Hey gorgeous gals,
Bringing you some new shades from the Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim Refillable Lipstick line. Let us find out what is in store for you today.
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 Refillable Lipstick I Wish, I’ve Been:
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 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 slanted 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.
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.
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 actually needs 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.
Described by the company as a “Neutral Nude.” I Wish is basically NC 20. OK, I’m kidding! But you get the gist. It is a light, pale, pastel nude with a hint of peach and warm undertones. I cannot make this shade work as it just washes me out. It looks very pastel when you first apply it but then starts to look more workable as it settles. However, it is basically like a concealer on my lips – minus the matte finish – because this one has a creamy finish instead. The shade would work well for fair to light skin tones. But anything beyond that would probably be better off avoiding this and picking something more flattering.
Described by the brand as a “Deep Rose Brown.” Another one of my favourites! It is really difficult to explain this shade. This is a medium to dark rose toned brown with cool undertones. Absolutely gorgeous shade and so unique! This would work with so many skin tones and undertones!
The formula is more or less consistent. Both shades have a nice creamy satin finish. The texture is creamy and lightweight and glides smoothly over the lips without being too slippery. Once applied, they do not slide around. They adhere well to the lips. Both the shades are mildly hydrating. They are super comfortable to wear. Being a creamy texture, it transfers easily to any surface it touches – cups, spoons, etc. It does not smudge outside the lip lines or feather or bleed.
The shade ‘I’ve Been’ performed quite similarly to every other shade I have reviewed till now. However, the shade ‘I Wish’ seemed to settle a little into my lip lines – nothing too bad and horrendous but noticeable because of the paleness of the shade itself. The shade I Wish would benefit from a lip liner as a base.
Both shades have good pigmentation. Rather, the shade I’ve Been has excellent pigmentation. They are fully opaque in a single swipe. The brand promised “saturated” lip colour and that is exactly what they deliver.
While the shade I’ve Been gives me solid 7 hours or so of wear time and leaves a stain the shade I Wish had lesser longevity. I Wish lasted for about 3.5-4 hours on my lips. As it starts disappearing from your lips, it wears off evenly and does not look patchy.
There is a slight fragrance, which seems like an added perfume, but 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 Refillable Lipstick I Wish, I’ve Been:
• An interesting variation of shades.
• The shade ‘I’ve Been’ is quite unique.
• 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.
• No flaking or bleeding.
• Luxurious packaging (though I have shared my contra opinion on this too).
• Good wear time – about 6.5 to 7 hours.
Cons of Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim Refillable Lipstick I Wish, I’ve Been:
• 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 Wish would probably work on limited skin tones and tends to settle into the fine lines a little.
I Wish – 3.75/5
I’ve Been – 4.5/5
Both the shades are so different from each other. I anyway find nude shades difficult to pull off but the shade I Wish is just not suited for medium skin tone or darker. And, on the flip side, the shade I’ve Been is just too stunning. I wholeheartedly recommend this shade to everyone because it would look flattering on most skin tones. I can’t think of a dupe of this shade in my entire collection.
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