[productsample/affiliate] I was super impressed with the Hourglass Lip Stylos when I tried them late last year – really hydrating with a glistening sheen – and these new tinted Lip Treatment Oils are living up to expectations, too.
Unlike a lot of lip oils, these don’t wander off your lips five minutes after you’ve applied and they’re delightfully soft in feel, too. The texture is more gloss than oil without the mega shine – it’s more sheen than wet-look. They’re translucent but still have plenty of colour to them – more than a hint, less than a full look – and there’s something rather lovely about the coolness of the metal tip when applying. Unilever is determined that Hourglass is to be its jewel in the crown, which is why, I guess, these are priced at £45 each. If you feel like a treat, fair enough, but that’s really, really steep in my book.
So, delving into why they’re that price, I see that the tip is gold plated and the formula contains 28 ingredients. I won’t list them all, but star players are kukui nut oil, rose hip oil, hazelnut oil, and green tea, as well as essential oils of rosewood, lavender, bitter orange, lemon, ylang ylang and rose geranium. Given those things, I’d expect it to be very aromatic, and yet it isn’t – to my nose, it barely smells of anything really, just a generic soapy kind of smell (nice). The feel is the most important thing I think and whether it softens and conditions the lips. I have to say yes it does – beautifully so – and feels unobtrusive as a lip treatment. I know that a lot of lip products extol their moisturising ingredients but this is more than a lip colour – it’s definitely treatment with colour rather than colour with treatment.
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The shades in the swatch above are Nocturnal, Cameo and Adorn. I’m wearing Cameo as I write and it does, I have to say, really suit me, as does Adorn. Although the price is high, the Lip Oils do feel luxuriously softening and conditioning – probably well worth the spend if you love this type of finish and/or struggle with lip condition. I can only find them in stock at Harrods (fittingly, in for a penny and all that) HERE non affiliate HERE.
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