I think I’m in love (there’s a new lipstick in my life and it’s a keeper)

I’m in love… and it’s pretty serious. I’m in pretty deep with no signs of it cooling down any time soon. Yes my husband knows all about it and he fully supports me ūüėČ I think I’ve found the only¬†pink lipstick I will ever need- I’m ready to depot all of my MAC pinks and just put them away for my makeup kit because I don’t even want to wear anything else.

I have a few staples of lipsticks in my collection for personal use (as opposed to what’s in my makeup kit, but that’s a whole ‘nother post) and I generally seem to just come back to them- I have a favorite nude, neutral red, gloss, etc. Over the years of my makeup obsession/artistry (that’s a much better term; we’ll stick with that lol) I’ve refined the process to get the lipstick to last without much effort. That’s the subject for another post (which I promise I’ll do soon), but today I have my new lipstick love¬† to share with you. I recently dragged my very patient husband in to Sephora to return something and swatch the new NARS Audacious lippies that I don’t own (I have one of the nudes called Raquel and it’s AMAZING) when I wandered over to the Hourglass section. I had just read a review on the Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet¬†Cr√®me lipsticks¬†from one of my favorite beauty bloggers, Karen from Makeup and Beauty Blog (http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com), and just wanted to look.

Um… I looked. And I swatched. And I used my store credit to walk out of there with a Velvet Cr√®me lipstick in Fever. It retails for $30 at Sephora or on the Hourglass site (http://www.hourglasscosmetics.com)¬†and is part of Hourglass Cosmetics’ newer lipstick line, designed for upscale customers. I, most assuredly, am not upscale, but I love color and I only paid $9 out of pocket for it, so I’m ok with it. I love that Hourglass lipsticks are free¬†of Parabens and Phthalates and not tested on animals. They make awesome primers¬†but I’ve never owned one of their lippies before¬†and I am SO glad I own Fever.

Hourglass - Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick

This is Sephora’s stock photo but it doesn’t do the color justice. It’s an insanely bright, in your face, no holds barred fuchsia (which incidentally is my favorite color).It screams, “look at me!”¬†It’s probably best suited to the club or New Year’s Eve but you can be like me and wear it to Meijer to pick up¬†sugar. I won’t judge.¬†In fact, if you’re the kind of person who thinks this color is ok to wear to the gas station, then call me- we should totally hang out sometime and road trip to the mall.

Seriously. The color is so insanely pretty that I’ve been making up excuses to wear it. It’s Monday? Bust out Fever. I need to go through the McDonald’s drive-thru to get a $1 Diet Coke?Better throw on Fever before I go. It’s creamy and comfortable to wear- I hardly notice I have it on. I have dry, flaky lips in the Fall and Winter (it sounds gross but I make my own sugar scrub and exfoliate them often, I swear) and this doesn’t cling to any of the dry patches like a matte lipstick does. It lasts about 3.5 hours total but about 3 hours of that is bright glossy color before it starts to fade to a dark pinkish stain, which is also pretty. No popsicle lips or Kool-Aid mouth. I don’t even have to put lip balm under it or use a lip liner, which is extremely rare for me. It’s a color you can throw on, know you look good, and not bother with it for a few hours. Lazy lipstick look for the win!

So those are all the pros. There are a few cons, though. If you have dry skin/lips like I do, there will be tiny bits of feathering after 2-3 hours unless you use a lip liner. I can deal with it without the liner, but it may bug some people who need crisp lines. After a few hours of wear plus eating or drinking I still consider that pretty good, but it’s worth mentioning. Due to its creamy formula, it slips a lot so comes off on straws, food, etc. Your lips will still retain a lot of color, though, so not really a big deal. The biggest con is the price. It’s $30, which puts it in the territory of the NARS Audacious line ($32), Guerlain($36), etc. Also, it’s a decently dupe-able color. You can get pretty close, although IMO it won’t come close to the vibrancy. To me, the closest is Too Faced’s Melted Liquified Lipstick in Melted Fuchsia ($21). The color is good, but the wear isn’t as good as Fever and you HAVE to do a lip primer and liner with Too Faced, or it’ll slide all over your mouth. Candy Yum Yum from MAC ($16) is close in terms of vibrancy and the shocking pink effect, but Candy Yum Yum is more of a yellow-based hot pink, not a blue-based fuchsia.

On me, it looks like this (this is actually about 3 hours and a Diet Coke after first applying it):
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How gorgeous is this?! You need it in your life. Even if you don’t want to spend the $ on it (trust me, I understand), do it anyway. Even better, ask for it for the holidays or put it on your wish list. It’s THAT good.

Have a happy Thanksgiving if you’re in the US! Hope it’s full of family, fun, and insanely large amounts of food. I know mine will be!

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