New Hourglass Phantom Volumizing Glossy Balm Review And Swatches

Hourglass is one of my most loved makeup brands and I love sheer, glossy lip products. So when Hourglass came out with the Phantom Volumizing Glossy Balm, I had to try them. I love hydrating lipstick more than matte ones. I do love the look of a matte lipstick. But for day to day I prefer glossy, balm type of hydrating, nourishing lipsticks.

The Sephora website says this is “An innovative, all-in-one lip gloss-balm that nourishes, hydrates, and visibly plumps lips while delivering full-bodied color with a dewy, high-shine finish.”

Packaging Of The Hourglass Phantom Volumizing Glossy Balm

The packaging is very luxe. The Hourglass Vanish Blush Sticks come to mind because of the golden tube. To use these balms, you have to twist the base slightly and dispense the desired amount of product. One thing to remember that the pen does not react.

Hourglass Phantom Volumizing Glossy Balm
Hourglass Phantom Volumizing Glossy Balm

Formula Of The Hourglass Phantom Volumizing Glossy Balm

This balm is vegan, gluten-free, and also cruelty-free. The highlighted ingredients are Menthyl Lactate and a Conditioning Complex. The Menthyl Lactate provides an immediate cooling sensation. Additionally the Conditioning Complex is a blend of emollients and oils that nourish, condition, and hydrate lips.

The Sephora website says that “This three-in-one hybrid nourishes and hydrates like a lip balm, visibly plumps for fuller-looking lips, and delivers the high-shine finish of a lip gloss. It helps lips immediately look smoother and feel conditioned. The breakthrough formula imparts cushiony color and glides onto lips for comfortable wear.”

Hourglass Phantom Volumizing Glossy Balm
Hourglass Phantom Volumizing Glossy Balm Shades Trace And Slip

Shades Of The Hourglass Phantom Volumizing Glossy Balm

  • Entice – Bright Fuschia
  • Thrill – Bright Red 
  • Haze – Deep Mauve
  • Lure – Deep Purple
  • Slip – Rose 
  • Mist – Pale Pink
  • Lucid – Tangerine
  • Trace – Light Brown
Hourglass Phantom Volumizing Glossy Balm

My Experience

If you like the Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Balms you will like these too. I picked up two shades Slip and Trace. Since I am a huge fan of the Tarte Juicy Lip Balms when Hourglass came out with these Phantom Volumizing Glossy Balms, I wanted to try them. I tried a couple of shades and believe me they are all beautiful. But since its a glossy balm there was not much difference once I applied them to my lips. So I went with everyday shades I would get a lot of use out of.

I feel a cooling sensation when I apply these. The formula is creamy and hydrating. It glides on the lips easily and I feel a slight minty tingling which is not uncomfortable at all. The tingling lasts for about 30 minutes. On its own these lasted for a long time, for a gloss that is. I got almost 4 hours with these glossy balms. If you want more pigment you could try wearing these with a lip liner. And they might last more with a lip liner.

These Hourglass Phantom Volumizing Glossy Balms are perfect for everyday and for summer when I prefer a light wash of color on my lips.

Bonus Swatches Of Trace And Slip (Bottom To Top)


  • Provides a light wash of color
  • Hydrating, Vegan and cruelty-free
  • Fairly long lasting for a glossy balm


  • Not much difference between the shades. Since these are sheer, on my pigmented lips a couple of them looked similar to each other

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