Hey gorgeous gals,
Here I am with some more Hourglass Lip Stylo shades. The shades I am discussing today are different from the shades I have been reviewing earlier. How so? Read on to find out about them.
A collection of seductive nude lip crayons delivering a full-coverage formula and satin finish. With six captivating shades to choose from, there’s a nude for every mood. Available in 6 shades.
The packaging of these is similar to the Girl Lip Stylos. The lipstick comes packaged in the usual Hourglass brown cardboard packaging – very elegant. The lipstick itself has a chubby pencil type of design while the dispensing mechanism is a regular twist up and not something you need to sharpen. The lipstick tube is again the typical Hourglass brown with gold detailing.
It looks quite stunning and classy. And the tube has decent weight – which helps in driving home the whole luxe theme. If you had more than one of these, you wouldn’t be able to differentiate the colours, except for the sticker at the bottom. For once, the font size is big enough for you to be able to read without squinting.
The lipstick is shaped like a pencil – not like a traditional bullet. While it is still new – it is easy to apply. Being creamy, it isn’t likely to retain the shape. Later, how easy it will be to apply – especially around the outer corners of the lips – we will see.
The one con – and, for me, a big one at that – is the fact that the lipstick doesn’t slide in fully once twisted down. Like the tip of a pencil, the tip of the lipstick stays exposed. And when I say “the tip” – it isn’t a bit – it’s a substantial amount. Yes, there is a cap to ensure hygiene, etc., but since the lipstick doesn’t twist down fully, you have to be extra cautious while removing the cap or re-capping it.
One would think that is no big deal, but in daily use, it is a pain to be constantly careful while handling it – what if you nick it while opening or closing the cap? And one of my lipsticks did come with the top portion totally nicked off because someone who didn’t know better tried opening the product. Thankfully, I was able to replace it. But what if you yourself end up doing this? This is extremely irritating.
My Experience with Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo Nude No. 1, Nude No. 2, Nude No. 3:
First things first – the story behind these shades. Hourglass launched the Femme Nude Lip Stylos a couple of years ago in 6 shades of nude. Yes, you got that right. All nude shades – not neutral, but actual nudes. So, these 6 shades of nudes are either slightly different in shade or in the undertone.
The brand is marketing them as different nudes for different moods (whatever that is supposed to mean). The way this will work really is that there is a different “perfect” n*de shade (within the line) for every woman – with her different skin tone or her different undertone (if I never use the word “different” again in my life – it would be too soon!).
So, all shades will definitely not suit all women. Out of the six you would be lucky to find one (max two) shades that will really work for you. All other shades will be too dark (to be a nude) or too light (to be flattering). The line was very well received by the market and, needless to say, Hourglass expanded the line with the Girl Lip Stylos, which have a variety of shades – from more nudes to deeper shades.
Nude No. 1:
Described by Hourglass as a “pale pink nude”. That is exactly what it is. It is a light, really pale pink shade. This would work well as a nude shade for someone with porcelain to fair skin. On my light to medium skin it looks too pastel-chalky and extremely unbecoming. It just doesn’t work for my complexion and not likely to work for anyone darker either.
In terms of texture, it is consistent with most other shades from the Girl Lip Stylo range. It is creamy, light-weight and fairly moisturizing. I feel it benefits from exfoliated, well-prepped lips. It has good pigmentation. It covers the natural darkness of my lips well on application.
However, I feel, since the product is creamy it slides around on the lips when you press them together – during the normal course of the day, while eating, talking, etc. Also, it can sink a little into your lip lines. The way around it is that post application, you dab your lips with your finger slightly.
This trick helps the product settle and it takes away excess product from your lips too – not unlike what a Beauty Blender does to the foundation on your face. Being creamy, it will easily transfer to another surface. This does not give too much wear time. Just about a couple of hours – post which you would need to re-apply. It does not leave a stain. You can stretch the longevity by using a lip liner or a lip primer underneath.
Nude No. 2:
Described by the Company as a “Honey beige nude with a warm tint.” The shade is a light, warm beige, flesh-like shade with a glossy finish. This shade, though warm-toned, is again, too light for my skin tone. This would work very well for fair to maybe light skin girls.
This shade reminds me of the shade Creator – not in colour but in texture. It has the same creamy yet almost-balmy texture, which adds more glossiness to the lips but is also packs lesser pigment. So, it does not cover any natural darkness of the lips/lip line. Even when I build it up, it goes on balmy and does not really build up to opaque pigmentation. The good thing is that neither does it accumulate on the lips nor sink into the lip lines.
Being creamy it transfers easily to other surfaces. Also, the light glossy texture makes it quite hydrating. It is very comfortable to wear on the lips. Being such a soft and glossy shade, I only get a couple of hours wear before I need to re-apply. It does not stain the lips at all.
Nude No. 3:
Described by the Company as a “medium rose nude with a hint of pink.” I don’t even know which lipstick shade is the Company trying to describe here. The shade is actually a light, very pale, peachy nude with neutral undertones. The shade is quite similar to the shade No. 1 – in application and texture.
It isn’t the perfect nude for me despite its peachy tone. It looks milky-pastel on my lips – quite unbecoming. This again would work for someone with fair to light skin. It is not for medium to deeper skin colour. In terms of texture, it is consistent with most other shades from the Girl Lip Stylo range.
It is creamy and light-weight. However, this shade did not seem hydrating. It was not drying but not moisturizing either – though comfortable to wear. I feel it benefits from exfoliated, well-prepped lips. It has good pigmentation. It covers the natural darkness of my lips well on application.
However, I feel, the product slides around the lips when you press them together, during the normal course of the day, while eating, talking, etc. Also, it can sink a little into your lip lines. The way around it is that post application, you dab your lips with your finger slightly. It helps the product settle as well as takes away excess product from your lips.
Being creamy, it will easily transfer to another surface. It does not give too much wear time. Just about a couple of hours – post which you would need to re-apply. It does not leave a stain. You can stretch the longevity by using a lip liner or a lip primer underneath.
The formula is definitely hydrating and buildable. The texture is very lightweight and creamy. While shade 1 and 3 were buildable, 2 wasn’t. Also, while shade 1 and 2 were hydrating, 3 wasn’t. The shades – especially 1 and 3 – would work well on exfoliated and prepped lips.
I feel the formula benefits from a lip liner or a lip primer. A lip liner helps it give a defined outline, ensures the product does not smudge outside the line post meals, gives a bit of longevity and covers pigmentation as well.
There is no added fragrance. I smelled it up close – I did not get any fragrance – not even the seed oil fragrance which the Girl Lip Stylos have.
To sum this up for you:
Pros of Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo Nude No. 1, Nude No. 2, Nude No. 3:
Excellent nude shades for fair to light skin tones.
Very comfortable to wear – no dryness or clinginess
Hydrating formula – for shade 1 & 2
Easy to apply and get clean lines
It applies smoothly and evenly – no tugging or pulling
No feathering or bleeding
Does not flake
Free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates
Gives a lustrous, polished and appealing look to the lips
Cons of Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo Nude No. 1, Nude No. 2, Nude No. 3:
Packaging – lipsticks need to go into the tube. Period.
Short wear time – not surprising – considering the shade & texture combination
Shade 2 isn’t really full coverage – as touted by the Company
Nude No. 1 – 4/5
Nude No. 2 – 3.75/5
Nude No. 3 – 4/5
Why a good rating if the shades look lousy on me? Yes, the shades do not work for me. But that does not mean the product doesn’t have good quality. These shades are just not meant for me but would work very well for fair to light skin tones. The rating is in line with that and not my personal preference.
I’ve also shared a picture of how I tried using Nude No. 3. I used a medium-dark, pink lip liner (Huda Beauty Trophy Wife Lip Contour Matte Lip Pencil) to line and fill in my lips. And then I used Nude No. 3, only on the centre of my lips and blended it out with my fingers. The shade gives enough contrast to make my lips look pouty. And the creamy texture makes it super easy to blend the edges.
Would I Repurchase Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo Nude No. 1, Nude No. 2, Nude No. 3?
No. I would look at shades that are more flattering for my skin tone.
Would I Recommend Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo Nude No. 1, Nude No. 2, Nude No. 3?
Yes, but only if they work for your complexion. So – as I said already – fair to light skin tone.
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