Something that’s remained a steady pattern in the makeup world over the last several years is the continuous cycle of trending products. It seems every few months or so someone releases a product that nearly breaks the internet followed by a feeding frenzy of brands scrambling to create their version of the same product.
We’ve seen color correctors, duo-chrome highlighters, contour kits, lip toppers, and of course the matte liquid lip, just to name a few. The most recent, albeit more subtle trend appears to be liquid concealers packaged with a doe-foot applicator. Over the last year or so we’ve seen numerous brands getting in on the doe foot concealer action, such as Benefit, Jouer, Too Faced, and First Aid Beauty. Brands like Colourpop, Makeup Revolution, and Elf have even released their concealers in two formulas, with both matte and hydrating options.
The recently released Vanish Airbrush Concealer is Hourglass’s take on the doe foot concealer trend.
Overview of the Hourglass Vanish Airbrush Concealer
The Airbrush Vanish Concealer is the latest addition to Hourglass’s Vanish line of complexion products. It retails for $34 and contains 0.02 oz of product. There are 22 shades available to choose from ranging from fair to deep.
The concealer comes packaged in a frosted plastic tube with a flat doe foot applicator and the cap is Hourglass?s signature metallic brown.
Hourglass Vanish Airbrush Concealer Review
The brand describes the Vanish Concealer as ?a full-coverage, weightless, and waterproof concealer with microspherical powders that blurs and brightens for up to 16 hours of skin perfection.?
Consistency and Finish
The consistency of the Airbrush Vanish Concealer is on the thinner side as far as liquid concealers are concerned. It?s got a fluid texture that spreads easily and dries down fairly quickly. While it doesn?t remain too tacky on the eye it does seem to offer some hydration to the skin so if your eye area is very dry I think you might enjoy this.
It dries to a satin finish that leaves the under-eye area still looking hydrated and it doesn?t seem to overemphasize fine lines. What?s nice about the way the Vanish Concealer sets is how it sort of melds with the skin and once it dries the product remains pretty undetectable.
I?ve tested this against similar seeming concealers and I?ve noticed that this one looks so flattering on the under eye even after a few hours of wear. Where other concealers tend to accentuate texture, this one just looks like hydrated skin. Even with a light layer of setting powder you?re not left with visible product that collects in the creases and fine lines, but it retains a skin like appearance and it does so without compromising the coverage.
The Vanish Concealer offers quite a bit of coverage, especially considering its fluid consistency. When applied to my under eye it provides an even layer of color that manages to camouflage the discoloration if not completely cover it. I?m one who struggles with genetic dark circles and anything short of a corrector usually has a difficult time completely masking the color, but the Hourglass Vanish comes very close.
In terms of blemishes, it managed to completely cover a light scar on my arm and it significantly diminished the effect of a burn scar which was slightly darker. I wouldn?t rely on this to cover a tattoo but for average blemishes it should work beautifully.
To compare it with other liquid concealers in terms of consistency it?s thinner than the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, the Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Concealer or the Jouer Essential High Coverage Concealer but slightly thicker than the First Aid Beauty Hello Fab concealer.
The Hourglass Vanish Concealer is very similar in texture to the Too Faced Born This Way Multi Use Sculpting Concealer but the Too Faced dries down a bit thicker and leaves a heavier look on the skin than the Hourglass and it also has more of a sheen to it once set.
The closest dupe in terms of consistency to the Hourglass Vanish concealer is probably the Colourpop Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Creamy Concealer, but it offers less coverage than the Hourglass.
I generally like to apply my concealer with a damp Beauty Blender Blusher rather than a brush because I find the extra moisture helps to blend out the product without tugging at the eye. The Vanish Concealer?s hydrating texture however, really lends itself to a brush application which helps maintain coverage, but still manages to blend seamlessly into the skin. I use a dense synthetic brush like the Sephora Pro Airbrush #57 or the Sephora Pro Foundation Brush #47, both the flat and fluffy shaped brushes work well.
The Hourglass Vanish Concealer comes in twenty two shades and there?s a good range of warm, cool, and neutral shades across the spectrum. I appreciate that the brand not only includes swatches of the colors but also a description of each shade along with the name so you?ve got some guidance when choosing a shade.
The brand also released a concealer brush as a companion to the Vanish Concealer. It’s a synthetic, vegan brush that?s supposed to “optimize performance of Vanish Airbrush Concealer.”
The brush has an angled head that is tapered down one side. While I haven?t used this particular brush it seems to be made with the same bristles as the other brushes in Hourglass?s line which have a fluffier, more mobile quality to them than standard synthetic bristles, like those from say Real Techniques. They remind me of the way It Cosmetics?s brushes feel and perform.
I can imagine that this brush would work well with the Vanish Concealer but I personally won?t be purchasing it, and at $38, I don?t think it would provide a unique enough function to justify the price. If the shape of the brush is what appeals to you, you can look into the Real Techniques Insta Pop brushes which have a similar shape. The Sephora Pro Concealer Brush #71 is also similarly shaped, and at $22 is still cheaper than the Hourglass.
Hourglass Vanish Airbrush Concealer Ingredients
The Hourglass Vanish Airbrush Concealer is paraben free, and contains no sulfates SLS and SLES, phthalates, mineral oil, alcohol, gluten, talc, or wax.
The formula does include sqaulane which makes sense considering the amount of hydration the product provides.
Cruelty Free and Vegan Status
The Hourglass Vanish Concealer is Cruelty Free and Vegan. Read more about Hourglass’s mission to protect animal rights here.
Where to Buy the Hourglass Vanish Airbrush Concealer
Sephora – Free shipping on orders over $50 and free returns. International shipping available.
Hourglass – Free domestic shipping on all orders and free returns. International free shipping and free returns available within the UK. Afterpay available.
Beautylish – Free shipping on orders over $35 and free returns. International shipping available.
Bloomingdales – Free shipping on orders over $150 and free returns.
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I like this concealer and I?ll continue to use it. I think its uniqueness lies in its ability to provide a high level of coverage while maintaining a skin like finish on the skin. If you struggle with texture on your under eye area or dry skin in general and are looking for a fuller coverage concealer that doesn?t look cakey or thick you may enjoy the Hourglass Vanish Airbrush Concealer.
Pros of the Hourglass Vanish Airbrush Concealer
Lightweight, fluid texture blends easily
Provides even, high level of coverage
Offers additional hydration to the skin
Doesn?t emphasize texture
Leaves a skin like finish even once set with powder
Cons of the Hourglass Vanish Airbrush Concealer
May be too hydrating for oily skin types
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