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?