Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon


Mamma mia! I think I’ve fallen under the spell of this. This is Icon from Hourglass. It’s a silky lip gloss but better defined as a liquid lipstick – liquid in format but sets like a velvety lipstick and aptly named, it is an iconic, sizzling shade. It’s very Dita von Teese or perhaps Gwen Stefani, don’t you think?

I find myself wearing bold lipsticks (particularly red) frequently and in the day time too. I wish I had more time to devote to wearing eyeshadows but instead I reach for a red lippy as a quick solution, and it never fails.

The Hourglass range caught my eye at a Space NK launch last year and initially I fell for the orange shade from this collection before I was hypnotised by Icon.

The packaging is exquisite, it feels beautiful to caress (yes, I meant to use that word) and it is the holy grail of red lippies I’ve been looking for.

hourglassOn top of that, it applies like a dream and doesn’t feather or peel – I didn’t use a lipliner either.

Icon comes with a sponge applicator that glides on the lips, coating the crimson red colour along the way. The Vitamin E in it prevents cracking or chapping and fortunately the formulation doesn’t form an unpleasant coating on the lips like some other similar products do.


It could well be the crème-de-la-crème of glosses – it’s certainly sexy, classy and luxurious. I’m infatuated with this blood red number and am tempted to buy a back-up with my Space NK points. What do you think?  Would you give Hourglass a try?

Priced at £21 (less than Chanel and Tom Ford!), Extreme Sheen(ie) is available in a variety of colours from Space NK online and in stores.



  1. Britny
    6th April 2013 / 5:23 PM

    Looks fab. I must admit red is the one colour I am scared to wear now.

  2. Sheenie
    7th April 2013 / 12:30 AM

    Aww, Britny! Every woman should wear a shade of red.

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