I have been in the process of updating and replacing some of my drug store makeup products that really weren’t doing anything for me, with higher end and better quality products. So needless to say when I heard all the hype about the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette, I got incredibly excited. The packaging alone is enough to buy this product, it is stunning.
I went online searching for this palette and where I could purchase it from, knowing full well that it would not be available in Australia. What I found really frustrating was seeing all this hype over beauty blogs and YouTube, yet it was already sold out (being a limited edition). FOMO (fear of missing out) kicked into gear, and I went on a mad hunt to get my hands on this one. Everywhere I looked. Sold out! Then as a last resort I turned to eBay, I generally don’t like to buy makeup or high-end products from eBay on the off chance that they aren’t genuine or get damaged in transit (usually due to poor packaging) but mostly because it tends to cost an arm and a leg for shipping. Obviously I bit the bullet and took the risk and am so happy I did.
This palette comes packaged in the most beautiful rose gold metallic finish made of plastic, and has a sturdy snap closure. Inside the palette there is a decent sized mirror for on the go application. Also perfect for travel due to its sleek and compact design. There are three blushes included in the palette (separated each by a divider), two of which are hourglass’s bestselling blushes (Luminous Flush and Mood Exposure) and a new shade (Incandescent Electra). There is 3.3grams (0.116oz) of product per blush. The blushes are formulated with the same technology as Hourglass’s Ambient Lighting Powders and are designed to create a glow from within.
This palette is more suited towards skin tones that are of light to medium complexion; however they do have more colour selections in their individual blushes that are better suited to darker skin tones. They are a great collectors’ item, but also perfect for everyday use. The colour payoff is light and buildable in coverage; designed specifically to allow you to create a natural flush to your cheeks. Great for beginners, makeup enthusiasts and professionals alike.
I love this palette for several reasons, of course I’ll mention the packaging again but there is much more to this palette then its external packaging. It is what I would consider a fool proof blush as far as application is concerned. Because the pigmentation offers such a natural light coverage it is easy to build the right amount of colour that really does look very natural and like you are glowing from within. If you are familiar with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders, you should expect the same quality and cutting-edge technology from these beautiful blushes. There is a very slight iridescence or sheen if you will, to the product but absolutely no visible glitter or sparkle, (I am not a fan of glitter especially in base and face products where during the day look more amplified and in my opinion unflattering up-close). The texture feels luxurious and silky, but definitely still feels like a powder. Aesthetically these blushes are beautiful with a lovely marbling effect running through the product. I love the shade selections, especially for my skin tone which is more on the fair side; the colours are described as ‘champagne rose’ (Luminous Flush), ‘cool peach’ (incandescent Electra) and ‘soft plum’ (Mood Exposure), perfect for any season or makeup look.
The Not So Good
Starting with the packaging again, however beautiful, it does marks incredibly easy, even clean fingerprints show up so you can only imagine what makeup cover fingerprints will do. I also dislike that it is a limited edition palette, which can make obtaining this product a little tricky (I paid way too much for this). However I think (or at very least am hoping) that they will add this product to their line permanently as they did with the Ambient Lighting Powders Palette. There is some fall out with this product, although it is quite minimal, and if you are in the habit of lightly tapping your brush for excess then you should have no problems with fallout on your face.
Overall I am a huge fan of this blush palette, its quality and wear are fantastic and apart from a few little inconveniences with availability would highly recommend this palette to anyone and everyone. The finish it creates on the cheeks is just so beautiful, who doesn’t want glowing skin.
The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette retails for $58 US Dollars. Unfortunately another product that doesn’t ship internationally, details can be found on their website and they do have free standard shipping on orders over $50 within the US.
As for us Aussie girls, as per usual, this product has yet to reach Australian Shores. Being a limited edition palette, I am unsure when it will be available to purchase in Australia, however when and if it does look out for it in Mecca Cosmetica or Mecca Maxima. I purchased mine from eBay; I usually like to avoid doing so as it can be a bit nerve racking waiting to see if your product is genuine. The seller I went through was ecewy123 and I would highly recommend them as it was certainly genuine and arrived with packaging and product in pristine condition. I paid a whopping $90.74 AU Dollars and an additional $20.16 AU Dollars for Shipping for this product.