Wearing red lipstick can be a bit tricky unless you use a long-wear formula such as Hourglass Opaque Rouge. Although I have every shade in the Opaque Rouge collection of matte liquid lipsticks, Raven is by far my favorite. Raven is a beautiful red-orange shade of red that compliments warm skin tones.
Matte lipsticks are in high demand due to low maintenance, long last formulas that do not require additional application throughout the day. Many of the new formulas, including Opaque Rouge, claim to be non-drying and suitable for older women however, keep in mind that anything “matte” creates a flat appearance that typically appeals to younger women. In addition, most makeup artists encourage mature women or women with dry skin to stick to makeup products (foundation, blush, lip products) that leave a satin or “dewy” finish to the skin as matte products can age women beyond their years.
The Opaque Rouge formula glides onto the lips with a gloss-like consistency and rich pigment normally only found in cream lipsticks. The shade stays true, regardless of natural lip color and holds it vibrancy for hours. All 9 shades are absolutely stunning with my personal favorites being Raven as mentioned above, Riviera (tangerine) and Muse (red/coral).
Although the product was non-drying and semi-matte upon initial application, it became more matte over the course of an hour and too matte for my personal preference. Since Opaque Rouge must be applied to a clean lip, void of any emollients or primers, I opted to forego the benefit of “all day application” and apply a bit of gloss over Opaque Rouge to achieve the most youthful appearance.
I have spoken to other women that have tried Opaque Rouge and they love the formula and are pleased with the finish without applying gloss so if you are a matte lipstick fan, I urge you to give Opaque Rouge a try. Hourglass is one of my favorite brands and offers luxury products that not only look beautiful on the skin but also provide long term benefits with gorgeous packaging to boot.
Hourglass Cosmetics was founded in 2004 by beauty expert, Carisa Janes, who was hailed as “the world’s youngest beauty-biz veteran” by Glamour Magazine in 1999. Ms. Janes, a pioneer in the cosmetic industry, realized the need to provide luxury cosmetics that also include clinical grade skin care ingredients to provide long-lasting results. Hourglass products offer cutting edge formulas that are free of controversial ingredients such as parabens, phthalates, fragrances and oils.
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