7 July 2013

Hourglass Opaque Rouge, worth the hype?


I'm sure you've all noticed the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick making a bit of a stir on the beauty scene. I first saw these beautifully packaged lip products on blogs and YouTube where people are hailing them as amazing lip products that everyone needs. So, as a self-confessed beauty adorer, you can imagine how much I started lusting after one. When in London for the #LDNBloggersParty I decided to pick one of these up, so off to Liberty I went. After swatching a few shades I decided Muse, the shade I originally lusted after from reviews and swatches, was a lot more pinky than coral as I had thought and the shade which really caught my eye was actually Riviera. Unfortunately Liberty didn't have Riviera in stock, nor did the nearby Space NK... I eventually hunted it down in another Space NK just off of Oxford Street. I was chuffed! This has been a raved about product and although the price tag of £23 was a bit more than I was willing to part with, I had a £5 Space NK incentive to use so thought it would be the perfect opportunity and bag a few quid off a pretty pricey product whilst I was at it. If you don't know what Space NK incentives are then they are much like Boots points, except Space NK refers to them as incentives and you have to spend a lot more to get any incentives. You'll need a Space NK NDulge card, but you can find out more about that on the Space NK website.

I was pretty excited to try this out when I got home, I'm a sucker for a good lip product and I've literally heard and read nothing but positive reviews. I was a little surprised when I opened the box to find just how small this product is, it's half the size I imagined it would be, which also means a lot less product than I had hoped for. That seems to be a trend with high-end brands; lip products always seem less value for money to me, regardless of the (sometimes) better quality. But, size aside, the colour is absolutely stunning. Riviera is a bright, beautiful orange coral shade. It looks red in the packaging, but it's definitely an orange, right up my street! I've worn this a few times now and although I am besotted with the colour, I am so disappointed with the finish, texture and lasting power of this product. Not one single review I have read of this product has pointed out the fact that it is exceptionally drying; and I mean, no product has ever dried my lips as much as this. Now of course, it is a matte finish product, but it's so drying that it feels uncomfortable and my lips also tend to stick together when wearing this. It feels like PVA glue! The drying also leads to other problems. I find this a little difficult to apply as it's very thick and the doe-foot applicator, which I am often fond of on products particularly the Rimmel London Apolocalips Lip Lacquers, doesn't do this product many favours as it just doesn't seem to work with the texture and formula. And another problem caused by the formula, not only is it difficult to apply perfectly and extremely drying, it actually cracks very easily; I end up with a line around my lips of thick, collected product that sits in all the fine lips of my lips. I've tried applying this in different ways such as directly after my MAC Prep + Prime Lip, after lip balm, after using lip scrubs. It does the same every time.

I am so disappointed, because I really do adore the colour and despite it being smaller in size than I expected, the packaging is cute, purse-friendly and it stands out from my other products of the same kind. I'm disappointed that I did my research, reading reviews, checking YouTube reviews, to find not one single mention of the negatives I have encountered with this product. Of course, it could just be the case that I have had a bit of bad luck and it's not an overall problem with this product, but just that I happen to have a one from a bad batch, who knows? It's certainly put me off of buying another shade from the range and if I am honest, as this was my first experience of any Hourglass products, it's kind of put me off of the brand in general. There are positives, as I said the shade is just phenomenal and I adore it, the packaging is cute. But for me it's an unwearable product, and for the price that's really not something you want. If any of you have tried an Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick and have any tips for application, lessening the drying effect or even a way to make it last longer, then I'd really love to hear them. I don't want this sat in my drawer forever haunting me as a waste of money and the shade is too gorgeous not to use. I just don't seem to be able to make it work at all! In the meantime, I think I'll stick to my Rimmel Apocalips; a much cheaper alternative from a high-street brand I trust and adore. (Space NK, £23


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26 comments

  1. Finally, a thorough review! Since I saw this on a YouTube video a week ago or so I've really been lasting after it, but I have seen no other blog post where they have talked about the positives AND the negatives!

    Bea xx

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    1. I'm glad you liked my review Bea. xo

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  2. I'd expect and demand that something so pricey is 99% perfect. So disappointing. Thank you for pointing out the downsides.
    Jules x

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    1. Me too! Thanks Jules, glad you liked the post xo

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  3. Thank goodness you posted this review - I've been doing research on this product too and was so close to buying it. Think I'll give it a miss now, thanks.

    Nicola:
    CurlandPearls | Bloglovin’
    xo

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    1. Ah, sorry it's made you not want it! But I had to be honest as I always am and this just isn't for me! xo

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  4. Wow what a shame! I think sometimes a product is soooo hyped up, that people are afraid to be honest and actually say hang on a minute, it's not that great! I really don't think I'll bother with this now, it's very expensive for what it is! Great review xx

    Gemma | ♥ Miss Makeup Magpie

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    1. Very, very expensive! Thanks Gemma, glad to hear you liked my review xo

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  5. Great review, love that you included negatives as well as positives! Such a shame that its not as special as others make out, will be giving it a miss as I like my lip products to moisturise and last x

    fabheadtotoe.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Emma, I always try to include the bad as well as the good! xo

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  6. Thanks for the review. That's so annoying for such an expensive product! I think I'll be getting the aplocalips instead then :)

    joannesheppard.blogspot.com

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    1. The Rimmel Apocalips are definitely worth the hype plus they are a fraction of the price! I have them all and love them xo

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  7. It's such a shame it didn't really live up to all the hype and expectations, it's such a stunning colour!

    Megan xxx
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty Blog

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    1. It really is. I need to find a way to make it work for me! xo

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  8. Don't let it put you off the rest of the brand-I have quite a lot of Hourglass-their Ambient Light powders are great, their lip stain is really lovely too. It's funny because all the reviews I have read have actually mentioned the downsides you say as well-that it is very drying and that it tends to collect in a line. I think I saw one tip that was to apply 2 very very very thin coats allowing each to dry in between, and to apply the bottom coat first, let it dry then apply the top coat and not to press your lips together. Sorry if you have already tried this-I have Muse and it's way too much faff for me!!

    Stacey
    expamake-upaddict.blogspot.com

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    1. I genuinely haven't come across one single negative comment. And I did lots of Google searching! xo

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  9. The worst, I recently purchased a lip product the beauty world raved about only to find it super drying as well. Hopefully they change the formula.

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  10. I have actually read quite a few negative reviews on this: that it's dry and that it cracks and flakes off. It's to be expected since it's a matte liquid lipstick. Although the formulation for the Guerlain RougeG L'Extrait liquid lipsticks is amazing and doesn't do those things and it's also matte.
    xx

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    1. Exactly - I have matte finish liquid lipsticks which perform so much better than this at a fraction of the price. I've never tried Guerlain! xo

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  11. Bummer, this is so sad to hear but thank you!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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    1. Glad my review has been of some help Kelly xo

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  12. I've seen so many reviews on this, and quite a few of them have been bad. Such a shame because it sounds like a great product in theory!

    Emma | World of dilEMMA
    xo

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    1. I need to find some of these negative reviews as I couldn't find any before buying it! xo

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  13. Thank you for such an honest review! I was getting swayed by these as well from everyone elses reviews, and now I'm just on a maybe. I have seen lots of colours that I really do love, but now I'll have to really think if it's worth having dry lips or experimenting with them myself to find a way of keeping them in good condition!

    www.ceejayell.blogspot.co.uk
    @ceejayell_

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    1. I think there are much better alternatives out there, so I'm glad you liked my honest review Carly :) xo

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