Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette - review and swatches


Yes it's true that this palette was limited edition so you can no longer buy it, but all three shades are available in single form so I thought I may as well give you my review and swatches because they may be useful to someone.

I bought this palette when it first came out and it's been a favourite ever since. However, earlier in the month I decided to bring it into Project Dent because I hadn't reviewed it yet and I'd also focused too much on Incandescent Electra (my favourite), so I wanted to give the other two shades more love.

There it is above. Inside you receive three shades: Luminous Flush (left), Incandescent Electra (centre) and Mood Exposure (right). Each blush is 3.3g in size, which in effect is a lot of product because these Hourglass powders last forever.

Hourglass claims/product details:
  • Discover a new way to blush: this groundbreaking hybrid combines the customised lighting effects of Ambient Lighting Powder with a spectrum of breathtakingly modern hues
  • The result is seamless, soft-focus and multidimensional colour
  • Available in 6 shades
  • Unlike traditional blush, which tends to be flat, Ambient Lighting Blush uses photoluminescent technology to exhibit depth and dimension
  • The airy, lightweight powders contain optically transparent particles that amplify the colours to a multidimensional level, effectively reinventing the way you view blush
  • The handmade powders are formulated using an advanced miscelare technique (which means 'to mix' in Italian), creating the perfect balance of pigment and powder, and no two look alike
  • Delivers a natural radiant finish and offers buildable colour
  • Designed to be paired with Ambient Lighting Powder: using the two products together imbues the entire complexion with an otherworldly glow

There's the palette in natural light above and indirect sunlight below:

And in direct sunlight:

Luminous Flush:

Incandescent Electra:

Mood Exposure:

Now for swatches.

What I've done is swatch the palette from left to right, first with my finger and then with a brush (so the first two swatches are of Luminous Flush and so on).

Direct sunlight:

Natural light (outdoors): 

Another natural light (outdoors):

 And indirect sunlight: 


Ok, so these are expensive - but I honestly believe they're worth every penny. I'd rather give up the rest of my blush collection if it meant I could have even one of these. Every time I use them I wonder why I would ever wear anything else!

Often hyped-up products don't really deliver, but sometimes they do. These do.

In my opinion, all the product claims are true and they're definitely like nothing else on the market. They really do diffuse light and make you look lit from within, and they conceal my open pores like nobody's business. If you'd like to see a photo of me wearing one of these, see my review of Dim Infusion here.

As to quality in general, they're finely milled and apply like a dream, they're light as air and they last well on the skin. They're not the longest-wearing blushes I own, but they last a good six or seven hours before starting to fade a little on me. 

Plus they're so damn pretty! Every time I open this little compact, I feel happy (how sad ; )). And I always get a surprise when I see myself in the mirror, wondering why I look younger today, then I remember I'm wearing one of these. That's why.

Of the three, Incandescent Electra is hands-down my favourite but I do love Mood Exposure too. Note, though, that Mood Exposure can look a little flat on me when I'm at my darkest, so it works better on paler skin (I'm light/medium in winter and closer to medium in summer) - or at least that's my experience.

While there's nothing wrong with Luminous Flush, it pulls too pink on me (it can look more coral on some) and pink blush doesn't suit me so I don't use it unless I'm mixing it with Mood Exposure. What I've discovered during the Project Dent period, however, is that it's one of the few pinks I can wear on my eyes without looking sick. I also love Mood Exposure on the eyes so I've recently realised that this palette is much more versatile than I first thought!

Otherwise there's nothing left to say other than that these are my HG blushes and it's hard to imagine that anything else will ever kick them from that position. I always reach for these when I want to look my best, since nothing else I own comes close to what they do for my skin.

Beyond amazing.

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