Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Hourglass Cosmetics First Impressions

Hourglass Cosmetics Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick and Ambient Lighting Blush Review

This is the first time I have tried any products from the Hourglass Cosmetics and I had very high expectations. First impression of the products is that their packaging is stunning! The Ambient Lighting Blush in particular has a luxurious rose gold finish. The feeling of luxury also continues to the inside of the blush with its marble effect powder.

I have the shade Ethereal Glow which I believe is the lightest/most suitable shade in the range. Each of the Hourglass blushes look unique as the swirly marble pattern differs from product to product. The powders are all hand-made and the special formula uses advanced miscelare technique which results in mixture of pigment and powder. 

The Ambient Lighting Blushes are a mix of the Ambient Lighting Powders and a pigment. The shade Ethereal Glow which I have is a mix of cool pink and Ethereal Lighting Powder, which is said to create a moonlit luminosity. In my blush pan I have a larger portion of the Ethereal Lighting Powder compared to the cool pink pigment. This means my blush has a very soft pink tone but creates a wonderful natural looking glow on my cheeks.

The blush is highly pigmented and applies well to the skin. The colour is buildable and you don't get let with any cakeyness. I have found this blush to be pretty versatile as when applied lightly it makes a good cheekbone highlighter, but when build up the pink comes through stronger and gives a natural glow to the skin.

The next product I tried from Hourglass was the Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Muse. This was the product which I had the highest expectations for. I had heard it was a super long lasting highly pigmented lipstick which would last me all day even through eating and drinking. This was the first time I had tried a liquid lipstick so the concept was new to me.

The lipstick is a highly pigmented and one coat is enough to cover your lips. I have found that it does take a few moments to dry before it reaches its matt finish. During the drying time its best to not move your lips as if you do the lipstick clings to any cracks you may have on your lips. However once its set on your lips this lipstick isn't going anywhere. It is even pretty hard to remove it at the end of the day and I have had to use eye make up remover to get it all off.

The one downside I have found with this lipstick is that it is quite drying, but I just use a clear lip balm on top and that seems to help. I would also advise not applying this lipstick to dry lips as it does tend to grip onto the dry bits and the effect isn't that flattering.

Overall I am impressed with Hourglass Cosmetics. I will defiantly purchase more of the Ambient Lighting Blushes and I want to try out some other products from their line. I have heard good things about their primers.

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