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.