I haven't tried much from Hourglass but when news hit the beauty scene of the new Ambient Lighting Blush range I was like a woman possessed. I am a sucker for beautifully designed and packaged products, and these blushes definitely fall into that category. I ended up pre-ordering two shades, without even seeing them in person or giving them a swatch. Was that a mistake?
Described as a next-generation blush range, the Ambient Lighting Blushes combine the customised lighting effects of the Ambient Lighting Powder with an infusion of beautiful modern colours. With an airy light-weight formula, they create a soft-focus, radiant and natural looking finish.
The packaging is pretty beautiful, there's no denying that. Light-weight sleek-gold compacts in a very sophisticated and chic design, with a handy mirror inside. There's 6 shades in the range, covering light and neutral shades to shades with more intensity and oomph. Each is 4.2g in size, a pretty decent amount of product which is good considering the price tag of £28.
I went for are Dim Infusion and Diffused Heat, picked based on swatches I had seen online. When they arrived I was a little unsure that I had made the right choices. Dim Infusion looked a touch too light in tone against my olive complexion, whilst Diffused Heat just lacked that something-something. Neither had my beauty adorers heart fluttering, that's for sure, so much so that I just popped them in my dressing table and forgotten about them for months.
I started to get into Dim Infusion first, a soft peach that on paler complexions would work well all year round, but on my olive complexion it has very little impact as a blush. That said, I absolutely blooming adore this shade! I use it as a blush occasionally, more so when I'm going for a super natural look and just want the tiniest hint of colour to my cheeks. My main use for Dim Infusion though, and which would work well for other Mediterranean skin tones, is as a flattering highlight. It's just soft enough that it works really well to brighten my complexion without looking too stark or out of place, a lot like the Benefit Dandelion Brightening Face Powder which is more pinky in tone.
Diffused Heat has definitely taken me longer to get into. It has so many different aspects to it; pink, lilac and slight berry tones, that it's a shade which is taking me time to get confident with. That said, now spring has sprung I'm quite liking this as a pop of colour and it's a lovely blush to work and teamed with a subtle eye and lip.
Dim Infusion has become a product I reach for most days, I'm completely smitten, but Diffused Heat definitely wasn't a blush I needed. I really do love the packaging, design and formula for the Ambient Lighting Blush range, but at £28 each they are super expensive and definitely a treat purchase. I don't think they're a necessary buy; there's nothing amazing or can't-live-without about them, especially as the Max Factor Creme Puff Blush range is just as good and a huge £19.01 cheaper! I don't see myself adding another to my beauty stash anytime soon, but that said Hourglass are releasing a bronzer range in the same format that I might be more than a little bit tempted by.
Must have blushes worth the splurge? For me, it's a no.
You can check out my review of the full Max Factor Creme Puff Blush range here.
The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush range is available at uk.spacenk.com.