|Above: Ready to head out to the Hourglass party!|
On Wednesday, I was privileged to attend a blogger preview at the Hourglass Cosmetics headquarters in Venice Beach. Although there were many beauty luminaries in attendance, the true stars of the party were the six shades of Femme Nude Lip Stylo that comprise the Notorious Nudes collection.
|Above: Hourglass HQ...a beacon of understated beauty.|
Upon entering through an otherwise nondescript door (attended by a charming young woman named Chanel) off of a tiny and winding street (parallel parking skills put to good use, yet again!), we entered a wonderland of sleek mid-century modernism accented by creamy whites, blonde woods and minimalist stainless steel; the natural light streaming through the many windows of the gorgeous office space created an ethereal atmosphere, perfectly in harmony with the relaxed beauty of the evening...
|Above: The full Notorious Nudes display.|
|Above: All six shades, patiently waiting for someone to be the first to swatch them.|
Instantly, I was struck by the display of the Notorious Nudes collection...all six lip stylos were pristinely on display (beckoning for a swatching session, I might add). Since hearing of their impending release last month, I have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to see them in person. Most seasonal lip color collections might offer a single nude or pale pink in their midst but to have six to choose from in a single release? Pure heaven!
Above: A few select components of Hourglass Founder Carissa James' office...clean lines, plenty of light, a beguiling terrace and an entire makeup station, stocked with every current Hourglass product under the sun!
I resisted the swatching compulsion for a few minutes, which enabled me to visit with party attendees who share the same affinity for the Hourglass line that I do...
|Above: Hourglass makeup artist Marisa Clark (wearing Femme Nude #1!) and the Beauty Professor.|
|Above from L-R: Hourglass Project Director Jenn Janes, the Beauty Professor and Hourglass Director of Operations Erin Hovi. Do you think we all like long hair just a little bit? ; )|
|Above: The Beauty Professor and Karen from the venerable Makeup and Beauty Blog!|
|Above from L-R: Hourglass Director of Public Relations Mary Friberg, the Beauty Professor and Hourglass Director of Brand Marketing.|
|Above: The Beauty Professor and the ebullient Mary Friberg.|
|Above: Hourglass Founder and CEO Carisa Janes and the Beauty Professor. During our conversation, the very striking Carisa shared some wonderful insight on the creation of the Immaculate Foundation...she is a wealth of knowledge and grace and her passion for the ethics and well-being of the Hourglass line is stunningly evident.|
On to the Notorious Nudes...
|Above: The Femme Nudes...they may look similar in their respective retractable tubes, but once swatched, their unique personalities come to life.|
|Above: Swatched in natural daylight.|
Shade descriptions courtesy of Hourglass:
1. Nude No.1: A pale pink nude, the lightest of the collection.
2. Nude No.2: A honey beige nude with a warm tint.
3. Nude No.3: A medium rose nude with a hint of pink.
4. Nude No.4: A pink beige nude with a touch of deep rose.
5. Nude No.5: A golden peach nude with luminosity.
6. Nude No.6: A mauve nude, the deepest of the collection.
|Above: Swatched with a flash...note the tender satin finish.|
|Above: Swatched in intense direct sunlight.|
|Above: A final round of swatches...this is easily the most true-to-life rendition of the shades.|
|Above: My glowing mom and me...she gets the photo credits for many of the images in this piece.|
|Above: Heading out after a lovely evening with the Hourglass team.|
And now a closer look at shades #1 and #3, including images, swatches and a short VIDEO review (at the end of this post, just before the Bottom Line)...
|Above: #1 and #3...twins, no...sisters, maybe!|
|Above: The Femme Nude Lip Stylos come in a well-crafted glossy brown and gold cylinder with a retractable feature (demonstrated in the video at the end of this post).|
|Above: Extreme close up of #1 and #3.|
|Above: Once swatched, the distinct tonal qualities of #1 and #3 become increasingly apparent.|
These lip stylos, which retail for $30, are lavishly creamy, buildable to opaque coverage in a few easy swipes, long wearing (without being drying) and feature a retractable mechanism that alleviates the need for sharpening!
|Above: The full ingredients list...these are not the slightest bit fragranced, which I find to be preferable!|
|Above: A last look at swatches of #1 and #3 in natural outdoor lighting. No.1 is on par with Tom Ford Nude Vanille in terms of depth and lightness and #3 reveals a darker (though still quite light) peachier tone.|
|Above: Wearing Femme Nude No.1.|
|Above: Wearing Femme Nude No.3.|
Bottom Line: Hourglass consistently releases quality products that combine an innovative scientific edge with beautiful, wearable pigmentation. The six Femme Nude options guarantee a nude shade for every wearer, regardless of skin tone, and the smooth, hydrating formula makes this new release a veritable gem. I will blissfully be wearing these through the summer and fall with a zeal that my fellow nude lip lovers understand all too well!
**PR samples provided for review, however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own. This post contains affiliate links; my disclosure policy contains additional details on how these work.