Make-Up, The Greats


The story: I bought this from a nice man in Liberty, because he made my face look so glowy and dewy I wanted to cry. Thankfully, I didn’t. I’d come across Hourglass on a million blogs, and noted it was stocked on Net-a-Porter, which felt like a testament to its quality. Previous vegan or cruelty-free make-up trials had not been good, so I abandoned the internet and went in-store to try it. 

How I used it: whether it’s the right or the wrong way (it’s definitely the wrong way), I use a kabuki brush to loosely apply this over my forehead and cheeks, then lightly blend with an actual bronzer brush. I also use it as gentle shading on my upper eye lids if I’m not doing a particularly dramatic look. 

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The Ratings

Application: 8/10. It’s really, really easy to apply and you’d struggle to get it wrong. I don’t like too shimmery a look, hence the kabuki brush, but you could layer it up really well if you wanted to. 

The look: 8/10. My only gripe with this product is that it can sometimes take me across the tan line into frightening territory. I get a lot of shocked, ‘Oh my gosh, you’re really brown’ comments. I think that’s because it’s so easy to apply and looks so natural that I get carried away. And a note on the shimmer: it’s not glittery, it’s not weirdly shiny – it just gives you a lovely glow. 

Staying power: 8/10. I touch my face a lot, so if I apply this in the morning and then go into an office for the day, by the time I’m going home, I’ll need to apply more. If you’re not so ham-fisted as me, you could probably make it last for longer. 

Packaging: 9/10. I mean, it’s beautiful, isn’t it? It’s only not a ten because it takes up a lot of room in my make-up bag and gets finger prints on it very easily. But really, I’m being pernickety. 

Do I love it? What’s not to love? This bronzer converted me from a lifetime shimmer-hater to a full-time shimmer-lover. If you love being bronze, you will love this too. 

In their words: Hourglass exists at the revolutionary intersection of science, beauty and luxury. The brand is acclaimed for its breakthrough formulations, technological innovations and unwavering commitment to reinvention. Complexion products are infused with the most groundbreaking active ingredients available to create unbelievably surreal skin. Distinguished by sensorial textures, modern color collections, and sleek custom packaging—Hourglass puts the art in state-of-the-art.

Animal Testing
As a cruelty-free brand, Hourglass does not incorporate animal testing into our development phase or at the production level. We do not provide authorization to any third parties to perform animal testing on our products. In addition, Hourglass does not retail within any country that requires animal testing.

Many Hourglass products are produced without animal-derived ingredients. Please consult Hourglass packaging for the complete list of “free of” ingredients.

What’s your favourite vegan or cruelty-free bronzer? Leave a note in the comments – I always want to find out more!


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