From Hourglass’ website:
Densely pigmented, silky smooth and lightweight formula glides on without tackiness, and sets to a modern matte finish.
Opaque coverage creates bold, vibrant and dramatic-looking lips.
Contains a breathable film of intense pigment that instantly bonds to the lips and treats them with skin-conditioning emollients, fruit extracts and vitamins.
Custom doe foot applicator allows for precision application.
What I liked:
– very flattering blue-based red with a matte finish
– very pigmented, a little goes a long way
– long lasting
What I didn’t like:
– drying; feels uncomfortable on the lips
– fades unevenly
– doe foot applicator is useless; you need a lip brush to apply it properly
Shortcomings are a lot easier to justify in cheap products, aren’t they?
If a $5 lipstick dries your lips like crazy, you top it up with lip balm and think no more of it. But when a $28.00 lippie does the same… argh! So frustrating!
Dryness is often a problem with matte formulas, like Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick. It feels very uncomfortable on the lips, urging you to reach for your lip balm as quickly as possible, even though you know that may compromise the matte finish. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. At least not if you prefer a hint of shine on your lips (I do).
There’s another reason why a lip balm isn’t optional with this lipstick range. If your pout is already dry, you’ll end up with flaky lips. Not to mention, all your dry patches will be enhanced, and who wants that?
The shade I have, Icon, is particularly demanding. A deep, blue-based red, it packs a punch. Very pigmented, you need to be extra careful with application. Forget the doe foot applicator it comes with. That doesn’t work well with this formula.
Instead, just grab your lip brush and start filling in your lips slowly. Lining your lips with a lip liner is also a good idea. It will help you stay within the edges of your lips while you apply the colour.
So, after all this pain, how long does Icon hangs around? Well, that depends. If you only have a small snack, it can last up to 6 hours on the lips. Quite impressive, isn’t it? But not so fast.
Icon fades unevenly. When you have a proper meal, the colour around the edges of your pout remains intact, but everywhere else, it fades. You need to retouch it, but, because you need a lip brush to do the job properly, doing so outside the house isn’t that practical.
Despite all this, I’m in love with Icon. The shade is very flattering on a wide range of skintones, and, whenever I wear it, it never fails to give me a confidence boost. Is that worth $28.00? Maybe not, but luckily this shade is available in a 1g travel size that retails at $10.00. Much more reasonable. And, because a little goes a long way, it’ll last you for ages