Beauty Battle: The Liquid Lipsticks

Beauty Battle: Liquid Lip - the maquillge

Welcome back to the Beauty Battle! Today it’s the battle of the cute and compact liquid lippies – the Hourglass Opaque Rouge and the OCC Lip Tars…

I’m having a moment with liquid lippies right now. The pigmentation, the long-lasting wear, the gorgeous shades on offer, I’m almost on the verge of trading in my MAC lipsticks* and converting permanently to the liquid lip. Two of the biggest offerings out there at the moment are the iconic Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tars, and the luxe Hourglass Opaque Rouge. But which brand nails it when it comes to liquid lipsticks?

Hourglass Opaque Rouge
It was the Hourglass Opaque Rouge line that initially lured me from my traditional lipstick bullets to the liquid-lip darkside. The shades (especially the reds) are just to die for. My first pick from the range was the insanely gorgeous Raven, which without fail will garner me a compliment whenever I wear it. And who doesn’t want that? The Opaque Rouge lippies first won me over after I put Raven through the three course meal test. Post-gorge, I fully expected to be sporting a smeared pout a la Ronald McDonald, but I was very pleasantly surprised to see the colour hadn’t budged – it looked as perfect as when I applied it. Dinner test result – A+. The feel is incredibly comfortable on the lips, and as long as I do a quick exfoliation before application, I never suffer any dryness or flaking. The precision applicator is designed so you can line your lips with the product first and then fill in the rest, and it works perfectly used just so.

OCC Lip Tars
Lip Tars are the ultimate in ‘a little goes a long way’. All you need is a tiny bead of product on the lip brush that comes with the product, and you will be rewarded bold lick of colour that settles down to a matte finish and doesn’t budge. The Lip Tar range is famous for the rainbow colours that can be mixed and matched to create your own signature shade, however I stick to the shades straight out of the tube. Boring I know. But in saying that, these shades are two of the most go-to in my collection. Stalker is a stunning ‘true blue-based red’, which as a cool-toned gal, suits me to a tee. Memento is a soft, pretty pink with a bit of plum thrown in, and is my trusty, long-wearing daytime shade. The Lip Tars also run much better on well-moisturised lips, scrubbed of any dry patches. Lip Tars are 100% vegan products, and cruelty-free – no bunnies hurt in the making of these lippies.

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L to R: OCC Lip Tar in Memento, Opaque Rouge in Canvas, OCC Lip Tar in Stalker, Opaque Rouge in Raven.

The verdict
: Uh oh. I have a predicament here. Both are incredible. When it comes down to it, as much as I adore Hourglass and their products, the price tags at times are not viable on a regular basis (for me anyway!) At $18-ish a pop, the OCC Lip Tars are just a tad more accessible than the Opaque Rouge, which you can pick up for $42.

Lipstick Republic want you to try the OCC Lip Tars (or anything from their fabulous online store) with 10% off everything including sale items – just enter themaquillage10 at checkout.

Have you tried either of these liquid lippies? Which is your favourite? Let me know in the comments!

*Never in a million years.

Prodz purchased by yours truly.

  • Norlin Mustapha

    I’ve tried OCC lip tars and what I did love about them was the fact that I can mix different colours to create a different intensity or create a slightly different shade. But yep, it can be a tad drying on my lips. I’ve been eyeing the Hourglass Opaque Rouge and dying to get my hands on the Icon. Waiting to get a makeup mule from America to bring it over for me ;)

    • Angie || the maquillage

      Ha yes that’s what I need to start doing, rather than paying the big bucks here, finding someone who wouldn’t mind doing a bit of shopping for me… I’ve been thinking about looking at those shipping services from the States (ie Hop Shop Go etc) but seems like a lot of stuffing around! The Opaque Rouge are fantastic, Icon looks amazing as well, it was a hard choice between that and Raven.

  • beautyholicsanonymous

    Believe it or not, I’ve never tried any OCC Lip Tars! One day, one day I’ll finally bite the bullet and try one out. :P

    • Angie || the maquillage

      *Gasp* You’ve never what?! Hehe kidding ;) I do love them but I know they get fairly mixed reviews, would love to know what you think when you do!

  • chntl

    Almost had a heart attack reading that you were giving in your MAC lippies (the horror ahaha). But sadly I haven’t tried many liquid lipsticks, the only one I’ve really tried is probably the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets. I really want to try both of these brands, mostly Hourglass but their stuff is so darn pricey! Really need to get on this liquid lipstick thing hey! ;)

    Chantalle x

    • Angie || the maquillage

      Hehe yes my MAC lippies aren’t going anywhere soon…but I am loving the liquids at the moment. I really like the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets, and also the Ellis Faas Hot Lips, so many options at the moment! Yep Hourglass products really come at a premium, but their things are so gorgeous sometimes I can’t resist! xx