So sorry I have been MIA–I got a little overwhelmed this summer with trips, work and all that jazz. But I am back with a solid foundation review. Hope you enjoy!
This foundation makes 3 major claims—to be weightless, full coverage and long wearing. Judging it on those aspects alone I would award 8.5 out of 10 stars. I would agree that this product delivers on those factors. There are some other pros to this stick, such as being travel-friendly and good for sensitive skin. There are cons as well, most notably the price. Where I think it doesn’t quite deliver 100% satisfaction is on the formula as far as weightlessness and skin compatibility but I will get more into that below.
- Packaging & Price
One of the things I love most about this foundation is the packaging and shape. The triangular shape makes it easy to apply into the nooks and crannies of the face and the sleek metal container is travel-friendly and perfect for touch ups.
Unfortunately my least favorite aspect of this product is the price. At $46.00 it costs more than it does to fill up my gas tank! But a full tank of gas only lasts 2 weeks and this foundation lasts much longer than that. So far I have been using the same stick literally every day since Labor Day (it is October 17th) and I would estimate I have used almost half of the stick. Doing the math, at this point it has cost me $1.00 per day give or take. Once I run completely out of this foundation I will update with product longevity details.
*On November 11th I finally ran out of the Vanish, meaning one stick lasted me 72 days of full face wear. I can honestly say that in that time period there is only one or possibly two days that I went makeup free so the value is definitely here with this foundation. I have already repurchased the shade Golden Almond.
A standard foundation contains about an ounce of product (UD All Nighter, KVD Lock It and TF Born This Way)—this foundation only contains a quarter of that amount! But since the product is a solid it automatically results in less waste when compared to a liquid product. Taking into consideration that twice the amount of pigment is infused in Vanish’s formula the amount of product needed is reduced as well. Overall the cost is high, but there is tremendous value.
Similar to a stick of butter hitting a warm pan, this foundation stick melts very easily into the skin. There are several ways to apply the product depending on the desired feel.
For light to medium coverage try swiping the foundation onto a brush or sponge and then applying onto the skin, using dabbing motions to further disperse the coverage.
For medium coverage try applying the foundation stick directly to the skin. Begin in areas that require the most coverage and simply press the stick onto the skin, or use small swipes to distribute the product. Go in with a sponge, brush or fingers to blend in the foundation. Or you can apply the former method going back to build up the coverage in desired areas.
To achieve medium to full or very full coverage I would also recommend applying the foundation directly to the skin. In my experience, using a sponge like a beauty blender tends to suck up pigment reducing overall coverage so I personally would not use it for a full coverage flawless finish, however if you do have dry skin it may be the best option for you as this foundation is buttery but the formula is not very hydrating.
This product works best pressed into the skin rather than application using buffing motions. I found that trying to blend too much just removes the product, one of the reasons I give this stick less than a perfect score.
To enhance the wear time and ease of application I recommend using a primer beforehand and if you have skin that lends more to the oily side I definitely recommend using a powder to set this product as well (unless you have dry skin).
- Finish & Formula
In the product description on Sephora there are no claims about the finish of the foundation, other than it vanishes into the skin “seamlessly” and feels weightless which I assume to mean it mimics natural skin. To adjust the finish try applying a luminous base to infuse dewiness and glow or a mattifying powder over top for a truly matte appearance. With my skin type the finish of this foundation naturally appears as a satin.
With regards to the formula, it does list what it does not contain online, but not the list of ingredients which I find rather irritating, though the product info sheet inside the box may list the ingredients (I lost mine). I will check a box at Sephora later to see if further info is available. However it does not seem that this foundation contains SPF or common skin irritants. My skin is quite resilient and doesn’t easily react so I am not the best test subject for this category but overall I found it non-irritating, non-scented and believe it is compatible with sensitive skin.
This foundation also claims to be weightless, which I have a slight issue with and took points off of the overall rating. It does not initially feel heavy. Depending on the amount of coverage you need or the amount of product you use, this foundation may indeed feel weightless, however for any medium to full coverage application this foundation can crease pretty badly. Without setting properly it is very likely to crease and this is doubly true for combination/oily skin types. Based on the amount of powder needed to prevent transferring and creasing, the overall wear of this foundation can become heavy or cakey for some.
I believe this foundation could work well for:
-Those desiring fuller coverage foundation
-Those with more “neutral” skin types, i.e., not too dry and not too oily
- Long-wearing and waterproof
The application and longevity of any foundation is going to depend on the compatibility of the product with the wearer’s skin and the environment. This product claims to be long-wearing and I have found that to be true. It also claims to be waterproof and I am hesitant to agree with that though it is quite water resistant.
For my skin type (combo/oily T-zone) I find this foundation to be incredibly long wearing. I tested this product in many conditions–hot weather, humid weather, cold weather, during long periods of time and without setting with a powder. It isn’t touch-proof, but it has lasted over 24 hours for me withstanding heat, sweat and moist weather. I have splashed water on my face and seen little to no product run off, though I doubt it could withstand crashing waves or rigorous swimming. As I mentioned previously, it needs to be set with a powder because it definitely transfers as much as a liquid foundation in heat or on the oily areas of your skin.
This foundation is extremely full coverage. It is very similar to the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancers in both coverage and consistency (though the Enhancers are a thick melted cream rather than a cream stick formula). The product has a tendency to melt into the skin during application. I no longer have the need to color correct before applying foundation due to the intense coverage but on the other hand, I find it difficult to sheer down to less than medium coverage which may be a problem for some of you.
- Personal Experience & Recommendations
I have been trying the Vanish stick out for over a month now and so far I would rate my experience 8.5/10. I have marked points off because of the price, creasing issues and lack of oil control though I honestly love this foundation and depending on how long it lasts it may be my holy grail go-to foundation. It has great coverage, longevity is bomb and has very few flaws for me personally.
Here are some factors to take into consideration:
I am using the shade Golden Almond which matches my face well but is slightly too yellow for my body (my face and body have different tones/undertones). I combat this by setting with a neutralizing powder. Other shades that match me well are the Revlon Colorstay 24 HR Liquid Makeup for Combo/Oily skin in the shade Caramel. And the Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless in 338 Spicy Brown (usually out of stock so I can also use 340 Cappuccino).
I do not apply a primer beforehand, though I make sure to moisturize my skin well before any makeup application
When first trying out this foundation I used almost no powder, only in my smile lines to prevent severe creasing. Now I realize that using this foundation requires a light powder setting over the entire face just to reduce transferring and to help with oil control due to my skin type.
The container is sleek and luxurious and perfect for carrying in a purse or small makeup bag making it very travel friendly. One of the things I love most is the shape and size. If using this as concealer, it would be great to apply around the eyes and mouth because of the sharp points, rounded sides and creamy texture that helps it glide onto the skin super easily.
As long as you don’t have very uneven skin texture or rough dry patches this foundation is going to apply like a dream for you. Online it says that it melts into the skin with body heat and that is completely accurate. This can slightly increase the amount of product you apply, but that becomes easier to estimate after becoming more familiar with this foundation.
I generally wear foundation for 15 hours, give or take, daily. When first trying this out I would feel myself getting oily about 5-6 hours into the wear time in my nose area, on my chin and very slightly in the center of my forehead; nothing that a little blotting wouldn’t fix. Now to help reduce oiliness I try to apply a more hydrating moisturizer in the center of my face (I am still looking for a good primer) and I do a light dusting of powder after foundation to prevent that oil from seeping through.
Due to this foundation being moderately lightweight for a stick formula, I find that it wears super long and doesn’t slip off my face. It isn’t touch proof but I did notice that it fades away rather naturally when touched if you do not set with a powder. With a powder, after touching too much the foundation and powder completely transfer off leaving your natural skin peeking through and it is rather odd looking. I also noticed that if trying to touch up with the stick after applying setting powder the foundation just removes itself in those areas altogether.
The formula of the Vanish stick is great for those of us with hyperpigmentation because the coverage is A1 and diminishes the need for concealer or color correcting. Unfortunately this foundation creases pretty easily; for me it creases quite badly in the smile lines. I find that baking with a setting powder over top for as long as possible (at least 5 minutes) combats creasing quite well.
I haven’t noticed this foundation oxidizing which is a common issue as foundation tones get darker in color. I love that it does not contain SPF and causes no white cast in photos with flash. I will say that while there is a pretty good execution of foundation colors in the deeper range, I do think more variety is necessary. The undertones of these stick foundations can make or break a foundation and I will say that with twice as much pigment, the color match needs to be more exact (I am still playing around with different shades to find my perfect match).
- Final Thoughts
I would say this foundation is an investment and take the time to consider your skincare concerns and foundation needs before purchasing. It is high quality and even though the price is a little steep there is great value.