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. 🙂
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.
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.
Luminous Flush – A mixture of a Light Rose pigment with Luminous Light, a champagne pearl, to evoke a soft, candlelit glimmer.
Incandescent Electra – A mixture of a Peach and Incandescent Light, an opalescent pearl that brightens the complexion with a celestial glow.
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.
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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