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Said to be the crème-de-la-crème of lip glosses by Hourglass, well, that just sounds like my kind of lip gloss! Extreme Sheen and High Shine, too? Sign me up!
To test out the formula of my very first Hourglass lip gloss, I picked up the shade Origami which is described as a “bubble gum pink”. It is lovely and looks like a color I can get a lot of use out of.
The lip gloss comes in a long, streamlined tube that is slightly flattened – perfect for carrying with you in a clutch! The applicator is a simple and fool-proof doe-foot that is slightly flat. The packaging is a total luxury -no doubt about it but I wish the opening of the tube would be slightly bigger. I find that I have to pump the wand in and out of the tube several times to get enough product to show up on my lips. There is a very strong sweet vanilla scent to it, like a bubble gum scent that I'm not particularly fond of but it vanishes quickly after the application.
Origami looks like a pigmented shade in the tube and on the arm swatch but once applied on my lips, it is very, very sheer. I barely see any bubble gum pink color. It looks more like a super duper sheer light pink gloss but I suppose it was made to be that way. It definitely looks better layered over a lipstick than wearing on its own. I suspect that the pink will show up better on pale lips. The color isn't really buildable, either, so to make it work for me I usually apply some lip color first, then follow with Origami to add shine.
Speaking of shine, the name “Extreme Sheen High Shine” isn't exactly the word I would use to describe this lip gloss, at least for Origami. There is some shine, yes, but it is no where near high. When I heard the name, I think mirror-finish, but reality is it's only slightly glossy. Besides the High Shine, the description also mentions “rich pigment“, again, there's no rich pigment here in Origami.
I'm starting to think that the description is perhaps for other stronger, bolder shades, such as Siren, Primal or Icon? From a quick online image search, these three are EXTREMELY pigmented – both in the tube and on lip swatches and they display a true extreme shine.
So if you are expecting Origami to show up any pink at all on your lips, you either have to have 1) pale lips or 2) used a lip base that would cancel out your natural lip color first. The good thing about such light-colored gloss, though? You can pair it with any lip color. Layer over a nude lipstick for a soft nude, slightly glossy effect or over a bright-colored lipstick for an extra, sophisticated shine. So, the subtle color here can be a good thing.
Now, let's talk about some good stuff! This lip gloss is Parabens-, Sulfates-, and Phthalates-free! It also has Vitamin E to help keep your lips nicely hydrated. The formula is a dream to work with. It is light, creamy, and has zero stickiness – not even a hint. It glides on really nicely and evenly and is such a comfort to wear. It is slightly thicker than most lip glosses in terms of texture but it doesn't feel heavy or anything and it isn't goopy at all.
The longevity is pretty average for non-sticky lip glosses. Origami lasts about 3-4 hours on me before re-application is needed. I don't feel my lips being dry or tight after the gloss wears off so that's another plus!
Overall, I think Origami is a lovely shade. Wear alone for everyday, fresh-faced kinda look or layer over a different lip color to add soft shine (Origami is subtle enough that it will not interfere with the lip color). I absolutely adore the non-sticky, lightweight formula but my next purchase will probably be something a little bit more pigmented. I'm thinking maybe Truth (rosy nude) or Nectar (bright coral).
Do you own any Hourglass lip glosses? Do you like them? Share with me your experience or better yet, give me some suggestion on what color I should pick up next. :)