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Friday, 6 March 2020

Hourglass Vanish Airbrush Concealer Review

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If you've been following me for a while, you'll know that I adore the makeup brand Hourglass. They're one of the more high end brands that I like but I think that the higher price reflects the high quality of their products. So when I saw that they were bringing out a concealer, I knew I had to try it! It was perfect timing as well, as I had been looking at getting a new concealer and it was when Space NK had their £15 off a £60 spend offer.

So let's start with what the concealer promises to deliver. It claims to be full coverage, whilst giving a radiant finish. It's also meant to be long-wearing and crease proof for up to 16 hours. It should cover blemishes, dark circles and pigmentation. The concealer contains microspherical powders to fill in lines to provide a smooth finish. It has a flexible doe-foot applicator so it doesn't tug or pull skin. It also claims to feel weightless for comfortable wear. It comes in 22 shades which I thought was a good amount, however looking at the swatches, there doesn't seem to be an even mix of shades. There's definitely more lighter shades so those with deeper skin tones might not find a match, which is a shame.


I used the "find my shade" tool on Space NK's website to guess my shade. It came up with the seconds to palest shade called Crème. This has cool / pink undertones. I'm pleased to say it's a perfect match for me! In fact, it's one of the best matches I've had for a long time! I do however want to say that I know a lot of others that used the same tool to match their shade of this concealer and it was way off! So proceed with caution if using that. I always recommend Temptalia's foundation / concealer match tool too (found HERE). Well worth a look.

Anyway, on to how the concealer performs. Now I don't like applying concealer straight from the applicator to my face, I always use a brush, so I can't comment on how well the applicator works. I can say that I holds plenty of product on it so bear that in mind if you apply straight to your face. It's definitely full coverage - it covers my spots and acne pigmentation with ease. I don't have particularly dark under eyes so can't really say how well it covers dark circles but I suspect it would cover them brilliantly, with how well it covers my spots. Now although it's full coverage, it feels really light on my skin. It blends easily and isn't cakey at all.


I would say the finish is natural / slightly luminous. It's enough to brighten under your eyes without looking too glowy for spot coverage. It's a great balance! I always set my concealer / foundation regardless of finish. I mainly use the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders anyway which are super finely milled and light so rarely make concealer / foundation cakey. It certainly didn't make this one cakey at all.

Now when it comes to my under eye area, I usually struggle with concealers creasing. The only one that doesn't crease for me is Trinny London BFF Eye (review HERE) as it's a concealer / serum hybrid. So I usually use BFF Eye for my under eye and my other concealer for the rest of my face. I did try the Hourglass concealer on my under eyes a couple of times and although it performed well, it still didn't beat BFF Eye for me. However when using Vanish Airbrush on the rest of my face, there was no creasing or cracking at all, even around my nose, which is usually a problem area for this.

All in all, I'm massively impressed with this concealer. Enough to say it's taken No1 place as my favourite (face) concealer! The only slight downside is the price, which is £32 for 6ml. 6ml is a pretty average amount for a concealer so that's not bad at all. The price is obviously on the more expensive side but I think is in line with Hourglass as a brand. For me, they're a "you get what you pay for brand" - they're more expensive but worth every penny in my opinion. I'll certainly be repurchasing it.

Hourglass Vanish Airbrush Concealer is available for £32 from a number of retailers including Space NK, Cult Beauty, Feel Unique and Skin City

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