Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Review

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush (from left): Radiant Magenta, Mood Exposure
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush (from left): Radiant Magenta, Mood Exposure
These ambient lighting blushes were released at the beginning of last year to rave reviews. I have two shades: Radiant Magenta Link! and Mood Exposure Link!
They are a combination of pigments infused with the Hourglasss ambient lighting powders resulting in beautiful marbled effect blushes. There are six individual blush shades available. Each of the different shades are infused with a different ambient lighting powder - of which there are also six shades Link! Each of the powders are suppose to mimic a different type of lighting (Radiant, Mood, Dim, Diffused, Ethereal and Luminous lighting). This means that each of the blushes also mimic different lighting effects, giving the skin some colour along with a subtle glow.
These blushes have been formulated with something called photoluminescent technology, which is suppose to give them a light weight texture as well as multi-dimensional effect. While I definitely agree that they have a light weight texture and they do give a glow to the skin - I can't go as far as to say they achieve a multi-dimensional effect.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta
Radiant Magenta- This is a mixture of a hot fushia pink pigment mixed with the radiant lighting powder, which has a golden tone to it.- to mimic a warm summer glow. This blush is lightweight, very soft and finely milled - it blends out nicely and leaves a glow on the skin. Check out the beauty look I created using this blush here to see what it looks like applied on the skin.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure
Mood Exposure- This is a plum, slightly taupe pigment mixed with the mood lighting powder (mimics soft light) which has a mauve/ lavender tone to it.  I cannot detect any glitter or shimmer in this blush - however it still manages to leave a very subtle glow to the skin. Again the powder is lightweight, very finely milled, soft and blends out nicely.

The more I use these blushes the more pigmented they seem to get, however they are easily blended out so I can still achieve sheer wash of colour with them once I use a light-hand when applying. They go on evenly and last an incredible 8-9 hours on the skin.
Unfortunately, I have found that these blushes are causing my skin to react - leaving tiny little bumps under the skin where I've applied the blush. They're not uncomfortable soar or itchy but they're there all the same.

Swatches of Mood Exposure (left) blended out (right) single swipe
Swatches of Mood Exposure (left) blended out (right) single swipe
Swatches of Radiant Magenta (left) blended out (right) single swipe
Swatches of Radiant Magenta (left) blended out (right) single swipe 
I have to say I was also kind of disappointed with their packaging - although the gold mirrored casing looks lovely, they are made of light plastic which I think makes them seem kind of cheap. On the other hand, it makes them light and easy to travel with so it's not all bad.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush
I also thought it was worth mentioning that these blushes are paraben, talc, fragrance, Nanoparticle and Gluten free (see full list of ingredients below).
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Ingredient List
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Ingredient List
Although I do really like these blushes, (allergic reactions aside) at €36 I feel that the price tag is a little steep for what they are. They are lovely, however they just don't blow me away.
I'd love to know if you've tried these blushes and what you think of them.

Please note none of the links are affiliate links and I purchased all the products mentioned.
I hope you enjoyed the post and found it useful!
LL

9 comments:

  1. I had no idea the gold packaging was actually palstic, that's kind of dissapointing to hear. I love the look of Mood Exposure. Shame that the are causing your skin a reaction though x

    Beauty with charm

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    1. Hi Alina, it's such a pity because the blushes themselves are gorgeous :)

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  2. Yikes - I can't believe you reacted to them! Also very disappointed they are plastic not metal for that price. Mood Exposure is very pretty but maybe I could do without it xx

    Magpie Jasmine || Palette Giveaway: Urban Decay, Nars, Charlotte Tilbury, Too Faced

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    1. Hi Jasmine, I was very surprised I reacted to them as I haven't heard of anyone else reacting to them. Dare I say I prefer my Makeup Geek blushes!! A fraction of the price, beautiful textures and no reaction.

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  3. I've been tempted to buy these blushes for so long but keep telling myself I don't need them. Such a shame you had a reaction to them. I had not heard of that before so if I ever decide to buy them, I will pop into the shop and test them first, just in case. x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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    1. Hi Renata,
      I'd definitely recommend trying them out before buying them. I was very surprised I reacted to them tho as they're formulated without any potentially irritating ingredients.

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  4. shame you got a bad reaction, the shades look stunning!

    Alice x
    Sheer Beautiful // Bloglovin'

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    1. Hi Alice,
      The blushes themselves are lovely, there's a beautiful peach shade in the range that I very nearly picked up instead of the radiant magenta. My skins reaction was so disappointing tho.

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  5. Oh my, I JUST started using the Hourglass Ambient blushers Trio and I'm itchy and having some sort of allergic reaction. I'm bringing it back as it cost $58.00 American dollars plus tax.

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