Lip Talk: Hourglass Liquid Lipstick in Riviera

Its been a cruel cold winter filled with endless days of heavy coats and clunky boots - some days it seems like the only way to inject a little bit a life into sub-zero temperatures is with a bold bright lip. For me, Hourglass Opaque Rouge liquid lipstick in Riviera is as bold and bright as they come. I mean, holy colour Batman! They describe the colour as tangerine and it totally appears that way on the wand - however once applied I feel like the colour is really more of a vibrant coral red.  The texture is super rich and highly pigmented with a velvety matte finish which I truly love about the product.  If you're not used to wearing a heavily pigmented lipstick - you might find the application a little tricky at first. I recommend starting with a clean bare lip that's been treated with a moisturizing balm (great options here + here). After applying, keep your lips apart for 10-15 seconds to let it set.  Resist the urge to press your lips together - you might feel silly but I promise its necessary for ensuring longer wear.  I can't say it delivers the 14 hours of promised long lasting wear but it certainly packs some serious staying power. Pair your orange pout with black liquid liner (I'm constantly replenishing my Stila Stay All Day liquid eye liner) and volumizing mascara (try Benefit They're Real mascara).

Above: swatches of Hourglass Opaque Rouge liquid lipstick in Riviera.  Top swatch is a light application, smudged to achieve a stain while the bottom swatch is a full application to achieve maximum pigmentation.

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