Oct 22 2014

Worth the Wait? Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette


I’m a fan of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders. I own two of them: Dim Light and Mood Light. As we all know, a few months after Hourglass released these magical powders, we were further tempted by the Limited Edition Powder Palette Trio (which I take it is now permanent?). Anyway, I couldn’t justify buying it at that time as I already owned the two full-sized powders mentioned. It made me sad.

Fast forward to the release of full-sized Ambient Lighting Blushes. Despite the overwhelming temptation and rave reviews, I held off on those as well. I just KNEW that Hourglass would be coming out with a blush palette like their powder palette (because, why not?) and I was going to wait (in agony). Because really, my blush collection is starting to overwhelm me, I didn’t really need the full sized versions. So when the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette was finally released, I felt totally vindicated and reveled in my splurge. 🙂


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette

For those of you not familiar with ambient concept, the powders were created using what Hourglass refers to as “Photoluminescent Technology” – “micron-size, color-correcting particles [that] alter the appearance of the skin by manipulating and refracting favorable light”. It is basically a soft-focus technology that claims to filter out harsh light to help minimize the look of wrinkles, imperfections, and neutralize discoloration. Each powder aims to “create” a different lighting effect.


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette Review


Taking it a step further, Hourglass then developed the Ambient blushes which are a fusion between their powders and pigments/cheek colours. The aim of which was to create a blush that does not fall flat and helps one achieve the same glow as the powders.

The three blushes in the limited edition palette are: Luminous Flush (champagne rose), Incandescent Electra (cool peach), and Mood Exposure (soft plum). Like its powder counterpart, Incandescent Electra can only be found in the palette, while the other two shades are in the permanent line.


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette - Luminous Flush


Luminous Flush – A mixture of a Light Rose pigment with Luminous Light, a champagne pearl, to evoke a soft, candlelit glimmer.


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette - Incandescent Light


Incandescent Electra – A mixture of a Peach and Incandescent Light,  an opalescent pearl that brightens the complexion with a celestial glow.


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette - Mood Exposure


Mood Exposure – A mixture of a Plum Pigment with the Mood Light Powder, a soft, sheer lavender pink that mimics the softest, most forgiving light, to brighten the complexion.


So far, I’ve worn all three shades at least once. Because of the pearl, Incandescent Electra can be worn alone or as a blush/highlighter combo. It really gives the face an ethereal glow. The tones lean a little cool and although I would normally reserve a colour like this for the Spring/Summer, I’ve been seeing a whole lot of peach this Fall – making this blush right on trend! Mood Exposure definitely comes across more rosy mauve than plum and it much warmer on the cheeks than it appears in the pan. I was hoping for more of the lavender pink to come through, but I own the powder separately so I can always add more! Finally, Luminous Flush is the brightest of the lot. It’s a bold, pinky-fuchsia and on my skin tone, I have to use a light hand.


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette Swatches - Dark Skin Tone

(From Left to Right): Luminous Flush, Incandescent Electra, Mood Exposure. Taken in Daylight. Without Flash (Left Swatches); With Flash (Right Swatches)


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette Swatches - Light Skin Tone

(From Left to Right): Luminous Flush, Incandescent Electra, Mood Exposure. Taken in Daylight. Without Flash (Left Swatches); With Flash (Right Swatches)


Overall, I am quite happy with the palette. However, I think the shades, general speaking, are more suited for light to medium skin tones. Of the three in this palette, Luminous Flush would probably work the best for medium to deep tones. The separate blush in Radiant Magenta, which is not in this palette, may also warrant a look if you have a deeper skin tone and are interested in the Ambient Lighting Blush formula.

It is also worth pointing out that these powders are handmade and, therefore, no two look alike. Some have more powder, some more pigment. This has become common knowledge and if you plan to purchase in store, you’ll be sure to see eager consumers opening up each package to “check” the powder to pigment ratio. 🙂

EDIT: The limited edition palette is no longer available but you can still find the individual blushes at Sephora!



Do you buy into the hype? Did you pick up the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette? What about the individual blushes and/or powders? Are you tempted?





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  1. I haven’t bought into the hype however I adore this palette. I do agree with you a few of the shades are limited to different skin types & most are for lighter skin tones which is a shame for darker skinned ladies!

    Serene xoxo


      • Kimmy on October 22, 2014 at 6:45 pm
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      It really is beautiful but, yeah, it’s a shame that it’s range is limited. xx

  2. They do look tempting. I might have to buy into this hype. Just this once…. 😉

      • Kimmy on October 22, 2014 at 6:47 pm
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      If you think the shades would suit you, I highly recommend. It’s a gorgeous palette and the finish on the skin can’t be beat it terms of being seamless. 🙂

  3. I haven’t bought into the hype either. I don’t know… I think if I were to buy, I’d get just one, as I find them all a bit similar-ish. But it’s certainly a pretty and luxurious palette. x

    Speaking Beauty UK | Nars, Urban Decay, YSL GIVEAWAY

      • Kimmy on October 22, 2014 at 6:52 pm
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      Some of them can be similar but I actually find these to be quite different on the cheeks. Strangely, Mood Exposure and Incandescent Electra look more similar on the cheeks than Luminous Flush is to any of them. Of course, to “us” i.e. beauty bloggers, they’re all different, lol. Thanks for stopping by Renata!

  4. This palette looks SO stunning! I really need to expand my blush collection…ahh I may cave and make a purchase!



      • Kimmy on October 22, 2014 at 6:53 pm
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      Sorry to enable, Karen! It is worth a look though if you’re able to swatch it. 🙂

  5. Your splurge was completely justified! These look so beautiful, I can’t wait to try one or the palette… So, so gorgeous! Loved your review, as usual 😉 xx

    Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

      • Kimmy on October 22, 2014 at 6:58 pm
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      Thank you, Gyudy! Yes, definitely justified, lol. Does your Sephora carry Hourglass? xx

  6. Hey Kimmy, I am still on the fence about this formula! I MIGHT get the palette, but the fact that they’re all different worries me a little. I mean, what if I get a pan that is more powder than color? I already have doubts about the middle shade not showing up on my skin tone! Glad to hear you’re happy with it 🙂

      • Kimmy on October 22, 2014 at 7:01 pm
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      Hiya Sunny! Are you able to swatch it or do you have to order online? It’s so funny because when I picked this up in store there was a girl next to me opening each one, lol. It can be kind of worrying if you aren’t able to see the palette in person. I actually think all three (based on the pigmentation of my palette) would show up on you, but you’re right the middle shade is the lightest and the one I had to dip my brush in a few times – I think it’s my favorite though. 🙂

      1. That’s the thing, if I want it the ONLY possibility I have is buying it online! I’d be a bit miffed if someone actually opens EVERY compact to check the colors though. That’s not cool :p

  7. These look absolutely stunning! So pricey though, but hey – you get 3 blushes right? I did not know about the handmade thing and that it differs so much! But still, they are so pretty. I wasn’t keen on spending the money on the Ambient Lighting Powder palette, but this tickles my fancy just a little more 😉 x

      • Kimmy on October 23, 2014 at 2:29 pm
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      They really are very beautiful! But yes, pricey. I don’t think I would have picked up the individual blushes (even if this palette wasn’t released) but I’m happy to have the three and at better value (who goes through a whole blush anyway?). Have you swatched it in store?

      1. No I haven’t swatched them yet.. I think they’re not even available yet here! Could make a great Christmas present though 😉

  8. This looks so gorgeous and is in my wish list! <3 Thanks for sharing this beauty with us! xo's

    Pink Frnezy

      • Kimmy on October 23, 2014 at 2:30 pm
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      Let me know if you get it Laura and what you think! 🙂 xx

  9. Definitely worth the wait! 😀 Such a gorgeous gorgeous palette. It’s on my wish list.

      • Kimmy on October 23, 2014 at 2:30 pm
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      Great minds think alike, Melissa! Do let me know if you get it and what you think! 🙂 xx

    • anoushkaloves on October 23, 2014 at 11:17 am
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    I haven’t purchased this palette, although I looked at it and its beauty. I already own Luminous Flush, and I love it and the other two colours just aren’t doing it for me. Shame really as it would fit perfectly in my collection!

    Anoushka xx http://www.Anoushkaloves.com

      • Kimmy on October 23, 2014 at 2:31 pm
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      Aww…well, not to enable, but Incandescent Electra (the limited one) is actually my favorite, lol. But yeah, I’d probably feel the same as you if I already owned one or two of the blushes. 🙂 xx

    • MJ on October 24, 2014 at 11:54 am
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    I’n not overly excited about their blushes because the full sizes I once tried at their counter gave me the feeling of face powders more than blushes, and it is well known how I have always avoided face powders like the plague haha.

    BUT. But I loved the concept behind their Ambient Lighting powders, and their beautiful texture, and the packaging of the trio palette itself, to the point that I would have bought that palette if only it hadn’t been limited and sold out at the time when I was at their counter.

    And I’m telling you, if the powder trio palette is now permanent like you say, I WILL get it at the soonest opportunity woohoo!!!!! 😀

    Happy happy ^_^ xx


      • Kimmy on October 27, 2014 at 2:15 pm
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      That sucks to hear that they were sold out at the counter…but definitely good new that the powder palette is now permanent. Do let me know if you get it hun and what you think. 🙂

    • kpsays on October 26, 2014 at 10:49 pm
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    I think all of the Hourglass products are so beautiful to look at! I am going to pass on the blush palette, as I think they are too light/cool for my skin tone. I think I will invest in a couple more Ambient Lighting powders. I have Mood and Diffused Light (which I love!!!) and want a couple more. I think you did the right thing waiting for the palette!! It is gorgeous!

  10. Great review hun. I have never tried any products form this brand. I really love the look of the packaging and the shades look stunning. I’m not sure if these shades would show up on my skin tone though.

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