Hello *waves happily*! Phew! Phew is all I have to say for this week which hasn’t quite come to an end yet, but we’re getting there. It’s been so stressful over here, and although the stress isn’t over yet (a magic wand please?), I’m grateful I can sit down and write tonight, have a bit of take-away later and sleep in tomorrow. My weekend starts early you see and it’s a long one as Monday come and we’ll welcome May! With the summer months being so close now, all brands are focusing on that glow. Hourglass responded to the trend with a new launch, the Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush – of which I got lucky and managed to grab the palette; the prettiest of them all!
WHY The Palette?
I’d like to mention at the beginning of this post that this palette may not be available any longer, however the three blush shades included in the Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette are now available as monos in SpaceNK, Sephora and other retailers. If you have the palette, you don’t need to purchase the individual shades;they’re identical. Let’s have a look at the Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush shades!
Possibly my favourite shade? The Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush in Incandescent Electra is a gorgeous peachy coral. It gives freshness to the skin and will suit all skin tones.
A no-makeup, make-up shade, Brilliant Nude is exactly what it says. A beautiful beige. If you’re fair, you can skip your bronzer with this and if you’re deep you can use this as a highlighter. It’s a gorgeous shade with looks natural on my medium skin, providing enough definition.
Fans of plummy shades, behold one of the most blendable and luminous plum blushes! Euphoric Fusion is the darkest shade of the three.
Hourglass Ambient lighting blush swatches and performance
As these shades form part of the Ambient Strobe Lighting Hourglass Blush range, expect them to be on the shimmery side. It’s a fine shimmer, it’s not frosty at all, but it gives a significant glow. Thus, when wearing these blushes, I wouldn’t advise you to use a shimmery bronzer or a highlighter. Consider these to be your blush and highlight in one. If you’re not a fan of glowing cheeks, maybe check out the Ambient Lighting Blush range instead. As you can see from the swatches though, it’s a glow we’re talking about anyway. No chunky glitter here.
From left to right: Incandescent Electra, Brilliant Nude, Euphoric Fusion.
Pigmentation-wise all three Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blushes score very high. It’s the shimmer that gives this transparency on your cheeks. I’m not a fan of intense colour on my cheeks, so this is a win for me. And remember you can play with the intensity by placing your brush cleverly on the product. If you get more “colour” on your brush rather than the champagne highlighting shade, you’ll get more pigment and less shimmer. If you do the opposite, you get more shimmer and so on.
fotd with the hourglass ambient Strobe Lighting Blush
In my view, certain shades of blush can be used on the eyes. I’m sure most of you will have tried wearing your bronzer on your eyelids too. What I don’t normally do is go for shimmer on both eyes and cheeks. However, I feel that the Ambient Strobe Lighting Hourglass blush shades I have can be used both on eyes and cheeks. I created a tonal, peachy, everyday look using Incandescent Electra on my eyelids and apple of my cheeks. I added Brilliant Nude to add warmth to the back of my cheekbones towards my hairline. Here’s the result:
And a closer look to the eyes:
These highlightery looks, I love wearing with my glasses. I’m a brunette and my frames are relatively dark (blue), so a look with shimmer (but good quality) helps brighten my face. For fellow glasses wearers, this is how this look goes with glasses:
added notes on the palette
I bought the Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette as soon as I found out that these three shades would be launched separately in monos. I personally opted for the palette because I thought it to be better value for money, the shades are exactly the same and it was an easy way see how the shimmer would work for me. I’ve never finished a blush anyway and the although the amount of product included here isn’t mind blowing (2.9 gr), it’s enough.
I’m including a photo of the palette so you can appreciate the shades once more:
Is it too big a sin to be in love with a material item? Well, if it is, then too bad, because I cannot take my eyes off these blushes! The colour waves mixed with the highlighting, champagne powder is just eye candy.
As mentioned earlier, you can get the Hourglass Ambient Strobe Blushes at Space NK for £32 (4.2gr). On the SpaceNK website I can see three out of the four shades, but Sephora has all four. Iridescent Flash is the fourth shade and I’m seriously eyeing it!
Would you go for the palette versus the individual blushes? What are your thoughts on shimmery -not glittery- blush? And don’t you love Hourglass blush in general?
Have a lovely Friday tomorrow and speak again soon!