Refillable Lipsticks Are A Thing, And This One’s The Best

An ECO-CONSCIOUS way to UPDATE your make-up bag …



We’re intrigued by this idea from smart independent beauty brand Hourglass, stocked here in Harvey Nichols Dundrum. You may know Hourglass for their excellent Veil Mineral Primer SPF15, which preps and protects skin in the most glamorous and businesslike manner, and their Ambient Lighting Blushes. I especially love their superlative Calligraphy liquid eyeliner, which is one of the best I’ve tried. Hourglass are innovators, rather than imitators, and their prices reflect this and the top-notch formulas. It’s a case of getting what you pay for with Hourglass, though. This bit of kit, Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick, is essentially a gold-coloured cigarette holder turned lipstick (€34, with refills at €22, from July). It’s rather Mad Men. The colour bullets are Sobranie-slim – you’re getting quality rather than quantity here – and there are 30 shades. I wasn’t sure about this whole thing when I first opened it, thinking it might be too fiddly, and the lip colours looked a bit wishy-washy – but they actually have really intense colour pigment that sing out the shade while being unexpectedly creamy and moisturising, and tie in with the overall feel of Hollywood glamour. I put it on expecting it to be balmy and a bit tame, and was really surprised when it turned out to be full-throttle gorgeous colour with a smooth satin finish that’s very lovely to wear. Lots of lipsticks claim to be “lip liner and colour in one”, but this glides on so emphatically and sharply that you definitely don’t need a liner with it. In an ideal world we’d be brandishing this at a dark and smokey jazz club in the company of Cary Grant. Pictured here is luscious plum, If I Could (in the holder) – we will be wearing it all autumn – and No One Knows, a pretty peachy pink.

Danish brand Kjaer Weis also has a collection of refillable lipsticks, all natural and organic, and with the growing awareness of the impact of cosmetics on landfill and the drive to reduce packaging, this is definitely the way things are going. So watch out for other brands coming up with their own refillable lipsticks any day now ….

Hourglass is available at Harvey Nichols Dundrum, and


Kjaer Weis Refillable Lipstick, £44stg; refill £29stg, at

Sarah Halliwell

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