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. 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.)
»»Recommended for: those with dry lips in need of an intensive lip treatment
»»Overall Rating: A
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