Hourglass Liquid Lipstick vs. Smashbox Lip Lacquer Review

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I didn’t want to make it too long, but the official title of the post would be Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick vs. Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer. I guess brands want to make it sound fancy, but they’re basically both liquid lipsticks. I purchased the Hourglass after having good experiences with the brand and reading some positive reviews. (And my sister just got me another shade!) The Smashbox Lip Lacquer I got in my December Popsugar Box.

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The applicator for the Smashbox is a little funky, a little skinnier near the middle. The product itself has a really nice gloss to it, but it’s hard to make it look good if your lips are dry, because the formula catches on the dry patches.

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The Hourglass has your normal doefoot applicator. It dries matte, darker than what it appears in the tube. Liquid lipsticks usually dry a bit more glossy, so I wasn’t expecting how matte it was.

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So how do they compare?

The Smashbox has more shine and acts like a more pigmented, thicker lip gloss, while the Hourglass really latches onto your lips and feels like a matte lipstick.

The Hourglass has much longer wear time, but the Smashbox is more moisturizing.

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The pigmentation and staying power on the Hourglass is just superb. Even though the Smashbox is a bit of a deeper color and you would expect it to leave a darker stain, the Hourglass leaves a much more powerful stain.

For me, the Hourglass Liquid Lipstick is the hands-down winner. Even though it is a bit drying, the color really just stays put. Right when I first applied it, my first thought was, “Now I know what lipstick I’ll be using on Valentine’s Day.” I’m also really big on a stain, so the lips don’t look weird as the color wears. I don’t recommend the Smashbox – it catches on dry patches and wears off more easily.


3 thoughts on “Hourglass Liquid Lipstick vs. Smashbox Lip Lacquer Review

  1. I have Hourglass liquid lipstick in Icon and love it for color, but find it extremely drying. I wish the had the rouge in a matte finish or the liquid lipstick had a more moisturing formula


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