Hourglass N° 28 Lip Treatment Oil and Jo Malone Vitamin E Lip Conditioner

August 2, 2013

My two favorite lip treatments right now are Hourglass N° 28 Lip Treatment Oil ($42 for 0.25 oz) and Jo Malone Vitamin E Lip Conditioner ($25 for 0.52 oz.). When it comes to trying new lip balms I tend to get a little nervous. I have sensitive lips and some lip treatments cause either numbing or allergic reactions (such as Kiehls and many of the drugstore brands). The ones with a plumping factor are usually a no-go for me. Some make my lips feel more dried out than moisturized (like La Mer) I also prefer lip treatments that are in squeeze tubes rather than pots or twist up sticks.  

Hourglass N° 28 Lip Treatment Oil was sent as a press sample. I was actually able to try it in store before I received my sample. The finish and texture is smooth and shiny. The lip treatment is infused with 14 different oils: Bois De Rose,
Lavender, Geranium, Petitgrain, Lemon, Rosemary, Vanilla, Clove, Amyris,
Orange, Ylang Ylang, Eucalyptus, Cedar, and Rose Geranium. It also contains
lipid-rich plant oils that include Hazelnut, Kukui Nut, Rose Hip,
Borage, Olive, Green Tea, Cherry Pit, Sweet Almond, Jojoba, and Evening
Primrose, and is fortified with vitamins A, B5, C, and E.
The product is designed to provide deep hydration while reducing the appearance of depth in wrinkles. I did notice it smoothed out the lips but the look result was like most other clear lip glosses and lip balms. The shine and moisture smoothed out the wrinkles. There is a soft soothing herbal scent to the Hourglass Lip Treatment Oil. It’s a like a spa for the lips. My favorite part is the texture. It’s a medium-thick texture which adheres well to the lips. There’s not too much slip that it feels greasy like some lip balms do, but it’s not too thick. I’ve been using this one to two times per week, usually in the evenings to help hydrate the lips. The packaging is quite unique. There is a beveled gold-plated tip that dispenses the product easily without any mess. The tube is compact enough to store in your makeup bag and easy to travel with. (Full ingredient list on Sephora.com)

above on the nails, YSL Prune Minimale No. 07

Jo Malone Vitamin E Lip Conditioner is a tried and true staple. This has a smooth texture that makes the lips feel well moisturized and soft. There is a soft scent to it which is hard to describe but it’s very gentle and soft, almost honey-like but not quite. It has a calming quality and a very luxurious feel. The black sleek tube has a cap that twists on well so it doesn’t leak. I can’t rave enough about this one. I’ve gone through many tubes. (Full ingredient list below.)

 on the nails Chanel Paradoxal

If you have sensitive lips and are looking for something luxurious and soothing for normal to dry lips, I’d recommend both of these. I personally prefer the Jo Malone for the scent and price, but the Hourglass is nice as a weekly treatment.

Hourglass Cosmetics can be found at Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Sephora, Space NK and Hourglasscosmetics.com. I purchased my Jo Malone can be found at Nordstrom.

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  • I suffer from dry lips so these seem like products I might really enjoy. Thanks for your reviews!
    Lovely Notions

  • I am dying to try the Hourglass one. Maybe a treat to myself once I complete my Masters… and find a job 🙂

  • The office I work in is unbearably dry during the winter, so I think eventually I'm going to have to break down and get the Hourglass one to keep with me during the days, when it becomes unbearable. Might try the Jo Malone one first, though, since it's not quite as damaging to the wallet. Thanks for the reviews!

  • Both of these sound so luxurious and lovely! My lips aren't particularly picky, but I'd still like to give these a go! xo

  • I love both of these! They are my faves!

  • Anonymous

    might have to try it!
    I have sensitive lips too. I splurged on the by Terry one and it peels my lips so I use it on my cuticles because I hate having it go to waste. I recommend the Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector. it feels good and taste good 🙂

    M. Fay

  • Anonymous

    My boyfriend says the Jo Malone smells like honey, while I feel vanilla and my mom caramel haha! I love it to bits

  • Anonymous

    I suffer from dry lips during the winter. I've tried drugstore lip balms (including Bert's Bee) and some high end ones (like Fresh Sugar). They all don't moisturize my lips well–either the balm doesn't sink in to moisturize or the balm exacerbate my already dry lips. So far, I have the best luck with Chanel Hydramax + Active lip balm but it's package in a pot so it's not convenient to use on the go. Jo Malone's sounds interesting and I would like to give it a try.

  • Sarita

    I love your nailpolish in the Jo Malone picture! Which one is that? (Hopefully not a discontinued ltd. edition??)

    • It's Chanel Paradoxal 🙂

  • I have an issue with the price of the Jo Malone but bought it anyways, loved it and will buy it again because it works beautifully for my chronically dry/chapped lips. However, I just can't with the Hourglass…ridiculously expensive. Now if someone were to gift it to me *ahem hubby* then that's great but I'm hard pressed to justify that kind of expense for lip oil.

  • I'm going to pick up the Jo Malone today. I have sensitive, chronically dry lips and veritably live in lip balms. This sounds like a good one to try.

  • I have had my eye on the Hourglass treatment for some time, but the price has held me back. I absolutely adore the Jack Black line of lip treatments, especially the Blackberry & Black Tea and Açai Berry & Vanilla flavors! I love that they are very hydrating, have an elegant texture, and are made from a lot of natural ingredients. They even offer a bit of sun protection with an SPF15, and all at an extremely reasonable price($7.50). I still have a stash of these to work my way through before seriously considering the Hourglass 🙂 Oh and the dispenser is similar to the Jo Malone above, so convenient and easy to pop in a handbag w/o worrying over spills. I keep them in the car, my purse, makeup bag, by the bed, and on my vanity- I guess you could say I'm a bit obsessed! Macy's and Nordstrom currently have variety four packs for $25, and I definitely picked up a couple in anticipation of the brutal fall and winters here in MI.

  • Mmmm…I could really use a new, good lipbalm, I don't actually have many…just the Jack Black one.

  • Anonymous

    Which nail polish are you wearing while holding the Jo Malone? Is it the ysl prune?

    • The one with the Jo Malone is Chanel Paradoxal 🙂

  • Cubicledweller

    I bought the Jo Malone lip balm yesterday and I really like it! I've been looking for a more economical alternative to La Mer lip balm, which in the last 6 months increased in price to $50…which for me, is pushing it for a lip product.

  • I am a lip balm freak and the Hourglass one has been on my list for a while now. I must bump it up to the top. And now I have to try the Jo Malone. My absolute favorite it the Rosebud Salve. I have gone though many tins of it!