Hourglass says: A water-based stain that gives cheeks a subtle lit-from-within glow. This lightweight, hydrating cheek stain creates a radiant, natural color that lasts all day.
Cheek stains used to terrify me. Anything with the word “stain” in it makes me think I need some really good laundry detergent. However, if I’m going to try a cheek stain from ANYONE, it would be from Hourglass. Anyone that knows me knows that I adore Hourglass (bows down to Immaculate Foundation).
I’ve tried a few before, probably the most popular is the Benefit Benetint. It dries quickly so you really have to be careful with the application technique. I used the same technique when trying out this cheek stain, blending very quickly so it didn’t get streaky. However, you don’t really need to do that. This one is a little more forgiving compared to the Benetint. If you apply it directly to the cheek, you can simply blend out with your fingers. No need for a brush. Do 3-4 clicks per cheek and dot directly onto the apple. Use your middle and pointer finger to blend up towards your temples. You can wear it alone or layer a powder blush over it for longer wear time. By itself, it wears for a good 8-9 hours, and that’s without setting it with powder.
Flush is a gorgeous berry pink that would be suitable for all skin tones. I’ve used this on darker skin tones and it shows up beautifully, giving a nice flush of color. It’s that type of color that you would want to wear on your wedding day. Just a touch of brightness but still natural.
What do you think of the Hourglass Aura Sheer Cheek Stains? Do you have a favorite blush?
Eat cake. It’s somebody’s birthday somewhere.
Drink water. Wear SPF.
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