I don’t wear nudes well. Let me rephrase: I don’t tend to wear shades that people dub as “nudes” too well. I’m not sure if it’s my skin tone or my rather pigmented lips, or maybe it’s just because I’m not used to seeing my lips so pale. In any case, most of the time I stay away from them. When Hourglass launched 6 Femme Nude Lip Stylos a while ago however, I thought I’d pick one up to try. I got Nº 3 Nude Rose sight unseen, and it turned out to look really nude without washing me out badly!
The packaging of Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo (30 USD) has the typical Hourglass look. It is rather hefty, and the cap closes with that satisfying click! It comes with a twist-up mechanism. Just a quick heads-up: like most jumbo pencil type of lippies, you can’t retract this one all the way. Don’t just yank the cap off because you might damage the tip in the process!
Hourglass Femme Nude Nº 3 Lip Stylo is described as a medium rose nude with a hint of pink. From what I can see, it is more like a medium powdery pink beige. It has no smell that I can discern, maybe just a faint scent that comes from the ingredients.
The finish of Nude Rose is quite matte, but it is not so matte that it looks flat. It glides on with opaque coverage. It feels slightly creamy on the lips, but not heavy at all. For some reason, my lips look a bit fuller with Nude Rose, which is part of the product claims. It fades evenly enough, but a little tends to cluster around lip creases. You won’t see it unless you’re smiling big, but I thought I’d mention it all the same. The formula is hydrating, and it lasts around 3 hours with multiple drinks.
Here is how Hourglass Femme Nude Nº 3 Lip Stylo swatches (for reference, I’m around NC30):
I’m still surprised how much pink it seems to have on my arm, but I suppose my natural lip color eats a lot of that pink!
You have seen Nude Rose on me here, paired with a metallic smokey eye:
Bottom line: Hourglass Femme Nude Nº 3 Lip Stylo is a true nude, but it doesn’t wash me out as badly as most nudes can. The formula is lightly creamy and comfortable to wear. I’d like to take a look at Nº 4, 5, and 6 when I get the chance. They look like they’d work even better on my reasonably pigmented lips!
Guess what else I hauled at the same time? Two of my favorite brow pencil ever! I can honestly say Hourglass Soft Brunette Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil is the product that finally taught me to fill in my brows properly. I got my first one at the end of January, and it ran out in mid-August. For 32 USD a pop, these certainly aren’t the what I’d call cheap. However, if you’ve never been happy with any brow filler, or if your brows are pretty sparse like mine but you don’t want an overly drawn-in look: give this one a go!
Are you a nude girl or not?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx