October 29, 2009

The Ferarri of Lip Glosses: Hourglass Extreme Sheen in Primal

Meet the most expensive gloss I own. At RM100, it even trumps Naked Man Gloss for price. Touted as THE gloss favoured by Angelina Jolie of the very-famous-lips, promised as long-lasting and waterproof, this baby has a lot to live up to besides its hefty price tag. So, how did it do?

Packaging

The tube is lux, substantial and very posh. The antique bronze shade is also very classy without being in the least old fashioned. I also love the brush as it's perfect for precisely applying gloss evenly. Having said that, they could provide a better insert - see how much gloss is on the wand? A good insert would keep the wand clean and provide just the right amount of gloss on the brush so it doesn't drip. Stage's Glosses are great in this respect, but the absolute best design in this regard goes to the Naked Man Gloss (all applaud Urban Decay!)

Formula & Flavour
The formula is that coveted thick formula that once on, clings to your lips and NOTHING else. It formes a smooth glossy layer that isn't sticky in the least, but lasts very well. I would say in terms of lasting power it matches Clinique's Long Last 8 Hour SPF15 gloss. But, as this gloss disappears, it lays down pigment that can actually get more intense over the day. I find myself topping with just lipbalm around teatime.

Promising to be waterproof (but not "dry finger-proof" as make-up artist Michael protested), you'll find it will last through delicate food like sandwhichs and hors d'ouvers. It doesn't quite stand up to greasy Malaysian food though. Darn..

The gloss contains coconut oil and vanilla essence making it very moisturinsing. However, I'm not crazy about this gourmand scent even though it's natural. It can be a little heady on a hot day or when I'm full. But I don't hate it either. So while I can do without it doesn't turn my stomach (thank God!)

And for the all-natural gals among us. I think this critter and vegan loving baby may qualify!

Ingredients
(From Sephora)
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Dyes
- Phthalates

Ocytldodecanol, Polybutene, Isocetyl Stearate, Ethyl Cellulose, Isostearyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Dilinoleyl Alcohol, Frarance (Parfum), Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Silica May Contain: Mica (Ci 77019), Titanium Dioxide (C I 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Carmine (Ci 75470), Red 6 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).

Shade
Don't you just LOVE the name, Primal? I do. *purrrs*

But for the less linguaphilic among us, Primal is a truly unique and versatile shade. If I had to splurge on a gloss I'm darned glad it comes in a unique shade that's glossy, classy, shimmery, natural and when layered, vamp!

It's even both cool...


And warm...
Don't ask me how it goes with everything but it does.

It perks up my complexion when I'm tired, and at the end of the day if I really layer it on it turns red and glamorous. But throughout the day if I want to I can keep it sheer and natural.

I love it so much you can see how much the tube has depleted! *eep*

Conclusion
Am I happy with it? Yes! Thank heavens! Would I buy another? Ah... honestly I don't know. I love it, but I do believe comparable glosses can be found. Still the next time I'm in Singapore and feeling streseed - who knows? It does give me a kick to use it everytime I pull it out.

12 comments:

Askmewhats said...

seriously pretty on your lips, it looks scary on tube but it works so naturally on your lips!!! I love!

Paris B said...

Thats a gorgeous shade! Shall keep a lookout next time I'm in Singapore :D

prettybeautiful said...

I think it looks really great on u :) btw, love yr nail polish!

Petra said...

lovely. you know what's coming next - does primal animal test?

Eli said...

If it's vegan friendly, I don't think the company does animal tests.

The gloss does look gorgeous though. No wonder Brad Pitt fell hook, line and sinker.

Petra said...

damnit i don't want brad pitt.

what does arsene wenger's wife/lover use?

Kahani said...

Nikki: thanks dear!

paris: Ooh yes you must and I love that it's not marked up in the least. We're paying the exact same exorbitant price the Americans are. =P

PrettyB: Trust you to notice the nails, nail queen!That review is coming up next week. Promise ;)

Petra: Aiyoh. Course they don't you doink.

Eli: It does make me feel sexy. ;)

Connie De Alwis said...

eeps at the price but it sure looks pretty on ya ;)

~Lisa said...

Ooh! The colour looks awesome! I love it on your lips and it truly perks up any complexion. Hopefully I can hunt down a similar gloss for a cheaper price and similar colour in Toronto! ^.^

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Faye Prettyhead said...

Oooh lovely! It looks gorgeous on you!

kim low said...

This is the first ever lip gloss which just made me go "I WANT THAT" on first glance!!

Why does it have to be so expensive?? =( By the way, where can I get it in Msia? (just in case I lose all self-control and decide to get it =D )

Kahani said...

Hi Kim, sorry dear but Hourglass isn't available in M'sia. Singapore isn't thaaaat far though. ;)