I shared the review of the first three shades – Nude 1, Nude 2 and Nude 3 from the Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo range earlier with you. Today’s review is on the second set of these nudes. Apparently, these 6 shades did so well in the market that the brand decided to expand the line by adding another 20 shades to it in the form of Girl Lip Stylos. So, let us discuss these three shades today.
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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 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.
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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 fully down, you have to be extra cautious while removing the cap or re-capping it.
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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 – cause 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.
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My Experience with Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo Nude No. 4, Nude No. 5, Nude No. 6:
Hourglass launched the Femme Nude Lip Stylos a couple of years back in 6 shades of nude. All nude shades – not neutral, but actual nudes. The 6 shades of nudes are either slightly different in shade or in their undertone. The variation in tone or shade is very subtle – considerably we are talking about nudes.
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The company is marketing them as different nudes for different moods (whatever that is supposed to mean). The way this will work realistically 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. So, all shades will definitely not suit all women. Out of the 6 – you would be lucky to find one, max two shades, which will really work for you.
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All else will be too dark (to be a N*de) 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 N*des to deeper shades. Having said that, I do feel, that at the end of it, these 6 shades of N*des won’t really cater to all women across all skin tones. There really does not seem many choices within these shades for women with deeper skin tone.
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Femme Nude No. 4:
Described by the Company as a “pink beige nude with a hint of deep rose.” I do not see the rose or the pink – I see N*de No. 4 as a light peach shade with warm undertones and a satin finish. I find this shade a tad bit light for me. Despite the peachy tones, it isn’t flattering. The only way I can make this work is with a slightly darker lip liner which would give a bit more definition and intensity of colour to make this a wearable nude for my light to medium skin tone.
This would work well for fair and light skin tones. In terms of texture, it is consistent with most other shades from the Girl Lip Stylo range. I feel it benefits from exfoliated, well-prepped lips. It is creamy, lightweight and has good pigmentation. However, it is not as moisturizing as the Girl Lip Stylo range.
It covers the natural darkness of my lips well on application. However, I feel, the product being creamy 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. It helps the product settle as well as takes away excess product from your lips.
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 a little by using a lip liner or a lip primer underneath.
Femme Nude No. 5:
Described by the Company as a “golden peach nude with luminousity.” The shade is a light, warm-toned, peachy brown shade with a slight golden shimmer. The shade seems quite n*de on my lips – but not unflattering. The golden shimmer gives it a bit of shine or a slight golden glaze. The shimmer is not obvious or gritty at all.
It is almost like my natural lip colour but more luminous. It has the same lightweight, creamy texture and decent pigmentation. This shade did not seem to bunch up or sink into fine lines. It made my lips look nude but luminous. Being creamy it easily transfers to other surfaces. 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.
Femme Nude No. 6:
Described by the Company as a “deep mauve nude.” This is the darkest shade in the range. I do not see the deep mauve. It is light to medium brown shade, almost neutral in undertone and with just a hint of mauve in it. It has a satin finish and a consistent light-weight and creamy texture.
This is pretty much the same depth of shade as my natural lip colour. So, it just evens out the lip shade and gives more of Kardashian nude lip look rather than a healthy n*de lip look – probably because of lack of any pink in the shade. This is probably the only nude shade which I can get away with.
And, considering this is the darkest nude shade in the array of 6 nudes, I do not see what is on offer for people with tan or deep skin tones. This is sad! In terms of texture, it is consistent, 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. Being creamy, it will easily transfer to other 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 a little by using a lip liner or a lip primer underneath.
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. 4, Nude No. 5, Nude No. 6:
Interesting nude shades for fair, light and light to medium skin tones.
Very comfortable to wear.
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 appealing look to the lips.
Cons of Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo Nude No. 4, Nude No. 5, Nude No. 6:
Packaging – lipsticks need to go into the tube. Period.
Short wear time – not surprising – considering the shade and texture combination.
Nude No. 4: 3.5
Nude No. 5: 4/5
Nude No. 6: 4/5
I am not a nude lip shade kind of person. I do not gravitate towards such shades. Yes, while experimenting with bold eye looks, I do appreciate the need of a nude lip but would probably still look for something bolder than the shades here. I have used the shades 4, 5, 6 more than I have used the shades 1, 2 and 3. However, I think shade No. 6 is the closest to comfort nude shade for me (amongst these shades).
Would I Repurchase Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo Nude No. 4, Nude No. 5, Nude No. 6?
Probably not. Because, like I said, I do not wear nudes too often. I prefer neutral shades to nudes.
Would I Recommend Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo Nude No. 4, Nude No. 5, Nude No. 6?
The shade 5 and 6 are actually quite good in texture. But I would strongly suggest trying before you buy these shades to be able to determine whether you can actually carry these off.
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