Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipsticks have been much raved about since their launch in 2010. This is by no means a new product, but it is my first foray into the brand. The Femme Rouge Velvet Crème lipsticks boasts a hydrating formula with long-lasting shine. They contain Vitamin E to condition and treat lips, and are free of parabens, phthalates and sulfates.
I picked the shade Nocturnal as I felt it was a classy shade that would work well for day to night. It is described as a raspberry pink, but appears medium mauve-pink on my lips. The formula is incredibly creamy and glides across my lips very easily almost like a balm. It is very well pigmented and almost opaque in 1 swipe, except it has so much glide in it I had difficulty getting the color onto the inner curves of my lip.
I really enjoyed this formula as it was light and comfortable to wear. It had decent lasting power for a cream lipstick, and the color was lovely on me. However, I found Nocturnal to smudge quite easily, often slipping just outside my lips. I also had some difficulty getting nice rounded shapes with the squarish chisel-shaped tip. At USD30, Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipsticks are on the luxury end of the market. However, the lipsticks are refillable (priced at USD24 each), although I don’t know when I will actually finish this! It is not currently available in Singapore, but you may purchase it online via Sephora.com (with 20% VIB discount Nov 7-11!!).