Recently I was extremely delighted to receive a few great Hourglass Cosmetics products from Hourglass head office @ California.
Hourglass Cosmetics, a luxury makeup brand, is sold at Sephora Ion and True Colors in Singapore. It provides cutting-edge technology and innovative packaging with superb quality cosmetics products.
Frankly, I have not heard of this brand before and after browsing through their website Hourglass Cosmetics, I was actually surprised and glad to know that this luxury cosmetic brand is now available in Singapore. My first impression on the site was great! The products are so desirable! I couldn’t hold back my excitement and I hurried down to Sephora Ion Orchard on the following day to check out the shades and texture. After sampling some of the tester products, I was truly impressed! The quality is superb! The texture (especially the eyeshadows) are super fine and smooth. The colors are also rich, seductive and intense.
Hourglass Cosmetics is in fact one of the best makeup brand I have discovered recently.
About Hourglass Cosmetics
A line that truly embodies modern luxury, Hourglass Cosmetics combines timeless extravagance and style all in one elegant collection. From lush shades to incredibly luxurious packaging, makeup has never been so stunning – or perfecting. Created by beauty veteran Carisa Janes, each innovative product is formulated with the latest cosmetic technology and cutting-edge ingredients. Many contain anti-aging properties yet leave out harmful ingredients such as parabens, phthalates and sulfates. Offering a full collection of color cosmetics and brushes, Hourglass is celebrated for its “complexion perfecting” products such as Veil Fluid Makeup, Veil Mineral Primer, and Illusion Tinted Moisturizer. The brand is available at Sephora, Sephora.com and Barneys New York. For more information on the line, please visit www.hourglasscosmetics.com.
Here are what I have received – Calligraphy Liquid Eye Liner, Trace Lip Liner, Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss, Film Noir Mascara and Prodigy Hydrating Lip Gloss.
Plus sachet-size Veil Mineral Primer and Illusion Tinted Moisturizer.
Prodigy Hydrating Lip Gloss – S$38
A high shine sheer lip gloss in a sleek and streamlined package, exclusively designed for the brand.
- “Tube” features a metalized outer shell to conveniently fit into the palm of the hand or slipped into a pocket or clutch
- Silky and non-tacky texture provides high shine and comfort
- Enhanced with Vitamin E to hydrate and protect the lips from becoming chapped and dry
- May be worn over lipstick and lip liner or worn on its own
- Offers superior water-resistant color
- Paraben, sulfate, phthalate and fragrance FREE
Although Prodigy Hydrating Lip Gloss has an unique and interesting packaging but it’s not really user-friendly. I have a hard time opening it for the first time. In fact, the easy and correct way to open it is to slightly tilt the cover to one side and pull it outward from sideway.
How to use : press the centre portion of the packaging to squeeze out the product.
I also find it hard to apply due to the flat surface area at the opening tip. It tends to mess up my lip with excess gloss on the outer area of my lip.
I guess the best way to apply it is to use a lip brush but I’m just plain too lazy to use a lip brush though.
Prodigy Hydrating Lip Gloss comes in 6 colors : Surreal, Hypnotic, Pulse, Eden, Opium and Legend.
I have selected the reddish brown shade Hypnotic as my sampling piece. This photo is taken on a bright day light hence the color (Hypnotic) seems to be different from the picture above. I really love this shade, it looks so natural especially on bright day light.
Prodigy Hydrating Lip Gloss provides an excellent moisturizing, translucent and slight tinge of luminous metallic finish. Although it is glossy, but it is non-sticky. My lip doesn’t feel dry even after many hours later. Excellent product!
Verdict : Love the color, texture and moisture level. Easy to remove and not too glossy which is good. Interesting packaging but not very practical. I would have given a full mark with 5-Star if is not because of the packaging.
Will I buy it myself? Yes Definitely!
Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss – S$41
A new and improved variation on an ultra-radiant gloss with unprecedented and multidimensional shine.
I have chosen pinkish Fortune (latest shade) as my sampling piece. There are more than 10 shades to choose from.
- Laminactine deeply penetrates, reinforcing fragile tissues damaged by excessive sun exposure while enhancing collagen and elastin production to smooth fine lines and foam definition
- Provides intense hydration to keep lips from cracking or chapping
- Treated with super-antioxidant vitamin E to nurture and shelter lips from damaging environmental elements
- Wears alone or layers over lipstick and liner to impart instant shine
- Paraben-, sulfate-,synthetic-dye, and phthalate-free
The product name says it all! Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss provides high shine with metallic and luminous finish. My lip is super hydrated and glossy. The texture doesn’t feel thick nor sticky at all. It contains excellent ingredients such as Laminactine and vitamin E that help to moisture, repair, enhance collagen and elastin production to smooth fine lines on the lip.
There are so many ways of wearing this High Shine Lip Gloss, I can either wear alone (as image above) or layers over lipstick and liner to impart instant shine.
Verdict : I extremely love the texture and the high shine finish! I’m happy to have chosen Fortune as my shade and it gives a natural look. I can create different look by wearing it in different ways – wear alone for natural look, layer over lipstick for luminous finish or dip a little on the centre of a defined lip with liner to impart instant shine.
Will I buy it myself? Yes Yes Yes!!
Trace Lip Liner – S$41
Ultra sleek dual-ended mechanical pencil lines lips to impart color and definition.
Trace Lip Liner comes with 2 tips – liner on one side and brush applicator for blending on the other side.
- Long-lasting formula helps prolong the wear of lipstick and gloss
- Combines liners with a brush applicator for blending
- Shapes, contours and fills in lips
- Convenient retractable liner eliminates need for sharpener
- Interchangeable parts allow ends to be customized as desired
- Innovative, eco-friendly system of cartridge refills
- Refillable cartridges sold separately on Sephora.com
Trace Lip Liner is smooth in texture and that makes it so easy to apply on my lip. Even if I fill up my whole lip (above top image) with it, my lip will not feel dry at all. It doesn’t cause my lip to crack which is good. This lip liner helps to prolong my lipstick/lipgloss color when it is layered on top of the lip liner (above below image). It helps to prevent smudging or wear off on lipstick.
Unlike most lip liners that comes as a pencil, Trace Lip Liner comes with a convenient retractable contour liner that eliminates the need for a sharpener.
I have chosen Voice as my shade. There are 4 colors available in Singapore.
Verdict : I like the neutral and versatile shade of Voice. It can easily blend with other shades of lipstick/lipgloss. Like the smooth texture of Trace Lip Liner and my lip doesn’t feel dry with it.
Will I buy it myself? Very Likely!
Calligraphy Liquid Eye Liner – S$47
A waterproof felt-tip precision eye liner
I’m surprised to see “Made in Japan” on this USA product.
- Longwearing formula quickly dries to prevent smearing and transfer
- Defines and contours without drag, pull or skip
- Infused with antioxidant-rich rosemary, perilla, charmomile, and aloe extracts to soothe and moisturize the eyes
- Added pearl protein provides anti-inflammatory and skin regenerating properties
I really adore the texture of Calligraphy Liquid Eye Liner. It doesn’t smear when I try to rub it off. Excellent!
Calligraphy Liquid Eye Liner comes in 3 colors – Indigo (dark grey), Ebony (black) and Cognac (dark brown). I’m having Ebony which is suitable for asian eyes. This waterproof long-wearing eye liner contains antioxidant-rich ingredients such as rosemary, perilla, charmomile, and aloe extracts to help soothe and moisturize the eyes. It also contains pearl protein that provides anti-inflammatory and skin regenerating properties.
This liquid felt-tip precision eye liner is a great alternative for those who hate pencil which may tend to pull the delicate skin around eye areas that can cause wrinkles or fine lines easily. I personally prefer liquid eyeliner than pencil-type eyeliner.
Verdict : This waterproof eye liner doesn’t bleed under my eyes. Excellent! I really like the “fiber” texture which makes it so easy to remove the ‘mistake’ lines. When I gently rub off the ‘mistake’ line with my finger, the liner will turn into fiber residues that can easily clean off with a tissue. I do find the brush a little too thick although I have no problem of drawing a thin line.
Will I buy it myself? Very Likely!
Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara – S$41
A full spectrum mascara delivering high-impact results by volumizing, lengthening, separating, and conditioning lashes
- Pro-Vitamin B5 hydrates and conditions lashes to keep them supple and healthy-looking
- Add polymers help formula adhere to lashes and resist smudging and fading
- Triple-cut, hourglass-shaped brush evenly distributes product across lashes to create volume while lifting and lengthening
- No sulfates, no phthalates, and no synthetic dyes
Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara, the newest addition to Hourglass, comes only in one color which is Onyx. This product is a collaboration between Hourglass founder Carisa Janes and their artistic director, makeup artist Gina Brooke. She is Madonna’s go-to-girl and works with a ton of other amazing celebrities such as Anne Hathaway and Naomi Campbell.
What I like about this mascara is that it doesn’t bleed, smudge or fade even after wearing it for many hours. It helps to lengthen my lashes and increase the volume by 25%. This water-based mascara doesn’t flake and the brush evenly distributes product across lashes.
Verdict : Before applying the mascara, I will usually curl up my lashes using a curler. But somehow this liquid mascara seems to wear down my lashes even I have used a curler before the application. I have to re-curl my lashes even with one layer of mascara only. The brush helps to separate my lashes pretty well.
Will I buy it myself? Probably!
This is my final look using solely Hourglass products. I have applied Illusion Tinted Moisturizer (Ivory) on my whole face. It moisturizes my skin and gives a great natural coverage with a matt and glowing finish. I don’t even need to apply any foundation or loose powder after it at all.
I have also used Calligraphy Liquid Eye Liner, Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara and Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss to complete the look. And I’m good to go!
Thanks for reading and see you soon!