Hourglass Aura Sheer Lip & Cheek Stain Review

Hourglass Aura Lip & Cheek Stain
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I am a fan of Hourglass Cosmetics. I’m impressed with the line’s formula and color choices. I’m also a fan of lip and cheek stains so I was delighted when Hourglass launched Aura Sheer Lip and Cheek Stain. Each of these products are water-based, easy to blend, and are easy to layer for buildable color. I’m reviewing both of these items in the pretty pink that verges on red in some lights shade, Flush. The shade, Flush, has no shimmer.

a. Aura Sheer Cheek Stain in Flush – The formula of this cheek stain is lightweight and easy to blend. The water-based formula doesn’t dry quickly so it gives you time to blend. The finish is sheer, natural, and dewy. And when I say sheer, very sheer. The color Flush is beautiful for light complexions. It gives a healthy berry flush. I really don’t recommend this color for medium to dark shades unless you want something that you have to layer or can barely notice. This stain wears all day, no budging or fading.

Hourglass Aura Lip & Cheek Stain Swatches
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b.  Aura Sheer Lip Stain in Flush – The formula of this Lip Stain is lightweight. It dries and sets much more quickly than the Cheek Stain, so blend quickly and apply evenly. The final color is fresh and healthy, not as sheer as the Cheek Stain. If you want something more sheer, wear a lip balm 😉 The formula isn’t moisturizing but it isn’t as drying as all of the other lip stains I have tried in the past. I do wear a balm over this stain because my lips are always dry. And I want SPF. I’m happy with the light berry pink shade. It has blue undertones and gives me the appearance of brighter teeth. It’s pretty and I like to wear it with dewy, minimal makeup and “nautical” inspired fashions. The stain wears longer than most lipsticks but not as long as something like Benetint. But, I’d rather wear this Hourglass over Benetint, much easier to use.

Hourglass Sheer Lip Stain
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Both products have a sponge tip applicator that “clicks”. You either love or hate these. I twist and apply the Cheek Stain with my finger tips instead of the sponge. I don’t know why. I guess because I end up blending with my fingers anyways. I’m probably contaminating the applicator with my fingers.  But, I do wash my hands before applying my makeup. I apply the Lip Stain directly from the tube with the sponge tip applicator and I blend with the sponge.

Hourglass Aura Lip & Cheek Stain
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You can see a “fresh” look that I did above with both products. The colors are sheer and provide a soft pink glow, like being out on the windy shore.

I really love both of these stains and I do recommend them. If I had to choose one product, I’d go for the Cheek Stain. I like the look and it is one of the easiest to use cheek stains that I know of. Since it is long-wearing, I love it for our humid climate. And it’s water based. I will be wearing this from summer to winter. I do love the Lip Stain but like I said, if I had to prioritize, I’d buy the Cheek Stain and use a tinted lip balm on my lips. However, I really do love this lip stain and I’m planning on buying the shade Scarlet. And I’m planning on buying the other two Cheek Stains.

Hourglass Cheek Stain retails for $45 and the Lip Stain for $26. Both products are available at Sephora.

Want more reviews? Try…

Scent Hive (review & swatches in Flush)

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We Heart This (review & swatches of Flush, Petal, and Scarlet)

*Disclaimer – Products were provided by Hourglass. I am not financially compensated for this review or any others. My opinions are my own. Post contains an affiliate link. All photos are EauMG’s.

10 thoughts on “Hourglass Aura Sheer Lip & Cheek Stain Review

    1. I love this line.
      Thanks. I feel a bit silly in the hat. Hubs teases about how Lost Boys it is.

    1. It is a great line. I’m obsessed. I can not recommend the line enough.
      I love this cheek tint. It does look “glowy”. Thank you!

  1. Fabulous review of these stains! I was very impressed by them and need to pull them out more often. They’re perfect for a fresh springtime look!


  2. I love the cheek stains and I LOVE them on deep tones. Being water-based, they do go on sheer and without a talc base, so they allow the deep-toned skin to show through. With talc-based powder blush, the blush doesn’t translate so naturally. The AURA cheek stains are divine on everyone from Vampires to Grace Jones.

    1. Thank you so much for your input. I can see the rich but sheer berry shades of Hourglass working really well giving a “natural” glow to deep tones. I’m a huge fan of this stuff and wear it most days. Obviously, I’m pale and it looks natural on me. I absolutely love that this product works for so many tones and skin types.
      I have friends with oily skin that love this. I have dry skin and love it. The stain is totally worth the money IMO.

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