Friday, August 24th, 2012

Hourglass Muse Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick
Hourglass Muse Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick

Don’t Be Such a Loudmouth!

Hourglass Muse Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “coral red.” It’s a vibrant coral-red with a neon quality that gives it this really bright, bold look. This is a color that says, “Hey! You! Did you see THIS lip color?!” It has a strong warm, orange pull to it. Illamasqua Mistress is the closest dupe I could think, even though it’s a gloss–color-wise, they’re very similar with Muse being slightly more intense. Wet ‘n’ Wild 909D is similar but a bit softer. Dolce & Gabbana Cosmopolitan is lighter, less red.

This formula is supposed to be extremely pigmented, last 14 hours without flaking or drying out the lip, and have a matte finish.  While it feels and looks like a liquid lipstick initially, this dries down like a second-skin onto the lips.  It takes about thirty seconds or so for the color to dry down and set to a matte finish.  It’s not 100% transfer-proof, but it’s about 90% there.  I’ve found that once I’ve had a meal, that’s really when the breakdown of the lip product begins and ramps up to the point where you’ll see more and more transfer and flaking of the lip color (as well as the lip color breaking apart).  I’m not surprised, given that most cosmetic products breakdown from oil, and many meals will have some sort of element that can contribute to it.

When I tested out the wear of Muse, I made sure to put it on and wear it for as long as I could before subjecting it to a meal, which ended up as five hours, and then it continued to have decent-looking color/texture for a few more hours to the sound of nine hours.  As we neared the 10-hour mark, it wasn’t looking so good, and definitely needed to be removed and reapplied. Not the 14 hours as touted, but it was better than Raven.  As it wears down, I found bits of lipstick on my teeth throughout the evening, so it’s something to be aware of.  I’m still impressed that the formula isn’t at all drying and really must help locking in the moisture, because despite wearing just this for eleven hours, my lips didn’t feel any need for lip balm.

The Glossover

P
product

Muse

B+
If you're looking for a lip product to last mostly through a work day (applied after breakfast, able to make it through lunch, and then needs to be removed at dinner time), you might still consider Hourglass' Opaque Rouge. If you truly need nearly-perfect wear for 10+ hours, this might not be the option.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4/5

Results
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Hourglass Muse Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick
Hourglass Muse Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick

Hourglass Muse Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick
Hourglass Muse Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick

Hourglass Muse Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick
Hourglass Muse Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick

Hourglass Muse Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick
Hourglass Muse Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick

Hourglass Muse Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick
Hourglass Muse Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick

Hourglass Muse Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick
Hourglass Muse Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Sephora, $28.00.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

Illamasqua Mistress is the closest dupe I could think, even though it's a gloss--color-wise, they're very similar with Muse being slightly more intense. Wet 'n' Wild 909D is similar but a bit softer. Dolce & Gabbana Cosmopolitan is lighter, less red.

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: L'Oreal Infallibles in Iced Latte, Amber Rush, and Bottomless Java; Burbery Trench Eyeshadow, Giorgio Armani #1 Eyes to Kill Waterproof Liner, and Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Waterproof Mascara. On face: Hourglass Veil Fluid, Chanel Lotus.

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47 thoughts on “Hourglass Muse Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of LeeAnn moena

    Very beautiful color! If only it were housed in a better formula. :(

  2. sofia

    What about Mac Party Parrot as a dupe? yay or nay?

  3. Clementine

    How does Muse compare to MAC’s Party Parrot?

  4. Matte, a nice change, I like it.

  5. I like the looks of the Guerlain formula much better.. I’m biased :)

    • I definitely like the look of the Guerlain better too! :)

    • blueraccoon

      Agreed :) I have two of the Guerlains and I love them, and ‘m considering getting a third (maybe Orgueil?) but I don’t know as I want these. The Guerlain is also a lot more product tahn these.

      • Which two do you have? I have Orgueil, but I haven’t had a chance to wear it yet because I keep swapping back and forth between Colere and Gourmandise. It’s official, I love Gourmandise the most… it’s the right balance of everything for my skintones. Oooh, and today I received Avarice which I ordered separately and it’s just not my colour sadly. Perhaps paired with different makeup it will work better as I was pulling a Siouxie look today and it wasn’t jiving with gobs of stark black eyeliner and Coral blush. I’ll give it a go with a more subdued look before I condemn it to the back drawer. I really do love Paresse as well as it is just one of those shades that will go with virtually any look.. I’m just so caught up with the sexy brights right now, everything pales in comparison.

        • blueraccoon

          I have Paresse and Avarice, and I love, love, love Paresse. It’s a perfect wearable everyday pink, but it’s not boring at all. I haven’t had a chance to wear Avarice yet because I’m so in love with Paresse, but when I get home I’ll play with it some more, I think. Gourmandise was too bright for me, and Colere I think was too orange, but I’m considering Luxure, maybe, or Orguiel.

          • Paresse = effortlessly elegant! oh yeah!

            • blueraccoon

              As a side note – I was at Sephora today swatching the MUFE Aqua Rouge line, and the “Pink” one (I forget the number; maybe 15?) looked very similar to Paresse to my eye. I didn’t have Paresse on me to compare but I’ll doublecheck back at home to see if I’m right. I ended up getting #14, light rosewood, instead.

  6. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Emily Emily

    How would you remove this to reapply if you were at, oh say a wedding? I love the color but am worried about the flaking… arg!

    • You’d need an oil-based remover or a makeup remover wipe. You could put a pre-moistened wipe in a zippered plastic bag in your purse/clutch and use that to remove.

  7. I need to try out these Hourglass liquid lipsticks. Are they available in store at Sephora’s in Canada?

  8. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Fitrah Fitrah

    Christine, I’m really interested to know what is in your opinion the best long-wearing lip formula you’ve encountered. Whether it be a lipstick, stain, etc, what product lasts the best throughout the day, including eating and drinking?

    • Lip liner + longer-wearing darker lipstick + loose powder + more lipstick. It’s more in the prep/application, IMO. For instance, for business events, I often wear a power red, so I start with a red lip liner, layer the red lip product over it, and if it’s a lipstick, then pat loose powder, add more lipstick, and head out. I wore Chanel Dragon for 10-12 hours without touching up at a conference (I wasn’t allowed to leave a certain area, so I had no lunch/drinks). Generally, darker lip products also stain, so even as they wear away, it’s hard to tell.

  9. Peyton

    Christine, somebody said that this was a near exact dupe for MAC’s Party Parrot.. what do you think? Wanted to get your opinion before I dropped $30 on it :)

  10. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of papagena Maddie

    How was the transfer with this, Christine? Did it pass the kiss test?

  11. amanda

    I love the finish, wow.

  12. Sunshine

    How does it compare to the OCC Lip Tar Grandma?

  13. Now this is an electric coral!

  14. So bright! And the finish is gorgeous!

  15. everytomorrow

    I tried this on at Sephora and was so-so on how it looked… none of the colors were quite right for me. What really bothered me was the need to use an oil-based makeup remover to remove it. The liquid lipstick was fine on my lips, but my trusty oil-based eye makeup remover made them feel awful! And because of how it wears I can’t just let it fade away like I do with regular lipsticks.

    I’m actually more looking forward to the four new Femme Rouge lipstick colors, because I think I want three of them…

  16. Jane

    Please review other shades!

  17. this absolutely beautiful!

  18. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Catherine Cathy

    This colour is gorgeous – I need to find an online stockist! Or one in Sydney. Sigh.

  19. Franco

    I think you’re the only beauty blogger that expects products to last a whole day!

  20. Such a fabulous bright shade!

  21. Rachael

    I have this in Red (whatever their crazy name for it is) and I really love it. I think its a combo of the applicator and the matte dry down, but it really feels like I’m coloring my lips with a marker. Its a totally new sensation and I personally love this product. I intend to buy this color as well.

  22. Jin

    Would you consider this as a close dupe for MAC’s Vegas Volt? :)

  23. Tativ

    How does it compare to MAC lady danger

  24. Lilly

    Hey Christine:

    I know you have plenty of products on your plate but are you going to review Icon at some point? I always trust your opinion so I was hoping for your thoughts on that color after I saw the sneak peak and some other photos online of you with the shade on for a color vision page. Thanks!

    Love your blog!

  25. Rosie

    Great review, Christine! I love the colour of this one. :) how do you feel the occ liptar compares with the hourglass liquid lipstick? I’m incredibly torn between the two and am not sure which to get!