Before El Hub I kissed quite a few frogs, and truth be told a few of those kisses were…awkward, like the one with Mr. Sharp Tooth (it was like a single vampire fang!), or the one with SeÃ±or Saliva (like kissing a slobbery puppy), or Mr. Mannequin (the dude never bent his elbows).
The first time I tried on the new Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick ($30, available in 12 shades), I was reminded of those frog kisses, because, well, something felt…off.
It wasn’t the texture; no, Femme Rouge feels as light and smooth as a baby-making slow jam. It was something else…
It was the bullet! — its shape, that is. Like a chisel, or a calligraphy pen, the straight edge at the tip is kinda hard to maneuver into the corners of my lips and around Cupid’s bow. Lips are all smooth turns and rounded corners, right? Things this tube is not.
I think I’m just accustomed to using lipsticks with a traditional pointed teardrop shape, and when successful products have detoured from that design, they didn’t go this far (the skinny NARS Pure Matte Lipsticks still have a oval edge). I always appreciate risk taking designs, but this one for me just doesn’t pay off.
Overlooking the actual shape of the tip for a second, I love the pigmentation of the colors (I’m wearing Nocturnal in these pics), and that they’re unflavored, unscented, water-resistant, paraben-free and hydrating. And kudos to Hourglass for making them refillable, although I haven’t been able to track down that price.
To see just how water-resistant they really are, I oh-so-scientifically (LOL!) applied one layer of creamy wine Nocturnal before hitting the treadmill this morning. After buckets of sweat, a bottled water, my post-workout meal and a shower (!), I could still see a somewhat faded Nocturnal on my lips, which is better than most lipsticks would have fared.
Swatch of Nocturnal on NC35 skin
I’m not crazy about the price ($30) or the chisel-shaped head, but inexpensive refills certainly would help (if you spot them anywhere, please let me know). All told, I like a lot about these Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipsticks, and I think you might too. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating:
You might like Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick if…
- You’re not averse to paying $30 per tube
- You frequently apply lipsticks with a lip brush (and therefore may not mind the chiseled tip)
- You want a long-lasting, hydrating lipstick without a flavor or scent
- You like lipsticks with intense pigmentation
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,