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Hourglass No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil Review & Photos

Hourglass No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil
Hourglass No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil

Hourglass No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil ($42.00 for 0.25 oz.) is supposed to help lips look better both in the short-term as well as over the long-term by conditioning, hydrating, and relieving dry and chapped lips. The applicator is a “24-karat gold-plated, anti-bacterial palladium,” slanted and slightly curved tip. You lightly press to dispense the product to apply.

This lip treatment is a follow-up to Hourglass’ No. 28 Primer Serum, and it contains 14 essential oils, as well as vitamins A, B5, C, and E. It also includes Saliporine 8, which Hourglass says, in clinical studies, has shown to “reinforce the natural moisturizing factor of the skin and boost moisture levels,” Volulip, which in clincal studies has shown to “provide improvement in the appearance of lip shape, softness, volume, hydration, and youth for at least 69% of volunteers.” The third ingredient is K3 Viamerine, which Hourglass said in clinical studies was shown to “deliver deep hydration and reduce the appearance of depth in wrinkles.”

I’ve been using this for several weeks now, and I think this is the type of product that will work best (and will be most “worth it”) for someone who finds most products don’t work for them; for someone who suffers from dry, chapped, cracked, or peeling lips and truly needs a treatment.  If your lips are fairly smooth with whatever lip care you’re using, this is going to feel lovely, but I don’t know if you’ll see dramatic improvement or truly feel it.

I deliberately wore some of the more drying lipstick formulas I’m aware of to essentially roughen up my lips so they would be cracked and peeling (I don’t recommend that, and I don’t think I’d go that far again), and then I tried this.  I routinely reached for this over my regular lip balm (Jack Black) after a particularly long “lip swatching” session.  I also used it when my lips felt and looked normal (soft, smooth, no cracking/peeling).  Hourglass’ Lip Treatment Oil seemed to soothe, relieve, and repair my lips faster than my normal lip balms would when my lips were in a really rough state.

It always felt lovely on; slightly thick, somewhat creamy but not wet, with medium-weight.  It had a very light tack to it, more from its thickness than anything else.  It has a lemony, herbal scent and slightly herbal taste–it wasn’t a taste I was fond of but didn’t notice after a few regular uses.  When I first started using this, I applied it in the morning and before bed (I usually am testing gloss/lipstick during the day).  My lips were normal, and I really didn’t feel like it was doing anything more than what normal lip balm does for me.  I didn’t like using it during the day as much, because I felt like it wasn’t very long-lasting and would disappear after two hours or so.  Obviously, at this price point, frequent reapplication isn’t something the wallet wants to here.

That’s why I decided to give it more of a challenge, and then maybe, I’d see more of the restorative effects of the product–and I did.  The wear time didn’t improve, but I noticed improvement within a few hours (especially in terms of making my lips feel more soothed and less discomfort) and saw more dramatic improvement after three to four days of using this three to four times a day.  It also seems to relieve my lips when they’re normal but rubbed raw from swatching slightly faster than my normal lip balm (within two hours, as compared to three).

Based on my experience, it’s a product I’d recommend considering if you have lips in need of serious treatment, not simply routine care.  It is absolutely hydrating and soothing even when lips feel good to start, but the efficacy was not much more (if at all) than I’ve experienced with other lip balms at varying price points.  It’s also a product that can work well for anyone who has moderate lip concerns as a night-time treatment to help maintain good lip care.  Now, if you ordinarily splash out for your lip balm, then it might just replace your current go-to.  For reference:  Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment is $150/oz., Hourglass No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil is $168/oz., Dior Creme de Rose is $108/oz., and La Mer’s Lip Balm is $156/oz.

Ingredients

Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Octyldodecanol, Amyris (Amyris Balsamifera) Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora Wood Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Benzoin Siam Absolute, Bois De Rose (Aniba Rosaeodora) Oil, Borage (Borago Officinalis) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cedar (Thuja Occidentalis) Leef Oil, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Cherry (Prunus Avium) Pit Oil, Clove (Eugenia Caryophyllus) Oil, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol, Eucalyptus Globulus Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Geranium (Geranium Maculatum) Oil, Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis) Oil, Hazelnut (Corylus Americana) Oil, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis) Oil, Kukui (Aleurites Moluccana) Nut Oil, Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia) Oil, Lemon (Citrus Medica Limonum) Peel Oil, Lithospermum Officinale Root Extract, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Olive(Olea Europaea) Oil, Orange (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis) Peel Oil, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Panthenyl Triacetate, Petitgrain (Citrus Reticulata) Oil, Portulaca Pilosa Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Rose Geranium (Pelargonium Roseum) Oil, Rose Hips Seed Oil, Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) Leaf Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Sorbitan Isostearate, Sucrose Cocoate, Sweet Almond (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) Oil, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Linoleate, Vanilla (Vanilla Planifolia) Oil, Ylang Ylang (Cananga Odorata) Oil.

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Guerlain Super Aqua-Serum Light Wrinkle Plumper Review & Photos

Guerlain Super Aqua-Serum Light Wrinkle Plumper
Guerlain Super Aqua-Serum Light Wrinkle Plumper

Guerlain Super Aqua-Serum Light Wrinkle Plumper ($165.00 for 1.6 fl. oz.) is supposed to hydrate skin while minimizing the appearance of wrinkles. According to Guerlain, after 30 hours, 72% hydration and 27% reduction in wrinkles were apparent. It is also supposed to be a lighter version (in terms of texture) of their Super Aqua-Serum, so it is more suitable for normal to combination skin types.

In the late spring and summer, my skin tends to be closer to normal than normal-to-dry (just as in the winter, it is drier rather than normal), so I reached for this when I needed something in the evening. I liked it a lot, and a lot of what I loved came from two things: 1) the fine lines around my eyes (which are, at present, my “major” signs of aging) look softer the next morning after using this on a consistent basis, and 2) the texture is incredibly lightweight and thin but not watery or runny. The texture is thin, like a lotion, and absorbs very quickly (within a minute of applying).

It is actually very hydrating–so hydrating that I really didn’t need to use a moisturizer afterwards, but you may find you can stretch a bottle further by using and applying it as a serum (so less, or only on some areas) and following up with moisturizer. I also tried it as more of as-needed product for near fine lines, around my nose, and the tops of my cheeks (all areas I tend to be a bit drier), and it worked nicely as a spot hydrator.  It doesn’t top my go-to for dry spots, but Guerlain’s has a nicer texture and faster absorption (and will work better under makeup).  It has a floral fragrance–not the strongest I’ve come across, but it’s not light; it’s on par with Guerlain’s skincare range in general and strong enough that there is a lingering scent even after it has absorbed.

The benefits last about as long as you keep using the product, but it’s not correcting signs of aging, just camouflaging them by “plumping” the lines so they look less visible.  It worked well for me, and it did all the things it was supposed to, and it did them with a really lovely, quick-absorbing texture while still delivering great hydration.  That being said, a good smoothing primer (usually something with silicones in it) can also work well for smoothing out fine lines–at least for a few hours (as compared with a day or so with this). While I liked it, I’m not sure it’s the one and will continue to see what else is out there before committing to this price point. (I’m also not very bothered by the fine lines I do have, so naturally, I’m less inclined to pay a lot to minimize something I don’t notice often.)

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Chanel Moon River Stylo Eyeshadow

Chanel Moon River Stylo Eyeshadow
Chanel Moon River Stylo Eyeshadow

Chanel Moon River Stylo Eyeshadow ($34.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as “platinum.” It’s a metallic taupe with a champagne sheen. Urban Decay Mushroom is grayer. Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo is browner and a powder. Urban Decay Rehab is browner. MAC Antique Diamond is grayer. Guerlain Callipgraphy #2 is slightly grayer and a powder product. bareMinerals Magnetism is a powder eyeshadow but close in color. See comparison swatches.

Moon River has semi-sheer to semi-opaque color, depending on if you layer it. It delivered a “shimmering veil” of color just as Chanel described. It’s kind of long-wearing in some aspects, as it didn’t fade or crease on me, but I did substantial fall out of shimmering sparkles underneath my eyes. The consistency was very wet-like, cool to the touch, and creamy, so it glided on well and applied even color as it slid across the lid. Though it feels wet when applied, it doesn’t slip or slide around on the lid. Mine arrived broken at the tip, but the other two I purchased were fine, and Chanel has always been great about makeup returns based on my experience.

Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow Moon River
Moon River
Moon River
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Cult Nails Morning Glory Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Morning Glory Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Morning Glory Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Morning Glory Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is an “eye-catching shade of magenta that dries to a perfect wax finish.” It’s a medium-dark, fuchsia with a wax finish, so it has a vinyl-like look that’s mostly matte but has a slight sheen.  MAC Toco Toucan is similar but dries to a shiny finish. MAC Girl About Town is very similar but isn’t a wax finish. MAC Embrace Me is cooler-toned and shiny. L’Oreal Members Only is lighter and shiny. China Glaze Love’s a Beach is shimmery and shiny. China Glaze Escaping Reality is lighter. Essie Super Bossa Nova is iridescent and cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

It was opaque in two coats, and it applied evenly, but the wax finish definitely isn’t forgiving if your nails aren’t perfectly smooth.  I would recommend using a ridge-filling base coat to help create a more even surface from the get go.  The drying time is faster than average, and it’s important to let each coat fully dry before applying a second coat to prevent the second coat from tugging at the previously-applied coat.  When I tried Morning Glory for wear, it lasted seven days with minor tip wear but no chipping, but it did have more tip wear than I normally see with Cult Nails’ other shades (with a glossier finish). If you’re not a fan of the wax finish, you can apply a top coat and get a shiny finish that way.

Cult Nails Nail Lacquer Morning Glory
A-

Discontinued

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

Color Club Cosmic Fate Nail Lacquer

Color Club Cosmic Fate Nail Lacquer
Color Club Cosmic Fate Nail Lacquer

Color Club Cosmic Fate Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is warm-toned, peachy beige with holographic shimmer. I didn’t have any dupes for this, and while I still tried to find similar shades at least in color (but not the holographic effect), I didn’t have any strong contenders. These were the closest, but they’re just not very similar at all. China Glaze Knotty was the closest, but it was darker, sheerer, and of course, no holographic shimmer.

I loved how strong the holographic effect was; it’s not subtle–you don’t have to hold your nails at just the right angle under just the right light to see it.  It dances in all lights and at all angles.  The formula is perfection, as it is not too thick or too thin, flows fluidly across the nail and applies beautifully.  Cosmic Fate was opaque in two coats.  I normally get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with this formula.

Color Club Nail Lacquer Cosmic Fate
Cosmic Fate
Cosmic Fate
A

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

Chanel Amant Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Amant Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Amant Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Amant Rouge Coco Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, coral-red with subtle warm undertones and a natural sheen. MAC Must Be Red is brighter, warmer. Guerlain Rouge Sensuel is less pigmented, lighter. Guerlain Coque d’Or is more shimmery. Dior Lady is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

This is one of five shades in chanel’s Avant-Premiere collection, which are all new and part of the permanent range. The Rouge Coco formula is supposed to glide on, be hydrating and moisturizing, and provide full coverage color. Amant was opaque, and the consistency was lightweight, creamy, and applied even, smooth color without pulling or tugging on the lips. This shade lasted five and a half hours on me, and it did leave a light stain behind. I found it moderately hydrating while I wore it, but what really stood out to me was just how smooth the color looked applied to lips. It really looked like it had melted and combined my natural lips so it never looked heavy.

Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour Amant
Amant
Amant
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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