Hourglass Cosmetics

Hourglass Cosmetics GIRL Lip Stylo

January 20, 2017

Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo | The Beauty Look Book

Hourglass Cosmetics just launched 20 twist-up lipsticks called the GIRL Lip Stylo ($32 each for 0.09 oz/2.5 g) to celebrate and recognize the good in others and ourselves. Each lipstick shade has a special name that evokes empowerment and positivity. These come with medium to medium-full coverage, a very soft shea butter vanilla scent, moisturizing comfortable feel and that is still lightweight. The finish has a soft natural looking sheen.

The color range is just perfect. Every single one of the 20 shades are very wearable. As a neutral lip lover I was beyond thrilled to find natural colors that go beyond the basic beige, pink nude or peach. There are roses, plums, mauves and a variety of nudes with different undertones. After testing these colors I really feel that Hourglass took the time to test these on real women to make sure that they have the right undertones to be flattering and wearable.

Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo | The Beauty Look Book

Many of you have asked for a comparison to the Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo and also the Chanel Le Rouge Crayon de Couleurs. The original nude twist up pencil crayons from Hourglass by comparison are thicker and tug a little at the lips, they are also more opaque with a very limited color range (I could really only wear the 2 darkest options). The Chanel Le Rouge Crayon de Couleurs have a creamier feel with a more emollient texture. They glide on the lips and have more of a shine. I also find that the Chanel crayons have more pigment and coverage.

Coverage-wise the GIRL Lip Stylos swatch sheer-medium on the arms and hands. On the lips the color adheres a lot better for more noticeable coverage. A few of the plums have a slightly transparent almost jelly finish on my lips. They have a satiny nourishing feel. On my lips I tested a few of the naturals for extended wear testing – they lasted a long time without sliding or budging. The colors will transfer if you eat or drink though.

I swatched and photographed these in batches according to how they were displayed in the press box I received from Hourglass. Colors and descriptions detailed below. For the most part they all act and swatch like creams. I couldn’t detect any shimmer in these. Even though they are cream finishes they don’t look flat on the lips.


Set 1 includes:

  • Believer is a light beige nude cream
  • Creator is a soft pink
  • Explorer is a bright peachy shade
  • Seeker is a cool medium rose pink
  • Peacemaker is a medium beige

Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo Believer, Creator, Explorer, Seeker and Peacemaker | The Beauty Look Book

Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo Believer, Creator, Explorer, Seeker and Peacemaker | The Beauty Look Book

As always these are swatched on bare lips, no liner or primer underneath. For skintone reference I’m wearing NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint in Groenland with MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus (which I just discovered and am OBSESSED with!).

Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo Believer, Creator, Explorer, Seeker and Peacemaker | The Beauty Look Book


Set 2 below includes:

  • Achiever is a neutral-cool mauve brown
  • Influencer is a meidum beige brown rose
  • Dreamer is a soft warm baby pink
  • Idealist warm peachy beige
  • Futurist beige pink nude

Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo Achiever, Influencer, Dreamer, Idealist, Futurist | The Beauty Look Book Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo Achiever, Influencer, Dreamer, Idealist, Futurist | The Beauty Look Book

Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo Achiever, Influencer, Dreamer, Idealist, Futurist | The Beauty Look Book


Set 3 below includes:

  • Activist is a medium rose
  • Inventor pinky rose
  • Lover bright orange red
  • Innovator is a bold bright red
  • Visionary slightly deeper but bright red

Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo Activist, Inventor, Lover, Innovator, Visionary | The Beauty Look Book Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo swatches Activist, Inventor, Lover, Innovator, Visionary | The Beauty Look Book

Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo Lip Swatches Activist, Inventor, Lover, Innovator, Visionary | The Beauty Look Book


Set 4 below includes:

  • Icon is a classic red
  • Leader is a bright fuchsia pink
  • Liberator is a gorgeous mauve plum
  • Protector is a pretty violet purple, but goes on my lips a bit patchy
  • Warrior is a deep vamp, also went on a bit patchy

Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo Icon, Leader, Liberator, Protector, Warrior | The Beauty Look Book

Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo Icon, Leader, Liberator, Protector, Warrior | The Beauty Look Book

Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo Icon, Leader, Liberator, Protector, Warrior | The Beauty Look Book


A quick look at the color options will show a lot of neutrals that look similar and also a lot of reds. As a neutral lip lover I’m beyond obsessed with the color selection and I know there are at least a handful of you who will echo my thoughts that they are similar but still different. Same applies for the reds, but since I don’t wear reds a lot I can understand that some will find a lot of repetition among color groups. The best thing about this to me is that each color has a slight variation or undertone which I think is great. Many of us gravitate towards warm or cool, brown undertones or peachy undertones, light versus medium versus deep. I really believe there is something for everyone in this color range and even though I normally wear neutrals, even the brights like Lover and Leader are wearable and did not leave me feeling like a clown.

Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo Review | The Beauty Look Book

My top 5 picks: Seeker, Influencer, Activist, Liberator, Dreamer.
You can upload your own version at Hourglass’s website for fun!

I know many of you want to know whether I prefer these or the Chanel crayons that were just launched and I simply cannot pick a favorite. I do think the Hourglass pencils will last longer on the lips and a comparison of the packaging makes them look larger in size so overall they will probably last longer. If you prefer a glossy lip the Chanel is the way to go. Also for the deeper colors Chanel offers more coverage and pigment. If you like neutrals I suspect you will find more options to choose from the Hourglass range.

Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo | The Beauty Look Book

Bottom line I love these. I’m a gloss or shiny lipstick girl at heart and these GIRL Lip Stylos offer a nice sheen but with more pigment and coverage than a sheer glossy lipstick. Even with all the swatching and wiping I did over the past few days, my lips did not dry out or peel at all. I think everyone should own at least 2 πŸ™‚ They are that good. If I had one thing I wished were different, it would be that I wish there was some kind of color indicator on the outside so I could tell the difference between colors without having to look at the label or open up the cap. Still it’s not a deal breaker as most of the other beauty brands do the same thing with their lipsticks and compacts.

You can find the Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylos at Sephora, Nordstrom and Hourglass Cosmetics.

Many thanks to Hourglass for sending these gorgeous GIRL Lip Stylos for review.






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  • I like that these are shaped like a crayon – the packaging is just stunning

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    • Thanks Candice! I agree – Hourglass always has such unique pretty packaging!

  • Sharon Macklin

    I have Liberator on today – really brightens up the face! Love it – I think much more than the Chanel crayon, which I ordered in Rose Violine but which shows up much warmer on me than on you. It works, but just barely. And…the Chanel is much smaller as you said.

    • Oooh you’re right, it does brighten the complexion in the prettiest way! Glad you found one you love πŸ™‚ and I can see how not everyone will like the Chanels as much as I do.

  • I love this line! I prefer to wear neutral shades for every day and they have so many in this line that it’s hard to pick a favorite.

  • Eileen

    A couple years ago I bought one of the nude shades. The color was pretty, but I just never found myself reaching for it because it did tug a bit and I favor more emollient formulas. I was wondering if this new collection would include a reformulation along with an expanded color lineup but it sounds like that is not the case. I’m sure it will appeal to many women; especially those who are tiring of the dry matte look but aren’t yet read for a lot of gloss or shine. I’ll take a look the Hourglass’ collection for myself because some of the colors really are calling to me :-), but I received my Chanel’s and they’ll be a tough act to follow.

    On a side note, Sabrina, I hope you know how appreciative we are of your beautiful layouts, excellent photographs, color true swatches, and genuine reviews–and you do it all without any trace of pretentiousness.

    • Hi Eileen – glad to know you had the same experience as me with the older ones! I totally hear you on the Chanel though – they’re so so amazing and I love them πŸ™‚

      Thank you for your kind comments – I appreciate the support you’ve given all these years, I always enjoy reading your feedback and your thoughtful words do more than you know!!

  • so many great colours in this collection, would be so hard to just limit myself to buying one! all the neutral colours are to die for!

  • There are some really nice shades in this collection especially the nudes x

    Zoe Mountford x

    • Hi Zoe – glad you liked some of the shades! Are you picking up any?

  • Swingtime

    FABULOUS post, Sabrina! I want about ten of these. I love the component and the shades, and I think I’ll love the formula–it sounds perfect for me, and I love the finish. Thank you for the great swatches, photos, and review! I don’t know how I’d do my beauty shopping without TBLB.

    • Awww thank you Swingtime – so sweet of you to say πŸ™‚ I hope you find some colors you fall in love with!! xoxo

  • I’m really excited to try these. I’m glad they have some mauve based nudes as those are the only ones I can pull off!

    • YAY! I was thinking a lot of the nudes look so similar, but I appreciate the slight variations in undertone since I know finding the right nude can be so hard depending on skin tone πŸ™‚

  • I am so many things – must pick up more than one! Jokes aside, the colors are really beautiful! I can pick at least one favorite from each color groups. πŸ˜‰

  • Oh man those nude shades…. ???? Definitely on my list! I’m not big on red so I tend to find it redundant when brands include so many red shades. It seems so many are red centric these days and it’s boring me. Can’t wait for spring to bring some brighter, softer shades!
    Jaime | http://www.girllovesgloss.com

    • Same! But I think those who love reds are particular about undertone. Good thing there are some great nudes though. I’m looking forward to some brighter softer colors too πŸ™‚

  • AstarteOurania

    I think I like Icon in every formula they’ve come out in! lol I’m definitely going to check it out and also Warrior, both are very much my kind of colors. I had tried one of the original colors but it didn’t go with my skin very well so it sat in a drawer collecting dust unfortunately. Me and nudes are not good friends. πŸ™‚

    • This made me LOL, I’m glad they have some colors you like πŸ™‚

  • that warrior shade is definitely calling me! i live for dark reds. i love that it’s shaped like a pencil too. definitely a quirky turn from usual lipstick bullets!

    • I think Warrior would look amazing on you!

      • thank you so much! i’ll try to get my hands on one. and thank you so much for adding disqus! <3

  • Warrior is such a beautiful, bold colour! Each shade looks amazing on you – they all compliment your skin tone beautifully!

  • These are all beautiful on you! I think I will have to hit up a Nordstrom and test both the Chanel and Hourglass to see which fits me better…thank you for the detailed post!

    • Thank you Monica, a little bit jealous your Nordstrom has Hourglass in store!!! Hope you find a color you love πŸ™‚

  • Spirit33

    Ooh, I like all of Set 2! TY for swatching these on your lips!