Was my Hourglass splurge worth the money?

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Like many of us I’m not spending nearly as much money as I used to. Between getting older (who me??) and not seeing people, I just don’t have the desire. But every once in a while I get something in my head and I can’t shake it out. I’ve learned to not impulsively buy but when there’s something that is sticking around and doesn’t want to leave – well I splurge.

My two latest splurges are from Hourglass. There are two things that I can’t get enough of – eye creams and cream blush. There’s something that thrills me about both. I have more than the average person already and probably more than most makeup junkies but here I am.

Hourglass Intensive Hydrating Eye Balm and Vanish Blush Stick

Two splurges: Hourglass Intensive Hydrating Eye Balm ($95) and Vanish Blush Stick ($46).


Hourglass Intensive Hydrating Eye Balm ($95) I felt that $95 was too much to pay for a cosmetic company’s eye balm but I was magnetically drawn to it. At least with the Sephora 15% off sale I was able to save some money. But no matter what I’m going to say about this eye balm, I still think it’s too expensive. I’ve spent more on eye creams but not in a long time.

Hourglass Intensive Hydrating Eye Balm

Equilibrium™ Intensive Hydrating Eye Balm is unlike other eye balms that I’ve tried. When I first got it I was sort of kicking myself for succumbing but the more I use it, the more I’m happy with this purchase. It’s definitely a balm which is unusual in this category. It’s like a loose, creamy Vaseline. Very gelatinous so it clings to your skin.

Hourglass Intensive Hydrating Eye Balm
Hourglass Intensive Hydrating Eye Balm

It’s truly a night product. Makeup wouldn’t work with this at all because it stays balmy, never drying down. During the night if I’m tossing and turning it can be a pain because I’ll rub my eyes and get it all over. On a good night though it helps me wake up looking like my undereye area is plumper and less lined. It feels very protective of this sensitive area.

Highlighted Ingredients:
– Cell Balancing Complex™: Visibly rebalances, restores, and renews the skin barrier.
– Hydration Barrier Complex: Supports the skin barrier and smooths the look of texture.
– Cocoa Seed Extract: Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, sulfates SLS & SLES, and contains less than one percent synthetic fragrance. It is also vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free.

Now for Vanish Blush Stick. I was so taken by this that I kept stalking Sephora and Ulta to see when it was back in stock. I searched for swatches since I was starting with just one shade and decided on Loyal since it’s described as Rosewood.

Hourglass Vanish Blush Stick
Hourglass Vanish Blush

This is my regret. Rosewood is too warm for what I was expecting and doesn’t thrill me once on. It’s no different than the hundreds of cream blushes out there except that the packaging is unique. But I’m not wearing packaging. The gold triangular click up tube is elegant looking. The cream blush though is just ordinary compared to others. It doesn’t last very long either. Maybe I’d have been happier with Devoted, a dusty rose, but I still don’t think it would be worth the $46 price (luckily I got 15% off).

Hourglass Vanish Blush Stick in Rosewood
Hourglass Vanish Blush Stick in Rosewood

So what do you think of my splurges? Would you spend this much on either of these? I only regret the Vanish blush but if someone wanted to give me one I’d take it. I thought I’d regret the Eye Balm but it adds a new dimension to my varied collection. Plus I need so little that it will last forever.

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