I bought this Hourglass stick foundation from Mecca a couple of weeks ago after hearing great things and was so excited to try it, even though for some reason I’ve not ever really fancied the idea of a stick foundation.. I remember having Benefit Play Sticks years and years ago, but didn’t get into it. Probably because it was it was around the time I was too scared to play around with anything I wasn’t 100% sure worked with my rather oily skin at the time, plus I didn’t have the magical foundation brushes I do today so said ‘meh’ to it and probably threw it out years later during an annual-ish makeup clear out! That said after trying this I would be tempted to buy that again as I am now stick foundation OBSESSED! Why am I obsessed? I will tell you!
Reasons why I am obsessed with this foundation…!
- The easiest foundation I have ever used!! – After watching some YouTubers apply this I was just so tempted because of how easy it looked, and it so is!
- The texture – It has such a buttery, silky smooth texture, so it glides onto your skin without pulling it whatsoever.
- The coverage – It literally covers so well within the first blending motion, without looking cakey, an absolute full coverage dream!
- The finish – The pigment in this baby is on another level, but the finish is just divine.. A glowy, smooth, baby-skin like finish that sometimes I don’t even want to even slightly change it by adding powders etc.
- A little goes a long way – It can be built up beautifully, but you probably won’t need to much, even if you have lots of imperfections like me.
- It’s lightweight – Even though it’s full coverage, it’s SO lightweight it feels like my actual skin all day.
How do I apply it?
I literally swipe a couple of lines down each cheek, a few dots along my jaw line/neck, a small swipe on my chin and a line across my forehead. That part alone takes seconds!
The mildly scary part (not really) especially for me, although it’s better with a really pore filling primer, is as it glides over your skin it’s obviously going to skim over large pores so you will probably see some emphasised little holes where the pores lie. Do not fear because as soon as you blend it out with a buffing brush, pores be gone! I advise to use a soft, dense, synthetic buffing foundation brush, my favourite being my trustee Morphe M439. You can use a damp beauty sponge to make it look even more natural but I honestly haven’t even bothered, it looks that finished so quickly. There is also a brush that Hourglass sell to match this foundation which looks lovely and would definitely love to try, but honestly can’t see anything beating my Morphe.
More about the final finish..
So I briefly mentioned earlier how this foundation looks, but let me emphasise again just how beautiful this foundation really is! (One day soon I will own a decent camera and show things on my actual face, but I never feel my crappy old phone does most of these products any justice!)
As soon as you start to buff it out, the coverage and smoothing/blurring effect it has is an absolute dream! I usually like to try foundations out when I have nowhere to go as every one is different and I feel need getting used to, but I happened to try this first before work one day and was blown away by how quick, easy and fool-proof it was to apply. It gives a dewy finish, but not shiny, as there’s a fine like which I am always weary of. It almost looks too perfect to spoil with any other makeup so would happily wear it on its own as a quick, flattering fix for any occasion, but when covered with powder and bronzer, still comes through as the dewy, flawless, miracle makeup that it is!
How does it last?
Ok so if left untouched, I feel like it’s still too good to take off at the end of a long day and for me that’s saying something! So it’s definitely long-lasting, with the finish not spoiling throughout the day at all. That said, if you tend to touch your face, do expect it to transfer a bit, but unless you do it definitely isn’t a foundation that will slide off or even feel remotely close to doing so. Things like sunglasses will definitely affect the foundation if pressed against, but again, if managed is not a huge problem for me. As it is slightly transferable it’s easy to remove with makeup remover, but again won’t do so until you get those cotton pads physically onto it (if you get me!?).
There are at least 26 shades, including warm, neutral and cool tones, and I definitely want to buy a couple in a darker and lighter shade for contouring, it would work so well!
On the higher end of the price scale at around $67AUD, but personally, I don’t think you can put a price on a flawless face, especially of this calibre. Well worth the money for me. It’s a 7g stick so will also have to see how long that lasts as to whether I think it’s 100% worth it, but even if it doesn’t last as long as I would like, I would still feel it 99% worth it!
Overall I think this is a stunning, smoothing, blurring, full coverage foundation which feels lightweight and baby-soft. I would also like to apologise to my purse once again as this will be yet another addition to the permanent makeup collection re-purchases!