It’s like when I come across something special in a store, like that Peter Som cat dress from Anthropologie, and it feels like the world will crash around me if it doesn’t get in my closet. For me, that’s Hourglass makeup.
Yes, they’re expensive — pretty much the same prices as Chanel and Dior — but there’s something about Hourglass. The simplicity. They don’t have 30 different browns or 20 different red lipsticks, but I’m still always able to find exactly what I’m in the mood to wear. When you wear it, you feel super cool, and your makeup looks good.
I love their textures and the way they elevate basic colors like gold and peach and make them seem so much more elegant and refined, but still accessible at the same time. Sometimes, their new launches are so exciting that they break the Internet (almost).
A lot of the products in my “everyday basics” makeup bag are Hourglass, and here are 10 of the ones I reach for the most…
Otherwise known as “the lipstick that generates 20 emails to my inbox whenever I wear it on the blog,” and the emails usually say the same thing: “What is that color, BECAUSE I HAVE TO HAVE IT NOW!”
The emails are also often tinged with quiet desperation. Once someone even offered to trade their child’s pony for a tube!
Super creamy, vibrant fuchsia Fever has looked gorgeous on every person I’ve ever seen wear it.
These are the blushes I reach for when I know I don’t have enough time to really get ready in the morning. They’re like a combination natural-looking blush and subtle highlighter in one.
I’m actually wearing Incandescent Electra, the middle shade, right now because I barely had 60 seconds before I had to leave the house for a dentist’s appointment this afternoon.
Oh, and random info, but today I found out at the dentist that I have thick enamel.
Yeah, apparently it’s something I should be proud of. 🙂
So pretty… A coral with a subtle golden sheen, Diffused Heat is one of my summertime go-to blush shades. If you have warm skin or a bit of a tan, it looks gorgeous paired with coral lipstick or gloss.
Speaking of coral glosses, have you seen Hourglass Extreme High Shine Lipgloss in Muse!? L-to-the-O-to-the-V-to-the-E.
It’s super moisturizing, shiny and comfy like a Cremesheen Glass. I wear this one year round.
This golden beige is another one of my errrday faves. I use it as a highlighter a lot when I’m out cruising the town/about to lay a smack down. Yes, you can call me MC K-Dawg.
Despite the delicate, nuanced shimmer and light color, I can still see it, ya know? Otherwise why bother? I want to see that ish, at least a little!
For pics, it may be a tad too subtle for some gals/guys, especially those who like their highlights bold and brash, but if you like a subtle highlight, GO THERE.
Ooh! This one’s always in my makeup bag. It’s a warm and creamy opaque pinkish mauve, and it’s a great nude lip color if your lips are naturally pigmented like mine.
It is SO expensive ($42), but when my lips are dry and cracked in the dead o’ winter, I yearn to have my No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil with me.
I always wait to get it on sale, though…so when Sephora has their VIB sales, I stock up, so I can keep one in my bag and one on my nightstand. I’m that committed.
I don’t use the No. 2 as much as I used to because of the Beautyblender, but it’s still my favorite foundation brush for applying and blending liquid foundations and tinted moisturizers.
It’s good about not leaving streaks behind and buffs everything beautifully.
Oh, my goodness, can I just tell you — I had a meltdown right before I wrote this post because I couldn’t freaking find this pencil!
Eventually, it turned up in my purse… Crisis averted, yo!
I wear this deep nude pencil all the time (love it for pigmented lips). Sometimes I’ll outline and fill in my lips with Eden, then pop No. 28 Lip Oil on top for a quickie nude lip.
I’m crushed to see this one go… It was my favorite eyeshadow duo in the Hourglass line, which is being phased out and replaced by the new Modernist palettes.
If you can still find Prism, do not hesitate for a second. Grab that sucker! It has a shimmery bluish gray on one side and a rich glittery black on the other, and the two are beautiful together (and even better layered).
If you have brown eyes and do a smokey look with this duo, watch out! Your lids will look like magical space unicorns stopped by and sprinkled double-triple rainbow dust on them. Warning: you could pass out from ecstasy. FYI. 🙂
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,