Hourglass Aura Sheer Cheek Stain in Rouge: Swatches and Review

February 16, 2011

Adrienne Vittadini Runway – New York Fashion Week February 16, 2011

Today during New York Fashion Week, Adrienne Vittadina featured models wearing Hourglass Aura Sheer Cheek Stain in Flush ($45 for .27 oz.), a soft sheer red.  Face chart from the show:

To get this look:

Skin: Using the #2 foundation brush, Michael started by applying Veil Mineral Primer to prep her skin, followed by Illusion Tinted Moisturizer in Ivory for a dewy finish. He continued by using Illume Crème-to-Powder Bronzer Duo in Bronze Light- using the bronze to contour the cheekbone and the highlighter for strong definition. He finished the cheeks with a touch of Hourglass’ newest product – Aura Sheer Cheek Stain in Flush.

Eyes: To emphasize Niki’s gorgeous eyes, he mixed the matte bone and shimmer shell shades from the Vol 6. Palette in Neo-Classic, using the #3 brush and swept them over the lid. He then applied the chocolate brown shade in the crease of the eye for a smoky effect, followed by Script Precision Liquid Liner which he slightly winged out in an upward direction. He finished with Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara and a coat of Lash Lacquer for intense & dramatic eye lashes.

Lips: He traced the lips with Trace Lip Liner in Voice. He then filled them with Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick in Whisper and added a dab of Prodigy Hydrating Lip Gloss in Opium to create the perfect pout.

I was fortunate that Hourglass sent me an Aura Sheer Cheek Stain to try, mine in Rouge which is a light pink-red.  I thought that today’s show was a timely opportunity to introduce you to the product.

My former experience with cheek stains include Benefit’s Benetint, that famous product that came with in a clear glass bottle with a thin brush.  When Benetint was first introduced, I bought it immediately.  I loved the sheer, natural color on my pale skin.  If I could apply it right, it looked like “my cheeks but better.”  However, I found Benetint difficult to control.  The brush tended to apply too much liquid, and immediate swiping was required to avoid brush lines.  Brushes didn’t fit into the bottle.  Applying with fingers left me with stained fingertips (not pretty).  Let’s not even talk about the possibility of spilling it.  On the upside, the product lasted all day and really did give a pretty glow.

Hourglass has reconfigured the application completely, making my dreams come true.  Instead of a clear bottle, Aura comes in an opaque wand.  At one end is a fabric-colored applicator, and at the other is a twist knob that turns to get product flowing.

I found that this really solved all of the application problems that I’d experienced with Benetint.  First off, I twisted the control knob about 20 times to get product to the sponge applicator.  Spilling is impossible.  Drop it and there is no shattering bottle.  Once the product is started, the applicator is stained with the product, and can be applied directly to the cheeks.  No messy brush marks or stained fingers.  Here’s the applicator once the product is flowing, you can see the red-pink color Rouge here:

Hourglass Aura gives me something that no other cheek stain could–control.  The large application area allows me to apply the color exactly where I’d like to.  The dry time is longer than Benetint, but still relatively quick (I’d estimate 30 seconds).  The product goes on very sheer at first, and must be built up to get a more intense color.  This allows you to control your application very easily.  I probably did five “layers” of product to get a saturated pink, although I could have stopped with one or two for a softer look.  Once applied, the staying power lasts all day.

At $45, this blush is not inexpensive but it looked really, really good.  It’s not at all heavy.  Liz promised to do a face this weekend with it, hopefully we’ll be able to fit it into our schedules and post early next week.  Here’s a swatch:

Hourglass Aura in Rouge gets my love–it’s a transparent, natural stain. Absolutely gorgeous.

A few more details:

  • Sephora carries there here
  • Available in three shades: Rouge (sheer rose) (this is the one I tried); Flush (sheer red); Petal (sheer pink/coral shimmer)(on the model)
  • Enriched with Vitamin E
  • Oil-, fragrance-, and phthalate- free

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  • Lakshmi February 16, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Sounds great! I’ve been watching and waiting to try something from Hourglass.. everything seems like it’s great quality! Nothing like a good blush to get pull the trigger, right?! The color reminds me a bit of of my beloved Edward Bess compact rouges…

  • Eileen February 16, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Hourglass might be a relatively unknown line, but hopefully, as more reviews of its products are posted in the blogs, it will get the love it deserves. I’ve tried some of the eye shadows and glosses and have found the quality to be consistently excellent.

    Tints in the past have held little to no allure for me because I’ve always found them to be more trouble than they were worth. This knew presentation, though, will have me taking a second look thenext time I’m at Sephora. Thanks, Amy.

  • yvette February 17, 2011 at 10:34 am

    absolutely gorgeous! the high price surprises me because my perception of hourglass as a brand doesn’t match the price point. not that i even know much about the brand, but i don’t view it as an edward bess etc (a smaller, exclusive and premium brand).
    i would love to see a post comparing cream blushes, or recommending your faves.

  • Modesty Brown February 17, 2011 at 11:20 am

    This is indeed very timely as it’s just been released on Zuneta. I will definitely be ordering one as I’m a fan of Hourglass. Your review and swatch is very handy. I look forward to seeing a look with this on Liz x

  • Elvira February 17, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Oooh this looks beautiful! I love the products from hourglass. They may not have a large line of products but what they do have seems to be thoughtfully planned and practical. I might just have to pick this up!! Thanks for the review. I had no idea this even existed!

  • Farah February 17, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    I was wondering if you’ve tried the new Givenchy blush gelee ?

    It’s quite similar, but with a brighter pink that may better suit my olive-toned skin.

    Thank you for your review! I love this blog!!

  • Shannon February 17, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    It looks beautiful in your swatch. I will definitely try this out on my next Sephora visit. I have one Hourglass eyeshadow duo and it has great pigmentation and texture. I look forward to trying more from this brand, although I do wish the prices were a bit lower, but the quality is excellent! Thank you for the review!

  • Michelle February 18, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    The blush looks really beautiful, and I was wondering, how do you go about applying it?

    • Amy February 18, 2011 at 4:04 pm

      It’s big enough to use a small brush blush. Use one with a small hea d

      • Michelle February 20, 2011 at 11:29 am

        so would you dot it on where you would want it and then using a small blush brush blend it in?

  • Susie February 19, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Is that Nikki Taylor in the Hourglass ad?

    • Amy February 20, 2011 at 12:40 pm

      Yes Susie! It is!