Wearing Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Muse on my lips
Well, geez — and you thought destroying those Horcruxes was hard. That was a cakewalk compared to this!
Have I ever told you about my quest to find a matte, long-wearing liquid lipstick that doesn’t dry out my lips? If you have a minute, it’s a pretty good story — a story filled with sorcery, science and more flakes than a big bowl of Special K cereal.
It all started with my poor, dry lips…
You see, they’ve always been insatiably thirsty. They crave moisture like a husky cat craves gravy, and almost every liquid matte lipstick I’ve ever tried has left them chapped and flaky.
It got so bad a few times that not even Tabs would kiss me. And I came to assume that I’d need supernatural assistance.
What I wanted was a moisturizing liquid lipstick that I could just slip on after breakfast and not have to fuss with for the rest of the day, and then one day, out of the blue, I came across the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipsticks ($28 each, and new for fall 2012).
From top to bottom: Canvas, Raven, Ballet and Muse
These pricey pretties kinda rock, and they weren’t even at the end of a rainbow! Unscented and unflavored, they last an impressive 10 hours for me (although Hourglass claims they can last up to 14). They come in nine profoundly pigmented shades with a lightweight liquid formula and a non-sticky texture, and best of all, they don’t leave my lips looking like they’ve been through a cheese grater, score!
So, does it take a degree in the dark arts to conjure up a matte, long-wearing liquid lipstick loaded with moisture? Nope. Hourglass turned to the wonders of science to create advanced polymers, long chains of molecules made up of many smaller molecules strung together.
Just apply Opaque Rouge to clean, bare lips (it’s best not to be wearing any oils or balms; otherwise, the lipstick won’t take). Then, wait about a minute for the product to set.
The polymers bind to create a pigmented elastic film that prevents moisture from escaping, as skin-conditioning emollients, fruit extracts and viamins A, C and E make the moisturizing more effective.
Moisturizing and beautiful?
I also love the intense colors and velvety matte finish, which doesn’t look flat, harsh or stark to me.
Swatches from the left: Canvas, Ballet, Muse and Raven
Err on the side of caution with these when it comes to application, because when I apply too much, after a few hours, I notice a gnarly white line on my lower lip where the product pools. All it takes is a small amount for full coverage that fades evenly and slowly over the course of the day.
The Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipsticks
- A full-coverage liquid lipstick with vibrant color and a velvety matte finish
- Available in nine shades — Ballet (a vibrant pink), Canvas (a dusty rose), Edition (a soft pink), Empress (an eggplant/aubergine), Icon (a cherry red), Muse (a coral), Rose (a medium rose), Raven (an orange red) and Riviera (a tangerine)
- The included doe-foot applicator makes application easy
- The formula feels comfortable and moisturizing on my lips and doesn’t settle into my fine lines
- They’re also paraben-, phthalate-, sulfate and lanolin-free
PRICE: $28 for a 0.10-ounce tube
AVAILABILITY: Available online now at sephora.com and coming to Sephora stores this August
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A (an A+ for $18 instead of $28)
Anything exciting happening on your end of the keyboard today?
Me, not so much. It’s been a quiet day, and truth be told I’m loving it. The most exciting part has been the peanut butter and banana sandwich I had for lunch.
Dang, I love those things…
I’ve also been listening to Adele pretty much nonstop today. I think this might be my current favorite of her songs:
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,