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Hourglass Icon, Visionary, Protector GIRL Lip Stylos

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Hourglass Icon GIRL Lip Stylo

Hourglass Icon GIRL Lip Stylo

Hourglass Icon GIRL Lip Stylo

Hourglass Icon GIRL Lip Stylo

Hourglass Icon GIRL Lip Stylo

Hourglass Icon GIRL Lip Stylo

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Hourglass Icon GIRL Lip Stylo ($32.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a bold, medium-dark red with cool, pink undertones and a natural sheen. It had semi-opaque, buildable color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly. It had a creamy, thin (but not too thin!) texture that glided across the lips nicely but didn’t melt too much that it was hard to be precise. The soft sheen and creamier consistency made it appear almost like a lip stain. The color lasted for five hours, was hydrating, and very comfortable to wear.

The GIRL Lip Stylo formula is supposed to have “modern color with luxurious hydration for a lustrous finish,” while the brand founder is quoted (on Sephora) stating, “I can build as much–or as little–color as I like.” I would describe the coverage semi-opaque and buildable, which seemed to fit the brand’s description. The consistency was smooth, creamy, and lightweight, but the color still adhered well to the lips (three to five hours, depending on the shade). I definitely felt like I could apply a little here, a little there, and then spread the color out by pressing my lips together for sheerer coverage, or I could apply a single layer and get semi-opaque coverage fairly easily. The formula was incredibly comfortable to wear: lightweight, hydrating, and smoothing. Some balm-like formulas that have more coverage can sit in lip lines, but I felt like these filled them and made them look softer. I didn’t notice any scent or taste.

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10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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Sneak Peek: Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo Photos & Swatches

Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo
Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo

Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo ($34.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a new, permanent twist-up jumbo lip crayon available in 20 shades. I love how the names are uplifting/motivational! The new formula is supposed to have “modern color” with a hydrating, “lustrous finish.” Here are swatches of the full range, with reviews to come:

Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo

Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo for January 2017

Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo for January 2017
Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo for January 2017

The silky, weightless formula blends modern color with luxurious hydration for a lustrous finish. It features a hydrating blend of shea butter, jojoba, mimosa, and sunflower seed to nourish dry lips and give a silky, soft finish. The precision tip allows for easy and precise application throughout the day without the need for sharpening.

Availability

January 2017

The Details

GIRL Lip Stylo | $32.00 | New, Permanent

  • Leader Vivid fuchsia
  • Dreamer Peachy pink
  • Visionary Brick red
  • Innovator Neutral red
  • Seeker Pinky rose
  • Believer Peachy beige
  • Influencer Deep rose beige
  • Activist Neutral rose
  • Creator Soft pink nude
  • Inventor Soft rose
  • Peacemaker Peachy nude
  • Icon Blue red
  • Warrior Deep plum
  • Idealist Honey nude
  • Explorer Soft pink coral
  • Futurist Mauve nude
  • Lover Vibrant red-orange
  • Liberator Deep berry
  • Protector Rich berry
  • Achiever Deep mauve

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Hourglass Holiday 2016 Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette

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Hourglass Spring 2017 Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette

Hourglass Spring 2017 Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette

Hourglass Spring 2017 Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette

Hourglass Spring 2017 Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette

Hourglass Spring 2017 Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette

Hourglass Spring 2017 Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette

Spring 2017

Hourglass Holiday 2016 Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette ($62.00 for 0.27 oz.) is a new, limited edition trio of shimmering blushes for the holidays.

From my understanding, the palette actually contains a new formula–a mix between the Ambient Lighting Blushes and the Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders–which is code for “shimmery blush.” The formula is supposed to impart “glowing color and a natural-looking, radiant finish.” In terms of value, both the Ambient Lighting Blushes and Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders retail for $38, while the blushes contain 0.15 oz. and the highlighters contain 0.16 oz., so let’s call a 50/50 mix and go with 0.155 oz. for calculations, which is $245.16/oz. The palette contains $66.19 worth of product. If you just do a per-ounce calculation against the standalone blush, then it has a value of $68.40, and if you do it against the standalone highlighter, then it has a value of $64.13. In all cases, you are getting a bit more than what you’re paying for, but you will get three shades for less than the cost of two (not that any of these are available on their own).

I was a bit confused over the inclusion of Incandescent Electra in the palette, as a shade by the same existed in another trio, and while it had similar colors in its pan, the one in this palette is dominated by the coral, so it was quite different–much more colorful, darker, and only really shares the undertone of the previously-released shade. Hourglass’ website says that it is the same as the previously-released shade, though. The products are marbled, so there can be variation in depth based from shade to shade, but this was beyond a mere variation! Also, per Hourglass, this is a holiday palette!

Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette Spring 2017
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Spring 2017
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

Get a shade-by-shade breakdown of this palette, along with individual photos and swatches…

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Hourglass Radiant Finish Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette for Spring 2017

Hourglass Radiant Finish Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette for Spring 2017
Hourglass Radiant Finish Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette for Spring 2017

A limited-edition blush palette with the illuminating effects of Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder fused with blush pigments for glowing color and a natural-looking, radiant finish.

Availability

December 1st, 2016

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The Details

Radiant Finish Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette | $62.00 | Limited Edition, Sephora Exclusive

  • Incandescent Electra Coral
  • Brilliant Nude Soft brown
  • Euphoric Fusion Mauve

Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette
Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette ($80.00 for 0.30 oz.) includes a finishing powder, bronzer, two blushes, and highlighter inspired by Surreal Light, which is a new shade in the Ambient Lighting Powder family (currently only available in this palette). This palette will work best for someone who is less concerned about a “value-packed” palette/is unlikely to finish their products and really needs everything in a single compact. I think the palette, all being in the same family of Surreal Light, ends up getting muddled a bit between the blush, bronzer, and highlighter with the Surreal Effect blush being the one lone shade that stands out as a bit different. It is a distinctively warm-toned palette, so it will likely not work for everyone. The texture seemed a bit drier across the majority of the powders as the permanent range, though I did not notice the dryness as applied to the face in practice.

Like last year’s palette, the only value is in whether you like the idea of getting five shades for less than the cost of two or three full-sized Hourglass Ambient Lighting products (which range from $38 to $50 in price). There’s only $53.30 worth of product in the palette, so it’s obviously not a value-packed palette. This is something that will be best for someone who wants everything in a single palette and will wear at least three of the five shades often. This year’s palette is marginally better in value than last year’s (which was $48.05 in product value at the same $80.00 price point), but their palettes prior to that were significantly better in value.

  • Ambient Lighting Powder | 0.14 oz. is worth $18.40
    Ambient Lighting Blush | 2 x 0.04 oz., 0.08 oz. total, is worth $20.27
  • Ambient Lighting Bronzer | 0.04 oz. is worth $5.13
  • Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder | 0.04 oz. is worth $9.50
  • Total Value: $53.30

Surreal Light is a light, yellowed beige with fine gold shimmer over a matte finish. This is the original Ambient Lighting Powder, which is a finishing powder, so it is something applied after setting powder, at the very end (hence “finishing!”) to “diffuse” and “soften the look of the skin.” It added very subtle warmth and made my skin appear smoother and more matte, but this particularly iteration had very subtle shimmer, which added a little bit of light all-over but was only noticeable in certain lighting in person. The texture was soft, a little dusty and prone to kicking up excess product in the pan, but it applied well and dispersed easily. It was sheer, as promised (and as you would expect for a finishing powder). Guerlain Perles de Legende (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Dior Luxurious Beige (LE, $82.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Light Cocoa (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Filtered Light (P) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Surreal Glow is a light-medium peach with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage, which is in line with the brand’s promise of “buildable color.” It does not deliver the “otherwordly glow” much, as it is more satiny and just keeps the blush from appearing totally flat. The texture was soft, a little dry and dusty, but it blended well and was impossible to overdo on my skin tone as it barely showed up (that’s a warning for those with similar skin tones!). I think this color would be better on fairer complexions. It wore well for seven hours on me before fading. Kevyn Aucoin Sahara (P, $54.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sahara (P, $54.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sahara (P, $54.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Silent Nude (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Catrice I Am Nuts About You (P, $5.99) is cooler (85% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #4 (LE) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Zoeva CR040 (P) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Sisley Paris Mango (3) (P, $85.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Coup de Genie (P, $32.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Surreal Effect is a light-medium pink with warm, coral undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer, buildable pigmentation that was very soft, silky, and smooth without being dusty or excessively powdery. The texture sat well on the skin, and it did become a little more satiny when buffed and blended on the skin. For reference, I get noticeable color when applied to my skin, but it is very subtle and doesn’t get any more intense than as shown in the face swatch below, so it would not be good for someone with deeper skin and/or someone who wanted bolder blush. This shade stayed on well for seven and a half hours. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $22.00) is brighter (95% similar). LORAC Wavelength (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #6 (LE) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Clinique Pink Honey Pop (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Unleashed (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $10.00) is more muted (90% similar). Catrice La Vie En Rose (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Trickery (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sephora Shame On You (01) (P, $14.00) is warmer (90% similar). Catrice Coral Me Maybe (P, $5.99) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Spellbinder (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC At Dusk (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Frantic Pink (P, $60.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Tinge (P, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). KIKO 109 Candy Rose (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Delilah (Light) (P) is warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Surreal Bronze Light is a soft, light-medium brown with warm, rosy undertones and a soft, dusting of gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer to medium, buildable coverage that sat well on the skin, even though the texture seemed a little thin and dusty. I had no trouble blending and diffusing the color, and it showed up a little more noticeably than Surreal Glow. I think it would be a lovely option for someone wanting a subtle bronzing shade that wasn’t too yellow or too orange in tone. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Urban Decay Streak Bronzer (-) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Optical (LE) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Surreal Strobe Light is a soft, light-medium yellowed peach with warm undertones and gold shimmer. It had sheer coverage that did not really build-up, while the texture was drier and looser. It is supposed to be sheerer, though this is a lot sheerer than the other permanent shades. I do not think this would apply as well over drier skin types as it would just not stick well, but if you normally wear primer, liquid foundation, and so forth, it should be okay. It does add a nice, luminous glow that isn’t metallic or shiny, so I think those who like a a more subtle sheen may like the finish of it. This highlighter wore well for seven hours on me. MAC Glow Rida (LE, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Highlighter) (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Clinique Nude Glow (P, $27.00) is lighter (90% similar). Essence Be My Highlight (P, $4.49) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Gold (12) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hourglass Holiday 2016 Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal Light
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
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