Sunday, 4 August 2013

Hourglass Aura Sheer Lip Stain in Flush Review

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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  1. I haven't tried a lip stain yet because I hate that most of them dry your lips and I don't like to keep applying lip balm all day long...
    I like the packaging of this houglass lip stain (it kinda reminds me of a avon lip gloss I had when I was in highschool) and the color is really beautiful

    1. I agree with some lip stains drying out the lips and it does get annoying having to apply lip balm all the time! I love the's so different to others!. x

  2. This colour looks so pretty! Love when products come out of the applicator like that. Is that weird? lol x

    1. OMG Mez me too! Ha ha! I like twisting it watching the product come out! x

  3. I never really reapply my lip colour so these sound really nice! I want to get into hourglass a bit more but it's so expensive

    1. These are very nice, however i completely get you about the never know there maybe a drugstore version coming out soon. x