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Hourglass Foundation Stick Review: Best Full Coverage Foundation for Melasma with a Natural Finish

Hourglass Cosmetics foundation stick review - full coverage foundation to cover melasma, concealer for upper lip melasma and ambient contouring palette images

I make it my mission to find the best foundations to cover melasma and each one I try has the misfortune to be compared to Hourglass Vanish Seamless foundation stick!

Read more about my Hourglass makeup routine and why you should consider the luxury beauty brand. This luxury cruelty free cosmetic line with vegan makeup is available at Sephora. Hourglass cosmetics are generally non-irritating on my sensitive skin and they don’t contain fragrances, parabens or phthalates.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders Review

Hourglass first became virally popular with their Ambient Lighting powders a few years ago. They are lovely and for the most part subtle (but maybe too subtle). Your best bet to try them is with the trio palette available at Sephora. These are too pearlescent to be a good setting powder, but they add a beautiful cool or candlelit glow depending on the shade

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush and Bronzers Review

I love to bronze to pretend like I take in more of this San Diego sunshine then I actually do đŸ™‚ but I’ve found matte bronzers look more natural on me and Hourglass’s bronzers are too pearlescent.

Their blushes however are absolutely stunning. I love the plummy mood exposure. This soft but condense powder picks up effortlessly with any blush brush and blends in smoothly with my foundation and complexion. The Hourglass plush is also a talc free formula which works well for me because talc powder or eyeshadow irritates my eyes.

Hourglass Cosmetics Primers Reviews

I’ve tried both the Primer Serum and Veil Mineral Primer. The Primer Serum doesn’t cut it for me – very silicone feeling – and I have so many great serums it’s hard for me to like something that tries to be a multi-tasker :). The Hourglass Veil primer works pretty well at prepping my skin for makeup. Still unsure if I would classify it as a must have, but it’s a great mattifying primer. The Veil Mineral Primer has a featherweight texture and actually contains a touch of SPF which is a must-have for melasma sufferers like me.

Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Primer Review

With my love for more of their line, I had to try the Hourglass Veil setting primer. It’s a beautiful powder in a gorgeous dispenser, but it left me looking surprisingly flat. It doesn’t contain talc (love that) and it’s not shimmery which I was also hoping for, but something about it just left me disappointed for the price.

Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer and Veil Retouching Fluid Reviews

I love both of these Hourglass concealers but they are very different.

The Hidden concealer is a must-have, concentrated concealer to cover melasma, dark spots, hyperpigmentation and dark circles. I pat it on my upper lip melasma before and after I apply foundation.

The Veil retouching fluid is gorgeous but has less coverage. I’d liken it too a Yves Saint Lauren Touche Eclat Radiance Perfecting Pen but it is a wand instead. It also makes a really nice subtle highlighter. It’s also vegan!

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick Review

Last but not least, my go-to max power, max coverage but natural finish foundation for melasma : Hourglass Vanish foundation stick. I wear Bisque and it’s the foundation and color I compare every other foundation and concealer too. I constantly get compliments when I wear this foundation – so much so that I’m often asked why I try new foundations when I have one that works so well. 1) It does contain talc which can irritate my eyes so I’m always looking for a non-talc replacement. 2) My day job is consumed by an optimization mindset, so I’ll never stop pursuing a better version of even my most favorite makeups.

I would 100% say this foundation is worth your money. And it is far superior to any camouflage cover for melasma like Dermablend, Estee Lauder or Cover FX.

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