Another day, another brand focus. This time it’s Hourglass Cosmetics.
Let me set a scene. 15 year old Chloe is sat on her bed, surrounded by mess (she was a Rachel, not a Monica back then) watching Zoella videos on her bed. Zoella says she looooves these new powders from Hourglass. 15 year old Chloe, who finds Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation a large expense, thinks ‘oh wow, these look lovely’ and goes to look up the price. 15 year old Chloe has a heart-attack at the £42 price tag and thinks ‘I wish I was rich enough to afford these.’ Flash forward almost 6 years, Chloe is still poor but thanks to the government, gets a student loan and spends it extremely unwisely on expensive make up. The point I’m trying to make is that Hourglass were a brand I wanted to explore for the longest time and now. I feel like I’m at a place now where I’ve sampled enough to let you know what’s hot and what you need to spend your dollar bills on.
First up, we have the Vanish Stick Foundation. I actually have a full review of this on my blog so I won’t go into too much detail but this is definitely a really good pick from Hourglass. It’s long-wearing, easy to apply and extremely blend-able and I completely adore it. The shade I have is ‘Bisque’ and it’s a perfect match for me – fair with yellow undertones. It is very expensive – £42 – and so if you’re going to make a purchase, I would recommend getting yourself colour matched at a counter (there are counters in certain John Lewis stores!) because it’s a big purchase and you really don’t want to be stuck with the wrong shade. I find this foundation perfect for my dry skin – might be one to avoid if you’re oily – and I think it’s worth the splurge.
Let’s talk about Ambient Lighting Powders. If you read my blog religiously, then you’ll know how head-over-heels I am with the Ambient Lighting Powders. They’re so pricy but soooo worth it. For value for money, I definitely suggest picking up one of the Ambient Lighting palettes. They retail at £59 and the individual powders retail at £40. The palettes give you 3 powders to choose from and obviously the individual ones only have one in them. So if you’re like me and like getting your money’s worth, I 100% suggest picking up a palette. You can no longer get the palette I have, which has 3 powders and also 2 blushes and a bronzer. They bring these out for high-days and holidays – the one I have was from Christmas 2017 – so you may want to hang around and wait for one of those to drop. However, if you just can’t wait and want some fabulous, glowy skin in your life right now then I definitely suggest getting the permanent palettes.
This may seem really boring but one of my favourite products from Hourglass is their Mechanical 1.5mm Gel Eyeliners. I have the shade ‘Meteorite’ which is a very dark, almost black, grey. I love softer looking eye looks so I always opt for a brown or a grey liner for my waterline. These are so waterproof and don’t give you the dreaded panda eyes that some eye liners do. They’re really easy to smudge for a softer smoky look and because the nibs are so skinny they really give a precise line for a more subtle look. This liner was actually a gift from the lovely ladies at the Stratford counter. I’ve been there a few times for events and such like and they are always so lovely to me so last time I bought myself a little treat there, they slipped this into my bag. I would definitely suggest this eyeliner if you like more subtle looks – especially in this colour.
I think that the Confession Lipsticks from Hourglass are so cool. Essentially, you buy yourself the golden casing first and then you never have to buy it again, you just buy the refills. The refills are £18 a time, which I think is really reasonable. These lipsticks are super creamy, long-lasting and really pigmented. My favourite shade is called ‘True Love Means’ which is quite a pale pink, but I adore it. I also love ‘My Icon Is’ which is a very true red with blue undertones – so it makes your teeth look pearly white! I find these lipsticks especially useful for travelling as the refills take up such little room in your bag, and you only have to take one proper bullet. They’re so easy to apply as well as the bullet is so little, meaning you can be really precise for a truly gorgeous and flawless application. I bought a set of three of these, including the gold pen, for £48 which I think is a total bargain. Well, maybe bargain is the wrong word. But they’re good value for money, let’s say.
I love Hourglass. I love the ethics of the brand – they’re aiming to be 100% vegan by 2020 – and they’re 100% cruelty free which is amazing. If you’re looking for some good quality beauty products and haven’t explored Hourglass then you really need to. 2017 was the year I fell head over heels for this amazing brand and I can’t wait to explore even more from them in 2018.