Hourglass Aura Cheek & Lip Stains In Flush

Hourglass Aura Cheek & Lip Stains In Flush

I am a lover of stains for lips and cheeks. They are a weightless and transparent way to add natural looking colour to your complexion. One of my favourites is the amazing Benefit Benetint – the famous rose scented stain that started it all. But, that colour of red-rose isn’t always what I want to wear. I actually like more of a cool pink tone but rich too – not powder pink but more of a ripe strawberry pink. I’ve been side-eyeing the Hourglass Aura stains for a long time. They are loved by many of my favourite and most trusted bloggers, and there is just something about the quality Hourglass packaging that makes me covet them. They are the type of stain with a sponge applicator so no spillage issues for me those of you prone to accidents.

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The Hourglass Aura Sheer Cheek Stain has a lovely silk cover on the sponge which I’m sure helps ensure even application. Both stains apply beautifully, and give you a little time to blend before they set. The cheek stain is sheer enough that you can do a few coats to get it right without going OH NO and applying too much. Flush is a lovely colour that would work on many complexions, and I just love the blushy glow it gives me. The Hourglass Aura Sheer Lip Stain is actually quite easy to apply evenly. The sponge applicator glides easily across the lips and is surprisingly easy to control along the edge of the lip lines. I get a few hours wear out of the stain, and I usually apply a balm on top for silky lips. It is the perfect rich pink tone and perks up my whole face when I wear it. Each stain is a little different so even though they are both Flush, they are slightly different. The Aura Sheer Cheek Stain is a little more coral, and the Lip Stain is a little pinker.

Verdict? Love love love. I will use these every day. They are a little pricey, but I’m pretty sure they will last a long time, making the *CPW reasonable.

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* Cost Per Wear

Hourglass Cosmetics are available at Sephora. You can find a store near you here or buy directly from HourglassCosmetics.com. The Aura Sheer Lip Stain is approximately $26 and the Aura Sheer Cheek Stain is around $45.

Yummy Lips With Clinique Chubby Stick Two Ton Tomato

I love Clinique Chubby Sticks. They are an awesome lipstick- gloss- balm hybrid that sit on lips softly and comfortably, with just the right amount of pigment for me. And while not glossy, they aren’t matte either. The texture is more of a lovely balm, which just feels lovely.
Swatched heavily & lightly
Applied without a mirror. Seriously (daylight)
And so it makes sense that my red-lippy for red-lippy shy people would come in a Chubby Stick as they are just sheer enough to add a punch of colour but not so thick that the application requires a mirror and my *cough* reading glasses. And liner. Yikes, that’s where I lose interest. No need to worry though, Clinique Chubby Stick in Two Ton Tomato is a winner! It is one of their newer colours and I love it!


Look at me! Red lips in natural light.
Clinique Chubby Sticks are available at Clinique counters for around $16.