Hourglass Is Warming Up To Summer

Published in: Makeup, Product Reviews

Girls who wear warm colors well may like this year’s summer collection from Hourglass Cosmetics. It’s a tiny collection (just two pieces), and they aren’t the least expensive kids on the block.


What do we mean by “warm” or “cool” colors?

  • Colors that lean toward red, orange or yellow, or contain their undertones (many browns, yellowish greens and orangey reds), are generally considered warm shades.
  • Colors that lean blue or green (or bluish pink, purple, blueish green, magenta or blueish red) are typically called cool.

These two siblings hover in Chanel price airspace…Creme-to-Powder Bronzer Duo in Sunset will set you back $40, and Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in Fortune clocks in at $28, but Hourglass makes sure you get good stuff for your money.

Fortune on the lips; Creme-to-Powder Bronzer Duo on cheeks

Creme-to-Powder-Bronzer Duo in Sunset houses a creamy, warm pink blush and a warm golden brown bronzer in a snazzy swivel-top compact. Both the blush and bronzer have all-day staying power, resist streaking and dry to a natural-looking matte finish.

I LOVE how pigmented the both of them are, and thankfully Hourglass didn’t chintz on the size of the pans. Still, this guy’s mad pricey! Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B+/A-

Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in Fortune’s shimmery warm golden pink looks a lot like one of my all-time favorite products out there, the mighty MAC Nymphette!

I like the thin, non-sticky texture but wish it lasted longer than two hours. Like other Extreme Sheen Glosses I’ve tried, it’s also pleasantly hydrating, ahh… Might be an option if you’ve been searching for a color like Nyphette but aren’t a fan of sticky MAC gloss. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B


Based on pure pigment alone, I think the bronzer/blush duo probably offers the better value. Add to that excellent wear time, and it spells a pretty good deal. πŸ™‚

Both tiny tidbits shimmy onto Sephora and Barneys counters next month.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Before you jet, beauty lover, check out the home page for more makeup reviews. πŸ™‚


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  1. I’m so loving this summer collection,I have never used anything from this company.I must see this in person.D&G watch out(wink)!Plz tell, where did u get those lovely earrings?
    .-= HouseOfAccessories’s last blog post… 2 by 4 Red,White and Blue USA Photo Prop Blanket,Ready to Ship =-.

  2. Ashley says:

    If only I had the money… The duo looks amazing and the compact looks like some Japanese cellphone. I’m pretty sure the dudes would mistake it for a geeky sleek gadget πŸ˜‰

  3. Meghan says:

    that lip gloss is really pretty. i think i am gonna pick up nymphette from mac tho!

  4. Nina says:

    Thats an aswesome palette! I wish I were a bronzer gal …. id totally snap that up.

    Youre earings are awesome!!!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks! I’m hoping and praying that I don’t lose them. πŸ™ I’m so bad about losing jewelry (earrings, especially)!

      • NINA says:

        I have a little compartment in my jewelry organizer that houses all my unmatched earrings – LOL for some reason I cant bear to throw `em out so they sit there, alone and lonely! πŸ™‚

  5. amy says:

    The bronzer looks lovely on you!
    .-= amy’s last blog post… Once and Again NOTD with American Apparel Nail Lacquer in Office =-.

  6. I love hourglass packaging, it’s so sleek and minimalistic. The bronzer duo looks super pretty on you! I’ve already got a gloss similar to Nymphette, so I think I’ll pass on the Hourglass version, but I do love golden pinks for summer. Plans for tonight: study until I pass out. Then wake up and eat some Nutella. And back to studying…
    .-= makeup morsels’s last blog post… Go Fresh and Conquer =-.

  7. Catherine says:

    The blush/bronzer combo looks awesome on you! The gloss looks AMAZING. Love the gold shimmers in it.

    My Monday’s been pretty blah so far, sadly. So tired I didn’t get anything done in lab. Should have come home like 5 hours ago and just napped. As it is now I have to get some homework done and then go to bed so I can get up bright and early tomorrow. *sigh*
    .-= Catherine’s last blog post… Fake Mascara from eBay =/ =-.

  8. Toni says:

    You look gorgeous with the blush/bronzer and lipgloss on! Love it on you! I would love to try these, but do you think they would work on an NW20-25 skin tone? You’re an NC, right? I will have to save my pennies if I want these little beauties!

  9. Lindsay says:

    They both look super pretty on you!
    .-= Lindsay’s last blog post… MAC Pret-a-Papier Haul =-.

  10. moo says:

    is it tru that its waterproof?

  11. gio says:

    The lipgloss looks so pretty! And I love your earrings too.
    .-= gio’s last blog post… BWB: Readers Feedback Survey =-.

  12. YJ says:

    GAH! I got an Hourglass bronzer last year, and as much as I love the product, I love the packaging its in even more!!!! But it is pretty darn pricey =/
    .-= YJ’s last blog post… Can’t live without ’em… =-.

  13. Kim says:

    How cool is that swivel-top compact?! That might be worth the $40 on its own! Too bad about the wear time on the gloss, but it does look nice on you! πŸ™‚

  14. Michelle says:

    Those colors make you glow — gorgeous!!

  15. Katie says:

    I have not hear of this brand before – I will definitely give it a try! πŸ™‚

  16. lexi says:

    I bought an Hourglass gloss a few months back – gave me the worse allergic reaction. After seconds of wearing it felt warm on my lips. Not a good thing. The next day my lips were raw and peeling. Sad because it was a lovely color and I liked the sweet scent it had…

  17. Kristen says:

    Karen, can I ask how you applied the colors to your cheeks? I always have trouble contouring with cream formulas. Yours looks mad good – any tips?
    .-= Kristen’s last blog post… NARS Summer 2010: Belle du Jour =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kristen,

      The brush makes a huge difference. Are you using a synthetic brush? I loooove the MAC 187 for cream products.

      • Kristen says:

        Thanks for the tip – I’d actually been mulling over this brush for awhile! I think I’m going to pick it up. I’d been using a foundation brush for cream products. It’s ok…but not spectacular.

  18. Anastasia says:

    That blush looks amazingly natural on you and makes you look younger. I have NO luck with blushes πŸ™ They all look fake on me. Too pasty I guess!

  19. Cas says:

    Awesome palette and I’m totally digging the colors of the lipglosses!! You look so kawai in the photo πŸ™‚
    .-= Cas’s last blog post… Impromptu Malacca Food Trip =-.

  20. Cendana says:

    I love love loveee Hourglass Cosmetics, and can’t wait till the Blush/bronzer duo comes out in Australia in a month’s time! Woopee!! By the way, you look gorrrrgeousss in that photo !!! =D I met Michael Pierce today and he was reallly cool ^^v
    .-= Cendana’s last blog post… Snippets from Birthday Night =-.

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