April 12, 2012

Hourglass Aura Sheer Cheek Stain Review & Swatches

Being generally obsessed with cheek stain anything has taken me down the road to youthful, playfully pretty looks for most of makeup life. I’ve always gone the cheek stain route versus powders and creams because of the long wear time and the lovely little pop of color they give my cheeks and face.

In recent years, I started to use more and more powder blush which isn’t particularly forgiving on drier skin. Why oh, why did I ever stop using cheek stains?

Hourglass Aura Sheer Cheek Stain is the Cadillac of stains, seriously, this is gorgeous stuff although the near $50 price tag hurts my feelings a fair bit.

This is a water-based stain that gives cheeks a subtle flush of color that can only be described as gorgeous. Housed in a chunky twist tube with a “sponge-like” applicator you can swipe directly onto cheeks for natural color that literally lasts all day.

The joy is obviously the wear time here as like most cheek stains Hourglass Aura Sheer has the ability to work its way through a warm day, a rainy one, tackle humidity, sweat, a day at the pool, and most anything else you throw at it. The wear is great here so if its long wearing blush you seek this brings it.

The texture is a cool, soothing water based gel which blends very easily for a stain. The color builds easily but no matter how much you put on it never looks over done and never has a clown cheek finish. The color blends seamlessly into skin producing a very natural blushing color.

I know some of you are sitting there all fidgety about the sponge applicator and bacteria…it isn’t really a sponge, it’s kinda a screened material over over a domed applicator of some sort. It has a squishy feel but needless to say it is still touching your face daily so it might be a bit too much for the anal folks out there, I’m anal, I know.

(Swatched: Flush)

I actually don’t use the applicator on my face as I feel fingers are the best method. The applicator fits the contour of cheek bones nicely and smooths product into place fairly well but I think fingers are needed to blend it fully and correctly to a perfect finish. I twist a small amount of product up and dab my fingers into it and apply directly to cheeks rather than using the applicator on my face.

There is a catch to all the wonderful though…

The $45 price tag makes me wince. I’ve never technically paid $45 for a cheek stain before. My most expensive blushers would probably be from Tom Ford which range at $55 each but those are powders.


Hourglass has always had a higher price tag to go along with the quality of the products.

Overall, this is a suburb little cheek stain but I’d love to see the price shaved down to $30-$35 range. I just felt like near $50 for a cheek stain was a little too much to indulge again should I want to pick up another one of these.

Tried it?

Love it?

Do you think Hourglass Cosmetics are a suitable price range?

Any favs you’d like to tell me about?

Do share!

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Sarah S.

    Argh… too much $$ for a liquid product. Everybody knows that after mascara, they’re the first to expire!

    • Sara elisabeth

      I would never pay close to $50 for this. It’s beautiful, but for that price I feel obligated to use it all up. I have too much makeup to do that before this expires.

  • stef

    I’ve only tried these in the store and LOVE them. that price tag is holding me back

  • Deb

    Bought this right after they first came out. Still have it but don’t use it that often. I like it well enough but it didn’t make me drool. Will finish and not replace; too expensive. There are more and more cheek stains hitting the market at a much better price point and that really are as good as this. Can you say Benefit Cha Cha tint for $29? Hourglass needs to get a grip.

  • Jane

    I tried the whole cheek stain thing when benefit first came out with the rose scent/red colored one. It was not pretty once it got into my large pores. :((

  • Majick

    Hourglass does have nice products but I only indulge when there is a 20% off coupon and even then I limit myself to one splurge.
    I now have Raven, Nocturnal, and Grace lipsticks. LOVE them all!

  • Marilyn @ Lipgloss and Spandex

    I’ve tried this and love the color… but it is really expensive–especially for a liquid product, as Sarah said. I personally preferred to use it as a lip stain because I prefer powder blush.

  • Lokelani

    I think the colors are fabulous and if this cheek stain is the Bomb and it is, and it lasssssts all day, how can you gulp at the price tag? This product is gonna give you your monies worth; as the size will last you forever.
    YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!! If you want a cheap blush, go buy some ELF blush; I’m sticking with this one!