Hope you all had a lovely weekend! I stuffed myself with mangoes, one of the finer things to enjoy in summer!
One thing Sephora does well are the Beauty Insider points and rewards! That’s how I managed to get my hands on the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon.
It’s basically a liquid lipstick or lip cream which dries to a matte finish. I have to say, overall, I do like the product and I’d probably buy another shade too but this takes a bit of effort to get it right. Hence, this won’t be getting a full rating from me.
Anyway, the shade Icon is a deep blue toned red. If you apply just one coat it will be quite bright. The colour intensifies and deepens when you apply more coats and personally I like the deep red matte look.
The consistency is of a lightweight cream. You don’t get a completely even look on the first swipe. For pigmented lips like mine you do need atleast 2 coats to get a nice even and opaque look. In comparison, something like the Nyx Soft Matte lip creams or the Rimmel Apocalips are much more even in one swipe. That said even with multiple coats you don’t feel the weight as they are light and creamy, not gloopy like a typical lip gloss.
You definitely cannot wear this over a lip balm, not even a light coat. It just won’t adhere to it and will break apart and won’t dry matte if you do. I find this to be the main drawback for me as I have dry lips. They also need to be smooth otherwise it will accentuate the dry patches.
Once you apply them, it takes a minute or 2 for it to set to a matte finish. I wouldn’t suggest rubbing your lips together until it dries. It does have some slip and can move around, which will disturb your perfect even application. But the result is a beautiful matte lip colour which looks amazing.
The texture of this after drying feels a bit tacky, especially when you put your lips together. It’s a feeling that takes a while to get used to and I’m okay with it. After using the L’oreal Shine Caresse, which has a similar thing going on, I don’t find it so distracting anymore!
This isn’t completely transfer proof but it’s a lot more stable than most lip products. Your entire lip colour won’t deposit on glasses etc, it will be a very small layer. Personally, with my dry lips I can wear this comfortably for 2-3 hours after which I just feel uncomfortable with the dryness. That may not be the case for everyone though. I’d say this lasts well for 6-7 hours and then starts fading a bit. It can go on to 9-10 but will look much faded than before. It is long lasting but also depends on how much you eat/drink.
For me personally, there are specific occasions when I wear this, not for the entire day. So it’s alright with me but the cons are something you need to consider before you buy this.
I think the packaging is quite good. It’s very compact and sleek. The applicator is nice but I wish it was a bit more tapered at the edges so it would be easier to apply at the corners. You get around 3ml of product for Rs. 1700 or $28.
Oh, I also discovered you can buy Hourglass from Spacenk.com which ships to India from UK but for £12. They have a £10 off discount going on at the moment if you really want to get your hands on Hourglass.
Photos and swatches!
Name: Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick
Brand : Hourglass
Shade : Icon
Colour : Deep blue-toned red
Product Amount : 3ml
Pigmentation : Medium to Heavy
Finish and Texture : Matte
Durability : Lasts around 8+ hours including meals but fades a bit
Ingredients : Isododecane, Bis-Hydroxylauryl Dimethicone/Dpi Copolymer, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dicalcium Phosphate, Silica, Alumina, Isoceteth-10, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract, Rosa Roxburghi Fruit Extract, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850). May Contain (+/-): Red 6 (Ci 15850), Mica (Ci 77019), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, 77492, 77499), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090).
Fragrance : –
Shelf Life : –
Price : $28 ~ Rs. 1700
Overall : 3.5/5