Sunday 15 February 2015

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette

It has taken my a while to get round to blogging about this palette of absolute beauty. Blush is definitely not something that I naturally venture towards when makeup shopping, I seem to have only own two or three which I stick to as I no I can rely on them. But this palette really caught my eye and I have been wanting to try Hourglass products for a while, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity. There was a hell of a lot of hype around the realise of this palette since the success of the company's Ambient Lighting Powder. I was lucky enough that my sister managed to pick this is up for me whilst on her trip to New York as I had been lusting it over it since its realise. In Sephora it costs $58 which is approximately £37 compared to UK stockists such as Space NK and John Lewis  where the price tag is £56, quite a hefty difference. You are able to buy these individually for £28 for 4.2g or in the palette each shade is 3.3g. The three blushes from left to right are Luminous Flush, Incandescent Electra and Mood Exposure. I love how the three colours are completely different shades going from a baby pink into a lilac shade.

Luminous Flush is the one that I would class as my classic go to shade when I am out shopping for a new blusher to add to my collection. It contains the pink shimmery tones and adds a lovely pop of colour to the cheek bones. I swatched it to compare it to my two previous go to blushes both from MAC, which are Stereorose (not online) and Peachykeens and it falls somewhere right in between, which pretty much makes it the perfect shade. Its light and looks radiant on the skin adding a glow which reflects perfectly on the cheeks.

Incandescent Electra is exclusive to the Ambient Lighting Blush Palette. This is the lightest shade within the palette and I think you can wear this as a pretty girly shade to the cheeks, or wear it softly above the cheekbones as an illuminate/highlighter. It is a great addition to the palette as if you do not like a flush of colour on the cheek that is worn to be seen then this is the perfect alternative.

I was very intrigued by how Mood Exposure would show on the skin, I have never seen a shade of blush containing this amount of  purple tones running through it. On the skin I can safely say it looks completely different to how it does in the pan, it definitely has a lot more pink tones running through than at first glance. It is the deepest colour of the three but it still wearable for daytime, it adds a lot of depth to the cheeks.

The texture of these blushes are so smooth and glide on to the skin with ease, the pigmentation is excellent and transfers on to the skin perfectly. This palette contains such different shades that you can carry and use this on all occasions depending on if you prefer lighter more subtle cheeks or a more stronger and heavier look. Lastly, I have to say that these all contain more shimmer than I first thought, so if you prefer a matte blusher these are differently not something for you to choose. But if your like me and adore shimmery cheekbones then I suggest you get ordering from Sephora. These are also great for any flash photography as the finishing powders are made and formulated to enhance the skin in any kind of light and refine the appearance of your complexion.

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