Hourglass Phantom Volumizing Glossy Balm Review: Why We Love It

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Beauty lovers of a certain age will remember a time when every It Girl worth her salt in a teen magazine swore by Clinique’s almost Black Honey lipstick. Of course, as with everything, trends come and go, and sometimes come back. Just look at the recent resurgence of fashion and beauty trends from the late 90s and early 2000s for proof of that. And while I won’t be trading low-rise jeans or plucking my eyebrows like a pencil anytime soon, there’s one renaissance I can achieve: the return of your sheer, cool, effortless-but-better lip.

HOURGLASS Phantom Gloss Volumizing Balm



I rediscovered my love for the look when Hourglass launched its latest lip product, the Phantom Volumizing Glossy Balm, this spring. Packaged in a slim, ultra-chic gold tube, it lives up to its name by delivering both the silky, lip-softening feel of a balm with the sheen of a gloss, and the perfect dose of sheer color for that “is that lipstick or are her lips that good?” effect. AKA: Exactly what you expect from your easy and breezy summer beauty look; stylish enough to wear on a summer evening, so understated you won’t look overdone wearing it for a casual picnic or day at the beach.

Available in 8 shades, from subtle beige to scorching fuchsia, Lure, a rich berry tone that definitely has dark honey vibes, has become my undisputed favorite of the season for its ability to amp up your natural lip color with a bang. flattering way. for all skin tones and goes with all outfits. Best of all, its special “conditioning complex” makes my perpetually dry lips supple and soft, but without the stickiness of old-fashioned glosses.

In fact, I’d say there’s only one hurdle left to make this my summer look: getting a tube for all my travel bags before all the It Girls get their hands on it.

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