Stains – terrible when it comes to clothing or furniture, fabulous when it comes to cheeks and lips! Especially if the stains come from wht favorite Hourglass. Really Hourglass, other brands are going to start to get jealous the way we’re always gushing about you! But how can we not, you consistently sweep us off our feet.
The Aura Cheek and Lip Stain collection is no exception. These water based stains, housed in their iconic metallic packaging, provide sheer, buildable color in a small, carefully chosen yet beautiful range. I do think that they are the best stains I have ever used.
The Aura Cheek Stain ($45 – ouch) has a bingo-like dabber top that tickles me to no end, and a click-style applicator. The oil free formula provides see through color that you can easily layer for more deposit. Plus, added Vitamin E helps keep the skin moisturized as the color locks on and doesn’t budge. And I do mean that, this is all-day color. Even my oily skin couldn’t put a dent in it. It comes in three shades that leave you wanting more: Flush (super bright, reddish pink), Petal (peachy coral, the lone shimmer formula) and Rouge (plum berry).
Aura Lip Stain ($26) is it’s liptastic counterpart. Also housed in a click-style applicator, this has a soft flocked tip. And again, as with the Cheek Stains, there are only three colors: Flush, Petal and Scarlet (deep wine berry), in a semi matte formula
Now the true question, the question that it comes down to for ALL lip stains – is it drying? Only the teeniest bit. If you are a fan of lip stains, you know that statement is HUGE! How did Hourglass do it? With a formula containing an algae-based extract, white and green tea extracts and Vitamin E; the same ingredients that help this lip stain apply smoothly and evenly. As for that teeny bit of drying? I’m happy to report you can add a balm over the stain after it’s dry and it does not effect it’s staying power. This lasted a full 4-5 hours and through lunch for me.
Application is super easy for both products; dab or smooth on and blend with fingers. And then forget about it, you’ve got color for hours and hours!
Hourglass, consider me swept yet again with Aura Cheek and Lip Stains. Readers and Review Team, are you with me?
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Stef is many things. Amongst them: co-editor of we heart this, graphic designer, Philly girl in the California desert, borderline hoarder and a hardcore beauty junkie.
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