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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