Hey Gorgeous Gals,
Some more lipstick reviews coming up for you today. By now, you must have figured that I LOVE lipsticks!! But, let us find out what True Love Means.
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:
• Silicone D5
• 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.
-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.
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 Lust For, My Favorite:
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.
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.
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 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.
I Lust For: Described by the company as a “Peachy Beige.” I Lust For is a light, pale peach toned nude beige shade with warm undertones and a creamy satin finish. Let me put it this way – this isn’t a shade “I Lust For” (pun intended!!) The warm peachy tones do make this more easily wearable than a regular beige nude shade. But, I do not feel that I am able to pull this off. Yes, it can balance a heavy eye look. But, it isn’t a flattering shade on my light to medium skin tone. Having said that, I do feel that this colour may actually look very becoming on someone with fair to lighter skin tone.
My Favorite: Described by the brand as a “Neutral Pink.” My Favorite is a medium, bright, neutral to slightly warm toned pink shade which is an easy pink to pull off. The almost neutral tones would allow this shade to look flattering on a variety of skin tones. This is like a happy pink shade. And, one of my favourites in this range.
Texture: The shade, My Favorite, had formula consistent with the line – satin finish, creamy, lightweight texture which glides smoothly over the lips without being too slippery. Once applied, it does not slide around and adhere well to the lips. However, the shade I Lust For seemed to have a bit more slip – not while application, but ones on. The formula wasn’t as bad or as slippery as the shade True Love Means. But, considering the fact that the shade is so light, normal pursuing of lips during the course of the day moves the product around – giving an uneven look to the application and the natural lip pigmentation peeping through. Neither shade sinks in to the fin lines of the lips. Both shades are comfortable to wear and mildly hydrating. Being a satin finish, it transfers easily to any surface it touches – cups, spoons, etc. It does not smudge outside the lip lines or feather or bleed.
Pigmentation: The lipsticks are fully opaque in a single swipe hugging the lips. The brand promised “saturated” lip colour and that is exactly what they deliver. The arm swatch consists of 2 swipes drawn parallel to create a broader swatch than the lipstick bullet. However, there was no need for me to build up the colour. That should tell you how good the pigmentation is.
Lasting Power: The shade I Lust For gave about 4 hours of wear while the shade My Favorite gave about 5 to 5.5 hours of wear and left a light pink stain. When the shade My Favorite starts to wear off, it does so evenly, without getting or looking patchy.
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.
To sum this up for you:
Pros of Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick I Lust For, My Favorite:
- My Favorite is a pretty, happy Pink shade – easy to wear. (I Lust For would probably work for only fair to light skin tone).
- 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 with no tug or pull.
- The pigment does not sink into the fine lines of the lips.
- Does not flake or bleed.
- Luxurious packaging (though I have shared my contrary opinion on this too).
- Decent wear time.
- Free from Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, Gluten, Silicone D5, Talc, Triclosan, Mineral Oil.
Cons of Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick I Lust For, My Favorite:
- 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.
- The shade I Lust For did not perform as well as the other shades in this line. The texture had more slip on the lips.
I Lust For– 3.5/5
My Favorite- 4.5/5
Do I Recommend Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick I Lust For, My Favorite?
Well, definitely I am not lusting for I Lust For and neither would I recommend the shade. On the other hand, the shade My Favorite is such a pretty pink – bright but not in-your-face; not MLBB but still easy to pull off. It is definitely worth trying!
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