I wasn't actually intending to purchase anything from the Hourglass range, however a few weeks back i went into Liberty's, as i wanted to see what all the fuss was about.
I love using lip stains or tints, especially in this hot weather that we've been having in the UK. I like that natural, tinted look on the lips for this time of year because for me it's easy and fuss free.
I purchased the Hourglass Aura Sheer Lip Stain in Flush because it comes out like a berry pink. There were two more other shades, Petal, which is a peachy pink and scarlet, a soft plum. I honestly thought there was going to be a few more shades, because three is simply not enough!
The packaging is in a stylish click pen, and also has a weighty feel to it. Towards the nib, there is a clear panel that shows you the colour of the product and when you first get it, you can see the product moving towards the nib as you twist the top. I think it's super convenient for keeping in your handbag and is travel friendly.
It took quite a few twists for the colour to eventually come out......i actually thought i had a broken one! Eventually i could see beautiful, red little dots appearing on the sponge applicator.
How does this feel on my lips? This is one of the lightest lip stains i have ever tried and i think it's because it is water based. It has a cooling, tingly sensation on my lips when i apply the colour. The colour applied evenly to my lips and the thing that i like about it most, was that i could build it up. It applies quite sheer to begin with and then i apply a bit more, depending on how deep i want the stain to be. I find with some lip stains, it's so bold to begin with, there's no way of sheering it out.
Sometimes i do find lip stains quite drying, but this one doesn't seem to do that, but it's not the most moisturising either. I tend to apply either my Korres Lip Butter in Quince or the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Lip Balm when my lips are feeling a bit dry.
The other thing that i prefer is that you apply it straight from the pen, unlike the Benefit Benetint. Don't get me wrong, i love my Benetint, but you have to use your fingers to blend it into your lips, and then you're left with dark, berry stains on your fingers!
I have been enjoying using this a lot over the last few weeks and i wish Hourglass had a few more shades to offer. I love that it's cruelty free! I think the £21 price tag may put people off, however i think the price is on par with a lot of premium brands that offer lip stains and i personally think this is one of the better ones.
Hourglass Aura Sheer Lip Stains retail at £21 and can be purchased from Liberty's and Space NK.
Is this a lip stain you would go for?
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