Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick I Believe, I’m Addicted Review

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Hey gorgeous gals,

Getting some more Hourglass goodness your way. It’s time for some bold and beautiful shades from Hourglass Confession Lipstick collection. I’m really enjoying this range. Despite the low amount of product in there, they sure make up for it in quality.

Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick I Believe, I'm Addicted Review

Product Description:
What it is: 
An ultra-slim, refillable luxury lipstick that delivers saturated, long-wearing color with a satin finish. 

What it does: 
Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick delivers creamy, saturated, long-wearing color with a satin finish without smudging or feathering. Each lipstick is encapsulated in a sleek gold applicator to provide the ultimate control to precisely accentuate, contour, and define the lips. Featuring the ultimate luxury lip accessory, the gold applicator can be used interchangeably with the full collection of Confession Ultra Slim Lipstick Refills (sold separately). 

What it is formulated WITHOUT: 
– Parabens 
– Sulfates 
– Phthalates 
• Gluten
• Silicone D5
• Talc
• Triclosan
• Mineral Oil
• Not tested on animal


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What else you need to know: 
Confession Ultra Slim Lipstick blurs the line between beauty and accessory. It’s the ultimate luxury lipstick that discreetly fits in your pocket or clutch. The sleek gold applicator can be used interchangeably with the full collection of Confession Ultra Slim Lipstick Refills. Hourglass products are 100 percent cruelty-free.

Suggested Usage: 
-Twist the ultra slim lipstick to reveal product and apply. Retract product down before recapping. 
-Hold pointed end of the gold applicator, remove gold cap and pull out lipstick barrel. 
-Remove black cap of refill shade, firmly pull lipstick barrel out from the cylindrical black base. 
-Reconnect refill black cap and base with remaining lipstick. 
-Hold pointed end of the gold applicator and insert new refill shade into opening until it clicks into place. 
-Secure gold applicator cap after each use.

Price:
Refillable Lipstick US $34 for 0.9gm
Refill $22 for 0.9gm

Yes, you read that right – 0.9gm of product. That’s actually less than some lip pencils or even deluxe size sample of lipsticks! 😉

My Experience with Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick I Believe, I’m Addicted:

Packaging:
Refer to the pictures and I will try to explain the packaging here. I am sharing pictures of both – the refillable lipsticks and the individual refills.

Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick I Believe, I'm Addicted Golden Packaging

The Refillable Lipstick:
The refillable lipstick is this elegant and extremely questionable (coming to that in a minute) – golden applicator. The applicator has a lot of heft and screams luxury. You separate the cap from the pointed end of the applicator to review a twist up lipstick. The lipstick is a thinner version of a regular lipstick with a slant tip. Normally, I have issues with application – especially on the cupid’s bow – with a rounder slant tip lipstick.

Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick I Believe, I'm Addicted Applicator

However, in this case, it isn’t an issue because the lipstick itself has a smaller diameter and it hugs the cupid’s bow nicely. The shade name is written on the side of the lipstick barrel. So, if you have more than one of these you will need to open it each time and check the shade. The shade name is thoughtfully put on the side of the lipstick barrel and not the golden applicator since the same applicator can be used to fit in another shade of the refill lipstick. The mechanism to change is extremely easy – the refill detaches easily and can be replaced quickly.

Coming to the questionable part – the golden applicator is reminiscent of the cigarette holders used by Western world – mostly women – from the 1910s to 1970s. They were made iconic by Audrey Hepburn (in Breakfast at Tiffany’s) and Lucille Ball (in I Love Lucy). Having said that – I personally wonder how ethical it is for a brand to glamourize smoking! Anyway.

Refills:
The refill consists of a black plastic lipstick case with a proper fitting cap. You pull out the cap to reveal the lipstick barrel. The lipstick shade is written on the side of the barrel as well as at the bottom. This bottom plug will actually need to be pulled out of the barrel to fix the lipstick into the golden applicator. While the Golden applicator adds to the luxe feeling and the whole charm of the collection, you do not NEED the golden applicator. The refill can easily work on its own. The plastic case is in no way cheap plastic and is quite secure to use on its own.

Hourglass I Believe Im Addicted Product Collage1

A quick brief about the collection: This is like the naughty collection from Hourglass. All shade names reflect a “confession statement.” Like “I Desire” “If Only”, “I’m Addicted”, etc.

I Believe:
Described by the company as a “Vivid Pink”. I Believe is a medium, cool toned, bright, almost fuchsia pink with a creamy finish. Such a shade can quickly become too cool toned and difficult to carry off especially for people with warm or olive or red undertones. A good example of such a shade would be MAC Candy Yum Yum which is extremely pretty but not the easiest shade to slap on for us with warmer skin tone. However, the shade I Believe, despite being cool toned fuchsia, doesn’t go over the edge. It is still wearable and easy to carry off as long as you are comfortable with bright shades.

Hourglass I Believe Im Addicted Product Collage 6

I’m Addicted:
Described by the brand as a “Terracotta Rose”. It is a medium warm toned rose with a beautiful balance of pink and soft brown which makes it a perfect neutral shade which is flattering too. This is such an easy and effortless shade. I like such shades a lot – which aren’t too bright and neither are they n*de. They are perfect neutrals to go with pretty much any look and something to pop into your bag for a no-brainer application on-the-go. Office goers would love this shade.

Hourglass I Believe Im Addicted Product Collage 5

Texture:
Again, the formula is consistent across the line. Both shades have a creamy satin finish. The texture is a creamy, lightweight and glides smoothly over the lips without being too slippery. However, once applied, they do not slide around and adhere well to the lips. Both shades are mildly hydrating and super comfortable to wear. Being a creamy finish, it transfers easily to any surface it touches – cups, spoons, etc. It does not smudge outside the lip lines or feather or bleed. I did not see the need of using a lip liner with them.

Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick I Believe, I'm Addicted Bullet

Pigmentation:
The shade I Believe has excellent pigmentation and applied opaque in a single swipe. However, being a softer, more muted shade, I’m Addicted wasn’t as opaque in one go. But, it could be easily built up by a second swipe to fully opaque. As I mentioned earlier, being a satin finish it transfers to other surfaces it touches easily. However, the intensity of colour on the lips does not seem to suffer much especially for the shade I Believe.

If Only Im Addicted Ive Kissed

I Believe I Can tWait ILiv eFor

Lasting Power:
The shade, I Believe gave me about 6.5 hours of wear and it did live a stain. However, the shade I’m Addicted, being softer, had lesser wear time – about 4.5-5 hours. Also, this did not seem to leave much of a stain on the lips.

Hourglass I Believe I m Addicted Lip Arm swatch collage

Hourglass I Believe Im Addicted FOTD Collage

Fragrance:
There is a slight fragrance which seems like an added perfume but it isn’t unpleasant to the nose. Having said that, do note that I could smell it only when I actually sniffed the product. I did not register it during application.

Hourglass I Believe Collage

Hourglass Im Addicted Collage

To sum this up for you:

Pros of Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick I Believe, I’m Addicted:

Beautifully balanced, interesting shades.
Lightweight texture.
Excellent pigmentation.
Very comfortable to wear – no feeling of dryness or clinginess.
Easy to apply and get clean lines.
It applies smoothly and evenly – no tugging or pulling.
Does not flake or bleed.
Luxurious packaging (though I have shared my contra opinion on this too).
Excellent wear time – about 8-8.5 hours.
Cruelty-free.

Cons of Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick I Believe, I’m Addicted:

The amount of lipstick is distinctly lower than what any other slim lipstick offers. But then, Hourglass isn’t really a drugstore or even mid-priced brand. They have positioned themselves consciously as a luxury brand and make no apologies for it.

IMBB Rating:
I Believe – 4.25/5
I’m Addicted – 4/5

Both shades are very pretty in their own way. However, not really comparable. I love how the shades are on the more wearable and more flattering end of their own respective spectrum. It is comparing apples to oranges, but if I had to pick one, I would go for I’m Addicted. It is so, so pretty and easy to carry colour.

Would I Recommend Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick I Believe, I’m Addicted?
Yes! Both shades are absolutely stunning and perform well.

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