Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Project Swap: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush In Mood Exposure and Diffused Heat

Yup I am very late to this. You would have seen these popping up in beauty blogs a long time ago and yes I am only reviewing them now. I'm not sure about you but sometimes certain products just don't call to me and give me that urgency to buy now. I saw these Ambient blushes for a very long time and they were in my Net-A-Porter cart for ages but I never felt the need to click the checkout button. So I am positively delighted that dear Ruby from Miaka's Life and Loves offered up her Hourglass Ambient blushes for sacrifice. Just kidding, no blushes for hurt in the making of this post. :)

 I give to you Mood Exposure and Diffused Heat. Drum roll please!

(Information taken from Hourglass website)

• Hourglass has fused Ambient Lighting Powder, the cutting-edge collection of finishing powders, with an array of vivid cheek colors, creating a hybrid product that is unique, contemporary and revolutionary.
• Unlike traditional blush, which tends to be flat, Ambient Lighting Blush uses Photoluminescent Technology to exhibit depth and dimension.
• The airy, lightweight powders contain optically transparent particles that amplify the colors to a multidimensional level—effectively reinventing the way you view blush.
• The state of the art formula means that its full potential is only displayed on application.
• The hand-made powders are formulated using an advanced miscelare technique—which means “to mix” in Italian—creating the perfect balance of pigment and powder, and no two look alike.
• Delivers a natural radiant finish and offers buildable color.
• Ambient Lighting Blush is designed to be paired with Ambient Lighting Powder. Using the two products together imbues the entire complexion with an otherworldly glow.
• The six shades, which range from soft coral to cool pink, are a wardrobe of captivating accent lights for cheeks.

Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Boron Nitride, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Octyldodecanol; Benzoic Acid, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Diamond Powder, Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Laureth-7, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Phenoxyethanol, Polyacrylamide, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Potassium Sorbate, Silica, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tin Oxide, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, May Contain: (+/-): Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Carmine (CI 75470), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

I must say, I like the casing. It has heft and even though it is plastic, it is a heavy, sturdy yet classy version of plastic. 

Pardon the fingerprints. Eeks! Anyway my understanding is that each blush is slightly different because of the marbling effect. It is a highlighter and blush mixed together. Depending on how much blush and highlighter ratio, your Ambient blush might be lighter or darker as compared to another one. The highlighter also makes the blush glowy.

I picked up quite a bit of powder during my finger swatches and instantly felt a pang of guilt. Luna I hope you don't mind, I was kind of enthusiastic with my finger swatches. These have a slight powdery feel even though it did not kick up powder when I used my brush on it. They are quite pigmented so I used my soft and fluffy blush brushes to apply them.

Which do you think is my favourite of the two? Scroll down and see if you are correct.

Diffused Heat of course! I am attracted to peachy blush shades. Above you see Diffused Heat on my cheeks. Go easy on them so that you don't look clownish.

For Mood Exposure, because it is a plumish brown shade, I used it just under my cheekbones as more of a contourish shade.

On my normal skin (Not oily anymore! Woohoo! At least for the time being.) they lasted the whole day, I didn't see a need to reapply my blush. Of course they didn't look freshly applied at the end of the day but I still see them on my cheeks. They feel soft on my skin and blend well.

They sell for USD $35 on the Hourglass and Sephora website but USD $40.65 at the Net-A-Porter website. What gives?

I like them but not enough to buy them on my own. How weird is that?

Ratings: 4 lipsticks


  1. Replies
    1. Isn't it Coco, I'm very tempted to get the new blush palette.

  2. I really really like Mood Exposure, not many people have got that shade! I love warm neutral blushes for the cheeks, they really help to contour at the same time in my case because I'm fairer.

    1. I can understand why you like neutral blushes, they are so easy to use and can match anything. Are you contemplating the trio blush palette, it looks very tempting. :)

  3. Hey Jacqueline, yay I guessed right! I do like both shades on you though!

    I still haven't tried these, either. I am eyeing the palette, but I don't know if I'll take the plunge. I am a little worried that I'll end up with a pan that is more powder than color!


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