Hourglass is a relatively new cosmetics company but it's already becoming one of my favorites. I have purchased quite a few different products from them and I've never been disappointed. Today's review is about my most favorite item – the Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick.
These liquid lipsticks come in a streamlined metallic bronze tube that looks and feels luxurious. The tube is rather small and will slip into your purse or clutch nicely. The doe-foot sponge applicator is very soft and slightly flattened which makes for easy and controlled application. You will hear the click sound when the lid snaps close and it will not come loose so you have nothing to worry about when they are being tossed around in your purse. It is obvious the packaging was carefully designed to be travel-friendly. (Sorry if I sound like I'm going overboard with the packaging – I just love paying attention to details!)
Hourglass packed a bunch of good stuff in these lipsticks – skin conditioning emollients, anti-oxidant fruit extracts, and Vitamin A, C, and E to nourish and protect your lips throughout the day. All these while being fragrance-free, Paraben-free, Sulfate-free, Phthalate free, and synthetic dye-free! How awesome is that?
I have to say I'm firstly and most impressed with the incredible pigmentation! It is so extremely opaque and offers more than full coverage that you only need just a touch to get amazing, bold color payoff. The sponge applicator does pick up quite a bit of product, so you have to be careful during the application by lightly spreading out a very thin layer across the lip. If you put too much on, the color distribution will not be even. It takes practice in the beginning but you will get a hang of it. Alternatively, if you have a disposable lip gloss applicator lying around, you can just dab the product from the sponge applicator to the lip gloss applicator and that way you can gauge more precisely the amount of product to layer on your lips. I wouldn't recommend using a lip brush because these liquid lipsticks do stain and they are hard to remove unless you use an oil-based remover.
In terms of texture, they are super creamy smooth and they glide on the lips effortlessly. One layer is more than plenty and I wouldn't recommend any more than that. Hourglass recommends applying directly on bare lips but I found that it has to be very well moisturized bare lips otherwise it could get patchy. I normally cover my lips with a lip balm first, blot off the excess oil, then apply the liquid lipstick. If you feel the need to blend, or rub your lips together, you must do so quickly before it sets, which is literally in less than 30 seconds. Once it dries down, it will be completely matte and will not budge or bleed! The finish is a velvety, silky matte that surprisingly does not feel dry at all. If your preference is not a complete matte look, you can definitely top it with a lip gloss or lip balm to keep your lips more hydrated.
I picked up 5 colors from the total of 9 currently offered:
- Muse – coral red – talk about a statement color!
- Rose -neutral pink – office-appropriate, goes well with a smoky eye
- Ballet – bright pink – on a day when you want a pop of pink!
- Canvas – pink beige – very “my lips but better”
- Riviera – tangerine – not for a color shy!, totally goes with minimal but thick eyeliner makeup
Now, Hourglass claims that these last 14 hours and even though I haven't tried putting them on that long, I'd have to say it doesn't make it anywhere near 14 (I wonder if they mean without drinking or eating?!). I'd say it's starting to fade after 5-6 hours on me, also depending on what type of food I have for lunch and how much water I've been drinking. They do leave soft stains on the lips once the color starts to wear off especially for Rose and Riviera. The color I'm a little bit disappointed with is Muse because it gets patchy and starts flaking on my lips when it's dried and if you want to reapply, you have to remove the old layer first, or you can also just top it with a lip balm, and redistribute the color with your finger.
The steep price may put you off for such a small product, but you have to remember that you only need the smallest amount for each application so it may last you just as long or even longer than a typical lipstick. I'm hoping that Hourglass will come out with more shades such as nude pink or peach. I'd definitely get my hands on those.
I hope you found my (lengthy) review helpful and if you have any questions or comments, let me know. :)
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