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?