Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Hourglass Obsidian Edge 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eye Liner
Hourglass Obsidian Edge 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eye Liner

The thinnest, softest, waterproof gel liner. Encapsulated in a 1.5mm mechanical pencil, this liner offers precision accuracy and ease of application. No pot, no brush, no clean-up required. Just two clicks and one stroke creates dramatic definition that resists transfer for extended wear. Available in a package of 3.

The precision 1.5mm tip ensures effortless control, and allows for lining in between lashes. The unique formula, poured into a slim mechanical component, has the malleability, intensity and staying power of a traditional gel. No pot, no brush, no clean-up required. The waterproof, transfer-proof and long-lasting formula delivers extended wear. The supple, moisturizing formula glides on smoothly and dries quickly. Two clicks is all you need to line the eye. Each advanced mechanical pencil lasts for approximately 17 to 20 uses. Only dispense product as needed – mechanical pencil does not retract. Free of phthalates, sulfates, talc and gluten. No animal testing. Ophthalmologist tested.

1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eye Liner ($45.00 for 3, $16.00 for one)

Single available at Sephora and Hourglasscosmetics.com only.

  • Obsidian Black

Availability: Now at Hourglass; July 29th at Sephora; August 15th at SpaceNK, Net-a-porter

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Saturday, June 21st, 2014

One thing I really love about coral lipgloss is it’s a way to wear coral that is often more muted, softer, and less bright and in-your-face compared to a coral lipstick. Here are my current favorites…

  1. Dior Rieuse (373) — brightened, medium coral
  2. Hourglass Nectar — slightly muted, medium coral
  3. Bobbi Brown Citrus — sparkling mix of coral, pink, gold
  4. Burberry Cameo Pink — gold-shimmered, pink-coral
  5. Chanel Reflexion — brightened, coral-pink with gold shimmer

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

Whether you’re looking for shimmery, dewy, luminous, or matte, this round-up of my current top picks for peach blushes to try this summer has you covered!

  1. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper — a soft, shimmery peach
  2. Becca Fig/Opal — a luminous, peachy-beige
  3. Make Up For Ever #225 — a warm, pop of peach in a cream format
  4. Hourglass Dim Infusion — a muted peach with a soft sheen
  5. NARS Sex Appeal — a light peach with a matte finish

>> See them all side-by-side! <<

What are your favorites?

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Hourglass Ballet Extreme Sheen High Shine Lipgloss
Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lipgloss

Hourglass Ballet Extreme Sheen High Shine Lipgloss ($28.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep rose.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with subtle cool undertones and a creamy, glossy finish–it’s just shy of being a fuchsia, but there’s still a fair amount of vibrancy. It was richly pigmented, easy to apply, and lasted for five hours. The formula is mostly non-sticky–it gets slightly tacky towards the end of wear–light-medium in thickness, comfortable to wear, and somewhat hydrating. NARS Priscilla (P, $26.00) is more fuchsia. MAC Full Speed Ahead (P, $19.50) is darker. MAC Embrace Me (LE, $15.00) is brighter, shimmery. MAC Call Me Gorgeous (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, sheerer. Illamasqua Belladonna (P, $22.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Hourglass Canvas Extreme Sheen High Shine Lipgloss ($28.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “warm nude.” It’s a light-medium, rosy beige with subtle warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff, and it applied evenly without settling into lip lines. This shade wore well for four hours, and it was moderately hydrating during that time. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is sheerer. Paul and Joe Beaute Carnaval (06) (P, $29.00) is pinker, sheerer, darker. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is pinker. NYX Maple Blondie (P, $5.00) is lighter, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Hourglass Muse Extreme Sheen High Shine Lipgloss ($28.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “vibrant red orange.” It’s a vibrant, medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had really good color payoff, but I found the application to be trickier with this shade than the others (and I totally would have guessed it to be the other way around!)–it seemed to take a lot of maneuvering and additional product to get it sit evenly on the lips. Once on, it lasted for five hours and was somewhat moisturizing while worn. NARS Eternal Red (P, $26.00) is sheerer. MAC Berry Bold (LE, $20.00) is sheerer, redder. Shiseido Lust (RD305) (P, $25.00) is darker. Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is darker, redder. Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is darker, redder. Illamasqua Temper (P, $22.00) is more orange. Illamasqua Mistress (P, $22.00) is pinker, lighter. Hourglass Nectar (P, $28.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Hourglass New Shades for Summer 2014
Hourglass New Shades for Summer 2014

Panoramic Long Wear Lip Pencil ($28.00 U.S. / $33.00 CDN)

The creamy formula glides on smoothly, and resists smudging or feathering. Polymers adhere to the skin and have water-resistant qualities. Intense color payoff delivers continuous all-day wear. Equipped with a blending brush to perfect and evenly distribute product. Free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates, gluten. Not tested on animals.

  • Raven Orange red
  • Muse Coral red
  • Empress Deep aubergine
  • Eden True nude

Extreme Sheen Lip Gloss ($28.00 U.S. / $33.00 CDN)

Rich formula creates opulent, multi-dimensional shine in sheer, medium or full finishes. Proprietary gel technology delivers long-wearing application without bleeding. A blend of hydrating ingredients, including Vitamin E, moisturizes lips, and fills in fine lines so that lips appear soft, full and smooth. Custom doe foot applicator ensures precision application. Free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. No animal testing.

  • Ballet Vibrant pink
  • Canvas Dusty rose
  • Muse Coral

Availability: Now at Sephora and Hourglass; June 2014 at Net-a-porter, SpaceNK, Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

A trio of our best-selling Ambient Lighting Powders. Powders capture, diffuse and soften the way light is reflected on skin, brighten the appearance, and conceal imperfections, pores and wrinkles. Unlike traditional finishing powders that use opaque pigments, Ambient utilizes Photoluminescent Technology—micron-size, soft-focus particles that refract light and create transparent coverage. The powders can be applied individually or layered to imbue skin with a multidimensional glow. Universal powders make them suitable for every skin tone, and they can be worn for day and night.  Now available at Sephora!

Ambient Lighting Palette ($58.00 U.S. / $67.00 CDN) (Permanent)

  • Dim Light A neutral peach beige powder that blurs imperfections and highlights a radiant complexion with a balance of warm and cool tones.
  • Incandescent Light A pearlescent powder that highlights the cheekbones and brightens the complexion with a celestial glow (Exclusive to palette)
  • Radiant Light A sun-kissed golden beige powder that enhances the overall complexion with believable, subtle warmth

Availability: Now @ hourglasscosmetics.com; April 15th @ sephora.com, June 2014 at other retailers, Sephora stores