04 April 2011

Makeup Monday Vol I - Hourglass Cosmetics

I have wanted to try Hourglass Cosmetics for as long as I can remember. When I found out that Apothica carried Hourglass, I knew exactly which products I wanted to try! Without hesitation I ordered their Femme Rouge in Edition and Visionaire Eye Shadow Duo in Dune.

How pretty are those boxes?

For some reason I was under the impression that Hourglass Cosmetics was a European company - I could not have been more wrong!  When I googled them I found out they are based in Venice, CA!  Here is to stimulating the American economy!

The packaging is to die for, and holds up very well, especially the lipstick!  It's been in my purse for three weeks strait and doesn't have any scratches or dings.  AND the cap has never come off.  That was one of the reasons I stopped wearing lipstick eons ago.

Visionaire pairs two silky shades of eye shadow in a mini 360° swivel compact.

Click to enlarge!  The defining color in Dune is gorgeous up close!  They can be used wet or dry, I chose to apply them dry.

I paired the shadows from Dune with a green gel liner from Physician's Formula.  I love how the shimmer particles are visible, but in no way over the top.  I used the lighter shade as an all over wash, and then packed it more densely on my lid.  The defining shade was easily blended into my crease, and lightly on my outer v.
The lipstick is described as "a silky, richly pigmented formula that defines and shapes the lips as it moisturizes. This light as air formula immediately hydrates and softens lips for a luxurious feel and subtle shine." I could not agree more.  See, I am a gloss girl.  Until a few weeks ago I had not purchased a lipstick since high school.   We are talking 1998 here, people! 
This picture is from a different day, but shows off the beautiful shimmer in Editon.  This lipstick is so hydrating and easy to apply that is has replaced my lip balms.  I don't even feel the need to apply a colored gloss over it, because it gives my lips the perfect tinge of color, very much MLBB (My Lips But Better)!

As beautiful as the shadow was, it didn't stand out to me as much as the Femme Rouge in Edition.  I suffer from chapped lips, mostly due to stress (I smush my lips together; it's very unflattering).  Since I have been using Edition I rarely find myself with flaky, dry lips.  And since it is extremely long lasting when I do press my lips together it seems to act a great buffer.  Plus it feels fantastic!

Do you own any Hourglass Cosmetics?  Do you have a favorite brand of moisturing lipstick you think I should try?  I have been on a lipstick kick, mostly at the drugstore as I figure out what I like and what I don't like.  Out of the ten or so lipsticks I recently purchased, the only other one I like remotely as much as Editon was an LE from Revlon, but it's not very moisturizing.

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