Have You Seen the Hourglass Extreme Sheen Holiday Set?

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Extreme Sheen Lipgloss in Siren

I love the blue top I’m wearing in this picture, but I’m not entirely proud of the stretchy black pants I’m wearing with it (too many 100 Grand bars before, during and after Halloween), even though they’re incredibly comfy.


How comfy are they? Well, they’re almost as comfy as the glosses in the new Hourglass Extreme Sheen Kit ($45).

Yes, you read that correctly. The three glosses in the limited edition holiday set are almost as comfortable as stretchy pants. πŸ™‚ And they’re some of the most delightful lip products I’ve ever worn.

The colors in the kit lean toward the warm end the color spectrum, like Ignite, a golden peachy pink; Siren, a shimmery reddish copper; and Child, a pale warm pink.

Are you familiar with NARS Sweet Revenge, MAC Nymphette and/or MAC Lychee Luxe? If you like any of them, I think you might also like these.

Hourglass Extreme Sheen Kit swatches review photos
From left: Ignite, Siren and Child

Like the other Extreme Sheens I’ve worn, these feel divine on my lips with a smooth, thin, non-sticky texture, and since they smell faintly of cupcakes, I pretend like I have frosting on my lips when I’ve got them on (they’re flavor-free, though).

They’re also mad moisturizing! If I put ’em on when my lips feel dry when I get up in the morning, my lips really do look and feel better by the end of the day, almost like a healing lip balm.

Wear time varies among the shades. The darkest one, Siren, lasts from 4-6 hours with very little fading, while the lighter colors, Child and Ignite, last between 2 hours and 4.

From left: Ignite, Siren and Child




You may have noticed that these glosses aren’t packaged exactly like the older (as in last summer) Extreme Sheens. Those came in cylindrical tubes, but Hourglass recently introduced some new packaging.

I guess the most important thing is that we’re not getting any less product. The glosses in the set still contain the same 0.12 ounces as before.

Hourglass usually charges $28 for their 0.12-oz. tubes; at $45 for the set, they break down to $15 apiece, so that’s a pretty great deal. πŸ™‚

Sometimes Sephora discounts products with older packaging when brands release new packaging, so I’ll check the sale section of their website a few times/week. You never know, right? If you ever find deals like that, please let me know, and I’ll do the same.

I think these glosses are great, but if I could change anything about them, I’d change the brush. I’m more of a doe-foot applicator girl.

If you’re looking for blinding shine and pigment in a moisturizing gloss (and you like the way you look in warm shades), take a gander at this Extreme Sheen set.

Great job, Hourglass!

PRICE: $45
AVAILABILITY: At Sephora stores, Barneys New York and online

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



P.S. Good morning, and happy hump day, young lady. I’m looking for a new book to read, and I’m wondering if you’ve read Beautiful Creatures. A friend of mind said it was good. Isn’t there also a movie by the same name?

P.P.S. Now, on to bigger news, like the winner of the Breast Cancer Awareness Month Sign Project and Giveaway.

Drum roll please… Katie! Congratulations, you’re the winner of $400 in makeup from MAC and Chanel.

And if you entered but didn’t win, I hope you don’t feel bad because you did a wonderful thing. If someone out there who happened to be going through a tough time came across your support sign on Facebook, on your website or here on the blog, it might just give them a little extra strength to persevere. πŸ™‚


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  1. Nina says:

    siren is very very very pretty! πŸ™‚

  2. Annette says:

    I am loving siren! It’s gorgeous, I definitely need it for Christmas. πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Annette,

      You could totally wear it to a holiday party. πŸ™‚

      Have you tried Hourglass before? They’re expensive, but some of the stuff is *really* nice.

      • Annette says:

        No, haven’t tried any of their products yet. But I’m definitely going to check them out next time I am at sephora.

        • Karen says:

          Awesome! They have really nice eyeshadows and blushes (cream and powder). If you need any color/product recs let me know. I’d be happy to jot down a few things.

  3. Amber says:

    Hooray Katie! Congratulations!

    I want an excuse to buy these glosses but I’m wary of red because I can’t predict which ones will turn flaming orange on me!

  4. Appu says:

    OMG ,I am loving all of these!!! Especially Siren πŸ™‚ Congrats Katie, for winning the giveaway πŸ™‚
    Appu recently posted … Bobbi Brown Long-wear Gel Liner in Caviar Ink

  5. Kim says:

    Ignite looks very intriguing and the moisturizing angle is definitely a plus! Btw, I’m not buying your 100 Grand overeating. I thought you were looking extra thin in this pic! πŸ™‚

    Congrats to Katie on being the winner – she’s sure to be super-excited!

  6. Kerry says:

    Holy crap. Siren is gorgeous!!!
    Don’t feel bad about eating too many 100 Grands — I always buy on-sale candy Nov. 1, so I’ve been gorging for a couple of days now.

    Congrats to Katie for winning! Side note: November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Though this one really hits home (a close relative died after suffering with Alzheimer’s for several years), I wish there were enough months in the year to raise awareness for all the terrible diseases we have to face. Karen, thanks for the awareness you raised last month for breast cancer.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kerry,

      Me too. Seems people are more willing to talk about things — I’m glad that the blog allows for awareness and knowledge to grow.

      And I’m very, very sorry to hear about your relative passing. Sending a big hug to you…

      • Kerry says:

        Aww, thanks Karen. It’s just sad to see someone decline from being a brilliant high school math teacher to not knowing his relatives’ names.

        On to a lighter subject: Do you think the Hourglass glosses are worth the price tag? $45 seems like a lot to drop on three glosses for a drugstore diva like me. πŸ™‚

  7. I’ve been reading your blog for a while – have you switched up on your undereye concealer or something? You look great! Very youthful!

  8. gio says:

    Siren is gorgeous! πŸ™‚
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  9. Ruchita says:

    Siren looks great on you, Karen! It looks like a great holiday color.

    I’ve been looking for some new books as well, to read during time off during Thanksgiving. I’ve read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, so I might try the rest of the books in the series.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ruchita,

      Thanks, hon!

      I watched The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movie few months ago and wasn’t mentally prepared for it — the brutal scenes were quite traumatic. πŸ™ I’ve heard that the entire trilogy is really good, though.

  10. Antonia says:

    Haven’t even heard about this brand before!=/ Loving Siren, so vibrant!

    Congrats, Katie! What a nice prize!
    Antonia recently posted … Never judge a macaroon by its size

  11. Cecille says:

    Karen, Really love how u are wearing your bangs!!! What did you do differently? Gorgeous pic

  12. Jen says:

    When I saw the first picture, I was like, “Holy Batman, pigment! That’s gloss?!” Siren looks amazing!

    Also, congrats to Katie! And high five to all the other ladies who participated in the sign making. πŸ™‚

  13. Lorraine ER says:

    Oof, Siren is amazingly pretty!! I love metallic reds like that. Are these the same glosses Hourglass used to have that came in kind of flat, square-ish packaging? (The link you provided didn’t work for me for some reason)
    I’m looking for a good moisturizing gloss and I’ve never tried Hourglass. Siren is now at the top of my wishlist! Thanks for the great post.
    Lorraine ER recently posted … Meow Egyptian Treasure Collection Swatches Pt2

  14. Fieran says:

    Karen! I love your top πŸ™‚ That ikat print looks good on you.

    I have never tried anything from Hourglass, maybe it’s time to give them a chance.
    Fieran recently posted … Look What I found in Oslo!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Fieran,

      Not gonna lie — I totally had to look up “ikat print.” Hey, at least I learned something new today!

      Definitely put Hourglass on your makeup lust list when you visit SF! I’m pretty sure the the Union Square Sephora store carries the line (although that store makes me INSANE… I prefer the one in the Marina).

      • Fieran says:

        The only reason I know the name of the print is ‘coz I drooled over an ikat scarf for ages but never bought it. I still think about it though – like a long lost love.

        Hmm, I think the bf goes to Union Square Sephora on all of his trips to SF πŸ˜‰ because I always give him a list. I’ll have a look at it anyway. Love big stores and malls…*happy sigh*

        I’m leaving in a few for the airport. Have a good week ahead Karen and I hope you _don’t_ fall sick.

  15. Emma says:

    I love Siren but I’m too cool skin toned to wear it πŸ™ I wonder if the movie that you’re thinking of is Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures? The name is similar.


  16. MONICA_MAUI says:

    Siren is singing my name! It’s definitely ME and it knows πŸ˜‰

  17. rachel says:

    karen while i loooove lipgloss. this is the first time ive actually said woooooow that looks so good. im not surprised they got an a+. they make your lips look great and i think the opacity is perfect. πŸ˜€

    • Karen says:

      Hi Rachel,

      Siren (and all the shades) are ever *more* stunning in real life. I hope you give this a try!

      Since you love glosses I have a Q for you — which glosses are your faves?

  18. Irene says:

    I’m so diggin’ your look her girl!! Loves it πŸ™‚

  19. Sharon says:

    Congrats Katie, on winning the giveaway!!

    Wow, Siren is stunning, both swatched and worn, perfect for the holidays. πŸ™‚

  20. Wendy says:

    Siren is SO pretty but I just can’t swallow the price tag o_o
    Wendy recently posted … Quick Post- Current Deals for US &amp International

  21. Celina says:

    Indeed Siren is gorgeous, hotness itself. I have been scrolling up and down this post to gaze at the pictures. Oh, so beautiful!

  22. AshBash says:

    siren reminds me of bold and brash dare to wear lipgloss from mac
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  23. Blovetbeauty says:

    The lip colors from hourglass are sooo prettyyy

  24. Andreea says:

    Hi Karen, this look suits you best. You look like 25, fresh and awake and just beautiful.
    Love this!
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