Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Hourglass Obsidian 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eyeliner
Hourglass Obsidian 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eyeliner

Hourglass Obsidian 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eyeliner ($45.00 for 3 x 0.002 oz.) is described as an “ultra black.” It’s a dark black with neutral undertones and a semi-matte finish. There are plenty of similar-hued black eyeliners on the market. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The formula is supposed to be waterproof, long-wearing, transfer-free, and pigmented. The consistency is creamy without being too wet, but it glides on smoothly and evenly without tugging on the lash line or skin. It is very thin, so you can get really precise lining out of it, which can be nice for tight-lining. It was semi-opaque in a single line, and it was buildable to fully opaque color in two layers. I had a lot of trouble with wear, though. I applied it to my lower lash line, and after wearing it on seven different occasions, every time it smeared and smudged after six hours. I honestly thought maybe it was my mascara, but I had the same issue over and over again. I think what it excels at most is really precision–it is so much thinner than other eyeliners I have, so you can really get between lashes for a lusher, thicker lash line if desired. It just doesn’t last very well on me at all, and rather than just fading/thinning into oblivion, it transfers (it goes from my lower lash line to my inner tear duct area) and smudges, which can ruin a makeup look. On my hand, it is resistant to pure water, but with enough fussing, it will budge.

I appreciated that Hourglass was upfront about how many uses each pencil contains, though I’m curious as to what constitutes a single use (lower lash line, upper lash line, or both? both eyes?). Each pencil contains 0.002 oz., and most twist-up pencil eyeliners are 0.01 oz., so this is a teeny, tiny amount. Most gel eyeliners (in pots) are 0.10 oz. or larger. They’re sold in a three-pack for $45 or individually for $16 (at Sephora/Hourglass’ website only for singles). Anyone track how many uses they normally get out of a twist-up pencil? I might just go draw twenty lines with mine to see if it empties the container. You know, in the name of science.

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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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