Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush



You know my mantra. 'Why buy one when you can buy (insert any number bigger than one here)'

That's how I came to own 5 of these beautiful new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush compacts.

Firstly the package is really stunning.  Housed in the same, but more petite packaging as the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders (I own 5 of them too....), they come in a gold compact with a mirror.  Sleek and lightweight from the outside, almost a work of art on the inside.

I found each blusher to be consistent in texture-a very lightweight, silky and extremely finely milled powder.  Each blusher is unique because of the way the pan is pressed so although I can give an approximation of how the colour shows on me, each one will differ slightly depending on the marbling in the compact you buy.

The idea behind these new blushers is to take the unique lighting effects of the Ambient Lighting Powders (Dim, Luminous, Radiant etc) and then combine them with a pop of colour.  I really like the Ambient Lighting Powders for setting my make up, my favourites being Dim Light and Diffused Light.  The result is that these blushers literally melt into the skin giving that soft focus, seamless effect.

The other thing I really like about this blushes is the lack of shimmer in them but they still give you a glow, a healthy radiance.

I was also surprised how pigmented the blushes are, especially radiant magenta and luminous flush and all of them are buildable on the skin.  The only downside of them all is that the longevity isn't amazing.  I would say 5-6 hours on a good day.  But the fade is even so you don't end up like a patchy Aunt Sally as the colour fades.

Also to note, these powder swatch powdery with your finger.  Please try them on your skin as they are a completely different texture on your face on the top of foundation, powder etc.

Here's how they look on the skin-for reference I am NW15 in Mac foundation, so pale....



My Luminous Flush is a pretty even split between the coral pink and the beige/orange tones.  I think this is my favourite one and it looks quite a golden peachy pink on my skin.  It has a sheen but no shimmer on me.  It is quite similar to NARS Daydream which I also love.



My Mood Exposure is mostly the dusky plum colour shot with a neutral undertone.  This reminds me of Chanel Accent but is much less shimmery.  This is perfect for day and looks seamless on.



My Diffused Heat is predominantly a orange-red with yellow accents, but actually pulls quite a strawberry pink on me.  It has warm golden undertones, again no shimmer but a beautiful sheen.  This is the easiest to overdo-the first time I used it I definitely overdid it as it's really pigmented!  It's very pretty though and easy to wear.



My Dim Infusion is the least pigmented of the five and has an even distribution of the orange and yellow tones.  The result is a subdued peach flush which is extremely easy to wear.  This was the poorest in wear time and I would be wary of buying this if you are darker than about an NC/NW25 skintone as the colour payoff may be poor.  For me though, I really like it on my skintone.



My Radiant Magenta is fuchsia pink laced with coral and the most pigmented on the five.  I really like the way it perks up my skin although I think it would look better with a tan!



So what do you think?  Have you bought or have your eye on any of them?



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39 comments

  1. I finally caved today and have ordered Dim Infusion and Luminous Flush, can't wait :D XXX

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  2. Love this post, you look so nice wearing all of them! My favourite is dim infusion xx

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  3. On The Dressing TableAugust 30, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    ooh i didnt think i would but i think i like mood exposure! luminous flush is beaut as well. Thanks for doing proper swatches on your face! so helpful xx

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  4. Thank you for such amazing job with the swatches - now I can see the shades properly I've changed my mind and no longer want Radiant Magenta - I NEED Luminous Flush in my life!!! :) Amazing collection!

    Mademoiselle-Lala.com

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  5. Oh I know and I've noticed too but I kinda get a similar shade when I mix Crazy Terracotta and Rouge Bunny Rouge Starina. I think I may be entering a pink phase... À suivre... :)

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  6. That's the one I avoided because it looked so light in swatches I saw. They're really pretty aren't they xx

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  7. Buy it Jen, it would look amazing on you!! xx

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  8. Well spotted!!!! Am I following you on twitter?? Let me know your user name xxxx

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  9. Thank you Antonia, you're too sweet xxx

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  10. I have Mood on today, am really like it as the perfect neutral cheek! It's so pigmented tho!! xx

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  11. I think that was the problem-too tempting!!! xx

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  12. Thank you Liss, let me know if you take the plunge!! xx

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  13. I think I am liking them more and more! xx

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  14. I thought you might like Mood tho most...it's very similar to Chanel Accent but without the shimmer xxx

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  15. Let me know if you do go for one! xx

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  16. Thanks Sarah x

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  17. Yey let me know when you're coming xx

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  18. Let me know if you pick one up Amy! xxx

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  19. Beautiful colours on you, I especially like Mood Exposure & Dim infusion on you. I only bought one of these, the really light pink shade, but it doesn't work well with my skin type, such a shame as they sure are pretty to look at :)

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  20. Stacey what a great post! I have to bookmarked for future reference! I have been hesitant to buy these but they loo so pretty on you! I specially love luminous flush and Mood exposure <3

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  21. Wow, so exciting that you got five of them! They all look lovely on you and- like I mentioned on Twitter- you sooo have me wanting Luminous Flush! Had overlooked that one somehow :)

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  22. I think luminous flash looks the best on you, but I personally am *fingers crossed* going to get myself diffused heat.. Haha when I saw your tweet to TanyaBurr about her lipgloss range I had a feeling I spied these in the back!

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  23. Been dying to see this post! You look stunning with all of them, but surprisingly I think I like Dim Infusion the most, shame about the wear time. I tend to opt for that sort of shade, so I might pick one up. I'm still undecided! Luminous Flush is stunning on you. What about the poor one you didn't buy? xx

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  24. Ah Stace, I knew you'd get them soon. I have been waiting for your review. I have the Mood Exposure which is amazing but I was unsure of some of the others.

    MISSY IN THE MIRROR

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  25. I saw these this week and they are amazingly pretty!!! I may get one eventually but I've just realised that I'm not much of a blush person (talk about a beauty blogger!). I'm surprised that out of all of them Radiant Magenta is the one I like most and it sure looks pretty on you! Tempting! :)

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  26. Sooooooo jealous Stacey!! They all look beautiful!


    x

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  27. Gosh they are so beautiful, you are such a lucky girl to be owning all five of them. I can understand why you bought them all I would find it hard to choose as well.

    http://allaboutevesbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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  28. What a fabulous post. You look amazing and I love them all on you. abitofmacandcheese.blogspot.co.uk

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  29. Hi Brianna, it's Mac Creme in your coffee xxx

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  30. I've actually been waiting for your posts on these (am I sad or what??) and I reallly REALLY want one now!

    Amy| The Little Koala
    Blog ♥ Giveaway Now on!

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  31. Luminous Flush and Mood Exposure are so pretty!! Thanks for showing full looks with these! Arm swatches just don't quite cut it sometimes. Btw, what lipstick are you wearing with Mood Exposure? They go together perfectly!

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  32. Great comparison pics Stacey - Im am not sure which shade I would choose- something is holding me back?!

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  33. Luminious Flush is the one for me!
    Thanks for sharing.

    I plan to visit Dubai sometime this year. Maybe we can have our own Bloggers Meetup Dubai or something. :)

    Sarah
    Pretty Gloss♥ beauty, makeup & a bit of life..
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  34. I have seen Luminous Flush compared to Coral Bagatelle so maybe that's the way to go..... xx

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  35. Hey Stacey, I'd say Dim Infusion is most probably too light for my skin tone, but it looks great on you! Actually, all of these look great on you! I kinda want one, but at the same time I can't seem to find a shade that is "unique" enough in a way. Perhaps the formula itself would be worth it? ;)

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  36. Purely for textural comparison purposes ;-)

    Otherwise I think Mood Exposure would look amazing on you-it's different to Accent-Sara at Color Me Loud has a good comparison swatch xx

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  37. Haha but the problem is I already own Corail Bagatelle AND Guerlain Madame Rougit, which is very, VERY similar :p

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