Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Comparisons

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush is now available for one and all at Sephora :)

Not sure whether it’s a product for you or need help picking one out? Check out my overview!

Reviews, Photos, Swatches

  1. Ethereal Glow — pale, cool-toned pink
  2. Dim Infusion — light peach
  3. Diffused Heat — light-medium, peachy coral
  4. Radiant Magenta — light-medium pink-coral
  5. Luminous Flush — medium pink-coral
  6. Mood Exposure — plummy brown
Sunday, February 16th, 2014

If cool pinks weren’t your thing, how about the other end of the spectrum–warm pinks–as shades to consider this spring? Here are a few of my picks for the season! I’d love to hear yours :)

  1. Revlon Elusive — a medium, warm-toned pink with a satin-matte finish
  2. Chanel Revelation (63) — a light-medium pink with warm undertones
  3. Zoya Brigitte — a muted, medium pink with warm undertones
  4. Hourglass Radiant Magenta — luminous, medium, warm-toned pink
  5. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) — creamy, medium pink with warm undertones
Saturday, February 15th, 2014

What are your favorite cool-toned pinks? It can be such a fun color to wear, because a lot of the blue-based pinks have a brightness to them, which I think is perfect during late winter/early spring when it can be gloomy and gray outside.

  1. NARS Gaiety — cool-toned, cotton candy pink with a matte finish
  2. OCC Mannequin — a pale, cool-toned pink with a matte finish
  3. Hourglass Ethereal Glow — a soft, cool-toned pale pink
  4. MAC Pink Nouveau — a cool-toned, blue-based light-medium pink with a satiny finish
  5. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) — a cool-toned, light-medium pink with a matte finish
Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Soft, flushed cheeks with a hint of luminous sheen — that just says spring to me! Here are five of my current favorites for the spring season…

  1. Clinique Plum Pop (04) — cool-toned, plummy pink with a satin finish
  2. Chanel Revelation (63) — light-medium, warm-toned pink with a satin finish
  3. theBalm Down Boy — a soft, cool-toned pink with a satin finish
  4. Burberry Blossom — a softly shimmered coral-orange
  5. Hourglass Radiant Magenta — a light-medium, warm pink with a satin finish

What are your favorite blushes to wear during spring?

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Hourglass Verse Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss
Hourglass Verse Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss

Hourglass Verse Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss ($28.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “light beige shimmer.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-beige with bronze and lighter peach shimmer. MAC Nectarsweet (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Freestyle (P, $20.00) is darker. bareMinerals Dazzler (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery. Revlon Peach (P, $7.49) is similar. MAC Sublime Shine (LE, $20.00) is simiar. MAC Satin Slip (LE, $20.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches.

The formula is supposed to be “richly pigmented” with a “high-shine” finish that is also hydrating. While I have definitely used shades in the range that fit the bill as far as intense pigmentation goes, Verse is significantly short of “richly pigmented.” It’s more sheer to semi-sheer with a fair amount of shimmer but little in the way of color; adds warmth and evens out the natural lip color but does not alter it much. The consistency is light-medium in weight, thin but noticeable applied, and lightly tacky. It lasted two and a half hours, and after wearing it twice in a row, it seemed to be moderately hydrating. I wish I had bought a different shade–if this had been opaque, I’d have been so much more impressed.

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Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

6.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, January 31st, 2014

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Comparisons

The new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes ($35.00 for 0.15 oz. each) are soft, finely-milled, and blend beautifully on the skin while looking natural, never powdery, as if the powder melted into the skin. They’re pigmented in the sense that they go on like they swatch and look in the pan (but you have to envision the shades mixed/swirled together), but none of them are really dark or bright by the nature of their colors. The quality was consistent across all six shades, which was great. I only noticed that Luminous Flush had a slightly rougher texture for the peachy portion (in places), but it didn’t affect the application or was something I noticed when applying or wearing the product.

You can see them side-by-side, where you can also move them around into whatever order you’d like (just click and drag!), in the Swatch Gallery.

All but one have sold out during the VIB early access/preview. Sephora notes these will be in-stores beginning February 21st, so I would expect them to release the remaining stock of the shades to all customers somewhere around then for online as well.

Reviews, Photos, Swatches

  1. Ethereal Glow — pale, cool-toned pink
  2. Dim Infusion — light peach
  3. Diffused Heat — light-medium, peachy coral
  4. Radiant Magenta — light-medium pink-coral
  5. Luminous Flush — medium pink-coral
  6. Mood Exposure — plummy brown

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