by dailykongfidence

When it comes to my style, I typically stay minimal. The same could be said for my makeup. I’m not a makeup guru by any means so the less products I have to work with, the better. Also, I don’t like much on my face so the basic highlighter, nude lippie, bronzer, and eyeliner pretty much sums up my every day face.

I have been a fan of Hourglass cosmetics for a few years now. I’ll have to admit my first Hourglass purchase wasn’t even for their makeup but for their brushes. I was looking for some high quality brushes to invest in that did not shed. When I asked the professionals at Sephora what brand made the best brushes, she didn’t hesitate when she replied, “Hourglass.”

My Hourglass brush purchases quickly led me to their lip treatment oil, their Femme lip stylo, mineral primer, and their ambient lighting powder. Recently I added some new Hourglass products to my collection which I had to share with you (because they are just that good!).

Vanish | Foundation Stick (Warm Ivory)
I like ease of application, coverage, but weightless. This foundation stick is all of that and more. For days I want more coverage, for taking photos or special occasions, this is my go-to stick. The triangular shape makes it easy to directly apply and contour and can also be used with the Vanish Foundation Brush. There are 26 shades so you will definitely be able to find your perfect shade. It is on the fuller coverage side so I would suggest using it over a serum or misting the face after application. I love the creamy feel of it, and even though it provides a lot of coverage, I like that it feels weightless on my face.

Vanish | Foundation Brush
Personally I never used a foundation brush to put on foundation. I use a sponge or my fingers to blend. But since I got the Foundation Stick and the specialist suggested the brush for a more seamless finish, I gave it a try. And Oh. My. Goodness. Who knew a brush could make such a difference? The shape of the brush fits all the contours of my face including the sides of my nose and under the eyes. The main differences I see between using this brush versus a beauty blender is that it creates an ultra soft texture and even coverage on my face, it uses less foundation, and the application is much faster.

Voyeur | Waterproof Liquid Liner (Ultra Black)
Everyone needs a go-to liquid liner and for me, I prefer one that stays put. Meaning, after hours of wear, the cat eye is still there and not smudged or on the tops of my lids like a blob (hate it when that happens). I used to use the Kat Von D tattoo liner, but after trying the Voyeur liner, I’m hooked. The pen-format tip is great because it so precise that you can get a thin line or work your way up to a dramatic winged eye, but it is also less flexible compared to other liners (but I like that). Some have complained that the tip frays after several times of use, but I have been using it for weeks now and the tip is still intact. I also love that it has a dark black pigment compared to most liners so you get that definite black liner look (versus a dark grayish tint). I tend to have oilier lids so this actually has proven to work the best for me and is perfect for the summer months.

Ambient | Strobe Lighting Blush (Brillant Nude)
This is a MUST-HAVE to really draw that extra lighting and glow to your face. Hourglass has really hit it out of the ballpark with their Ambient Lighting products and what makes their lighting products so unique is the Photoluminescent Technology that creates exhibit depth and dimension to amplify the colors to another level. There are six shades and you can tell by the palettes that there is a balance or mix of pigment and powder to deliver that radiant, glowy finish.

Ambient | Lighting Bronzer (Diffused Bronze Light)
The same technology as the Strobe Lighting Blush but in bronzer form. Perfect for a sunkissed, healthy glow year round. There are four shades you can choose from and I went with Diffused Bronze Light (ideal for light/medium complexions) because with vacations coming up, I wanted more of a warm sunlit glow. I also like these shades because they don’t have too much pigment meaning you can build upon them without looking overly made up or caked on. With all of their powders a little goes a long way so totally worth the investment (so you can even get away with their travel sizes too).

Ambient | Powder Brush
Like I said, if for anything else, buy Hourglass brushes because they do not shed. I’ve had a few of them for over 8 years and never have I seen one single hair from them left on my face. The Ambient Powder Brush is the perfect size to take on the go and also for an all over even, flawless application of the Ambient powder, blush, or bronzer. The shape of the bristles also makes it ideal for contouring as well. This particular brush is densely packed with extra-soft, high-grade Taklon bristles. Another bonus of this brush is that it is compact and priced below similar style Sephora brushes!

Girl | Lip Stylo (Achiever)
The thing about lipsticks is that they dry out my lips. So if possible, I don’t wear lipstick. But when I do, I tend to wear nudes or barely there color and stick with a brand that is hydrating. Hourglass Lip Stylos are made with shea butter, jojoba, mimosa, and sunflower seed which keeps lips soft and hydrated and a silky finish. I have to admit, I love the names of the shades and found myself wanting to pick a shade based on the attribute I wanted to be or saw myself as. The “Achiever” is a deep mauve, slightly darker than a typical nude, but providing just a natural, pinky color to lips. The other one I contemplated was the “Influencer” for it’s name and also for the deep rose beige hue. The only downside of the Lip Stylo is that it wipes off easily so you have to reapply often, but I honestly prefer that than lipsticks that dry out my lips.

Overall I am a huge fan of Hourglass brushes and cosmetics. Not only are the colors and palettes perfect for a natural, glowy finish, they are free from paragons, sulfates, phthalates and the brushes are vegan too! Some of the products are priced on the higher end, but they are totally worth the investment overall.

Below are some of my favorite Hourglass cosmetics!

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Nicola May 19, 2017 - 10:08 am

These products look beautiful! Really need to try hourglass myself!
xx Nicki

dailykongfidence May 22, 2017 - 11:41 pm

They truly are beautiful, the packaging and the products themselves.

Mariann Yip May 19, 2017 - 1:55 pm

I love exploring beauty products and I can’t believe I have yet to try the hourglass products! I see so many great reviews on YouTube especially for their highlighter and now that summer is here I think it’s time for me to try it!

dailykongfidence May 22, 2017 - 11:42 pm

You totally need to Mariann! You love beauty products and I trust that you will fall in love with some of the Hourglass goodies. I highly recommend the ambient line as well as their brushes and that foundation brush has been life changing for me!

Keri May 19, 2017 - 2:02 pm

Omg so many amazing products! I definitely need to try Hourglass out 🙂

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dailykongfidence May 22, 2017 - 11:43 pm

Yes you should Keri, you won’t be disappointed. They have a few of their products in travel size which is a good tester but also a decent size that you can use for a while to really decide if you like it.

Jo May 19, 2017 - 2:06 pm

I always see Hourglass’ ambient highlighter by the checkout line at Sephora and have been so curious to try it out. I’m so glad I came by your review because now I’m definitely going to have to get it! The other thing I love about this line is how pretty and chic their packaging is! I wouldn’t mind displaying any of these products on my makeup table!

xo, Jo

dailykongfidence May 22, 2017 - 11:44 pm

Yes, you must! I love their Ambient products just for that subtle glow and sun kissed shine to your face. Their packaging IS amazing and so beautiful too!

Jessi Malay May 19, 2017 - 3:41 pm

I’ve heard so many great things about the Hourglass cosmetics brand babe! That nude blush is STUNNING! Thanks so much for sharing girlie! <3

XO Jessi,

dailykongfidence May 22, 2017 - 11:44 pm

The blush is amazing Jessi as is their bronzer. A little goes a long way so totally worth it.

Bernice May 19, 2017 - 11:24 pm

I love hourglass too! The triangular foundation stick looks so creamy and great for contouring! The pattern of the lightening bronzer is stunning xx


dailykongfidence May 22, 2017 - 11:45 pm

Don’t they have amazing products Bernice? I have literally gotten compliments on my skin since using this foundation stick with the brush. Who knew a foundation brush could be life changing? The bronzer is gorgeous for that summer glow!

Ellie May 20, 2017 - 1:48 am

The pictures are amazing!;-)<3

dailykongfidence May 22, 2017 - 11:46 pm

Thank you Ellie. The products themselves are amazing too.

Diana May 20, 2017 - 2:52 am

I love hourglass as well. 8 years sounds sooooo crazy, I thought that normally you need to change your brushes after 1-2 years of use. I use their brushes as well, but never tried other products, maybe I need to check them out again.

dailykongfidence May 22, 2017 - 11:46 pm

Haha, maybe you do need to change them after 2 years of use, but I honestly don’t see any bristles falling out and the quality of the brushes are the same as when I purchased them. You would love their primer and their lip colors Diana!

Adela May 20, 2017 - 8:21 am

These products look amazing, beautiful. Would love to try them soon . Thank you so much for sharing these!


dailykongfidence May 22, 2017 - 11:47 pm

Of course Adela, definitely test them out. I have no doubt you will be hooked like I am!

Thomas Falkenstedt May 20, 2017 - 10:15 am

Thank you for a great review of Hourglass, both regarding their brushes as well as their makeup. I’m the kind of guy who’s always applied my foundation just with the tip of my fingers, but having been to several makeup events lately I’ve learned and SEEN the difference you can make by using a brush so I’ll really have to invest in some good brushes and if you say Hourglass has the best ones, I believe you! 🙂


dailykongfidence May 22, 2017 - 11:48 pm

Thomas! I wasn’t a believer until I tried it myself. I had no idea a dense foundation brush blended better than a sponge but it’s so true. And I have received compliments on my skin everytime I use the foundation and the brush. It’s such a flawless application!

Jordan Chapman May 20, 2017 - 11:17 am

I’ve never heard of Hourglass, but I’m kind of obsessed with the shape of that waterproof liner! I’ve been looking for a new one as my old one is too old, so this may be the newest addition to my kit!
Jordan xx

Gracie May 20, 2017 - 2:13 pm

I am always looking for new makeup products. Hourglass looks like something I would like. Can’t wait to try.



Sydney Style Blogger May 20, 2017 - 3:05 pm

Wow I love how detailed this post is. My fave ia the hourglass highlighter and eyeliner. Soooo pigmented and luxe!! And their packaging makes you feel like a queen!


Samantha Mariko May 20, 2017 - 9:18 pm

I’ve known of Hourglass products but haven’t used their products yet. I love the packaging – really interested in the foundation stick!! looks like it gives a lot of coverage:)

Candace May 20, 2017 - 10:38 pm

Hourglass has some of the prettiest compacts and packaging I’ve ever seen! It just looks so much more luxurious than it is priced, which is a major plus for me. I need to add some Hourglass beauty products to my wishlist. I’m starting with that lipstick and foundation brush!


Mica May 20, 2017 - 11:17 pm

I haven’t tried anything from Hourglass before but it sounds like I’m missing out! They make such a wide range of products and you’ve shown some really lovely ones here! 🙂 I will have to keep an eye out for them next time I’m in store.

Hope you are having a lovely weekend 🙂

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Britta May 21, 2017 - 6:51 am

you always look so beautiful! I love minimal makeup as well and these gorgeous products looks like they would do the job! I have never heard of this brand until I read your post but it has made curious on trying it!

liz nguyen May 21, 2017 - 8:42 am

Very high quality photos! 😉


Stephanie May 21, 2017 - 12:07 pm

I’ve been dying to try out Hourglass cosmetics! They have the prettiest packaging, and I’ve heard so many rave reviews about their highlighters! I need to add the highlighter, blush, and eyeliner to my next Sephora order!

Stephanie // SheSawStyle.com

Jasmine K May 21, 2017 - 10:51 pm

I have yet to try Hourglass products and that stick foundation is tempting! I will definitely give it a try = )

– Jasmine K

Candi May 22, 2017 - 12:40 am

I’ve heard only good things about Hourglass! I’m looking for a new liquid liner so I’m def looking to try that in future, and the lip treatment of course. You look like you have an amazing haul right here, so jealous!!

XO Candi

dailykongfidence May 22, 2017 - 11:49 pm

The lip treatment is amazing. It is a little more on the pricier side but totally worth it. Their lippies are also very hydrating so try them out as well if you prefer more creamier lips.

Jessie May 22, 2017 - 2:45 am

I have never tried Hourglass myself. However, I would totally open up and give them a try. Their pricing points look like they are great value for money! They have the looks of a premium brand but priced at a very afford price! Thanks for the recommendation girl! I will definitely check them out!

xx, Jessie

dailykongfidence May 22, 2017 - 11:50 pm

The products are remarkable Jessie and you would love them! You definitely would love the feel and texture of their brushes too.

Helen Chik May 22, 2017 - 6:04 am

I’m actually in the same boat as you and bought my first hourglass brush a few years back for my foundation (and in fact the blush brush is perfect for it) and then realised that their make up is also amazing. The new lip collection is amazing and their veil primer and highlighters are just so divine!! And let’s talk about how luxe their packaging is <3

Helen xx

dailykongfidence May 22, 2017 - 11:51 pm

Love the packaging of course, but you are so right. The veil primer is fab for makeup application and their lippies are super hydrating! I love all of their ambient products and it just gives the perfect amount of glow.

Manda May 22, 2017 - 9:22 am

You and I seem to be on the same page with styling and makeup! The lip treatment oil sounds phenomenal and I really need to begin using one! I’ve been pretty stuck on EL double wear but have wanted a stick that works well for a while! I’ve tried the Bobby Brown and it was too thick and didn’t blend very well in my opinion. Hourglasses foundation stick, being lightweight and bendable, seems just like what I’ve been looking for! They definitely offer the perfect eyeliner! I don’t wear eyeliner as often as I used to, but when I do, I look for a pen option like this! For the lip you had me at shea butter, jojoba, mimosa, and sunflower seeds! LOL These are all perfect ingredients for a good moisturizing lip! The packaging is so beautiful too! There’s something so chic, sophisticated, and simply about it that I just love!

Manda | http://EvocativelyChosen.com

dailykongfidence May 22, 2017 - 11:53 pm

You would love this line! Honestly I didn’t expect much from the foundation stick but now it is my go-to! With the brush, it just makes my skin so flawless. I am never going back to a sponge again to blend that’s for sure. The lippie is amazing and totally does not dry out my lips at all. I truly love this line and could go on and on!

Sharon Wu May 22, 2017 - 7:32 pm

These Hourglass products look incredible! I’m always looking for new products to try and these are definitely on my list of things to try now. In fact I’m in need of a new foundation brush now so I’ll probably have to look into getting an Hourglass one! Their packaging and your presentation here is so lovely too. Hope you had a great weekend babe! xoxo, sharon


sophie May 22, 2017 - 11:07 pm

These hourglass products are so well packaged and I really love the colors .They look so classy.I had never really heard of Hourglass.Thanks for sharing.

wanderlustts May 23, 2017 - 10:05 am

I have to admit, the last time i bought make up brushes was about 5 years ago and it was this cheap set for like $20. This post just made me realize I NEED to invest in some good brushes. Hourglass has been a brand i’m familiar with but I have never actually purchased anything from them yet because I always thought it was a little pricey – but honestly it just goes to show what you pay for because the pigmentation looks amazing. I can’t believe their foundation range contains 26 different shades!!! THATS CRAZY!! You can tell when a brand is committed to their customer and goes all out to create the perfect shade for everyone. Compare to some brands that only come out with five and we have to make due with what we got haha.
At the end of the day, this brand really did impress me, and i’m so glad you wrote about it. I’m actually in love with the slick packaging it just looks so luxurious. A brand I have to really look into the next time I’m in Sephora.


Aimara May 23, 2017 - 10:58 am

Obsessed with this post and photos babe! Can you believe I just got the same Hourglass foundation brush? I used to use my fingers as well, but this brush really makes all the difference!
My makeup style is also very minimalistic, so this brand seems like the perfect addition to my small makeup collection!
Love your honest review, and I’m definitely giving Hourglass a try!

Adelina May 23, 2017 - 12:00 pm

Those blushes are so pretty 🙂 Cannot wait to see how you use them in your makeup routine.

xx, Adelina

Amy May 23, 2017 - 1:25 pm

Hourglass is one of my favorite lines. You are really the perfect rep for them!! I feel like your style and aesthetic embodies them perfectly. Their packaging and shades are so gorgeous, truly to die for! But the quality is AMAZING. I need to try more of their products, I’m obsessed with their highlighters and foundation stick!!

xx, Amy

Lily Rose May 23, 2017 - 2:40 pm

I have known and admired hourglass for their ambient lighting products (including blush, bronzer, highlighter). But like you said, they are on the higher end so I haven’t been able to afford any yet. But I’ve been dying to try. Just the packaging and how beautiful the product content looks, I want! It’s such a nice and luxurious brand.
I’m glad you mentioned that their brushes are high-quality and do not shed because I’m looking for some good foundation and powder brushes. My cheap ones keep shedding and leaving hair bristles on my face, kinda annoying and embarrassing if I don’t find and remove it before leaving the house lol.
Also, like you, I have oily eyelids too. I need to try the eyeliner from Hourglass. It sounds like it’ll work well for me, plus again, the packaging is too pretty!

-Lily from With Love Lily Rose

Ankita Bardhan May 23, 2017 - 3:38 pm

I’ have heard great praises of Hourglass over the internet. Their packaging looks so classy. I love their highlighter, blush and foundation stick – perfect for summers and on the go! Thank you for sharing such a detailed review 🙂


Aurela lacaj May 23, 2017 - 9:51 pm

I am totally like you. I don’t wear much makeup simply because I don’t know how to wear the complicated stuff:) You are naturally pretty and you can get away with no makeup at all. I have never used Hourglass products before, honestly never even heard of them before. This tells you how much of a makeup guru I am 🙂 I love the packing and the brushes look so soft and delicate. Thanks for sharing your reviews, now I will keep it in mind to try them when I go to Nordstrom next!
Aurela xoxo

Jacqueline May 23, 2017 - 10:50 pm

Their brushes looks like serious perfection. I’m the same. I don’t really put much makeup on. I’ve tried their foundation in the past but sadly it didn’t agree with my skin. It did look flawless but also like too much? I blame the girl at the store haha. She got a little too foundation happy. I am in serious need of a liquid liner though. It’s like my godsend so I’ll be looking into getting some soon! I’m about to run out of foundation so it’s worth another shot to try this one out again.

Open Kloset May 24, 2017 - 3:05 am

Hey Darling,
Hows you?
I never Tried Hourglass Products but after Reading your Very Detailed post I want to give a try. The Brushes Looks sooo Amazing:) And love that its High Quality as well! So Important!
Actually everything Looks sooo Good, Love the Packaging:)
Definitely want to try out the Liquid Liner and The Foundation and Some Brushes:)
My Skin type is not easy, very Sensitive but I will try out First.
I love to Look Natural and not wear 1 kg make Up:)
Wish you Amazing Day
Love Open Kloset By Karina

Open Kloset May 24, 2017 - 3:06 am

Hey Darling,
Hows you?
I never Tried Hourglass Products but after Reading your Very Detailed post I want to give a try. The Brushes Looks sooo Amazing:) And love that its High Quality as well! So Important!
Actually everything Looks sooo Good, Love the Packaging:)
Definitely want to try out the Liquid Liner and The Foundation and Some Brushes:)
My Skin type is not easy, very Sensitive but I will try out First.
I love to Look Natural and not wear 1 kg make Up:)
Wish you Amazing Day
Love Kisses
Love Open Kloset By Karina

Eva May 24, 2017 - 4:06 am

Looking like one of the best products as the package and quality. I would like to try out the eyeliner stilo and highlighting palette . I’m recently obsessed with those two 😉
I totally agree w you , the good brushes are one of the best investments for put perfectly the

Mathilde May 24, 2017 - 5:18 am

Love those products babe!

Camille May 24, 2017 - 7:15 am

Wow these look amazing, great post, thanks for sharing. I need to invest in some Hourglass products 🙂

Camille xo


Courtney May 24, 2017 - 7:58 am

These cosmetics are so classy looking! I will have to give them a try!
xx Courtney // https://courtneylivin.com

Vanessa May 24, 2017 - 9:30 am

Absolutely beautiful products, the packaging and the shades are amazing! I have heard excellent comments about Hourglass makeup. I would like to try the foundation, because I always like to get the no-makeup appearance, so light coverage will work for me. And the brush for the application sounds great. I think it’s good to use it, to achieve an even skin tone. I always think that it’s better to have less makeup products but good quality!
Thanks for sharing!



Andreea Birsan May 24, 2017 - 11:36 am

As you, I love keeping my make up minimal as well! Can’t really stand wearing a ton of products on my face, sometimes even the foundation feels too much, hehe. As for these products from Hourglass they seem pretty cool, I’m wondering if I can find them in Romania as well, because I’d really love to try out that waterproof liquid liner. Wishing you a great day! xx


Filipa Jackson May 24, 2017 - 5:14 pm

You know I have never tried their makeup…. but boy do I want to. Everything looks amazing.

Filipa xxx
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Ana Vukosavljevic May 24, 2017 - 5:16 pm

I’m loving their products, especially highlighters! Sad thing is that we don’t have them here in Serbia so you have to buy it somewhere else in Europe.

P.S. I’m loving your photos!! Is there any special program you are using to edit them?

maryam May 24, 2017 - 8:53 pm

These products sound fantastic! I’ve actually never used anything from Hourglass but I’ve heard so many great things about this brand. Those brushes look so luxurious. I need to make a trip to Sephora ASAP 🙂
xo, Maryam

Sheree May 24, 2017 - 9:23 pm

I have never used Hourglass cosmetics before, but have heard many great things about it. I too am not a makeup guru and my daily makeup is close to none (lol). First impression of the brand and product is that the packaging looks extremely luxe and well made. I’m a sucker for packaging so they already sold me on that front. If there is one thing that I wear most often is eyeliner and this liner has such a precise point, I think it would be perfect for creating the winged eye look! You have just convinced me to check them out next time I’m at Sephora!

xo Sheree

Talyssa May 24, 2017 - 10:02 pm

Love this review and your photos are gorgeous! I absolutely love Hourglass myself – particularly the foundations. I have really bad acne prone skin and most, if not all foundations irritate it. Except for Hourglass foundations. They have helped improve my skin so much with their formula I couldn’t be more happier – definitely a fan! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

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marcy May 24, 2017 - 10:33 pm

To be honest I have never heard about this brand before but something i really love about beauty and cosmetics is always looking for new products and brands. The brushes and the presentation looks amazing that would love to try them. Not sure if I can find it in Panama but will investigate. Thanks for introducing this brand to us!


Michelle May 24, 2017 - 10:45 pm

I love Hourglass cosmetics! I actually have that foundation stick and brush but I’m not sure I got the right color for me. I keep meaning to head into Sephora and play with all the colors. I agree that their brushes are pretty amazing. Beautiful flatlays – and thanks for swatching the products. I always find that handy when I’m googling – when I check for swatches before I buy.

Miki May 25, 2017 - 3:21 pm

You always look so fresh, and are a natural beauty! I love these photos and the hourglass foundation brush sounds amazing. Personally, I’ve always used my fingers as well, but you make me want to try it with the brush. I’ll have to check these out next time I’m in store. Thanks so much for sharing your review!


Danielle @ Follow My Gut May 25, 2017 - 10:10 pm

I love that you’ve been a fan of HG products for a while and then got to explore them even more now. To play with their brushes and lip oils was one thing. But to grow into their product line and play around with their foundation stick and blush is so cool. It’s like you’re getting a perfect understanding of their entire line to see how it really works for you. Their bronzer would easily be the product I would have to buy to get that summer flow even in May. Love this review, Christine!!

Jenn Hanft May 25, 2017 - 10:51 pm

I love Hourglass cosmetics! I’ve tried their foundation stick, which is the first time I’ve ever heard of a stick LOL and it was so smooth and easy to apply! I feel like the thing I like most is the packaging! The details is so pretty! I definitely need to try more products.

With love, Jenn

Josie May 28, 2017 - 10:14 am

I’ve never tried Hourglass’s products but now I so want to! Especially the foundation stick and brush! I love how you can use the foundation for a full coverage or natural look and even slay the perfect contour! Now I need to shop hehe

Bisous, Josie

Everest May 30, 2017 - 8:32 am

These Hourglass cosmetics look really good and love that the Colours are pigmented. I actually haven come across this brand before and I wana get my hands on the foundation stick and highlighting powder. I love that it is really affordably priced too!


Chloe June 23, 2017 - 11:09 am

The bronzers and blushes look so pretty! I LOVE the packaging it looks so sleek! I’ve been seeing Hourglass everywhere but have yet to try out any of their cosmetics!

xo, Chloe // http://funinthecloset.com/styling-silky-textures/


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