I’m really not one to get caught up in the hype when it comes to certain products — especially limited edition ones. I’m the type who reads ALL the reviews, googles swatches endlessly and carefully considers what I’m going to spend my money on. But when I saw Sephora’s photo of this palette on Facebook, I was filled with a sense of MUST HAVE THIS OMG NOW. I don’t have any of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders, and this is actually my first Hourglass product (aside from a sample of primer that I have).
The first thing you notice is the packaging — it feels lux. Heavy, substantial and high quality, the palette is housed in a gleaming rose-gold. The only drawback is that this shows every fingerprint imaginable. I did find myself constantly trying (in vain) to polish away every tiny smudge and smear.
Hourglass describes the palette thusly: A limited edition palette featuring three shades of Ambient Lighting Blush, the groundbreaking blush that creates seamless, soft-focus and multidimensional color.
Luminous Flush is a softly shimmering rosy pink.
Incandescent Electra (exclusive to this palette) is a glimmering peach.
Mood Exposure is a soft but warm plum.
All 3 blushes are very finely milled and soft, which can make them a bit powdery in the palette but that powdery quality disappears on the skin. They blend into the skin seamlessly. The finish is hard to describe — they’re neither matte, nor satin… shimmery without being frosty and with zero glitter. When applied and blended, they leave the skin glowing and radiant and I don’t feel the need to apply a highlighter or luminizing product. I found that all the blushes wore well, with minimal fading even after 8+ hours. On me, they are surprisingly pigmented and I have to be careful not to apply too much! The colors are on the light side, but deeply and richly pigmented. I have it on good authority that these blushes work well on deep skin tones as well, though you may have to be more heavy-handed in application. The colors are also all pretty neutral — neither too warm nor too cool, which makes them suitable for a wide variety of people.
At $58, this product is pretty expensive by my standards but I think it’s well worth the price since the quality is very high. I hope that like the Ambient Powder palette, this items becomes permanent because I would definitely repurchase it once I started to run out.
Here I am wearing Luminous Flush — I’ve applied it a little heavier than I would normally so the color really shows in the photo.
For pictures of me wearing the other shades in the palette, be sure to follow me on Instagram!
If you’re in the market for new blush, I don’t see how you can go wrong with this palette.
Hourglass Cosmetics is cruelty free!
Disclaimer — this product was purchased by me. My opinion is honest and unfettered.