Hourglass Cosmetics has delivered the goods. Their Aura Lip Stain in Scarlet is quickly becoming my go-to shade when I want to appear pepped-up and ready to go. Its sheer, water-based color allows me the ultimate in control over my final look.
I use fewer layers during the day, which results in semi-matte berry/plum kissed lips that enliven my face, while I go deeper at night, with more layers and a gloss topper, to achieve a sexy scarlet. I love this color. Beware though, that any imperfection will show, so if in doubt, exfoliate those lips before using.
While Scarlet was perfect for me, Hourglass does not offer a wide range of colors in this product, so you may want to purchase in person, where you can match the shade against your skin and not have to worry about the hassle of a return. Thus far, the palette includes Scarlet, Flush and Petal. A great selling point? The lip stain is free of parabens/sulfates/synthetic fragrances/phthalates/GMOx/triclosan. Now those are "freedoms" I can get behind! -Zee
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