Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Hourglass Diffused Heat Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Diffused Heat Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Diffused Heat Ambient Lighting Blush ($35.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “vibrant poppy.” It’s a soft, light-medium pink with warm, peach undertones and a subtle sparkle and luminosity. Tarina Tarantino Feather (P, $25.00) is a touch pinker and has a stronger sheen. Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is darker. bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is warmer, less pink. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $25.00) is less pink, more shimmery. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is darker. Physicians Formula Warm (P, $11.99) is a bit darker. MAC Supercontinental (LE, $21.00) is slightly darker. MAC Legendary (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

The new formula, which is available now through Hourglass directly for all and on Sephora for VIBs as a preview until February 1st (with full release on February 21st), is supposed to have “depth and dimension” unlike traditional blush, be “lightweight and airy,” and have the “perfect balance of pigment and powder.” Hourglass says it uses “an advanced ‘miscelare’ technique,” which means to mix in Italian (per Sephora) and is how the marbled effect is achieved.  The blush is also supposed to have “buildable color.”  It does bring to mind the concept of a lot of baked formulas on the market, but I think the texture is softer and more finely-milled than most.

The texture is very soft and delicate; it feels exactly like the Ambient Lighting Powders. In an all-over powder, I don’t mind what can sometimes veer on powderiness, but in a blush, it can be easy to overload color onto the blush and then onto the skin. I wish it was slightly firmer or less powdery, which would minimize waste and make it more foolproof to apply. If you are really fair, I highly recommend using a light hand, perhaps a stippling brush, and feel out the process–a regular blush brush might prove dense and pack on too much color. I used Tom Ford’s Cheek Blush Brush to apply, which worked well, because I’m of a medium complexion, but I also used a lighter hand initially and found it applied a good amount of color from the get-go.

Diffused Heat has good color payoff, and the color was buildable, blendable, and could be sheered out to whatever intensity desired.  It’s not a blush that needs to be packed on (though this is a lighter color, period, so it may not show up on all skin tones) to get true-to-pan color.  The powder had such a soft, silky feel to it that made blending out the edges of the blush easy and left the blush looking natural on the skin. I wore this yesterday, and it lasted well for eight hours before starting to fade.

The Glossover


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Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Hourglass Diffused Heat Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes

Here’s a quick sneak peek at two of the Hourglass Diffused Heat Ambient Lighting Blush! I bought all six on Friday (they haven’t arrived yet!), and two press samples arrived earlier this afternoon so I photographed them right away.  I’m wearing both now and should have reviews up for them tomorrow.

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Friday, January 24th, 2014

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush for Spring 2014
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush for Spring 2014

Sephora has the new Ambient Lighting Blushes available for purchase as an early preview for VIBs from now until February 1st. Sephora says they will be available in-stores on February 21st, and “quantities are limited.”  Ethereal Glow wasn’t in stock when I first saw it on Sephora (not sure if it’s already stock or wasn’t stocked yet), but I bought the other five.

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush for Spring 2014
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush for Spring 2014

Discover a new way to blush: this groundbreaking hybrid combines the customized lighting effects of Ambient Lighting Powder with a spectrum of breathtakingly modern hues. The result is seamless, soft-focus and multidimensional color.

Ambient Lighting Blush ($35.00) (New, Permanent)

Hourglass has fused Ambient Lighting Powder, the cutting-edge collection of finishing powders, with an array of vivid cheek colors, creating a hybrid product that is unique, contemporary and revolutionary. 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 multi-dimensional level—effectively reinventing the way you view blush. The state-of-the-art formula means that its full potential is only displayed on application. The hand-made powders are formulated using an advanced miscelare technique—which means “to mix” in Italian—creating the perfect balance of pigment and powder, and no two look alike. Delivers a radiant natural finish and offers buildable color. Ambient Lighting Blush is designed to be paired with Ambient Lighting Powder. Using the two products together imbues the entire complexion with an otherworldly glow. The six shades, which range from soft coral to cool pink, are a wardrobe of captivating accent lights for cheeks. Free of parabens, talc, fragrance, nanoparticles and gluten. No Animal Testing.

  • 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
  • Diffused Heat A vibrant poppy blush combined with Diffused Light for a subtle halo effect
  • Ethereal Glow A cool pink blush fused with Ethereal Light for a moonlit luminosity
  • Dim Infusion A subdued coral blush fused with Dim Light to add warmth
  • Luminous Flush A champagne rose blush fused with Luminous Light to evoke a candlelit glimmer

Availability: February 2014 @ Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman,, Sephora, Space NK; January 24th at

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Monday, December 30th, 2013

love a good finishing powder.  I love an ethereal, lit-from-within glow.  There is a very high likelihood of me trying any new formulas or shades that hit the market–I’m just a total fiend for them. I can’t wait to see what 2014 brings in this department!

What highlighters and finishing powders have you been reaching for in 2013?

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

What is a holiday season without highlighting some of my current set of favorite ruby red-hued beauty products? I’m always on the hunt for more metallic reds, so I look forward to reading your favorites!

  1. OCC Black Metal Dahlia — a deep, dark burgundy-red with ruby red metallic shimmer
  2. Hourglass Siren — no list is complete without Siren, a fiercely metallic, opaque gloss
  3. OCC Role Play — a ruby red with a metallic finish and cool undertones
  4. Inglot #450 — a deepened, cool-toned reddish-berry with a metallic sheen
  5. Milani Cherry Crave — a warm, metallic red

What are your personal favorites?