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.