[Review] Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon

Hello mah awesomesauces!

I have another Hourglass item to review today, so I’m just going to get into it. I got this off Sephora about a few months ago, the same time I got my  Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder. (which is amazing btw) Now I generally put in a bit of research before buying any sort of makeup, and  based on reviews I’ve read on the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick was a bit of a 50/50. Some loved it to bits, while others, not so much.

Available in 9 beautiful shades ranging from pinks, to reds, corals & beige’s, these liquid lipsticks claim to be richly pigmented, silky smooth and has a velvety matte lip color that delivers extended wear without flaking or dryness.

As a first purchase, I decided to go with a safe red, in the shade Icon, a true, classic red. It contains 3g of product, and is made in the USA. As all Hourglass products are, the Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipsticks are free of parabens, sulfates & not tested on animals.

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The product comes with a tiny doe foot applicator which makes application super easy. The applicator is somewhat like the Nyx Xtreme Shine Lip Creams.

Product Description:

  • 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: Cili Fruit and Goji Berry extracts offer anti-oxidant protection
    Vitamins A, C and E nourish and protect lips throughout the day.

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Packaging wise, the tube is tiny, really. It literally is as small as my palm, and I already have relatively small hands. For USD 28, I’d expect more product to be honest. The tube itself is plastic, made to look like gunmetal, similar to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Packaging. The tube twists up to reveal the product and applicator, and twists down with a very satisfying click at the close.

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Personal Thoughts:  The lipstick is definitely richly pigmented, I cant argue that. One swipe and I was in love! The product glided on so smoothly, and dried within a minute to a velvet powdery finish. There was no tackiness whatsoever associated with liquid lipsticks, the matte finish was not drying to my lips at all. I can’t vouch for the skin-conditioning emollients or anti-oxidant protection since this is a lipstick I whip out very occasionally for date nights, or a special event.

One thing I do love about the Opaque Rouge range is the fact that it doesn’t transfer to clothing or to skin easily. I wear red lips a lot, and alot of times, I have to be super super careful when I’m putting on, or taking off my clothes so that I don’t stain my clothes red. Also, I love giving the random peck on the cheek to le jaan when we’re out, and I am almost never able to with a regular red lip. With this product? I think I can have a full make-out session and the colour wont budge, lol!

Cons: Just 1. After say 6 hours, the colour flakes off a bit, and when I reapply, my lips end up looking like I have too much product on, and even feels a little lumpy. I’ve experimented a bit, and the only way to get a proper application is to apply one THIN layer, and don’t reapply the whole day. If I experience flakiness, I go over it with a lipstick/lip cream/lip gloss of another shade. I cant figure out a better way around it, unless you’re okay to remove the whole lip colour, and start from scratch. (ain’t nobody got time fer dat!)

Here are some shades for comparison. All colours have been swatched once down my arm.

From left : Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon, Too Faced Melted Liquefied Lipstick in Ruby, Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Amsterdam, Topshop Lip Paint in Tallulah, & Nars Audacious Lipstick in Carmen.

Icon definitely stands out looking very matte and darker in shade compared to Tallulah or Ruby. Matte-ness wise, Icon is more matte than the Nyx SMLC, though I feel that the Nyx SMLC is more moisturizing.

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Ingredient list: 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).

And here is a pic of me wearing the colour on one of my dates with le jaan, lol! I just took this picture off Instagram, so do excuse the filters.

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To sum the product up, if you have the extra budget for a luxury item, do give the Hourglass Opaque Rouge a shot. They have amazing pigmentation, apply easily, and the colour stays on almost all day. The only annoying thing is the flakiness issue that I’ve mentioned above, which you can definitely work around. I’ve actually went ahead and repurchased another shade recently, which I’ll talk about soon!

Have a great remaining weekend ❤

Price : USD 28
Availability: Sephora USA (sorry Malaysia, we still don’t have this brand in yet)

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[Review] Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant Light

*NB: This post has been sitting in my drafts for more than a month now, gosh! Have only gotten round to publishing it right now, so hallelujah to procrastination!

Haroo ladies & awesomesauces!

So you know how herd mentality dictates that you DEFINITELY ABSOLUTELY MUST buy a product that everyone & their grandmothers have been gibbering about?

I got caught with the herd and that’s exactly what I did. 🙂

I couldn’t help but to purchase the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant Light (and another item from Hourglass which I shall review in due course) the moment I saw reviews and swatches going up online. Now, the thing is, Hourglass cosmetics isn’t available locally, and I could only buy them online without physically swatching or touching it. To buy something that costs USD45 (MYR 135) without ever seeing it (or touching it for that matter) was a gamble, surely, but it was a gamble that I must say paid off well. 

Now what you are seeing is an Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder that has been used fairly well, almost daily for the past 2 months or so I must admit, hence the dusty looking palette.

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Product Description: The Hourglass Lighting Powders are  finishing powders that recreate the most exquisitely flattering light—from ethereal moonlight to luminous candlelight. Each powder captures, diffuses and softens surrounding light with groundbreaking photo-luminescent technology, just like having a personal lighting technician at your disposal.
By manipulating and filtering out harsh light, these powders conceal skin imperfections, pores and wrinkles. Its state-of-the-art formula delivers a multi-dimensional luminescence to every skin tone, making it appear softer, younger and perfectly lit. Their universal powders make them suitable for every skin tone, while each can be worn day and night. The finishing powders enhance skin in any type of light, including flash photography.
The powders come in 6 GORGEOUS shades by the way, and I picked Radiant Light only because I think it suited my tanner skin tone, and it looked like it could work as a highlighting powder as well.
 The Ambient Lighting Powders are also FREE OF : Parabens, Fragrance, Talc, Nanoparticles & Gluten. For those who are interested, Hourglass does not test on animals.
The 6 shades are as follows:
  • ETHEREAL LIGHT: An opalescent sheer, cool white powder that mimics a moonlit glow—even in broad daylight.
  • DIFFUSED LIGHT: A soft, warm, pale yellow powder that conceals redness and gives skin clarity—like a soft ray of morning light.
  • DIM LIGHT: A neutral peach beige powder that blurs imperfections and highlights a radiant complexion with the perfect balance of warm and cool tones.
  • MOOD LIGHT: A soft, sheer lavender pink powder that mimics the softest, most forgiving light and brightens the complexion.
  • LUMINOUS LIGHT: A champagne pearl powder that creates a soft, incandescent candlelit glow—day or night.
  • RADIANT LIGHT: A sun-kissed golden beige that enhances the overall complexion with believable, subtle warmth, and also extends a summer glow. [ Summer glow me all over already!]

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The product comes in a plastic case, which kind of cheesed me off a little since the case looked like metal at first glance, and for that price, I should be getting something that feels a little more luxurious.  Anyway, I guess plastic makes sense so that the case is lighter (and so that butterfingers like me don’t break them)

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In case you needed to know how the packaging looks like from every angle  🙂

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Personal Thoughts:  The first time using the Ambient Lighting Powder, I was like meh, a powder that gives you an all over photo-shopped glow?  Upon first application, I was instantly gobsmacked!

I couldn’t believe how much better my skin looked. There was a slight blurring effect which made my skin look perfect, while it minimized my pores. This isn’t a setting powder though, so this goes on after your setting powder. The effect is more dewy than matte with a touch of pearl , and under direct sunlight, it makes my skin looks as if its been kissed my summer. It illuminates the face, and do I need to say more, really?

I usually place this powder on very lightly all over my face using a dense powder brush. You only need a little with a light hand as it goes a long way.The powder is build-able though in case you need more.

Now the breakdown, tanned skin, most of the 6 shades will work on you. Fair skinned girls may think some of the shades are too warm though.Darker skinned ladies might find that a few of the lighter colors will work as highlighters, but not all over the face.

It’s hard to capture the effect of these powders on face camera, and only a heavy swatch can accurately show the colour, so here, a very heavy swatch down my arm.

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Lasting power wise, since it isn’t very obvious to begin with, fading is hardly noticeable. In our humid weather, I find it lasts about 3-4  hours before I need to re-apply. I also do have dry skin, so this applies perfectly as a slight dusting on my skin, however for anyone with oily skin, don’t expect this to mattify your face.

 The ingredient list.

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I absolutely adore this powder,  and I may need a couple of shades more in my stash. However this isn’t something which is a must have for everyone, more of a want item. The price tag of USD 45 is certainly hefty  enough for one to stop & think more than once. I’d suggest really thinking about think before buying it, and if you have a chance to swatch of somewhere, please do, since you need a good match to your skin. 

Hourglass is still not available in Malaysia, though it is available online through SpaceNK or Net-A-Porter though prices vary noticeably. Sephora USA still carries them at the cheapest price of USD 45. 

Personally, I love love love the Ambient Lighting Powders, and I will definitely getting more and more of it. I’ll be reviewing their blushes & lipsticks sometime soon, so do stay tuned! Hope you lot are having a better week than I am , and may the rest of your weekend be brilliant!

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