Hourglass No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil is a blend of 14 essential oils, 10 plant oils and 4 vitamins. As a person that wears dramatic lip colors, I’m always in the market for a lip treatment and a good lip balm. If you wear bright, dark or light colors, you’ve got to have smooth lips.
The claims – This treatment is meant to nurture, hydrate and regenerate the lip area. Or “elevate moisture levels, improve lip texture and help reduce wrinkle depth“. OK, so it claims to do what lots of other lip treatments and balms claim to do.
The packaging – Product has a 24k gold-plated, anti-bacterial tip. This is definitely what makes the product stand out from others on the market. Because of the tip, the product goes on “cool” on the lips. It feels great.
The formula & feel – The formula has a thicker feel, almost like a serum balm. It does not feel like an oil. It goes on and actually stays on the lips because of the thicker texture (2-3 hours wear for me). It’s clear and leaves a very slight sheen on the lips. The fragrance is rather strong reminding me of the No. 28 Oil Serum, lots of lavender, citrus and tons of other herbs like rose geranium. It’s like there was an earthquake at an aromatherapist’s studio.
My experience – I have used this product twice a day for a little over a month. It’s a good balm that keeps my lips smooth and free of flakes. I feel it does keep my lips looking good and feeling healthy. Now saying that, so does a thick coat of Aquaphor applied nightly. (And the Aquaphor that I use in the mini tubes retails for less than $5 for 1/2 oz). And a lip scrub or washcloth rubbed on the lips works wonders as well. I used this for a month and Aquaphor for another month. I feel that my lips looked and felt the same.
I love the applicator and how it feels going on my lips. It really does make this a luxury product. – It kept my lips smooth and did what it said it would do. – I also like that it is long-wearing for a lip balm.
I almost used an entire bottle in a month. There isn’t much in there.- That fragrance is a little overwhelming for a lip product. If it were up to me, it would go. There are more pleasant fragrances out there. Just a simple rose geranium or lemon would do, too much going with the current fragrance. – Here’s the biggest one: price. It’s costly. Now some people are fine spending money on lip products or luxury skincare. That’s fine. But, for every person that spends $50 on a tube of lipstick, there is a person that doesn’t. Truth is that you can find something that works the same for less. Will it come in this fancy tube? No.
Overall, I like the product but I have mixed feelings because of the price in comparison to the results. It does what my cheap drugstore balm does (in the short term, I can’t report on long term results). I feel you’re paying for the world’s nicest lip balm packaging in the world (I wish they’d make it refillable with refills. This would make the higher price easier to justify). It’s up to you if you want to splurge or not. I can say that I’m sometimes guilty of buying Tom Ford Lipstick ($48) when I know that Revlon Super Lustrous ($7) is just as good or even better. It just depends on what you like to do with your money. Or how late it is and how many glasses of wine we have in us when we’re making that online order
The 1/4 oz tube retails for $42 at Sephora.
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