The Sample: NEW Hourglass N°28 Lip Treatment Oil (Review & Photos)

9 May

  ««Press Sample»»

I used to be of the mindset that lip balm was lip balm, and paying anything over $20 for a lip balm would be tantamount to highway robbery, especially when you go through as much of it as I do (I once went through a stick of Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm in a week flat. True story!)! But over time, I found it increasingly difficult to resist the sweet siren call of such pricey lip treatments. I mean, there had to be something special about them to warrant the hefty price tag, right?! Well as luck would have it, Hourglass offered to send me their newly released N°28 Lip Treatment Oil. Of course I jumped at the chance to see what all the fuss was about and whether or not these pricey lip treatments were worth the inflated price.

You might recall Hourglass’ very popular N°28 Primer Serum that was released last year–this lip treatment is the follow-up to the Primer Serum. The product is described as “an advanced anti-aging treatment for lips that combines botanicals, vitamins and three powerful ingredients in a supremely luxurious oil blend.” The treatment is meant to hydrate, rejuvenate, and regenerate the lips. Like the Primer Serum, it contains a blend of 14 essential oils as well as vitamins A, B5, C and E.

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This product comes packaged in a unique, stand-up pump-style applicator tube. Under the removable cap is a 24-karat gold-plated palladium tip. Pretty as it is, it’s not just for show: the tip is actually antibacterial and is cooling and soothing, as well. As you can see from the photo, the pump is situated right under the applicator tip. You just press down on the grooved plastic back and product comes out of the gold tip. The finger-pump is very precise and allows for easy control of the amount of product you disperse.

Now I don’t know about you guys but when it comes to lip balm that is packaged in any type of tube with applicator, I always dispense the product onto my (clean) finger and then apply, rather than use the applicator tips. I just don’t like how messy/grimy the tips look and I feel like I can control the application better with my finger. But with this particular lip treatment, I highly recommend using the included gold-plated applicator. I feel like it really spreads the thick product across the lips much easier than my finger does (so I end up using a lot less) and besides, it just feels really, really nice!

The texture is really quite dense and does take some getting used to. Compared to the N°28 Primer Serum, which I would call more syrupy, the Lip Treatment Oil is thicker–more like a glaze. I wouldn’t necessarily call it sticky per se but it definitely does retain a certain tackiness. This tackiness really helps the product stay put for hours on the lips–I’m talking almost 5 hours. Very impressive, for a lip treatment! This is what makes the Lip Treatment Oil a phenomenal overnight lip treatment.

Surprisingly, despite the thicker consistency, it doesn’t feel heavy or thick on the lips at all, especially once it’s been on the lips for about 10-15 minutes. By then, some of it has sunk in but there is still some product remaining on the lips to protect and add some lovely shine! It goes on completely clear and also provides a really nice base for your other lipsticks/lip products. Seriously try it–I tried applying my Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy over it, as it’s not as moisturizing as some of my other favorite sheer lippies. Boy applied super evenly and smoothly. The Lip Treatment Oil really seemed to grab onto the pigment and intensified the shine; it transformed Boy into the lipstick that I had originally expected/hoped for when I first bought it!

Like the Primer Serum, however, this lip treatment is scented. The smell is nice–very interesting. It’s just very herbal and ever so slightly bitter. The scent is almost exactly the same as the Primer Serum except stronger and the clove and bitter orange stand out a bit more, to me. It lingers on the lips for about 10-15 minutes, after which I don’t notice it anymore.

I’ve noticed a great improvement in the condition of my lips since I’ve started using this product. When I first started testing it, my lips were going through a weird dry phase. Now my lips are already dry–I am constantly reaching for my lip balms because without it, my lips are just feel parched and unbearably tight (I think they are seriously addicted to lip balm. I can never be without product on my lips ever!). But they were especially dry for some reason and were flaking and peeling constantly, no matter what I did. After a week of using the Lip Treatment Oil twice daily–morning and night–my lips felt so smooth and plump and were no longer flaking at all.

It’s certainly pricey, there’s no getting around that. But to be fair, it’s not just another lip balm, it’s a lip treatment–and not just any lip treatment, it’s a lip treatment oil. :P But really, this is a unique product–I’ve never used a lip treatment quite like this before. The texture and consistency are one-of-a-kind, as is the fabulous formulation and luxe packaging. And it actually works too! Despite only having been released a few weeks ago, Hourglass already has another hit on their hands–I’ve read nothing but rave reviews from other bloggers!

So is it a must-have? Probably not for everyone, but it’s definitely worth the money if you have chronically dry lips and money to spare on a lip treatment that may or may not have to be replenished every month or so, if you go through lip treatments like I do. I personally love it and will definitely be repurchasing once this tube has run out!

»»Pricing: $42/0.25 fl. oz. (7.5 ml.)

»»Availability: Barneys, Space NKSephora, and all Hourglass counters

»»Recommended for: those with dry lips in need of an intensive lip treatment

»»Overall Rating: A


Disclaimer: the product(s) featured in this post were provided to The Beauty Sample free of charge by the manufacturer/PR for review purposes only. Regardless of how the product was obtained, my priority is to you, my readers, and I will always give you my honest opinion.

49 Responses to “The Sample: NEW Hourglass N°28 Lip Treatment Oil (Review & Photos)”

  1. Sunny May 9, 2013 at 5:04 am #

    I’m glad to hear this works so well for you! I normally don’t layer lipsticks over a lip balm, but after what you shared I’d love to try!

    • becca May 9, 2013 at 5:16 am #

      Really?? Wow your lips must be in pretty good condition then–I can’t imagine going without a balm under my lip color unless it’s a sheer, moisturizing lippie like the Lip Mist or Revlon Lip Butters. I usually wouldn’t even wear a lip balm under the Rouge Coco Shine but I find that its not as moisturizing as I’d hoped it would be and I also wish it were a touch shinier like the Lip Mist. But layered over this Hourglass treatment and the Rouge Coco Shine is perfection!! Love it! :D

  2. Teri May 9, 2013 at 6:04 am #

    Man, this is looking so divine! The packaging takes me away, talk about something luxurious! The price is a bit ‘ouch’ but I’m one of those ppl with constant dry lips, hmm, tempting!

    • becca May 9, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

      I would definitely say if you constantly have dry lips, you NEED to try this one! It’s just so unique and it works SO well! I’m in love with the gold-plated tip, too–it’s pretty awesome :P Hey, at least you get your money’s worth! :P

  3. Tracy@Beauty Reflections May 9, 2013 at 9:06 am #

    I LOVE mine too! I need to get another one before I run out haha!

    • becca May 9, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

      LOL are you already almost out, Tracy?!! :P

  4. Catherine (@bcrueltyfree) May 9, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    Oooh wow. This is absolutely so appealing to me, given my chronically dry lips. I actually love oil-based moisturizers for lips, I find them really really effective. Of course the price is a bit much, but everything else sounds really lovely

    • becca May 9, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

      I love oil-based lip moisturizers too but I have yet to try one quite like this or this effective–it’s amazing! I thought if wouldn’t work that well since the consistency is quite thick but it really does heal the lips nicely! Try it, Catherine! It’s a must have for chronically dry lips! :D

  5. Liz May 9, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    I guess we more or less agree. :) I haven’t tried it under lip colours because it seemed quite sticky, but you make a good point here. Nice and thorough review as usual!

    • becca May 9, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

      Really? It doesn’t feel sticky to me at all after about 10 mins on my lips, but maybe my lips are drier and drinking it in more?? There is def a slight tacky layer but it’s really nice under my Rouge Coco Shine! Try it! :D

  6. Gummy May 9, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    Is it kismet that I just finished my Korres lip butter today (FINALLY)???!!! You make this sound so amazing…besides the formula, the packaging and applicator are so luxe – which I always hope for with spendy beauty products!! Says a lot that you will be repurchasing this…hmmmm…hmmm…I want it but I have 2 balms in the pipeline to test!! LOL :-)

    • becca May 9, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

      You did it?? FINALLY–YAAAAAAAAAAAYYY!! Congrats!! :P haha! You must definitely try this one out when you can–maybe when you finish one of the balms? BTW, what 2 lips balms are you testing? I’m dying to know!! :D

      • Gummy May 16, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

        Testing out Bobbi Brown lip balm and the La Mer lip balm. Not diggin’ the BB one…it actually has made my lips drier!! So far the La Mer one is really nice, but trying to figure out if it’s worth the $$ ha ha :-)

        • becca May 16, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

          Oh really? That’s too bad about the BB one–I have ever tried a BB product I didn’t love but I guess it’s possible for every brand to release a dud :/ Definitely will avoid that one as my lips are already dry enough as is, thank you very much :P

          I haven’t dug into my La Mer one yet–still very much cringing at the thought! haha! Is it REALLY really nice or just pretty nice? :P

          • Gummy May 17, 2013 at 12:14 am #

            I’m bummed about the BB as it’s more reasonably priced compared to La Mer or the Hourglass!! Felt like it just sat on top of my lips and only sealed in any moisture that was already there…didn’t add any hydration at all. So when it went I applied it anytime my lips were dry, when it would come off my lips were actually white with dryness!! Crazy.

            The La Mer…it smells really good…tastes good – is slightly minty!! I do feel like it’s quite hydrating, though I don’t think it’s as hydrating as the Korres Lip Butter. It’s got a slightly matte, natural finish so it does nothing to make my lips look nicer…however I can see how this would make it a really good base for under other lippies!! For now it’s pretty nice…REALLY nice??? Hmmm…still trying to figure that out, which I suppose isn’t a great sign? Ack!!! I just don’t know!! I want to love it and shout from the mountain tops that it’s amazing, but I’m really trying to be subjective and not get sucked in by the fact that it’s La Mer. But it hasn’t been that long so we’ll see ha ha :-) I’m guessing it’s one that I’d buy again, but I would buy it to keep in rotation vs. running out to buy a backup so that I’d never be without it. Maybe. I don’t know!!!

            There are other balms I still want to try though!! Omorovicza, Sisley, Sara Happ…and some I forget! so many balms…so little time!!

          • becca May 17, 2013 at 1:17 am #

            Ooh ouch–yeah definitely doesn’t sound like the BB balm was actually penetrating your lips. I hate balms that just sit on the surface like that. Once you remove or it has worn off, it’s like SURPRISE–your lips still look like crap!!! :P haha

            Great, now I am really doubting my purchase of the La Mer balm. Ah well, I suppose it’s good that I finally will kill that curiosity–I had been wondering about it for forever! I actually do really like a kind of matte finish balm though–more than I thought I would. I had never really tried a balm with a natural matte finish like that til I started using my Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream as a lip balm at night. I really liked how it looked and felt so I started using it under certain lipsticks and it works really well! Now that’s a good one for cheap–and it’s a multitasker too :)

            I still REALLY want to try the Rodin balm. The Nuxe Reve de Miel is next and to a lesser extent, By Terry’s Baume de Rose (I’ve heard that it has a really pale pink tint though so I’m not completely sure about that one). Have you tried any of those??

  7. BooBooNinja May 9, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

    The packaging and product sound so luxurious. I’m a lucky one because my lips don’t need much except for lip balms and the occasional exfoliation. If that changes, I know what to turn to.

    • becca May 9, 2013 at 7:16 pm #

      Yes you are VERY lucky–I wish I didn’t have to diligently slather my lips in balm all day every day! But i guess since I do, I’m glad I have the Hourglass lip treatment now to take care of things :)

  8. Krystle(Baking Beauty) May 9, 2013 at 7:10 pm #

    I have dry lips that no balm or moisturizer seems to cure. Maybe I’ll give this a go! Is this something it would be polite to ask for a small sample of at a counter? Kind of nervous about paying that much and not liking it!

    • becca May 9, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

      I wouldn’t think it was rude at all–it never hurts to ask! My only concern would be how they would give you a sample since it’s packaged in a pump bottle and the formula is VERY thick, so it definitely wouldn’t be easy to just, say, dispense a few pumps into a small sample container. But still you can try because as you stated, it is quite pricey to buy without trying first. I suggest ordering from Sephora since they have such a great return policy–I really think that’s your best bet!

      Let me know how it goes and if you try it or not–I’m curious to see how it will work for you. Good luck :)

  9. Emi at Project Swatch May 9, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

    This sounds so nice, the more I read about it the more I want it! I’d say I don’t need it though; I find that the less often I apply lip balm, the less often I need to.

    I still want it though :)

    • becca May 9, 2013 at 9:12 pm #

      That totally makes sense to me–I definitely think that my lips are addicted to lip balm now. I never quite understand how some people could go without but my brother is always telling me to stop using it and my lips won’t need it as much. I’m curious but I just don’t think I could go without it at this point–I just need to have the feeling of product on my lips at all times now!! :P

  10. Claire May 9, 2013 at 10:40 pm #

    ah, another oil >.< I love oils! I don't know if I ever could pay that much for a lip treatment. From what you described it sounds pretty good though! I also love luxurious packaging :) I have very dry lips and use my eye cream as lip balm as well, helps pretty good. If I only could grab a sample and test it out 'but' as I said, that's a very expensive lip treatment :D

    • becca May 10, 2013 at 12:52 am #

      It is really pricey, unfortunately :/ I know, before I even tried it I was almost hoping I WOULDN’T like it so I didn’t have to spend that much money to repurchase :P But ahh I’m glad I do–it’s just so nice!! :P

      I sometimes use eye cream on my lips too if my lips really need a little TLC–I layer it under a thicker lip balm to really seal it in! :)

  11. Kiss & Make-up May 10, 2013 at 3:27 am #

    Good to hear it performs so well!

    • becca May 10, 2013 at 4:50 am #

      Oh it’s fantastic–I love it! :)

      Whats your favorite lip treatment?

  12. Toya May 10, 2013 at 5:29 am #

    Hmm…it’s tempting because HEL-LO, it’s Hourglass! – but I don’t think I’d pay that price for a lip balm, regardless of how well it works. Maybe if I had terribly problematic lips, but thankfully I don’t, so my $$ can go to other fabulous Hourglass products! LOL

    • becca May 10, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

      Ah well you are LUCKY then that you don’t have to worry about that and you can just play with the fun stuff!! :P

  13. Angie May 10, 2013 at 6:56 am #

    I have been so curious about this product after its rave reviews so far! I could totally see me using this at night before bed as a lip treatment. My first thought was, “Wow! That is pricey!” but I totally agree with you now that it isn’t really a balm product but a treatment, so I guess I can “forgive” the steep price! ;)

    • becca May 10, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

      Haha yes! Totally justifiable then, right?!! :P

      I’m going to cry the first time I repurchase but it will be well worth it to have smooth, flake-free lips!! :P lol!

  14. gio May 10, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    I don’t really need this. My lips are in good condition and the price is so high. But your review is really tempting me to try it anyway. It sounds divine!

    • becca May 10, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

      It really is! However if you don’t really have chronically dry, flaking lips like I do, I would save your money and try something else from Hourglass instead–something more fun than a lip treatment :P Have you tried anything from them before?

  15. Larie May 10, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

    We’re heading into summer ish here, so I think I’ll be okay for a while. I’m sort of with Emi – slathering all kinds of products on my lips usually just make them worse. There are times when I definitely need a balm, but I’ve been experimenting with cheaper ones – with sunscreen! – to see how that goes. Still, it does seem luxurious, this one!

    • becca May 10, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

      You know, I’m starting to think that maybe I wear way too much lip balm and should try to wean my lips off, because I go through a LOT of it! My lips just feel SO incredibly dry and taught without it :/

      If you’re looking for an amazing one that is affordable though, have you tried the Jack Black lip balm? I know everyone raves about it but there is a reason–it’s AMAZING! It’s got the highest SPF in a balm that I’ve seen and the formula is absolutely spectacular. It’s still hands-down my favorite daytime lip balm. Oh and the flavors/scents are to DIE for!! :D

  16. Meryl @ Memoiselle May 10, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

    Glad to hear that this works for you! I have seen many positive review of this product in beauty blogs and youtube videos. What intrigued me is the packaging! It looks so classy and unique! I would love to try this if this is available.

    • becca May 10, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

      Do you have very dry lips, Meryl? Either way, I think you would love it but many people don’t seem willing to fork over the cash unless they’ve got a problem with dry lips all the time and have tried everything else to no avail. It’s pricey but worth it, I think :) try it if you can!! :D

  17. Jenni @ lifeandlensofbeauty May 11, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    you and liz both raved about this – i need to get my hands on it NAO! :O afterall i’ve so many lip balms but none of their belong to lip treatment *convincing self* :P

    • becca May 11, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

      Haha YES–I FULLY support this decision! You NEED this!! :P lol

  18. Lily May 11, 2013 at 9:20 am #

    Everyone’s been raving about this! I’m glad I don’t have dry lips :-P

    • becca May 11, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

      Aw yeah…if I didn’t have dry lips, I definitely wouldn’t bother with this one–so darn pricey! :/

  19. Amber May 11, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    What a unique product! The price tag is a little breathtaking, but I would love to give this a try. :)

    • becca May 11, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

      Definitely try this in-store if you can–it’s very interesting and different from other lip treatments out there! Have you tried their N°28 Primer Serum, Amber?

  20. Procrastinator May 13, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

    I feel like I can`t even fathom this notion that a lip balm could intensify the colour of a lipstick! I need to get a sample of this. The other day I was testing an eye cream that had a similar applicator (but for your eyes, of course), and the cream shot out in the scariest way. I’m glad this one works though, I always feel bad when I don’t use innovative packaging properly =P

    • becca May 13, 2013 at 11:33 pm #

      LOL that does sound scary! Imagine if you had the applicator right up to your eye when that happened…*shivers* :P

      As for the lip treatment, I don’t think it would really intensify the pigment of most lipsticks but for this particular one, since it is so balmy and sheer, I felt that the tackiness of the lip oil treatment really served to grab onto the usually slick pigment better and immediately give a full-color effect without need for layering…if that made any sense at all :P

  21. Joyce (bronzerbunny) May 16, 2013 at 10:33 pm #

    ahhhhh i want this so bad i almost bought it during the sephora sale, but i wasn’t sure as it was so new. my lips are always terrible, and they’ve been dehydrated lately… i was at sephora the other day and the tester was missing (I wanted to make sure I liked the scent) I have to hit up space nk in the next few days so I can see it and get worthwhile points for buying it! :D

  22. Gummy May 21, 2013 at 8:00 am #

    Sorry, it wouldn’t let me respond to your comment so I’m starting a new thread! LOL!!

    Ah, don’t doubt your La Mer purchase!!! Like you said…it’ll be nice to finally kill that curiosity regardless if you like/love it or not!! I’m really happy I finally indulged bc I’ve been reading about it forever – because you always read about it in those sections as a MUA’s favorite for prepping runway & photo shoot lips!! It’s crazy though bc I’m still undecided…I feel like that colledge sophmore who has yet to declare a major – make a decision already!!! Ha ha!

    I’ve tried the Rodin (wrote a review and it was in my 2012 favorites)…LOVE that one!!! Just started on my second container – would’ve started earlier but was determined to finish that Korres (as you well know!). I tried the By Terry and liked everything about it except for the smell. It’s the typical By Terry fragrance that I was unaware of before purchasing. It’s only barely tinted light pink and you don’t notice it once it’s spread on the lips, so I wouldn’t let that alone deter you. I ended up giving it to a friend because I just couldn’t stand the smell – on me it lingered and never seemed to go away quickly enough to be tolerable. Unfortunate because I loved everything else about it!!! But if you like that By Terry fragrance, than I would still try it…especially if you’ve been curious for awhile :-)

    • becca May 21, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

      I know–my blog does that for some reason and it drives me crazy!! :/

      I agree about the La Mer–I kept reading about it online and in magazines where the pros always talk about it being the best lip balm, so I HAD to have it :P So yeah, I guess I’m glad I finally got it. I am still dying to give it a try but I am trying to finish one other lip balm (the Fresh Sugar balm) before opening that one up. I will probably get too impatient and open it in another week or so anyway :P haha!

      Oh and I remember your Rodin lip balm review now! I know someone else had written about it fairly recently as well…maybe Makeup Morsels? Anyway so I couldn’t remember if it was you who had been talking about it before that. It sounds sooo nice–I think after I finish the La Mer balm, I will finally give the Rodin one a try :) I haven’t ever smelled the By Terry scent as I’ve never actually tried anything from the brand before–can you believe it?! :P I will definitely give it a sniff before purchasing, though that won’t be for a while! How would you describe the scent??

      • Gummy May 31, 2013 at 7:51 pm #

        It’s a heavy rose scent…although one cream sample I tried smelled like a mix of life savers and roses and I actually liked it!!! LOL!! So if you like rose fragrance you’ll be ok :-)

        • becca May 31, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

          Life savers and roses?? This I HAVE to smell! I don’t ever stop at the By Terry counter for some reason but I must search out this cream–sounds intriguing!! :P

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