The Sample: NEW Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo in Nude No.3 (Review, Swatches & Photos)

16 Nov

««Press Sample»»

And now, for my first actual review in…well, it’s embarrassing. Suffice it to say, it’s been a while. And I’ve had this Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo for a while now so I guess it’s not really “brand spankin’ new” but still…it’s new for fall, right?! Anyway, on to the topic of the day: nude lips. I love a good nude, but I’m also picky about my nudes. I don’t really go nude-nude with my lips because I’ve found that “real” nudes tend to leave me looking a bit…deceased. Sooo, I like to wear my nudes darker and with a healthy dose of pink in them (think Fresh’s Sugar Honey Lip Treatment).

These Femme Nude Lip Stylos were first launched about 3 or 4 months ago. There are 6 shades in all, ranging from a “pale pink nude” (No.1) to a deep “mauve nude” (No.6). Now I know the brand’s press release describes these as “nude” (duh!) and “full-coverage” but still, I couldn’t help it–when I saw the promo photos for these, I imagined a kind of balmy, semi-sheer formula (which has been the norm for chubby lip pencils like these, lately) and a “my lips but better” type of shade.

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Shade No.3 is described as a “medium rose nude with a hint of pink”. I was thisclose to choosing the mauvy No.6 to review since a.) I was a little scared everything else would be too pale and wash me out and b.) I luuuurve a nice, mauvy lip. But ultimately, I decided to just go for a full-on nude for once. Why not?! I have plenty of other mauve lippies in my collection. So I threw caution to the wind and requested No.3.

Since it is described as “medium”, I thought I’d be safe from the dreaded dessicated-lips look. It turns out, however, that No.3 is more what I would describe as being light-medium, rather than a true mid-tone shade like I’d thought it’d be. It is also not a “my lips but better shade”–it is nude and nude to its core. Admittedly, I was pretty disappointed and immediately thought that there was no way in hell this shade would work for me. “That’s what happens when you decide to deviate from tried-and-true shades!”, I admonished myself. BUT, to my surprise, No.3 actually didn’t look all that bad–at all, really–once I’d diffused the edges of my lips (to soften the stark contrast between pale nude and my natural lip color) and blotted the rest of my lips accordingly.

I think No.3 contains the bare minimum amount of pink in it to make it more wearable while still preserving the nude’s integrity. Even alone, it doesn’t render my look completely washed-out or dead-looking but when paired with rosy, flushed cheeks and healthy, radiant skin, the complete package is far from wan.

The lip pencil itself has an amazing texture and feel. It’s not balmy or soft like I had previously imagined; it’s firm and holds its shape very well, lending itself to very precise lip-lining. Yet somehow, the pencil is very, very creamy and glides across the lips like silk, distributing an even dose of color that is completely full-coverage in a single pass. Seriously.

Hourglass describes the finish as being “satin” but I think that it’s more matte than satin (I know in the swatch photos, you can see a bit of that satiny shine but on the lips, it’s hardly noticeable at all). Still, it works beautifully topped over (or under) a light coat of their luxurious Lip Oil, which gives it just a bit more shine and helps keeps the lips moisturized for longer.

The Lip Stylo has a very basic, almost putty-like scent–very “traditional”, if you know what I mean. I personally didn’t really like it that much but I’ve smelled/tasted a whole lot worse. And besides, the smell doesn’t linger on the lips once it’s been applied. No.3 lasted about 3 1/2 hours on my lips before it had faded sufficiently and I felt I had to reapply a balm over top.

As per usual, Hourglass has an impeccable eye for packaging. The Lip Stylo still boasts the same sleek bronzed-gunmetal look but the packaging seems to have much more heft to it. Unlike the plastic packaging of their shadow duos and the Treatment Lip Oil, the Lip Stylo has a metal casing–weightier than, say, something like the Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatments. It feels (and looks) super-luxe and I like the minor improvement a lot. The thick, chubby pencil is retractable.

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All in all, I give the Femme Nude Lip Style two enthusiastic thumbs up. I am super excited that I’ve finally, finally found a true nude lippie that works for me! It’s such a nice change of pace for me–I’ve been having so much fun playing around with it and experimenting with different smoky eye looks to pair it with! I should have known that if any brand could turn me on to a true nude lip, it’d be Hourglass! I swear, if you’re like me and have never been able to find a nude lipstick that works for you, please do try Hourglass’ new Lip Stylo. The brand never ceases to amaze me and all 6 shades are just pure loveliness. :)

»»Pricing: $30/0.08 oz. (2.4 g.)

»»Availability:, and all Hourglass counters

»»Recommended for: pale to light-medium skin tones. Those with darker skin than that may want to look into No.’s 4, 5, and 6

»»Overall Rating: A


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22 Responses to “The Sample: NEW Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo in Nude No.3 (Review, Swatches & Photos)”

  1. svetlana November 16, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

    Yaaaay!!!!! SO happy you’re back!!!! I too love a good nude. I always get recommended the “deceased” look often from gals at the counter. What’s up wi5h that?! I often times find honey tones are pretty for a natural lip for me, so maybe AFTER the holidays I can go and check this out. Gotta be good this holiday season!

    • becca November 16, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

      HI Svetlana–long time no talk!! I’m glad to be back too :)

      And yes, nothing worse than the dead-lips look. Whenever I hear “nude lipstick”, I ALWAYS steer clear. But seriously, this one is really wearable…after blotting it down a bit, of course. In my opinion, it’s just a bit too heavy and opaque without sheering it out a little bit. Once you do though, it’s crazy pretty with a rosy pink cheek and smoked out eyes. I love it! Definitely recommend checking it out (though I feel you on waiting til the holiday season is over. SO broke but so many presents to buy :/ lol!)

  2. Teri November 16, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

    So happy to read a post from you again ^^. I really do like this shade on you, there is a good amount of pink in it, that’s a big plus. I’ve been quite curious about these lip pencils, they are the most fancy looking ‘chubby sticks’ for sure!

    • becca November 17, 2013 at 12:04 am #

      Thank you Teri!! :)

      Yeah, I know this particular shade might not be flattering to some but some of the darker shades in this line look super pretty and universally flattering (especially No.6). But I really do like this one. As I said in the post, I do have to blot and sheer it out with my finger a little bit for it to be more wearable on me but once I do, I’m set. Best nude ever! :D

  3. Lily November 16, 2013 at 6:15 pm #

    Hi Becca! I think it’s nice to read reviews of products that have been launched a while ago so don’t worry if it’s not spankin’ new. LOL! I’ve been intrigued with these Femme Nudes, but I think this No3 will be too nude for me. I’ve tried similar shades like this before, and it washed me out like crazy!

    • becca November 17, 2013 at 12:06 am #

      Thanks Lily–that’s always a relief because of course, not only do I not always get products before everyone else to review but I procrastinate *badly*, so my reviews are always months behind everyone else’s. lol!

      As for No.3, you’d really be surprised at how pretty it looks (once I’ve sheered it out a bit with my fingers of course, otherwise it is just a bit too opaque for my taste)! But No.4, 5, and 6 look super gorgeous too, so maybe you could check one of those out? :D

  4. Sunny November 17, 2013 at 1:32 am #

    Hey Becca, I have the same one and I made the same observation. While 4, 5, 6 might work better for my skin tone, this one ain’t bad at all!

    • becca November 17, 2013 at 1:43 am #

      Ooh yay! Glad someone with a semi-similar skin tone agrees! I definitely had to work with it a bit but the end result is worth it to me! Love the dramatic look when paired with a smoky eye! The closest I’ve ever gotten to a smoky eye/nude lip combo was using something like my Fresh Sugar Honey Tinted Balm or Burberry Field Rose Lip Mist–definitely not “true” nudes. So I’m glad I finally get the authentic experience using No.3! :P haha

  5. Larie November 17, 2013 at 7:51 am #

    I swatched these in store and I think #2 is my shade, but I’m just kind eh about these. I think they’d make a killer nude with a smokey eye, but how often do I do that? Haha.

    • becca November 17, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

      Lol that is very true. I would never wear this without a dramatic smoky eye, I don’t think. But still, it’s very nice to have the option because at this point in time, it is my only nude so you gotta start somewhere, right?! And might as well go Hourglass if you’re going to do it :P haha

  6. Icaria November 17, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

    Oh Becca! I completely forgot to have a look at these during Sephora’s sale! For some reason, well a good one actually, I went for Rouge Dior, I just love the formula. But these have been under my radar as well. This one would sit nicely in my purse! :)

    • becca November 17, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

      Oh yes it would! haha! The packaging alone makes me so happy to have it. If it were a more wearable shade, I would tote it everywhere! But since I only really wear it at night and paired with a smoky eye, it doesn’t get that much use. Still, I’m so happy to have it. If you’re going to only own 1 nude lippie, why not go all out with it?! :D

  7. Marianna November 17, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

    Hi Becca! I’m so happy to see you posting again :)
    This looks like such a pretty shade! Personally, I also have trouble with nudes making me look “undead” and all. I think the reason this one works is because it looks more like a peachy pink than nude. Definitely will swatch this!

    • becca November 18, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

      Thanks Marianna! :D

      And I definitely agree: the pale nude and soft pink make it look a bit peachy–especially on my lips. Please do try it–I think it would look MUCH prettier on you than it does on me (though I still can get it to work if I sheer it out!)

  8. Jacqueline November 18, 2013 at 6:12 am #

    Hi there, glad to read your posts again. Thank you for this review, I was eyeing the darkest one but I don’t really like full coverage nude lipsticks. I prefer sheer ones as they are more forgiving on my lips

    • becca November 18, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

      Aw thank you, Jacqui! :D

      I much prefer sheer lippies too–they are really the only type of lip product I will wear. That’s why I sheer out the Lip Stylo with my finger–renders it MUCH more wearable/flattering :)

  9. Toya November 18, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    I do sorta want one of these…but like Larie, I’m just not sure how much use I’d really get out of it! Doesn’t mean I still won’t pick one up though ;)

    • becca November 18, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

      LOL–exactly! Might as well have one really great nude lippie that you can pull out when you want to do the whole dramatic smoky eye/pale lip combo. Even though I don’t wear that look often, I’m glad I have No.3 so I can go all out when I do! :P

  10. sleepandwater November 26, 2013 at 5:29 am #

    This looks like such a beautiful shade! I am eager to try more of Hourglass – I have only one product of theirs (what else but the Ambient Light Powder) but their products are on the pricey side. I like the packaging of this as well, it’s the most sophisticated jumbo lip crayon I’ve seen :p

    • becca November 27, 2013 at 12:44 am #

      Sophisticated definitely sums up the packaging in a nutshell, huh? I love it! And not only does it look luxe but it feels weighty and nice too! Hourglass did a great job with the packaging :)

      And I cannot recommend Hourglass more. It’s really a phenomenal brand–one of my favorites, really. I haven’t tried a single item of theirs that ISN’T incredible. I find that their whole product offering is quite modest and paired down but that’s because every single item that they put out, they develop with such attention to detail and care that the result is a just a well-edited line filled with HG products! I hope you do get a chance to try more from them (may I humbly recommend their Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil [definitely my HG brow product] or one of their shadow duos? They’re a bit pricey but well worth it! :D)

  11. svetlana December 20, 2013 at 6:43 pm #

    I too am picky about my nudes (sometimes when they make them too Barbie pink it looks plain ridiculous on me). I love crayon like lip wear and this is no exception to piquing my interest. I am STILL in love with my dior lip crayon in GAIA- thanks to you lovely miss. i am just sad i can’t get myself another one… first world problems here ladies. ;P

    • becca December 20, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

      I think nude shades are something you HAVE to be picky about–nudes work so differently with everyone’s skin tone, natural lip color, etc. I always think nude lippies look gorgeous in photos but when I try 99% of them, I look *bad*! The most nude I usually go is Fresh’s Sugar Honey tinted lip treatment, and that’s not even technically a nude–just a browned-pinky shade :P

      And YES–so sad I didn’t stock up on the Dior lip crayons either! BUT, I do know of one place where I believe you can still get them…they’re a tiny bit marked up but still, if you’re desperate enough! It’s Izzy’s Beauty Shoppe! Google it–they’re awesome :)

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