Wednesday, 29 May 2013

My Perfect Orange-Red Lip: Hourglass Opaque Rouge 'Raven'

Over the bank holiday weekend I spent my time watching one too many episodes of Kourtney & Kim Take Miami and became slightly obsessed with Kourtney K's trademark Orange-Red lip. So the next day I went shopping with one thing in mind: finding the perfect orange-red lip product! Now I know I look NOTHING like a Kardashian (that was never the aim), and I know that orange toned reds are typically more suited to olive skin tones than us pale english roses, but I try not to let makeup 'rules' restrict me too much. If I see a colour I like and it makes me happy to wear, then god dammit I will rock that colour, pale skin or not! 
Mostly I just admired the way Kourtney wore this bold lip colour casually in the daytime and was having a bit of fun with colour. It encouraged me to be a bit more daring with what I wear on my lips in the daytime, and reminded me that a bold red lip doesn't have to be reserved for special occasions.
At the moment I am super pale and I still like the way this colour looks on me, but I think the colour will be most flattering once I've been on holiday and have my minuscule tan with some bronzer and gold highlighter on. I like to pair this colour with a nice thick line of black liner and strong brows, but the great thing about a colour like this is you can really let the lip do the talking and keep the rest of the makeup minimal if you want.

After a couple of minutes scouring the internet I discovered that Kourtney's orange-red lip product of choice is YSL's 'le orange'. I wasn't fussed about getting the exact product that she had, I just wanted to find my own version of this trend. So when I popped into Space NK and found myself hovering round the Hourglass stand, namely the 'opaque rouge' liquid lipsticks which are a formula I've heard raved about, the colour 'Raven' jumped out at me.



The Hourglass Opaque Rouge liquid lipsticks have a doe-foot applicator which makes for a precise application of a thin layer of the product, which is all you need. After a few seconds the formula dries into a comfortable matte finish. The formula is very long lasting on the lips and lasts through eating and drinking and you will have to scrub it off when you want it off. The only thing I will say is that if you are eating and drinking, the product does wear off slightly around the corners of the mouth, but I expect that of most lip products, and the applicator makes it easy to perform touch-ups. 



So what do you think, is a bold red daytime lip for you?
Have you tried any of the Hourglass Opaque Rouge's, and if so what do you think of the formula?

Let me know some of your favourite Orange-Red lip shades because I feel a new phase coming on!

Rachel xx

13 comments:

  1. WANT. NEED. This looks so perfect on you! My favorite orange-red of the moment is Tarte Fierce! Beautiful formula & stunning color.

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    1. Thanks, it a gorgeous colour! Ooh I'll look into that tarte one, I already like the name! x

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  2. Wow, so bright and pretty! I have 'Ballet' in the Opaque Rogue range but I just can't get on with it. I think it might be my application, maybe I'm too impatient and don't let it dry enough?

    Also, you really look like Emma Stone in that photo ;)

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    1. from what Ive heard the darker/brighter shades of the Opaque Rouge's are the best. I just applie a really thin later. Emma Stone? wow thanks! x

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  3. Oh my! It looks amazing on you! Need! xx

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    1. it's a gorgeous colour, you do need! x

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  4. That colour is amazing. Looks fab on you!

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    1. thank you! it's a lovely product x

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  5. Such a gorgeous colour, trying hard to not run out and buy it but I'm sure I have enough reds. I am loving hourglass at the moment though.

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    1. do it! It's an orange red which is summery so its allowed! x

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  6. I'm going through a major red/orange lip phase at the moment too.

    My absolute favourite is the NARS velvet matte lip pencil in Red Square. Others that I really like are Maybelline Vivids in Vibrant Mandarin, Revlon Super Lustrous in Kiss Me Coral, Revlon Colorburst in Coral, MAC So Chaud (matte) and NARS lipstick in Casablanca (a more muted red/orange).

    I also really love straight up orange... like Maybelline Vivids in Electric Orange and Hourglass Opaque Rouge in Riviera!

    I think these types of colours can work for anyone - and looks great on you!!
    I'm obsessed, can you tell?

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