Hourglass Femme Rouge Swatches and the Secret of the Square Tip

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hourglass femme rouge swatches

G’morning and happy hump day, lovebugs. πŸ™‚ Some of your comments on Monday got me even MORE interested in the Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipsticks (click here for the review), so I stopped by Sephora yesterday to get an even closer look.


I took swatches of the whole shebang collection (for reference, I’m an NC35). Take a gander, and let me know what you think.

hourglass femme rouge swatches
From left: Fresco, Icon, Muse, Raven, Nocturnal, Fever

hourglass femme rouge swatches
Edition, Ballet, Whisper, Grace, Embrace, Fable

Readers Klara and Phuongk wondered how Femme Rouge in Noctural compares to NARS Scarlet Empress lipstick and Benefit No Competition lipstick (good call, ladies!); here’s a comparison swatch:

hourglass femme rouge swatches
From left: NARS Scarlet Empress, Houglass Nocturnal, Benefit No Competition


See anything you like? πŸ™‚

That reminds me, I was browsing one of my favorite blogs yesterday and found this article explaining why some lipsticks, like Hourglass Femme Rouge, are using that funky square tip. Turns out that some folks think the shape makes it easier to load a lot of color onto lip brushes.

Hmm… Time for a test, I think.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Rachael says:

    Hey Karen!

    How do you think Icon would look on my NC15? It looks so good on yours! Happy Hump Day lol
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    • Karen says:

      Hey Racahel,

      I personally love the look of dramatic lips on pale skin a la Dita Von Teese! I think you could rock that color in a hot second, but you’d have to really embrace the brightness. πŸ˜€

  2. Kim says:

    See? This is why you rock. Swatching… comparing… researching. I know you get thanks and praise regularly, but you still deserve more! πŸ™‚

    And while I’m here, I’ll admit to being way too lazy to use a lip brush when I have a perfectly good tube in my hand, so I’m still saying boo to that squared-off garden spade shape.

  3. gio says:

    Thanks for the swatches. Muse and Fever look gorgeous! I’m too lazy to use a lip brush most of the time as well so I’m not too keen on the square shape I’m afraid.
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  4. Rinnie says:

    I just looked at my compact and realized that I’m also an NC35 so you are truly the one that will give me the most realiable references for what colors I need.I’ve been in a bright pink run lately and “fever” looks fun and goes well with your skin. Hopefully then means it would work on me!

  5. Nina says:

    Im loving Raven the most! πŸ™‚

  6. mkdallas says:

    You know, I’m happy to shell out the big bucks on a YSL Rouge Volupte or Guerlain Rouge G lippie, but $30 for Hourglass seems a bit steep for me…specially since MUFE just put out 50 new shades with 50% more pigment in 3 different finishes for $19 a pop in their Rouge Artist Intense Line. I like the swatches here, but for 30 clams, I need more shades, more pigmentation, and long wearing time.

  7. antithesis says:

    there isnt a color i dont love in the collection. very nice.

  8. Lindsay says:

    Thanks for the additional swatches!
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  9. Alice says:

    Oh I love the look of Fable!

  10. Marina says:

    No Competition is my fave lipstick of the moment. Maybe I should take a look at Nocturnal! And Fever looks HOT!
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  11. Appu says:

    Nocturnal and Fresco look like my kinda colors! I have never tried anything from hourglass…this might be my first buy πŸ™‚

  12. Lauren says:

    Do you know if there are any dupes for Raven & Nocturnal?
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  13. pia says:

    I was about to place an order for Icon and Raven before I realized they would make me 60 bucks poorer. Oh sadness! Definitely need to check out for swatches or bust my wallet for new MUFE lipsticks! Thanks for the swatches, Karen! It’s definitely lemming-inducing.

  14. Justina says:

    Karen! May I request that you do a FOTD with Raven or Fever? They are definitely eye-catching, and I’m curious as to how you’d wear them.
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    • Karen says:

      Hi Justina!

      Ya know, for bright, bold colors like those I’d probably keep the eyes super clean — a matte or satin wash of a pearly beige over the entire lid, crisp cat liner (black for Raven, maybe navy blue for Fever), black liner along the upper waterline and lots and lots of mascara (maybe some false lashes if I have the time).

  15. Klara says:

    Karen, thanks for the swatches and comparison to No Competition, you rock πŸ™‚ The colors look lovely and Muse looks like such a fun summery color.
    With colors like No Competition, I personally think the problem is not in the skin tone, it’s more that your skin has to be pretty much flawless for that kinda look to work (which yours is).

  16. Yanna says:

    I think Fever rocks! But I’m a blonde, so the bright pink would make me look like Barbie I guess..such a shame:) xx

    Greets from Belgium

  17. Anna says:

    I love the color Muse πŸ™‚
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