Hourglass Prodigy Lipgloss

Hourglass, Prodigy lipglossHourglass is a prestige cosmetics line carried by Barney’s and Sephora. (I remember the brand arriving in Dallas a year or two ago, though their website says they were founded in 2004, and picked up by those two retailers in 2007).

Anyway, when I think of the brand, I think of their back-pocket-shaped Prodigy lipgloss, their supersoft taklon brushes, and their artistic director, Gina Brooke (former artistic director at Shu Uemura and makeup artist to Madonna).

They’ve been on my to-swatch list forever, so this past weekend I thought I’d check out those funky, famous Prodigy glosses.
Hourglass, Prodigy, lipgloss, swatches, Ingenue, Opium, Eden, Heroine, Surreal, Pulse, Hypnotic, Legend, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar
Ingenue is a sheer, milky blush. Opium is sparkly rose-mauve. Eden is sheer warm peach-rose. Heroine is cool white-pink. Surreal is orange with pink shimmer. Pulse is sheer watermelon with gold sparkles. Hypnotic is violet-rose with gold sparkles. Legend is sheer warm rose.

I tried on Legend, and though it wasn’t sticky, it was basically clear. I couldn’t really see much color on my lips. The packaging is also a little finicky: the cap only goes on in one orientation (unless you’ve jammed it on the wrong way a few times; then it can go on either way).  Prodigy glosses are $26 each.

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6 Responses to “Hourglass Prodigy Lipgloss”

  • valerie says:

    I had Legend at some point – formula was fabulous and it actually showed up as some color on me, but I returned it due to the packaging – I really don’t like a slant tip applicator! I remember the Sephora SA seemed personally offended when I returned it – she was aghast that I didn’t adore such a marvelous gloss!

  • Perfect timing! I’ve been wanting to try some Hourglass products but I do not like sheer lipgloss. Surreal looks AMAZING though!

  • Kate says:

    Thank you for swatching these! I’ve tried 2 and all showed up very well on my pigmented lips, so it’s such a shame that they don’t work for you. The formula is absolutely gorgeous (HOW hard is it to find a non-sticky, unscented, smooth gloss?) although I agree that the packaging has its annoyances.

  • Lisa says:

    Are yours lips very pigmented? The glosses LOOK pigmented on your arm, so it seems weird that they’d pretty much be clear on…which is kinda too bad…

  • Dia says:

    I have a bright pink gloss (Primal?) in the regular lip gloss-type packaging. It’s bright pink for maybe 15 minutes tops, then the color is gone. Considering I could’ve bought a Glossimer instead of the Hourglass gloss, I was really disappointed with the purchase. I’m not surprised that you found Legend to be clear.

  • Alison says:


    Would you consider eventually swatching the Hourglass Eyeshadow duos? I’ve looked everywhere but I can’t find any that would be as clear and accurate as yours.

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