Find Me on the Beach… It Won’t be Hard coz I’ll be Wearing Hourglass Muse Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick!

Hourglass Muse Opaque Rouge FOTD

2012 was definitely the year of liquid lipsticks, and Hourglass also launched their version, Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipsticksย (RRP: 28 USD). It took me a while to pick up the color I was dying to try the most, an incredibly loud coral red, Muse.

Hourglass Muse Opaque Rouge

Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipsticks comes in an interestingly-shaped packaging. The tube is rather flat, and you can see the color clearly from the transparent part. The only critique I have is the packaging is rather light, and I was expecting something with a bit more heft!

Hourglass Muse Opaque Rouge hand scale

Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipsticks promise to be richly pigmented, exceptionally long-lasting, and dramatically matte. It is supposed to resist to flaking and dryness, protect and nourish the lips. Like other Hourglass products, it is free of paraben, fragrance, sulfate, phthalate, and synthetic dye.

Hourglass Muse Opaque Rouge applicator

Muse is an extremely vibrant matte coral red. It is a color that you can’t fail to notice in the crowd! Depending on your skin tone, it could look more coral, more red, or more orange. On my lips it’s rather orange. The finish is matte with a bit of a silky sheen. The applicator is rather soft and comfortable on the lips. Muse goes on opaque, smooth, and you do ย have enough time to reach the desired shape before it sets.

Hourglass liquid lipstick applicator

Once it dries down and sets, Muse scarcely transfers at all when I drink. However, I have the funny impression that Muse sets almost too well. I have played with it several times, and the best way to stop it from looking a little “cracked” too soon is using a thin layer. Muse doesn’t need any building-up to look opaque and vibrant, so don’t be tempted to do that. I have tried to wear two thin layers, but that didn’t help with the longevity.

This is how Muse swatches on me. Notice it’s just one swipe!

Hourglass Muse Opaque Rouge swatch

The biggest enemy of any lipsticks is food. Some disappear with the grease, others migrate, but Muse does something entirely different — it seems to flake off. If I only have a thin layer on, the flaking off isn’t too dramatic a process. I have almost never found any flakes on my teeth or face either. Usually after a meal, it’s time to reapply. I will suggest you remove whatever is still left on your lips before you do so, otherwise the new layer will look uneven. I have doubts about Muse lasting for 14 hours like what Hourglass promises even without food, but the non-drying part is true. From the way it sets I was worried it would be drying. However, at the end of the day, my lips pretty much stay the way they normally are.

Here is Muse on me:

Hourglass Muse Opaque Rouge review

Hourglass Muse liquid lipstick

See how vibrant that is? In real life it’s practically neon! It’d be such a great shade in summer. I think it might look different on me when I have a tan as well. I’ll have to find out!

Bottom line: If you don’t mind reapplying after a meal, Hourglass Muse Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick is still worth looking into. It’s such a saturated and dramatic summer shade for lounging in the sun, and it hardly transfers when you drink. I was hoping it’d really last for 14 hours, but alas, no such luck!

Have you tried Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick or any liquid lipsticks? It seems like while there are some excellent lipstick formulas around, there remains room for improvement in the liquid lipstick department. Still, for a color like this, I personally don’t mind one reapplication or two!

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

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  • Larie

    I have read that these flake off, which is weird to me. I think I’d much rather have fading…weird! But the color is gorgeous, Sunny! Very summery, indeed.

    • Sunny

      Thanks, Larie! Fading is probably a better way to go, but this formula sets a little too well. I guess I still prefer flaking off to the possibility of it moving around my face though!

  • ValleyDoll

    That’s a great colour ! And love the packaging ! Must go buy something of Hourglass when I’m in the States !

    • Sunny

      YES YOU MUST! I’m so jealous that you’ll get to see the entire line-up! Last time I was in the States I might not have heard so much about the brand yet. Now I really regret not checking it out!

  • Chris

    This formula is whet made me love Hourglass. I have this in Raven and Icon.

    • Sunny

      Hey Chris, I just checked out your review and I’m glad to hear the formula works so well for you! Raven is definitely a color I’d love to tap into. I already own Icon in the Femme Rouge version and that’s still the brightest red I own!

  • beauties

    this is an eye catcher :)

    • Sunny


  • Teri

    I’m so sad about the flaking part because that’s a bit of a dealbreaker for me *cries* Good thing they have this shade in the lipstick version tho! I loooooove Muse on you, pretty pretty! ^^

    • Sunny

      Yes you should try this in the Femme Rouge version! It’s less neon but still a happy summery color!

  • LeeAnn

    Very very very drying on me; too many lipsticks out there to tolerate a subpar formula. You can tell just from the unflattering lip texture! I much prefer the Femme Rouge version, which is one of my HGs.

    • Sunny

      Aww so sorry to hear about the drying part, LeeAnn! My lips pretty much stay the same after wearing it all day, so that’s not the main concern here. I do really like Femme Rouges as well! Maybe I should get Muse in that version ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Kiss & Make-up

    Oh wow, the color is so different than I expected it to be. I like it a lot!

    • Sunny

      Yaay glad to hear you like it! I know what you mean too. You can’t really see just how bright it is from the tube!

  • Tina @ My Highest Self

    Very hot color, interesting the way it wears off though. Love the packaging!

    • Sunny

      Thanks, Tina! I don’t think I’ve tried anything else that flakes off, though this does do it in a not-so-obvious way!

  • Dovey

    Hi Sunny,

    Wow, what a bright color! I would definitely spot you at the beach wearing Muse :-)

    • Sunny

      Haha thanks Dovey! It’s practically neon, and as long as I don’t start stuffing my face it can stay on for quite some time ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Claire

    That’s interesting how different it looks from the lipstick (which I absolutely adore btw) :) I like that it is so bright! Sadly, the opaque rouge formula doesn’t work well with my dry lips :(

    • Sunny

      Yeah this version is definitely the full-on version, though I do love how the lipstick looks as well! Too bad it doesn’t work for you! I think anything that “sets” could potentially upset drier lips.

  • Kri

    oh that color look so good on you! \(^o^)/

    • Sunny

      Thanks Kri!

  • Catherine (@bcrueltyfree)

    Haha love your title ๐Ÿ˜€ This color is so stunning… I adore anything with bright orange-y tones

    • Sunny

      Thanks Catherine! If you like orange and want it in a liquid lipstick formula, Guerlain Envie is another possibility you should look into!

  • Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    I agree completely with everything you said. I didn’t find the formula drying as it just kind of sealed everything in–so if your lips were dry to begin with, they will be dry at the end of the wear. It’s a good, long-wearing formula though–but it’s definitely not my favorite (that would still be Guerlain’s formula). And unfortunately, I HAVE found flakes in my teeth when testing these ๐Ÿ˜› Still I think Hourglass did a great job! And that color is STUNNING on you!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Sunny

      Hey Becca, I tried the two thing layer trick you talked about in your review, but in all honesty it probably flaked off faster! I think ONE thin layer works the best for me, and I’m still confused about where all the flakes go because I never find them where they shouldn’t be! Oh well. Liquid lipsticks seems like a relatively new world that companies can still explore!

  • Taylor

    Bam! What a vibrant shade, it’s quite stunning. You can definitely rock this!

    • Sunny

      Thanks, Taylor! By now I’m pretty used to bold shades, but this one is in a different league!

  • Jenni @ lifeandlensofbeauty

    this lipstick just screams “LOOK AT ME” ๐Ÿ˜€

    It looks gorgeous against your skintone as well! thanks for sharing!

    • Sunny

      Exactly. Don’t think people will be able to ignore that ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Jacqueline

    Wow Sunny, that is a really vibrant colour. It looks really good on you.

    • Sunny

      Thanks Jacqueline! I can’t wait to see how it’ll look with a tan!

  • L

    hey sunny!your blog looks so lovely im glad its doing so well^^just wanted to pop in and say hi&that color is gorgeous on you!

    • Sunny

      Girl!!! Glad to see you around again! Thanks so much for the lovely compliments ๐Ÿ˜‰ You should really come by and say hi more often! Miss having you around!

  • Meryl @ Memoiselle

    I think this color suits for summer! Spring is always about soft pinks for me and orange screams summer for me! Anyway I have never experience any lipstick flaking off from my lips. hopefully this one won’t too!

    • Sunny

      Haha I always cheat, because I have a real soft spot for coral/some orange! If you give the formula a try I’d love to know how it works for you! Apparently the flaking doesn’t happen to everybody!

  • Lily (@ChloeAsh)

    Love this bright colour, but the flaking (?) Erm……

    • Sunny

      It kinda just disappears, which is funny… and unexpected.

  • Liz

    I love this shade but am frightened to death of it! Hopefully will work up to it by summer because POW! And you’re right, it’s an amazing beach colour.

    • Sunny

      Haha yeah actually I was a little surprised by how bright it is in the beginning too!

  • Joyce (bronzerbunny)

    this looks so good on you! I’ll get around to trying these eventually!

    • Sunny

      Aww thanks, Joyce! You have the set so TAKE IT OUT and give it a go!

  • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    WOWZA! That’s some bright shade! Love it on you!

    • Sunny

      Thanks, Tracy!