Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in Ballet Review & Pictures!

Press Sample (Affiliate Links)

As I stated in my recent Hourglass Press Release, they have launched three new gorgeous shades in their Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss formula. The new shades are Ballet (Vibrant Pink), Canvas (Dusty Rose) and Muse (Coral). All three shades are perfectly on trend, and are perfectly suited for the season. Unlike the other shades in the Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss range, these welcome new additions boast extremely rich pigmentation and stunning opaque coverage while maintaining the gorgeous glossy effects for which this formula is known. They are, in a word, gorgeous!
I am utterly and completely blown away by the quality of the new Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in Ballet. First of all, Ballet is simply one of the most beautiful blue-based pinks that I have seen in a very long time. The gorgeous color is aptly described by Hourglass as a "vibrant pink" that is indeed quite vibrant. It is so beautiful that it will most assuredly make pink lip enthusiasts swoon. What one realizes immediately is that this is no ordinary lip gloss. In fact, this beautiful baby is a high shine lip gloss with full opaque coverage that is more like a liquid lipstick. It boasts an intensely pigmented formula that lends itself to full coverage in a single pass. It is comfortable on the lips, non-drying, and I even find it moderately moisturizing. One of the great innovations is that while it is a long lasting formula it is not sticky and uncomfortable, but it is a touch thicker than many lip glosses which in part accounts for the superior wear-time. On its maiden voyage on my lips, I got  nearly 5 hours of wear-time, and I was drinking coffee.
According to Hourglass:

Pure pigment, pure shine, pure luxury—this intensely-hued, super lustrous lip gloss is formulated with active ingredients that hydrate and restore lips for an immediately soft and smooth effect.
• Richly pigmented, high-shine lip gloss also hydrates lips
• Vitamin E-enhanced formula keeps lips from cracking or chapping
• Wears alone or layers over lipstick and liner to impart opulent shine
• Free of parabens, phthalates and sulfates
Close-up view of the applicator reveals that it is pragmatically shaped with ease of application in mind.  The sponge-tip applicator conforms nicely to the contours of the lips making for foolproof every single time without fail.
If you are in the market for a bright pink lipstick for the season, then I would suggest considering this beauty instead because it is light on the lips, long-wearing, and stunningly gorgeous.
Seriously, how lovely is this shade?!
The upper swatch is applied with a lighter touch than the lower swatch.
All swatches were photographed outside in direct light.
Ingredients: Octyldodecanol, Diisostearyl Malate, Ethyl Cellulose, Isostearyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Dilinoleyl Alcohol, Stearoxymethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer, Silica, Castor (Ricinus Communis) Seed Oil, Perilla Ocymoides Seed Oil, Hordeum Distichon (Barley) Extract, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Wood Extract, Phellodendron Amurense (Amur Corktree) Bark Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491 & Ci 77492), Mica (Ci 77019), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 6 Lake (Ci 15350), Carmine (Ci 75470), Tin Oxide (Ci 77861), Red 36 Lake (Ci 12085), Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985)
Overall assessment: I have long loved Hourglass, but with their recent new products, and the new colors in their Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Glosses-- I have felt my love deepening exponentially. Now I need to add Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in Canvas to my collection!

$28.00 for 0.17 oz. from Hourglass, SpaceNK US, SpaceNK UK (£21.00), Sephora, Barneys New York, & Bergdorf Goodman (Affiliate Links).

Press Sample. All views expressed are categorically my own.
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  1. What a gorgeous color in a juicy beautiful finish!!! I like that you have full opacity like a lipstick, too.

    1. Hi beloved Belly!!!!! It is a beauty all the way around! I need to go and get Canvas now! I am smitten with the formula and opacity-- and the juicy finish is definitely amazing!

  2. *swoon* Those swatches are almost making me drool!

    1. It's truly an amazing lip gloss formula! The pigmentation is just so very impressive! I'm so glad that you like the swatches!

  3. thanks for the great review, as always, helen!

    i am heading to sacramento this weekend to get my wavy hair done at a salon that has ouidad affiliates and am thrilled about it. i will also get a chance to check out sephora and nordy's and expect to finally see and FEEL the hourglass experience. i am feeling rather committed to this gloss in coral and am looking forward to experimenting with the blushes and powders.

    oh golly gee, i feel like a 12 year old and it's awesome! hope you are well.

    1. Thanks, Cheryl! I'm so glad that you like the review! The coral shade is stunning in person-- as is Canvas! I'm so excited for you that you get to feel all off the gorgeous Hourglass textures in person! I can't wait to hear what you think! You are going to have so much fun!!! <3


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