Hourglass No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil Review, Photos

Since the launch of Hourglass Cosmetics, I have fallen head over heels for a couple of their products. First, it was the Mineral Veil Foundation Primer and then the Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation, both of which I recommend nonstop to those with oily skins and those who love a matte skin effect. Then I discovered this new Hourglass No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil ($42 USD), and I have been hooked since the first swipe. The product has undeniably intriguing packaging, but find out what makes this lip truly spectacular after the jump!

The Hourglass Lip Treatment Oil smells reassuringly herbal due to the lavender yet enlivening thanks to the eucalyptus (not as spicy as peppermint, more like a fresh mint leaf). The consistency is more dense than I had anticipated it would be and it has a slightly tacky finish in the vein of YSL Glossy Stains or Armani d'Armani Glosses, but the lip oil still has the overall feel of a lip balm/treatment. I actually find that it reminds me of a moisturizing serum since it is more slick in feel in comparison to other lip care products. This lip treatment oil is most similar to Sara Happ's Lip Slip because of the instant relief factor and extreme glossiness levels, but the Lip Slip is packaged in a dreadful pot and contains quite a bit of shimmer. Due to my lips' sensitivity, I prefer lip products without shimmer. 

Not only is the finger-free applicator plated with 24k gold, the applicator tip is antibacterial! This makes the Hourglass an indispensable weapon in my lip care arsenal because I can use it day or night and reapply freely. The metal is cool to the touch, which perfectly suits the coming of summer heat. I place my index finger over the raised black ribbing of the pump and press gently down to release the product. This hold (shown below) looks unusual, but it feels quite intuitive since the index finger helps to guide the applicator fluidly across the surface of the lips. 

I have a soft spot for my lightweight Chanel Hydramax lip balm, but as with Sara Happ's Lip Slip, I cannot travel with it for reapplication due to the unsanitary pot-style packaging. La Mer's Lip Balm (which also requires finger dipping), is my overnight treatment of choice, but exfoliation with Sara Happ's Lip Scrub the next morning is required to remove the dead skin cell buildup. As effective as the La Mer may be, I would prefer not having to follow up with additional steps. This Hourglass No. 28 Lip Oil is, however, a true treatment. The incredibly glossy finish, the hydrating properties, the soothing abilities.. those are all additional perks. The most noteworthy facet of this product simply happens to be that I can see and feel long-term healing effects with regular use.

Gaia of The Non-Blonde recommends layering the lip oil beneath the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipstick in Pygmalion, a beautiful sheer watermelon. Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks consistently cause my lips to end the day in a flaky mess, but that did not happen today because I took her advice! I will demonstrate the pairing in my next video, the Chanel Summer 2013 tutorial, so we can all marvel at the beauty of the lip recipe together.

If your lips are as sensitive as mine and constantly plagued by dryness and peeling, then this Lip Treatment Oil is not a luxurious splurge. It is, in fact, an absolute necessity. My lips have never felt so conditioned, so evenly textured. My lipstick colors do not sink nearly as deeply into my lip lines as they did the week before, meaning that I can visibly see that the lip wrinkle-reducing claims do have some ground. It is the first product to ever meet every requirement for my Holy Grail status lip care product, and it would be my dream come true if Hourglass could produce this product with hints of color without sacrificing the effectiveness of the formula.

Bottom Line: May I buy this Hourglass No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil in bulk? Please and thank you!
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  1. I bought this based on your earlier recommendation. Just received it yesterday and I agree with your conclusion that it is a holy grail product. I have to try it with the cocoshines because they give me problems also. Thank you!

  2. I have never heard of this product before, and I am so curious to try it. I never thought my lips were sensitive until I started watching your videos. It never occurred to me that my lips might have been peeling and drying out due to the lip products I was using. I'm much more careful and aware of the type of lip products I use now to avoid peeling, but I know my lips also have the underlying problem of being super dry pretty much all the time. The price is killer, but at least Sephora has their amazing return policy if I end up not liking it. If this ends up working for me, it will be worth every penny. Thank you for this review!

  3. This looks very luxurious and I'm still on the hunt for the perfect lip balm/lip treatment for my dry/dehydrated lips. I may have found my answer. Quite a splurge but hope it works well for me. Might give this a try. Thanks for the review :)

  4. thanks for your review! I've been itching to buy this, but I've just held off for whatever reason. I need to get my hands on this asap!


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