talk about the items I kept, because I obviously like them and would recommend them. I did want to share to throw always because not everything here is all bad.

Makeup Forever HD Foundation. This was basically way too old to keep and way too dark. I obviously took my tanning very seriously back in the day because I more than than I want to be and this is still too dark. You can see in my keep pile that I have another bottle in my correct shade because I do like this foundation. I think it gives a good medium coverage and photographs well.

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24H. I can’t attest to a full 24 hours, but I did use this foundation on my wedding day. I wore it from 7AM-12PM and it held up amazingly well without many touch ups because I was so crazed that day. It has full coverage and is good for oily/combo skin types. It’s just way past its expiration date so I’m letting it go (I got married 3 years ago, yes, I’m a hoarder). It does have SPF 15, but I had no problem with any white cast.

L’Oreal True Match. A good drugstore foundation that also is just too old to keep. I think the True Match line is awesome, and a great affordable buy. The finish is pretty natural, if you’re oily/combo I’d powder with this one. I found the coverage to be medium.

Maybelline Fit Me Stick Foundation. I liked this for awhile, but it was just okay. I think the shade match was off so I just stopped using it. I didn’t like piling this on so the coverage was on the lighter side for me. I did like it for quick coverage on workdays because I’d just swipe it on and blend it my fingers or a brush.

Covergirl Ready, Set Gorgeous. I actually really like this foundation, but the color is a bit too pink for me. I really wish drugstores had testers! But I have this foundation in my keep pile as well in a better shade (still slightly dark, but workable). It gives medium to full coverage and has a natural finish.

elf High Definition Powder. As you can tell from the packaging, this stuff was just too messy. And I felt like my face looked powdery after using it. Just not a fave and since I haven’t used it in years I just had to get rid of it.

elf Studio High Definition Undereye Setting Powder. I actually reviewed this here. It has some tiny glitter particles that I just wasn’t crazy about so I just never reached for it again after doing the review. If that kind of thing doesn’t bother you, it’s not a bad setting powder for 3 bucks.

Neutrogena Shine Control Powder. This was just another okay product that I just don’t like enough to use and is way past its prime. I think it gave me too much of a powdery look as well, it’s a white setting powder in pressed form. I think that’s why I tend to stay away from any white setting powders, although the white veil doesn’t last forever, I just don’t like the look until it fades.

Maybelline Dream Matte Powder. I used this more as a setting powder than as a powder foundation because the color match was off. I thought it might be a good cheaper alternative to the MUFE Duo Mat, but I just didn’t like it as much.

Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation. This I actually like and have repurchased a couple of times. This one was pretty much all used up and I just hadn’t thrown it out yet. The coverage is good and they have a wide shade range.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. These are good, just so old I was starting to see some separation in them and thought, it’s time. I do think they’re a good drugstore alternative to the Nars Creamy Concealer, just not quite as pigmented.

MUFE Full Cover Concealer. Another product that I did like, but just kind of got put on the back burner because I’m a serial concealer buyer and I never used it up. It’s also just too old to keep using.

Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer. I got this on Haute Look and it ended up being too dark for me. It was also almost too creamy for me and I would end up with a lot of mascara smudging when I’d wear it.

MAC Studio Finish Concealer. This stuff was just felt too heavy for my undereye area and tended to settle in my fine lines. The MUA recommended it in NW 25 to help to counteract undereye darkness, but then when I didn’t like it for that purpose I couldn’t even use it to cover blemishes. Oh well. It’s also pretty old, I really should not have held onto it for so long. I’d love to try their Pro Longwear Concealer at some point.

I hope everyone is enjoying their Labor Day weekend! I’d meant to get this up on Sunday, but we’ve had a busy last couple of days. M wanted to have a BBQ last night so we had everyone over last minute, but it was a great time! Ava got to play with her friends and we don’t get to see our friends as often as we used to, so all in all it was a good night. But I couldn’t sleep this morning, so I figured I’d wrap up this post and get it up early. Hope it’s helpful!

Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation Review


I must be on a bit of a foundation kick because I’m back with a review of the Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation. This I bought on a whim while browsing the Sephora website when I purchased the Embryolisse Hydra-Mat. My skin is pretty acne-prone and in the description it’s dermatologist & sensitive skin tested, noncomodegenic, and non-acneic. I’m always wary of new foundations because of the risk of breakouts. So this seemed like it could be a good match and I like that it’s supposed to have SPF 25 (more on this later).

Here’s what the brand says:

This fluid foundation provides medium coverage for up to 16 hours of consistent color wear when worn with setting powder. Smooth Liquid Camo’s breathable, workable texture evens skin tone for an ultra-smooth finish. Never cakey or masky. Provides all-day hydration and broad spectrum SPF 25.

The foundation comes in a squeeze tube type bottle, and although I prefer a pump, this doesn’t bother me much. The foundation isn’t super runny so I can easily control the amount I’m using. The Sephora website has a handy little chart that helps you choose your shade. Chestnut looked like the closest match to my skintone, being the warmer of the two medium shade offered. I mentioned that I liked that it has SPF, but strangely enough, the actual bottle I was sent has no indication anywhere that there is SPF. On further investigation, every other retailer other Sephora that I checked, including the Dermablend website itself, shows a picture of the bottle with the SPF 25 printed and it’s included in the written description. I checked the ingredients on my bottle and the only indication that there is SPF is that it “may contain titanium dioxide”. On this point I have no idea if mine actually contains SPF which is extremely annoying, I’m guessing it doesn’t because it’s in no way stated on the packaging. Am I being crazy? Just to be on the safe side, I do make sure to put on my own before using it.

I opted to use my beauty blender to apply this foundation, although it’s a liquid foundation it seems to drier in consistency as you spread it out. A damp beauty blender helps to spread it out over my face easily. I only use about a pea-sized amount for one layer and usually stop there, but for the review I added one more layer to give you an idea of the level of coverage. It’s definitely a good medium, I can still see some of my hyperpigmentation after two layers. The shade is a little light and actually slightly more pink than I expected. I do warm it up a little more by setting it with Radiant Light from my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder. I’ve also used the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops (review here) to adjust the shade and it works well. The finish is quite natural, not matte or dewy at all.

Despite the shade being a bit off, I love the consistency and finish of this foundation. Even with two layers it feels light and doesn’t get cakey. It also looks natural on my skin and holds up well even against my oily T-zone. I do set it with the Hourglass powders, but with most foundations I still need to touch up around my nose after 3 hours. With this, the shine is kept pretty much at bay. After 6 hours I’m definitely ready for a touch-up (and an espresso shot I’m looking so tired), however the coverage is still good. I blotted then dusted a little Dim Light all over. I think this foundation would be great for an 8 hour workday. I could see the foundation breaking down a bit around my nose at that point, although only on close inspection. I couldn’t vouch for 16 hours, but by then I’m pretty sure my face would be so oily that all the foundation would have faded away. A major plus is that this foundation hasn’t broken me out whatsoever, not even one teeny-tiny blemish.

I started a rating system in my last post, but I’ve decided I need to switch to a 5 point scale. I wanted to give certain categories an extra half point rating which results in a weird decimal overall rating that I was not liking. I probably should have foreseen the 3 point scale to be a problem, but oh well. Again, the higher the rating, the better.

Packaging: 2/5

I’m scoring low on this point because it’s extremely confusing regarding whether this product has SPF. It should be clearly stated on the bottle and it’s definitely not. Also, a pump is always preferable when it comes to foundation.

Performance: 4/5

I overall love the natural finish and that holds up against my oily T-zone surprisingly well, but no it doesn’t last 16 hours as stated. Also, it doesn’t break me out!

Price: 3/5

The SPF issue still bugs me on this point. Part of the reason I purchased this (it retails for $35) is because it’s supposed to have SPF. But does it?! I can’t say for sure.

Overall rating: 3/5

I really like this foundation, and would recommend it fully if I knew it had SPF. Until the Dermablend people realize that we aren’t mind readers, I’d say if you’re looking for a new foundation that has a good medium coverage, natural finish, and will last a good 8 hour day, then give this a try, especially if you’re acne-prone like me. If you want SPF in your foundation, then no, I can’t recommend this until they correct their packaging.

Shop my stash: Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer

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I haven’t used the Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer in what feels like forever. Definitely more than a year. I saw it in my drawer and thought I’d pull it out again just because I’d kind of forgotten how much I like it. The thing about this product is that it’s extremely versatile. You can use it as concealer, foundation, or mix it with your moisturizer and turn it into a tinted moisturizer. I’m not really sure how to describe the it, their website simply calls it a ‘skin enhancer’. It’s just an everything in one for perfect skin. If I had to put a name on it myself, I’d call it a cream color base, it’s very pigmented and little bit goes a long way. And I have to warn you guys, if you don’t want to fuss too much with your base makeup this is NOT for you. It’s a cream consistency and it’s thick. It does not spread easily. I use a damp beautyblender to apply it on it’s own as a foundation, but you really have to finesse this stuff. It’s not a ‘I’m late and I only have half an hour to get out the door’ type product. I usually put a little on the back of my hand, dab it with the beauty blender, then do the whole tap and roll all over my face (I don’t recommend a brush to apply this). Then I continue taking little by little until my entire face is covered. You do not want to go crazy with this stuff, it won’t be pretty. The key is just going in layer by layer until you’re happy with the coverage. The finish is amazing though, it seriously looks like your skin, but better. And I never have to bother spot concealing afterwards with a different product because the coverage is so good. The name is spot on. But, you can get light to full coverage out of it. And if you’re willing to take the time to work with it, I think you’ll really like it.

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Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX08

I’ve used it as a concealer for blemishes and redness around my nose and as a tinted moisturizer. This stuff will cover everything, I usually dab it on with a finger in small amounts until I’m happy with the coverage. And even as a tinted moisturizer you don’t need to add a ton to your usual moisturizer and it mixes in easily. I use my Real Techniques perfecting face brush to apply it when I do this. The shade I got is for use as my base makeup so it’s a bit too dark to use on my under eye concealer, but I’m sure it would be awesome for that, too.

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L to R: bare face, after application of foundation only, with undereye concealer

Since taking it out again, I haven’t been able to stop using it in one form or another. I just can’t get enough of the finish, it seriously just looks like skin. And it wears great throughout the day. Although it’s a cream base, it doesn’t make me super oily. The downside is that it’s not cheap ($48 at Nordstrom), but you use so little it will last a long time. I’d suggest going to a counter to pick your shade and check it out before purchasing because it’s expensive and if you can get a sample to try out that would help you decide if it’s worth the money. I definitely needed to apply this a few times before getting the hang of it.

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I’m so glad I pulled this out again, I’ve been obsessed with it for the past few days. If you’ve tried this, let me know what you think of it!

Product rave: Covergirl Ready, Set Gorgeous Foundation

Covergirl Ready, Set Gorgeous Foundation

I’m always a sucker for trying a foundation after hearing that it’s amazing. I’d been trying to resist buying the Covergirl Ready, Set Gorgeous Foundation, casually strolling by and trying to figure out which shade was a match, but never actually putting it in my cart. I finally broke down one day and just got it, it’s not super expensive (at Target I think I paid $6.99), so why not? It’s said to provide a ‘flawless finish that evens skin tone’ and is ‘shine free’. I’ve been using this over the past 2 weeks; I like the finish of it best with my Sigma round top kabuki. I’ve tried it with my Beauty Blender, but I just feel like I had to use more product to get the same result as my Sigma brush. I’ve also used the Real Techniques foundation brush and that’s my second pick for application. I initially bought shade 305 (golden tan), but found it too dark and ended up getting the shade 220 (soft honey), which I think is perfect.

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L: bare face, LM: after application, RM: with concealer, R: full face

I do feel like the foundation evens out my skin tone nicely, I don’t have to use a ton of concealer afterwards to cover up any blemishes. I don’t feel the need to powder heavily, just my T-zone and under my eyes after applying concealer. It gives a matte finish, but not as matte as my Jouer Matte Moisture Tint, and I actually prefer it. If you have any serious dry patches it will cling to them, so make sure you exfoliate if needed. I haven’t worn it every day for 2 weeks straight, but I haven’t noticed any breakouts the day after use. It doesn’t feel super cakey or suffocating on my skin either. It also lasts a good 6-8 hours when applied with my Sigma brush (weird, I know). I swear I put it on in the morning and by the evening when I checked it out, it still looked good! I honestly couldn’t believe it. I do have combination skin (oily T-zone with some dry areas on my cheeks) and my T-zone was slightly shiny, but nothing to balk at. Foundations usually break down a lot around my nose area, but this one stayed put.

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And the final product

It’s nice to find a drugstore foundation that works so well and at such an affordable price! Try it out and let me know what you think.