My blushes arrived early last week, and I kept my hands off them until I could get photos. Finally, the sun came out while I was at home, and I took product and swatch photos. Then, I started playing with my new colors.
The first photo at the top of this feature shows Diffused Heat, Dim Infusion, and Ethereal Glow from left to right. The second photos shows Luminous Flush, Mood Exposure, and Radiant Magenta from left to right.
Hourglass says that 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 - or perhaps the way blush looks on your skin.
Here are Hourglass's descriptions for each of the shades.
- Dim Infusion: A subdued coral blush fused with Dim Light to add warmth
- Diffused Heat: A vibrant poppy blush combined with Diffused Light for a subtle halo effect
- Luminous Flush: A champagne rose blush fused with Luminous Light to evoke a candlelit glimmer
- Radiant Magenta: A golden fuchsia blush combined with Radiant Light for a summer glow
- Mood Exposure: A soft plum blush fused with Mood Light to brighten the complexion
- Ethereal Glow: A cool pink blush fused with Ethereal Light for a moonlit luminosity
Every one of these shades works on my fair skin. My favorite by a hair is Mood Exposure, simply because it makes me look like I'm blushing naturally. All of them will be worn (no throwaways here), and I'm only beginning to start playing with layering them. A maestro makeup artist (unaffiliated with Hourglass) suggested to me that the lighter shades will be fabulous when layered over the darker ones - to add depth of color and different effects. I tried. Of course, he's right.
Let's talk about radiance for a minute. I can see some minimal micro-flecks in the powders, but they impart no sparklies to the face. They are lively. That's my term for blushes that make me look alive. Are they radiant? Technically, that term means they reflect light or add luminance. Maybe, but I would need scientific equipment I don't have to give you an unequivocal answer on that. See below for why I won't try.
Hourglass has offered us a fabulous, new set of bushes with Ambient Lighting Blush. Choose the right shades for you face, and I'll bet you will be delighted. They blend with ease, and they offer all-day, beautiful wear. What more can one expect?
Model photo courtesy of Hourglass; other photos by Best Things in Beauty