Sunday, February 2, 2014

Review: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta

Hourglass is a brand that is right at the far end of my "I can totally justify this purchase even though I already own eighteen million makeup products" price range. It is something that I can probably afford, but also something that I usually have to think pretty long and hard on. (Side note: those of you who didn't snigger at the words "hard on" get your official 'I am an adult" membership card in the mail in three to five business days.)

Thus, it's not really a surprise that I have been waffling about purchasing an Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder for months now. (Do I want 'Ethereal light'? Why does it seem like that is the most boring color? Do I want 'Diffused light'? Why is it so yellow? Why is 'Mood light' so obviously way-too-fucking-dark? Won't it be like painting my face in blush? Why do I somehow feel that buying one of these powders will somehow magically make my skin look perfect, even though that defies all logic?) What is more surprising, though, is that the second the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes went on sale, the Ambient Lighting Powders that had been waiting patiently in my cart were tossed aside because NEW NEW NEW NEW.


As I was waiting for my order, I had to beat myself up a little bit. Prima facie, nothing stands out about why these blushes are so perfect and flawless that they are way better than anything else in my embarrassingly extensive collection. What's more, the marbled appearance is, in my opinion, a little silly looking. Every single one of these suckers reminds me very strongly of bacon. (Seriously. Tell me that Diffused Heat doesn't look like breakfast meat.)


When my package arrived, I did what any sensible makeup-lover would do: I stuck my finger in it.


Looking at the color on my finger, I was forced to acknowledge the truth. THIS. BLUSH. IS. SORCERY. Look how pretty that shit is!


This blush is a coral-y, golden-y, pink-y mix of luminousness. It's the right amount of pigmented-- pigmented enough that you're not scraping your brush against the pan screaming, "I. WANT. CORAL. CHEEKS. DAMNIT.", but subtle enough that it's easy to use. It blends well. The mix of shades adds visible complexity. The gorgeous finish makes your face look magic.


My only complaint is that Hourglass seems to have absolutely no idea what color "magenta" is. 


At $35 for 0.15oz, the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes come in at a oh-my-god-this-is-as-expensive-as-a-motherfucker $233.33 per ounce. (Even the Dior blushes, at $42 for 0.25oz, are only $175 per ounce.) Unfortunately for me, they're totally worth it. I not-so-secretly am now coveting every single one.

50 comments:

  1. Oooh girl! It looks so good. I'm still waiting for mine to arrive, I'm so excited!

    I have to say, YOU MUST TRY the regular Ambient Lighting Powders. I swear they actually DO work magic and make your skin look perfect. I don't know how, but they really do!

    x Morgan

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    1. BUT WHICH ONE! I was so close to buying the palette they had out at Christmas but Temptalia said the ones they picked for that were all warmer-toned. I really have no idea how to pick between them.

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    2. Amanda, that is my dilemma as well! I go back and forth about which one I would want. The palette looked too dark to me, which is why I skipped it.

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    3. I'm super-pale, and still found that Dim Light is my miracle powder. I usually use that all over my face, and Luminous Light in places that need a little brightening (tops of my cheekbones, etc). They're AMAZING.

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    4. Get mood light - I'm cool-toned and incredibly pale. soft brush - I can use it all over. Dense brush - very subtle pretty pink blush.

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  2. THANK YOU - I've been commenting everywhere that all these blushes remind me of histology slides under the microscope! I'm glad I'm not the only person who sees...fleshiness :-D

    That doesn't make them bad - I think it makes them look interesting...

    The colour looks gorgeous on you! I agree that the whole 'magenta' thing is a bit of a misnomer, and I was kind of sad that they only released one remotely cool shade (as far as I can tell). Also, someone really needed to slap the hands of the person who made the promo image away from the saturation slider, because the actual blushes all look kind of...just...peachy coloured. :-D

    None of that burst of random quibbling really detracts from the fact that this is a lovely blush, however.

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    1. That is so funny! They totally do look like histology slides.

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  4. I bought mood exposure or w/e the so-called "plum" one is. I think you and are are *relatively* similar toned. I think I might be a tad darker but it might just be an illusion since I have tons of freckles. ANYWAY, the blush is not dark and also, strangely, not plum. That said it is really lovely and not too anything. All of the swatches I've seen have leaned sort of coral? Which is strange to me.

    Also, seconding the motion that you need an ALP, I have two (ugh I can't think about the cost right now) in Ethereal and Mood Lights. Ethereal is very pretty but doesn't give my skin the same wow factor that mood does. Mood makes me look glowy and lovely. Highly recommend.

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    1. Is "Mood" too dark on you? That's my fear about that one.

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    2. If you mean the mood blush - no but I definitely do use a very light touch with it, because I found it to be pretty pigmented. Mood ALP is dark at all either, it doesn't really leave a color at all that I have noticed, just makes my skin look glowful! If you want I could swatch them and send you the photos?

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    3. I would love a swatch of the ALP! That is the one that appeals to me the most, but I am worried it will look like a doused my face in blush.

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    4. ok, I have no idea how to get you swatches now that I've offered haha. if you want to send me a pm on Reddit I can send you some tomorrow? my name is autummmn

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  5. Goodness, those blushes are gorgeous. I haven't taken the plunge yet with the Ambient Lighting powders but I've been thinking about them a lot lately. From what I've seen of the blushes they look gorgeous, but I have way too much blush as is to justify getting even one of these.

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    1. I was talking to some friends on facebook and someone asked how many blushes everyone had and everyone was like, "two". "Three." "One."

      I had to be like, "Uh... a lot..."

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  6. Haha, Diffused Heat is totally the one I'm waffling over and didn't even think about it looking like bacon. It does, though. Maybe that's the world's way of trying to tell me not to get it, the shrimpetarian doesn't need a dead pig blush. Diffused Light is my favorite of the normal Ambient Lighting powders, though. It looks so yellow, but doesn't read it on my face. I picked it up because I heard it was good for those of us with a lot of redness (thanks for that Mom!) and I do really think it makes a difference.

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    1. Seconding this! I have diffused light and it doesn't at all look yellow on my face.

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    2. Oh, that's good to hear! Although I still can't decide, haha.

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  7. I've been coveting since Temptalia reviewed the powders... now that you both have oohed and ahhed over the blushes I am coveting these too!! Agh--like I need more make up!! LOL thanks for your wonderful wonderful blog. Your analytical nature appeals to mine, yet so glad you can still be girly and like makeup. There are others of us out there. :-)

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    1. I am not in a position to say anything about people ordering makeup they don't need. ;)

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  8. I want this blush so bad I can FEEL IT IN MY BONES.

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  9. Your posts literally make me guffaw like a hyena every time I read them (attractive imagery, I know). This is my very favorite blog, and I follow a LOT of blogs (I had a dream the other day that I ran into you in real life and was super starstruck... not even kidding).

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    1. I should qualify that it's the nature of your commentary (e.g. "'I. WANT. CORAL. CHEEKS. DAMNIT.'") that is guffaw-worthy, not the content. Also, science rules.

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    2. Thank you! I am pretty sure there are not very many people who would be starstruck to meet me.

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  10. I had no problem deciding which of the powders I wanted the most - the blushes however will probably wait 'till I'm standing in front of a counter or just can't take watching it on everybody else anymore without owning at least one. Whichever happens first.

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  11. Mmmmmm bacon blush! I think I need all of these now though....

    http://mattekat.blogspot.ca/

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    1. I keep telling myself that I don't need any more...

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  12. Just checked Sephora and these are all sold out. Must have been a bacon stampede.

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    1. They were only available for VIBs in limited quantity. They'll go wide for everybody else at the end of the month!

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    2. They'll be back! As enchantedmirrorbeauty said, they will be released to non-VIBs shortly.

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  13. I was SO hoping your review of these would be "Enh. Not worth the money." Curses!

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    1. Sorry. Hourglass product developers are too darn good at their jobs!

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  14. Either your skin looks flawless or this blush is magic.

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  15. It's beautiful but I wouldn't call that a magenta blush, definitely a coral. I ended up buying Ethereal since it was the only cool toned blush in the set.

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    1. I kinda love warm blush on my cool skin! It was definitely a warm-leaning collection, though.

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  16. Nooooo augh now I really want it even more auuugh.

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  17. This looks lovely on you! I guess I'll need to reapply for my "I am an adult" card, because I apparently don't qualify at this time :-)

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  18. that color does look gorgeous on you. I had to pass on these because of the price, but I might pick one up when the VIB sale comes around.
    re: the ambient lighting powders, I really don't think you're missing much. They're nice powders, but I don't see that they're so different from, say, mixing MAC Strobe in with your foundation, or just using a radiant foundation. I didn't notice myself looking particularly poreless, and definitely not flawless, after applying them. And I think once I started to get oily that extra glow exacerbated my natural shine.

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    1. Huh. Interesting. I think the fact that I usually stick to so-full-coverage-it-is-silly foundations might be what's adding so much appeal, since radiant foundations are rare at that level of coverage and I can't mix a luminizer into my foundation without sheering it out!

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  19. but more importantly, what is that lipstick?

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    1. Lipstick Queen Jean Queen! It's one of my current favorites.

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    2. Really! I always expect Jean Queen to go on a lot cooler. I love my LQ lipsticks, though. I wish the Ulta around here carried them, the range of lipstick color that really works on me is small so I hate buying them mail order.

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  20. OMG, that does look gorgeous! If you don't mind me asking, what eyeliner are you wearing? That blue took my breath away

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    1. It's NYX Studio Liner in Extreme Blue!

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