Given that I’ve spent the last few days in bed with sickle pain, I took it as an opportunity to organize myself for the month ahead. One thing that I haven’t done in awhile is organize my photos, so I set out to clean everything up on my laptop and, what do you know!? I found some photos and a full page document on my thoughts on the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes roaming around my external hard drive, and though it’s old, I thought I’d bring you the review (at last!).
The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders seem to be everyone’s go-to powder for a natural radiance these days, so I wasn’t at all surprised when Hourglass released the coordinating blush range last year. These beautiful blushes are rumoured to be lightweight and “multidimensional,” giving the face/cheeks a nice and natural glow with a spot of colour all while being easy to apply. So, after a long time at Sephora, I decided to give one of these a whirl, and I went with the gorgeous Diffused Heat.
Well, I tried it and I have to report, I was not impressed by any means. I love the colour, which on my dark complexion, translated into a beautiful soft reddish-pink, but I just couldn’t get it to look right on me. If I used a brush, I looked like a disco ball due to the high shimmer in the illuminating powder that makes up a half of these powder blushes, and if I used my fingers, it would look like I’d forgotten to wear blush after doing a full face of makeup. I suspected that it might have something to do with the colour that I chose, so, naturally, I did what any other makeup
addict lover would do, I exchanged it for another colour! 😛
This time around, I went for Luminous Flush, which is actually the colour that I previously wanted to get, but didn’t after not one but two gals at Sephora told me that Diffused Heat would look better on me. This time around, I decided to raise the stakes a little, and I applied it with my fingers on one cheek and with my favourite blush brush, the MAC 129 Powder/Blush brush, on the other. In retrospect, that probably wasn’t the best idea; I suspect that I looked like a complete moron at work that day! This blush, which is a gorgeous warm coral peachy colour on my skin – – despite being described on the Sephora and Hourglass websites as a “champagne rose”, was almost too beautiful to return, but it had to be done. Why, you may ask? Well, to sum it up in one sentence: never fall for hype, ladies (or, purchase all of your makeup from a store with a great return policy, like Sephora)!
Let’s break this down. These blushes are beautiful works of art in the pan, but when it comes down to it, they don’t translate that way on the skin. They apply beautifully, basically gliding and floating onto the cheeks, and despite being powders with quite a lot of shimmer (only in the pan, really, you can only see the shimmer on the face if you use a fairly heavy hand — which I’ll get to in a minute), they don’t make the skin feel dry or uncomfortable in any way. However, all things considered, they are not at all long lasting, even if you do use a heavy hand or a synthetic brush, like my other favourite, the Real Techniques Blush Brush! Maybe it’s just me, the dark diva over here, but regardless of how I applied these beauties, they’d always fade within about 2 hours. One time, I wore it out to a summer girls night out with my fave gal-pals, and no joke, from the time it took to get from my house to the restaurant, it pulled a vanishing act. Mind you, the restaurant was in the next city, and it was a Friday night, so I’d say it was maybe about a 45-55 minute drive, but still, that’s just plain ridiculous. It goes from bad to worse when you realize that it will cost you $41 CAD for 0.15 ounces of product, which, if you ask me, is the final, atrocious blow. Just to give you an idea, in comparison, a MAC powder blush lasts between 6-8 hours on my face and costs $26 CAD for 0.26 ounces. Yea. I’m sorry, but if I want a blush to give me a natural, “barely there” flush, I’ll pinch my cheeks or run around the block, which, what do you know…is FREE!
So, are the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes a beauty or bust?
BUST, a big bust. These do not, nor will they ever, receive the Beauty Bylaws stamp of approval. I don’t mind paying $41 for a blush that literally blows me out of the water with its greatness, but I refuse to pay that for an over-hyped blush that fades within the first couple of hours. Perhaps you should have called these the Houdini blushes, Hourglass, instead of Ambient Lighting, with all of the disappearing that they do! Aw man, I’m laughing at my own joke, haha! 🙂 😛
So, there you have it! Let me know…have you given any of these blushes a try yet? If so, what colour and did it work better for you than me?
ps – apologies for the lack of super HD quality in these photos, they were taken in May and thus I did not own my awesome Rebel T5i yet. Also, for some reason, I didn’t do any swatches of these (sorry!), but if you want to see what these look like on dark skin, click here! 🙂 Have a great day, lovely!