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Hourglass Vanish Flash Highlighting Sticks

January 19, 2018

Hourglass Vanish Flash Highlighting Sticks Review | The Beauty Look Book

Hourglass is on a roll with new launches this spring and they have a new product called the Vanish Flash Highlighting Stick ($42 each for 0.21 oz/ 6.1 g). Their Ambient Lighting Powders are among my favorite for a luminous glow and now they’ve launched a Cream Stick version with five shades of their Vanish Flash Highlighting Stick. These are smooth easy to apply highlighters that come in a similar package to the Vanish Seamless Foundation. The formula is lightweight but creamy. According to Hourglass you can use these for the underglow as a base underneath foundation or for an overglow on top of foundation on high points like cheekbones, brow bone, nose or cupid’s bow. I’ve tried both and like them on the cheeks and eyes. The formula has enough creaminess to allow it to blend but it’s not so dewy that it will pull your foundation/powder. They have a soft dry down but it’s still creamy in finish. We are having Florida’s version of winter right now so I don’t know how these will hold up in hot weather or humidity, but for now it has stayed put all day without sliding off the face or eyes.

The shimmer is medium – it’s definitely glowy. Straight from the tube it’s metallic but if you blend it out it smooths nicely to a radiant finish without a harsh frost. If you liked the concept and colors of the Ambient Lighting Strobe Powders but found those glittery (I personally loved them here but I know lots of you complained about the sparkle) you might want to give the Vanish Flash Sticks a try instead because there’s no sparkle fallout.

Vanish Flash colors include:

  • Champagne Flash – a champagne pearl shimmer
  • Pink Flash – light pink shimmer
  • Gold Flash – pale yellow gold shimmer
  • Bronze Flash – warm bronze gold
  • Rose Gold Flash – looks more pink mauve oyster on me

Hourglass Vanish Flash Highlighting Sticks Review | The Beauty Look Book

Hourglass Vanish Flash Highlighting Sticks Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Champagne Flash

Hourglass Vanish Flash in Champagne Flash

Hourglass Vanish Flash in Champagne Flash

Above wearing the NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint in St. Moritz, Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in Medium, La Mer Pressed Powder in Light, Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss 722, Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Eyeshadow Palette in Glambition, Diorshow Brow Styler in Universal Brown, L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara in Blackest Black.

Pink Flash

Hourglass Vanish Flash in Pink Flash

Hourglass Vanish Flash in Pink Flash

Gold Flash

Hourglass Vanish Flash in Gold Flash

Rose Gold Flash

Hourglass Vanish Flash in Rose Gold Flash

Bronze Flash

Hourglass Vanish Flash in Bronze Flash

Hourglass Vanish Flash in Bronze Flash

Hourglass Vanish Flash Highlighting Sticks Review | The Beauty Look Book

Hourglass Vanish Flash Highlighting Sticks Review | The Beauty Look Book

Overall a solid winner. My favorites are Champagne Flash and Pink Flash. In the face beauty looks above I only applied the highlighter for the three shades I  did looks for to show what they look like alone. I typically don’t just wear highlighter – I’ll usually add a blush or bronzer as well. I really like these on the eyes as well. For application Hourglass recommends you blend with one of their brushes. I’ve found they work well straight from the tube and then I blend with my fingers. Or I’ll take my fingertips and rub them on the stick then apply onto the cheeks. They’re really quite versatile. If you’re in the market for a cream highlighter I’d recommend checking out one of these.

You can find the Hourglass Vanish Flash Highlighting Sticks out at counters now. Five shade options total. Available in stores and also online at Sephora, Nordstrom, Net-A-Porter, Space NK and Hourglass Cosmetics.

Do you have a favorite Hourglass highlighter? Have you checked these out yet? What did you think? If not – what’s your current favorite highlighter?

Vanish Flash provided courtesy of Hourglass for review.


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  • Not the biggest fan of hourglass, but I love the look of the product on your skin! I would love to give it a look next time I am in a store !!

  • Jessica Ringle

    These look, so beautiful, thank you for sharing! Which one is the lightest? I’m having a hard time telling which one will suit my transparent skin tone the best 😂

    • I can’t tell – they’re all about the same intensity except Bronze. I’d say toss up between Gold and Pink.

      • Jessica Ringle

        I was leaning towards Gold. Thanks for your help!

  • I love the way these settle into the skin! my only issue with cream products is they have a tendency to disrupt the foundation underneath. Do these do that?


    • This is discussed in the first paragraph! They didn’t pull foundation – at least not on me.

  • Oo, these look beautiful! x

    Millie | http://www.bymillie.co.uk

  • Personal favourite – the gold one!!!

    x Mariya


    They are very pretty but I probably would not purchase because they are a cream. I am not a fan of cream and liquid highlighters when wearing foundation it seems to mess up the application of the foundation. They are pretty if worn alone.

    • These don’t mess up the foundation or powder. It’s a really nice formula!

  • Shilpa Shetty

    Pink Flash and Rose Gold Flash are very nice,..

  • Sunnykm

    While I like a bit of highlighter on the cheeks, these seem to sparkly and glowy. You must be really adept at a light application or you will look like a glitter mess on the cheeks.

  • Wow these are REALLY glowy!

    • Yes, SUPER glowy! But I did have a flash, without flash it’s not quite as shiny.

  • all that jae

    Your photos are always so on point! I have been eyeing this line ever since it launched and can’t wait to try. Champagne looks amazing on your skin!