Dec 092012


This fall, Hourglass released a line of Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick ($28 each , available at Sephora, Bergdorf, Space NK and Barney’s). These provide highly pigmented, very vivid color and a matte finish. At Cafe Makeup, we love a new formulation. There have been some real game changers this year, making it an exciting year for beauty. When Hourglass offered to send us some to try, we were delighted to accept.

We were able to try Edition, a soft pink with nearly imperceptible shimmer. As with the rest of the line, Edition is packaged in a slip-in-your-clutch convenient size with a clear front so that you can see both the color and the amount that remains. The doe-foot application is a familiar winning feature–it’s predictable, easy to use, and always makes application foolproof.

The delightful part of this formula is that a single swipe lays down enough color to match the color you see in the tube, no layering required. This allows you to get a gorgeous swipe of color without a thick layer of product (“thick layer” and “lips” isn’t usually a good combination). We found that this performed well, and gave long-wearing performance.

This is a single layer, no lipliner or balm was used. I suspect that adding a moisturizing balm would soften some of the lines on Liz’s lips (above). Straight from the tube, we found Hourglass Opaque Rouge delivered a flattering matte texture. It’s an edgy, on-trend look that stays flattering.

We also tried Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Canvas ($28), a soft dusty rose without any shimmer.

We found that Canvas’ texture was very similar to Edition, which is a good sign that suggests that the high quality formula is consistent across the line. Here is Canvas on Liz (we were working a little too quickly as the early winter light began to fade, as you can see Canvas isn’t 100% dry on the bottom lip but is dry on the top lip):

Here are swatches of both Edition and Canvas:

Both Edition and Canvas are crowd-pleasing colors that can be worn anywhere. There are edgier colors in the line, including the tangerine Riviera (reviewed here at Olivia Frescura) and the deep dark Empress (reviewed here at GlitterGeek). Overall, we found that these delivered comfortable, on-trend color with a long-wearing formula and a pleasing range of colors.

 Hourglass send these Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipsticks to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review. 

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