Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick I Desire Review

Hey gorgeous gals,

After reviewing the Hourglass Lip Stylos for you, I am super excited to review the fairly newly launched Hourglass Confession lipstick. I sure seem to be enamoured with Hourglass, don’t I? Why the sudden love for lipsticks? Look at the packaging – then talk to me! Yes, I’m a sucker for packaging. So, let us find out if the product is as good as the packaging. 😉

Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick I Desire 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
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.

Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick I Desire Open Packaging

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.

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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 Desire:

Packaging:
Yes, I may end up filling pages describing the packaging but you could just look at the pictures instead. I am sharing pictures of both – the refillable lipsticks and the individual refills.

Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick I Desire

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 reveal a twist up lipstick. The lipstick is a thinner version of a regular lipstick with a slanted tip. Normally, I have issues with application – especially on the cupid’s bow – with a rounder slant tip lipstick. 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 on 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. There is no rocket science to it.

Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick I Desire Cap

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 case is no way cheap plastic and is quite secure to use on its own.

Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick I Desire Packaging Collection

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.

Shade:
I Desire: Described by the Company as a “Vivid Red Orange.” I Desire is just that – a medium, bright, orange-toned, warm red shade with a satin finish. It is a beautiful balance of red and orange – not so brightly orange that it would seem loud or uncomfortable to wear. But not too red to become just another red.

Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick I Desire Close Up

Texture:
This is a satin finish lipstick. The texture is a creamy, lightweight and glides smoothly over the lips without being too slippery. Once applied, it does not seem to slide around. I wouldn’t call it a hydrating formula – like the Hourglass Lip Stylos – but it is definitely super comfortable. Even in this cool weather my lips do not feel dry or flaky with wear. Being a satin finish, it transfers easily to any surface it touches – cups, spoons, etc. However, this does not seem to impact the pigmentation too much. It does not smudge outside the lip lines or feather or bleed. I did not see the need of using a lip liner with these.

Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick I Desire Cap

Pigmentation:
The lipstick is fully opaque in a single swipe, hugging the lips. The brand promised “saturated” lip colour and that is exactly what they deliver. As I mentioned earlier, being satin finish, it transfers to other surfaces it touches, easily. However, it barely loses intensity – maybe by about 5%.

Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick I Desire Open

Lasting Power:
The brand promises “Longwear” and this shade totally lives up to it. The colour stays intact pretty much the whole day. The wear time will get affected by an oily meal but I still get about 8 hours wear time with it. And even when it is all gone, it leaves behind such a distinct stain that the stain itself gives you another 2-3 hour of wear. And as it does so, it starts disappearing from your lips. However, it wears off evenly and it does not look patchy.

Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick I Desire Hand Swatch

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 Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick I Desire Review Lip Swatch

Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick I Desire FOTD

To sum this up for you:

Pros of Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick I Desire:

• Stunning shade – will work on a variety of skin tones.
• 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 hours.
• Cruelty-free.

Cons of Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick I Desire:

• The amount of lipstick is distinctly lower than what any other slim lipstick offers.

IMBB Rating: 5/5

The Company promises a product which is “an ultra-slim, refillable luxury lipstick that delivers saturated, long-wearing color with a satin finish.”  And they deliver on all accounts. To add to it, the stunning packaging – the product is a definite winner. Yes, the amount of product may well be a substantial con for some. But what Hourglass lacks in quantity, they make up in quality.

Would I Recommend Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick I Desire?
Is it a NEED to buy the product? No, not really. It is an excellent formula for an excellent packaging. So, if you do buy this you will thoroughly enjoy it.

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