In the last year I’ve been seeing the Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo popping up on a lot of blogs and in the makeup bags for a lot of celebrities and their stylists. This product purports to be a creamy, satin (i.e., not super shiny, but not matte) lipstick, and it comes in six nude shades. Here is something I’ve noticed when I go to Sephora and tell them I’m looking for a nude lip. Makeup professionals think skin-tone when they hear nude. So when I first asked them to match me with one of the Hourglass shades, they gave me a color that matched my lips to my very pale skin, so I looked like a corpse. What I really want when I say nude is a color that is slightly darker or more pink than my natural lip color so that it simply enhances my appearance when I want a more subtle look.
I ended up going with the darkest shade–Nude No 6–in this lip stylo. It’s described as being a deep mauve nude but it’s just barely darker than my normal lip color.
I found this lipstick to be pretty basic as far as formula. It’s not long-lasting but it will stay put for several hours and you can drink and not lose too much of the pigment (eating a meal will require you to reapply, however). One benefit to the formula is that because it’s not one of the matte lipsticks that have been so on-trend in the last couple years, it doesn’t dry out your lips. The color is great, at least for me–really nice for daytime and casual wear (easy to apply too, I love the chunky applicator). It doesn’t require a lip pencil because the shade is light enough that if you don’t get the line around your lips perfect, no one will be able to tell. My only sticking point is the price. It’s $30. For me…I don’t think it’s worth it. My favorite “nude” of all time is a shade or two darker than this color (so it really is a mauve), and it’s L’Oreal Infallible Forever Frappe. It costs $10 from the drugstore and I love how it looks and applies. I can’t see spending three times that amount on a different product just because it’s higher end.
Bottom line: A basic lipstick in a nice nude-pink shade, but $30 is just too much to spend when there are other good alternatives out there.