In my never-ending quest to try products from different brands, Hourglass Ambient Lighting blush has been high on the list for a long time.
I eventually tracked down a limited edition 3-blush palette on ebay. I forked out my life savings (well, almost) and bought it for myself for Christmas*, and then proceeded to wait impatiently for it to arrive six weeks later.
It’s a thing of beauty, I tell you. The packaging, the actual blush powders – they’re magnificent. I alternate between wanting to stare at them and wanting to photograph them some more pretty much every day.
The colour payoff is great, and I love all three shades. I can already see the last shade being a go-to product even though I was most iffy about it initially. The magic about marbled products is that every one is different and by a stroke of luck my last shade (Mood Exposure) has very little of the dark mauve shade, which makes it great for my skin tone.
Getting down to using it was pretty disappointing though. They’re just not as luminous as I expected them to be. Sure, I can make them look luminous when I swatch them and I appreciate that they’re incredibly finely milled and there are no chunky shimmer bits. But I was expecting more. More luminosity, more glow, more radiance. I do use them, but I tend to always use a highlighter over them, which completely defeats the purpose of using a luminous product in the first place.
I’m definitely in the minority here, as most people absolutely love them. I think it has more to do with my expectations – I was imagining them to be more glowy. Looking back at other people’s swatches now, the signs are there that it’s not majorly shimmery.
UPDATE: Whoops, forgot the swatches. Here they are below. Swatched in natural light with my fingers (because I didn’t have three similar brushes that were clean).
The Ambient Lighting Blush Palette was a limited edition product, but you can buy other Hourglass products directly from their website.
*Everything I bought for myself between November and January was “for Christmas”.