Hourglass 1.5MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner Review & Swatches

Well, this is it! I can't wait any longer! I ordered this eyeliner the first day it launched and have been using it every single day since I received it. I told myself I wasn't going to write up a review until I use it up but my excitement to share got the better of me. So here I am; at day 28 and with more than 28 uses. The Hourglass' claim of the pencil containing the product enough for 17-20 applications may not be true after all (in a good way)! ;D

Hourglass 1.5MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner
Hourglass 1.5MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner

The Hourglass 1.5MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner is a gel eyeliner packaged in a convenient twist-up pencil — no brush needed, no pot needed — just twist and apply. It is non-retractable so only dispense what you need. Two to three clicks is generally enough to line the upper lash line of both eyes.

As mentioned above, one pencil supposedly contains enough product for approximately 17-20 uses. However, they failed to mention what “one use” constitutes of — 1 click? 2 clicks? For one eye? For both eyes? The upper lash line alone or the lower lash line, too? What about tight lining, is it included? — and so on. It would have been better if they would tell us the total number of clicks (to dispense the product) instead of uses. Would have been easier to gauge that way.

Hourglass 1.5MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner
Hourglass 1.5MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner

For me, I need 3 clicks to line a simple thin-to-medium line along the upper lash line of both eyes. Then another 3-4 clicks if I were to line the lower lash lines, too. And sometimes another few clicks if I choose to do the extra tight lining step. I have been using this pencil for 28 days straight, and if I take the lower lash line and tight line out of the equation, I have technically dispensed more than 84 clicks, and definitely used it for more than 20 applications.

So it certainly lasts longer than the Hourglass' claim of 20 uses. Perhaps because I have smaller eyes and therefore need less product than most people with bigger eyes. Just my guess.

OK, seriously, I'm getting WAY too deep into this. Let's move on to something else such as the texture and performance! ^_^”

Hourglass 1.5MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner
Hourglass 1.5MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner

What's special about this pencil is its ultra small 1.5 mm tip that allows you to precisely and effortlessly create super thin lines and crisp wings the same way when you use a point/liner brush. It also allows you to really get into the small areas such as the inner corner and between lashes with ease. The formula is soft, but not too soft, and creamy smooth. It literally glides on the lid without tugging, pulling, or skipping!

Hourglass 1.5MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner
Hourglass 1.5MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner

The shade is called “Obsidian” which is a deep, dark, intense neutral black with a pure matte finish. It goes on semi-opaque and can be layered to increase the coverage and intensity if desired. It dries rather quickly and will not budge, transfer, or flake when applied on primed lids. The super long-lasting formula and super small nib make it very easy to get the black ink deposited between the root of the lashes to create an all-day lasting illusion of thicker and fuller lashes!

On the other hand, when applied on unprimed lids, I usually notice a small disappearance in the outer corner of my eyes by the end of the day. It looks like a missing spot and is almost non-noticeable unless you stare right at it or try to find it. It isn't anything major at all but is still worth noting.

Hourglass 1.5MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner
Hourglass 1.5MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner

The most impressive thing about the product is its longevity when I use it to tight line. I wear contact lens so it is imperative that the formula must not transfer. And yes, I am happy to report that this pencil does not transfer at all onto my contacts! Even when my eyes water. It doesn't cause any sensitivity/irritation to my eyes, either. Yay! :)

L: Hourglass 1.5MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner applied in thick and thin lines.<br />R: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink, Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen in Black Noir, Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Blacquer, and Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Perversion.
L: Hourglass 1.5MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner applied in thick and thin lines.
R: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink,
Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen in Black Noir,
Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Blacquer, and
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion.
Wearing Hourglass 1.5MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner. The shimmery effect seen is from the eyeshadow underneath that gets transferred onto the tip of the pencil. The eyeliner itself has a complete matte finish.
Wearing Hourglass 1.5MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner. The shimmery effect seen is from the eyeshadow underneath that gets transferred onto the tip of the pencil. The eyeliner itself has a complete matte finish.

I am happy to find out that the pencil doesn't use up quickly like I imagined. This eases my conscience to continue buying the product. At first I was not sitting well with the thought of spending another $16 for an eyeliner that you can't even use more than 20 times. I will keep you updated when I run out so you know what to expect and can decide for yourself whether it's worthy of a re-purchase. For me? I am definitely getting the 3-pack once I finish with this one! :)

Have you tried it? Do you think pencil gel eyeliners are becoming a trend?

Purchase

US$16-45 at NordstromSephoraHourglass

฿740 at Sephora

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21 Comments

  • *flail*

    *doubleflail*

    (one flailing arm still locked in mortal combat with a giant, cable eating spider – adds to the effect, no?)

    Want. To. Try. This. So. Badly. Now that I hear they’re giving samples of the new YSL foundation out at the Sephora checkout, I may just actually have to…make another order… (I mean, not that the samples of the YSL will be anywhere near my colour, but otherwise I have to wait until October and then beat my way through the crowds at the miniscule YSL counter…)

    Sorry. Got distracted. Eyeliner, right?

    Oh yeah – thatEYELINERIWANTSOBADLYdespitenotwearinglbackeyelinermuchOMG.

    This review = awesome, btw. Made the scientist in me happy ;-)

    • LOL at first I thought is she commenting on a right post? Haha. So you, Syl! I just got a few samples of the YSL foundation myself. I have 3 different shades and think one of them is going to be a pretty close match. I can’t wait to try it!

      Oh, sorry, got distracted, too. Yes, the liner. WHATDONTYOULIKEABOUTWEARINGBLACKEYELINEROMG!

      :D

  • Oh yay! I’m so glad to hear it actually lasts WAY longer than what Hourglass promised. I don’t use mine every day, so I really can’t tell. I love it though! It lasts all day, and it’s so much faster than gel liner when I’m running out of time (which is pretty much ALWAYS)!

  • Oh the eye makeup is stunning Jaa! Such precise lines! I am disappointed with the amount of product in this though for the price otherwise this is everything one would want!

    • Thanks, Divya! I can’t really say I’m disappointed with the amount because I haven’t really finished it yet. But so far it has exceeded its claim of 20 uses so I’m pretty happy with that! :D

  • So glad to hear that this lasts longer than advertised! Also, that’s great that this doesn’t smudge on you. I’ve passed on this one due to the # of uses and because I also read that some had issues of this smudging — I’m glad you haven’t really experienced issues with either! And yes, please do keep us updated on what the final # of uses was — that would be super helpful!

    As always, such a helpful review, and your eye makeup looks stunning, Jaa! :D

    • Thank you, Carolyn! ❤ Yeah I heard Christine had some serious smudging problem with this one. I’m just glad it doesn’t do any of that on me. I will definitely update this post once I finish it! :)

  • Glad to hear that it lasts longer than advertised! That was what immediately turned me away from it – the price/usage ratio seemed way off. There are several brands releasing a gel pencil now! Compared to the Benefit, which do you prefer?

    • Ahh, that’s a hard question! The Hourglass one is definitely much easier to use. There isn’t a learning curve to overcome because it’s basically just a gel in pencil form.

      The Benefit one is quite tricky to get started, but once you get the hang of it, it’s a really nice liner, too! I especially like the slanted tip of the Benefit one; it makes creating sharp wings very easy. Just point the tip up to the desired angle, dab, and pull down gently. Wings done in seconds, literally! :)

      So my answer is, I can’t choose. Haha. I’m happy with both! :)

  • OMG Jaa. You slay me with your beautiful photogprahy. Stop being a scientist and go be a photographer already lol. That eye look is sooo purdy. Whats that shadow you have on there ( top lid) ?? Isnt that pencil woodstock?..its marked perversion..me confused. all gorgeous nonethless your Queen Macroness.

    • LOL I wish! ;D

      The shadow on top lid is Stash over Ambush from the Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette! :)

      The pink lower lash line is Savage from the Urban Decay Electric Palette over Woodstock 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil! :)

      Perversion is a caption of the above image where I compared the Hourglass’ black to other liners’ black. :)

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