Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes in Radiant Magenta and Mood Exposure - review and swatches | KITSCH/SNITCH

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes in Radiant Magenta and Mood Exposure - review and swatches

February 25, 2014


I don't often fall for the hype of new products, but I found myself heading into Mecca Cosmetica over the weekend to hunt down these new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders have been all the rage in the beauty community, and despite me not being the biggest fan of them, I am a sucker for a good blush.

Essentially these blushes are a mix between an ambient lighting powder and a blush, so they have names like Diffused Heat, which contains the Diffused Light powder, or Dim Infusion that contains the Dim Light powder. There are six shades in this range and I ended up picking up Radiant Magenta and Mood Exposure. I wanted to pick a fun colour and a really wearable shade, and after swatching the shades in store, I quickly narrowed down to these two shades as the other shades were either too light for my liking, or they had large noticeable glitter particles (which I was surpised about!). There were also three shades (Radiant Magenta, Diffused Heat, and Luminous Flush) that all looked very similar when swatched, so I wanted to pick two drastically different shades.

These contain 4.2 grams of product and retail for $50 each. The only place you can get them from in Australia is Mecca Cosmetica.



The packaging is very similar to the Ambient Lighting Powders, however they are smaller and have a metallic gold finish, instead of a metallic brown finish that the powders have. They look like they are made of metal, but the packaging is actually plastic, which isn't as luxurious as you'd expect from the price tag. There is a good sized mirror in the lid.



You can see that each blush has a pretty marbled effect. It is made up of predominantly the blush, but there is a small amount of the ambient lighting powder running through it to give the blush a nice glow. I am a hugely driven by scents, and one thing that I have noticed today was that these smell bad! The Radiant Magenta shade smells like multivitamin tablets (I hate that scent, and it reminds me of struggling to swallow those huge multivitamin tablets and getting them stuck half way down my throat) and the Mood Exposure shade smells a little like paint. Not to scare people off, these only smell bad when you actually smell the pan, you can't smell it when you are applying the blush.  Besides the scent and the plastic packaging, I do like everything else about these blushes.



Radiant Magenta is the perfect blush for people who like a nice pink flush. Even though it appears very blue based in the pan, it does apply as a more mid toned pink with a nice gold sheen. This reminds me of a more subtle version of NARS Orgasm.

Mood Exposure is a shade that I didn't think I would like when I first saw these being advertised, but when I swatched this in store I noticed that it is a very beautiful rosy nude everyday shade that has a very nice natural sheen. I will get a lot of use out of this shade as it can work with any makeup look and it also doubles as a sculpting blush.

Overall the pigmentation of these blushes are really nice, they apply quite softly, but can easily be built up. What I like the most is that these blend beautifully, and you don't have to worry about these applying patchy. I am generally a fan of matte blushes, but I love that ambient lighting powder glow that prevents these blushes from looking powdery on the skin, instead they give you a natural flush and glow to your face.

Are these worth $50 each? If you're like me and you really appreciate a nice blush (even if its applied on a $20 foundation and a $5 powder) then you will probably be happy to pay $50 for one of these. If you are a bit meh about blushes and they aren't an essential step in your makeup routine, then these probably won't convert you into a blush enthusiast. I would be much happier to spend $50 on each of these if the packaging was a little more substantial (ie metal) and if they had a nice scent to them. Even though I like the formula, I won't be running out and getting the whole range of these because a few of the shades were very similar to Radiant Magenta when swatched, and two other shades were very light for a blush... I think Hourglass could have come up with a better range of shades.

Will you be splurging on one of these blushes?

17 comments

  1. I love the look of these but I'm still not sure if I want to for out $50 for them! I probably will splurge though, just not on the funky smelling Radiant Magenta!

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    1. Don't worry, they don't smell when you apply them... they just smell when you actually sniff the pan (yes, I am strange :P)

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    2. I understand completely, some makeup just smells weird! It's not enough to put me off buying it completely but I appreciate the honest review, at least I'll know what in in for!

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  2. Lovely shades! Magenta looks heaps better on skin than in the pan, thank dog. Not tempted to buy because I'm too loyal to theBalm blushes :P

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  3. They look like they should be metal and for $50 you'd expect a little more than plastic, right? I am completely in love with the radiant magenta one though and went into my mecca and they didn't have it I was so disappointed haha.

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  4. Mood exposure looks like a gorgeous colour, if it was cheaper I would definitely buy it! :)

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  5. These seem stunning! I'm glad you really liked them because I'm planning on picking up one, I think they're so pretty xxx

    Verity | Life of Verity

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  6. It's funny, cause I'm such an Hourglass supporter, although I'm disappointed at their packaging quality this time (with it being plastic) despite looking metal. They've done metal in other ones then why not this one, cutting cost? On the other hand, these exact two shades that you've picked up are the only two shades that caught my attention as well! Haha! $50 isn't so bad in my eyes for high end blushes, since I, too, appreciate a good blush and all... hehe xx

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  7. Hmmm the funky smell is definitely off-putting. And I agree for the steeeeep price tag they could have done more 'luxurious' packaging. Same thing goes for the Ambient Lighting Powders. Having said that, at the end of the day it's about the product inside and it sounds like you're pretty happy with the two you picked out. Radiant Magenta is so gorgeous in the pan, I could just look at it happily for a long time :)

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  8. great shades...expensive but definitely worth it!!
    xx

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  9. I sniffed the pan too!! But since it doesn't have any harsh fragrances it is actually very good for sensitive skin.

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  10. These look so lovely and I've heard so much about them! The price is a bit steep but I do really like the look of them xx

    jasminecara.blogspot.com.au

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  11. The two shades you've got there are the exact types I'd pick up too, I love rosy pinks and warm nude shades. I do agree, the shade range is quite small in terms of many of them being so light!

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  12. Wow, both of these look super pretty! I picked up Diffused Heat over the weekend and it's great! Radiant Magenta would be next on my list :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  13. I want an Hourglass blush so bad! It's a pity about the plastic packaging, but they sure look pretty!

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  14. I picked up the Luminous Flush and I adore it, the $50 price tag was a little hard to swallow though... This one is going to be on high rotation to make the most of it!

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  15. And so I thought I was the only one who was weirded out about the smell. I thought I got an old stock or something. Yes, there is a smell to these and I am not alone.. I got the Ambient Lighting Powders in Ethereal light and Mood Light and also the Blush palette. And yes, all of them are smelling funny. Thanks for the honest review and pointing out the smell. Never expected that they do have a smell to it. Thanks again! and good review!

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