In the Effortless Makeup category, Hourglass’s new Aura collection ranks among one of my favorites for spring.
It’s like the brand has their fingers on the pulse of lazy girls like moi. The Aura Sheer Cheek Stains and Sheer Lip Stains are designed for ease of use. No brushes are required with Aura’s portable, pen-style applicators. Twisting the bottom of each one dispenses product through the sponge tip applicator at the other end, and it makes these sheer, buildable liquid stains practically foolproof to use.
For full details on the Hourglass Aura Collection, peep Can I Read Your Hourglass Aura? The Hourglass Aura Collection for Spring 2011.
The Aura Sheer Cheek Stains ($45) and Aura Sheer Lip Stains ($26) sink quickly into my skin, but there’s still a window of drying time (about a minute or so) in which I’m able to blend out any harsh edges with my fingers if I need to.
Hourglass Aura Sheer Cheek Stain and Sheer Lip Stain in Flush
If the zombies were coming and I had to make for the hills, I’d grab both the Cheek and Lip Stains in Flush, the reddish pink shade I’m wearing here, a few jars of Nutella, a pocket knife, my wedding pictures and Tabs.
Because I’d be able to apply the stains without a mirror (they’re that easy), I’d be able to evade the walking dead without having to sacrifice my look.
Hourglass Aura Sheer Cheek Stain in Flush, $45
This sheer liquid stain feels a lot like Benefit’s Posietint to me. It’s runny, but still has some weight to it. I’ve worn it on bare skin, atop foundation and even on top of powder, and in every case it stays put, lasting throughout the day. It also layers well, too, so I’m able to crank up the color when I want a bolder cheek. I LOVE the convenience, but dagnabbit that $45 hurts.
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A-
Hourglass Aura Lip Stain in Flush, $26
You know how some matte lipsticks can look thick and flat on ye olde pucker? This unscented, unflavored stain delivers a lightweight matte look to my lips (don’t you hate when lip stains leave some areas darker than others?), and the formula’s non-drying to boot. It’s also easy to build up in layers but, unfortunately, doesn’t last nearly as long as the cheek stain does (nooo!). I get about two hours from it if I’m lucky. Not bad, but for $26, it’s not great either. I give it a little extra credit for convenience, because the packaging makes quick touch-ups a snap.
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Hourglass Aura Sheer Lip Stain in Flush
Hourglass Aura Sheer Cheek Stain in Flush
Swatches on NC35 skin from left: Aura Sheer Cheek Stain in Flush (unblended), Aura Sheer Cheek Stain in Flush (blended), Aura Sheer Lip Stain in Flush (unblended) and Aura Sheer Lip Stain in Flush (blended)
Aura Sheer Lip Stain in Flush
Aura Sheer Cheek Stain in Flush on cheeks and Aura Sheer Lip Stain in Flush on lips
The Hourglass Aura Collection launches this spring at Sephora (in stores and online) and Barneys New York. I haven’t spotted them online or at my nearby Sephora store yet, but I’ll let you know when I do.
Weather or not…
Is anyone else totally over this drab, dreary weather?
The early morning view out my window
I wish we were all here instead:
Somewhere on Eastern Oahu, Hawaii
Spring needs to hurry up already. Come on, what’s the holdup!?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,