Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss ($28), one of the items in the Give Me Some Lip Lip Sampler. Since I gave that away, I decided to order an Hourglass gloss shade during the sale. Which shade? Inexperienced with this particular gloss, I ended up with three. I wanted all 13. Moderation is not one of my virtues, so I decided to order one light/cool, one that turned out to be medium/warm, and one dark/red, appropriate for all skin tones - a spectrum I could use to select future shades.
Hourglass promises smoothing, defining, and opulent shine with Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss. Here's its description at Sephora.
crème-de-la-crème of lip glosses, Extreme Sheen is pure luxury for the
lips. The formulation delivers high shine and rich pigment without
feathering. It contains moisturizing active and vitamin E to provide
intense hydration to keep lips from cracking or chapping.
What the heck is moisturizing active? I was sure Sephora had to have left out at least one word when posting this lip gloss, so I went to the Hourglass site and got the real scoop.I found better swatch representations too.
Pure pigment, pure shine, pure luxury: this intensely-hued, super lustrous
lip gloss is formulated with active ingredients that hydrate and restore
lips for an immediately soft and smooth effect. The hydrating formula keeps lips from cracking or chapping. Added super-antioxidant vitamin E protects the lips from damaging environmental elements. Wears alone or layers over lipstick and liner to impart shine.
My photo at the top of this feature shows Fortune on the left, Icon in the center, and Truth on the right. Fortune is described as a golden pink shimmer. Icon, a new shade, is called a deep ruby red. Truth's description is probably the only misleading one of the three: rosy nude. I'm not seeing that.
My swatch photos were taken in full sun about mid-afternoon. These days, mid-afternoon sends me dragging up to my neighbor's property to find sun spots. I'm like a cat in winter, moving around the house with the sun. I swatched in the same order listed above: Fortune at the top, Icon in the middle, and Truth at the bottom of my arm.
Icon is a whole 'nother story. It's red - really red. I had assumed when I ordered it that it would offer a sheerness that would make it wearable. I am uncomfortable wearing it. It's too red and the color is too saturated for me, but anyone who likes red lipstick will love it. The color is gorgeous.
These Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Glosses deliver on the promised shine. They have no detectible fragrance, and they are formulated without all the nasty chemicals we are trying to avoid. The only weird thing I have noticed is that their wands are slightly flexible, forcing me to be careful when stowing the wand back in the tube.
Hourglass products are available at Hourglasscosmetics.com, Sephora, SPACE.NK, Barneys, Zuneta, Liberty, and Dermstore.com. Please let me know what you think.
Photos by Best Things in Beauty