Feb 162011

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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