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.

See more photos & swatches!

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

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

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

Hourglass Radiant Magenta Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Radiant Magenta Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Radiant Magenta Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Radiant Magenta Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Radiant Magenta Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Radiant Magenta Ambient Lighting Blush

The Makeup Look

On lips: YSL Peach Passion Rouge Volupte Lipstick.

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94 thoughts on “Sneak Peek: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Photos & Swatches

  1. Moena

    The real question is: what’s on your lips? :)

  2. SummerFabulous

    Ordered this in Radiant Magenta! so glad I did!… It looks beautiful on you Christine!

  3. Angelina

    Christine your lip color is gorgeous! What are you wearing on your lips? I must have it and heat blush they look so flawless together :)

  4. Beautiful! The Sephora website still cannot ship these blushes in Canada, which really sucks, but I would SOOOO love to pick these up! Cannot wait to see the rest of the swatches!
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  5. Hnnnnng, both so gorgeous. I don’t know which one I like more. Okay, Diffused Heat. That’s just. Gorgeous.
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  6. I got Diffused Heat yesterday on a whim since there were no swatches yet but now that I see it I can say a good decision was made!

  7. I’m digging both blushes AND that lipstick! Gorgeous! Fingers crossed these will last well :)

  8. Crystal

    You look amazing!! What are you wearing on your lips? It’s gorgeous!

  9. I can’t wait to see them all…diffused heat is gorgeous!!

  10. Carolyn

    I skipped Radiant Magenta when I ordered the other four that were available from Sephora first thing Friday morning, but looking at your swatches is making me think I may need to go back and purchase it. Thanks so much for getting these up quickly!

  11. Love the Radiant Magenta! Such a pretty product.
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  12. xamyx

    They’re both alot more subtle than I expected, but still to vibrant for my purposes. I’m hoping that sublety carries over to the other shades, as well! If so, I’ll be picking up 3…

  13. I am SO glad I bought radiant magenta. Excited to get mine in my hot little hands now!

  14. Rebecca

    Hmm, I wish they’d knocked the price down to $30. I know Hourglass is expensive, but this is a lot less product than the powders for $10 less.

  15. Lindsey

    I bought Diffused Heat yesterday and it looks wonderful on you! I can’t wait to get it delivered along with Mood Exposure. Thanks for getting up both swatches so fast!

    • I was SO anxious waiting for these today!! I knew they were due to arrive today, and it hit 2PM, and I was like, “GAH WHY I NEED NINE HOURS TO TEST YOU!”

  16. wendy

    hi christine! i’m new to the hourglass line. i’m sure hourglass recommends using their other face products such as their primers, foundations, and powders to be used with wearing the new blushes. did you find it wears better? i see you listed the lip color you’re wearing. are you wearing other hourglass products? i wasn’t sure that the “effect” of this blush would look as nice like with a tinted moisturizer? thankyou!! xo.

    • Hi Wendy,

      I’m wearing Guerlain Parure de Lumiere + Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Liquid Highlighter + Urban Decay Naked Loose Finishing Powder, so not an Hourglass product in sight. I haven’t finished wearing the blushes yet, but I haven’t had issues wearing their Ambient Lighting Powders over non-Hourglass products.

  17. Zainab

    They both look nice , but a bit more similar than I would have guessed. I like Diffused Heat a little more I think.

  18. Meg

    I ordered Radiant Magenta, can’t wait for it to get here!!!
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  19. Varika

    Hey Christine! Would you be able to test these with the Ambient Lighting powders? On the Sephora website, it says that they are meant to be used together, and you can’t get the same effect with other products so I was just wondering.

    • It’s just a finishing powder – it’s not going to really change the way the blush looks, performs, wears, etc. IMO, that’s just marketing spiel. What the Ambient Lighting Powder is giving you is the finished, luminous look all-over the skin, rather than just on cheeks like the blush (which also adds color), so it can “complete” the look.

  20. It doesn’t seem like there is a huge difference between the two..they’re pretty though.

  21. Wow rosy rosy cheeks… Loved the shade on you <3 dear

  22. Cat

    Wow, these are gorgeous! The price is a little steep but they certainly look like they’re worth it.

  23. Oh no. I did not want to like these because of the price. Diffused Heat is beautiful.

  24. Ordered the Magenta one yest!Hopefully it will arrive soon :-) Both shades look lovely on you Christine :-)
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  25. I’m so glad I bought Diffused Heat yesterday! Also, I’m a big fan of YSL Peach Passion. The color seems to really pop with your skin tone, you look great! Surprisingly a universally flattering shade.
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  26. These are gorgeous (as I expected) and right up my alley since I’m a huge fan of high quality but natural looking blushers. Maybe it’s just my MacBook screen, but these two colors look strikingly similar, especially on the cheeks. So much so that I can’t see much difference.

  27. Hooray! I’ve been holding off buying these until you review them all. I can’t decide which I should get (and really don’t NEED them all… or do I?)

  28. PJ

    I Love them! Im on my second “luminous light” powder, and I have the triple palette of powders, so I put the “luminous light” infused blush in my basket. When I went back to it this morn, it was out of stock! So I guess Ill have to wait!

  29. Cecile A.

    Please compare to Chanel Joues Contrastes! (Rose initiale) :)

  30. Oh yeah, just looking at the sneak peak I’m glad I purchased the five that were available. As long as the longevity hold up, I think I’m going to love these!

  31. Oddly Radiant Magenta looks coral.

  32. Aww, these just look so lovely on you :-) Wish I had your blush skills!

    These look really nice – I’m interested to see how they turn out, review-wise!
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  34. CatG

    Also, that lipstick looks great!

  35. CarolineL

    Both very beautiful. I bought two of them yesterday, mood and dim. I hope they are just as beautiful as these.

  36. Thom

    LOVE THEM! I have to get all 6.. of course I have to wait until they arrive in Canada… Ugh..

  37. Malia

    So gorgeous!! Really gorgeous!

  38. Erk, I think I’m in love! I adore the look of the new Clinique blushes and now I have these to add to my wishlist….it’s is getting ridiculously long. 😛

  39. These look great. Can’t wait for the review of the other ones. Really interested in the Luminous Flush and Mood Exposure.

  40. Ammara

    Hey, do you know how similar Peach Passion is to Nars Lodhi?

  41. These look amazingly pointless for dark skin. Such a shame.

  42. Victoria

    They look beautiful on you. By their names I expected them to be brighter but I’m glad they look more wearable for my taste however now I’m wondering if the other subtle shades would show up. I love how it looks like a diffused glow. I’m getting excited, I wish they were in stores right now so I can try them out.

  43. LuxLosAngeles

    THE MOST EXCITED I’ve been about a product, in a long time. And I’m really a shadow enthusiast! They’re beautiful enough to turn a girl!

  44. Love ’em both & I too love your lipstick. You look like Spring!
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  45. Ooooooooo!!! I bought 3 of these from Sephora yesterday & can’t wait to see them in person! Thank you for posting these swatches, I’ve been scouring the internet for photos. There were NONE. Now I feel like I need to get the other ones, trying so hard to wait until the next VIB sale…

  46. They look a lot more powdery than I was expecting. Looking forward to your review. :)

  47. Weird, they look exactly the same colour!!

  48. ayen

    both ambient blushes remind me so much of my chanel blushes but hourglass’ has more like a subtle sheen to them…wth! im getting diffused,magenta,and maybe 2 more,i need this in my life!

  49. Jeannie Tran

    They look gorgeous on you! What brush did you apply them with?

  50. CatherineM

    They look great! I’m so glad I ordered Radiant Magenta. I can’t wait for it to arrive now.

  51. Oh I’m so excited to read your reviews! Diffused Heat looks like blush perfection! Both are stunning on you! :) xx

  52. These look absolutely stunning! I can’t wait to check them out for myself. I hope you will swatch the other colours as well.

    The only (tiny) dissapointment though is that these look just a bit too similar for my taste. I’m not gonna pay 35 dollars for two blushes that are almost identical.

  53. KK

    WOW! They look gorgeous in the pan and so very beautiful on you! As I mentioned in my previous comment – that lipstick looks amazing on you – especially with the blushes.

    Surprisingly, the colours don’t seem as distinctly different as they do in the pan. Thank God these are not available in India – this would be an expensive hit to my pocket. But will definitely pick one of these gorgeous shades, when I travel abroad next! Thanks Christine!

  54. Beth

    the diffused heat looks absolutely gorgeous on you! i ordered the dim infusion, myself…sooo excited for it to come!

  55. Radiant Magenta was the only shade I thought I DIDN’T want. Now it’s the shade I want the most, that golden sheen totally makes the blush, imo. I fear that I actually will end up with all of them. 12 blushes in one month (6 Hourglass, 4 Clinique and 2 MAC Mineralize) is completely normal, right?

    • You’re just setting yourself up for the year, obviously!

      And in February, when you buy more, we’ll pretend January didn’t happen!

    • In my world, 12 blush per month is TOTALLY normal. No worries, girl! If it makes you feel better, I think I have gone over that on occasion. I just got 4 Anna Sui, several new MAC, and I’m already planning to stock up on these. All normal LOL! 😉

  56. Jen

    Ahh! Both of these are stunning! You’re definitely feeding my craving for these, Christine. Thanks for the swatches! xo

  57. I really want to get some of these because i absolutely love hourglass! These two look so similar though that I can’t really tell the difference between the two :-/

  58. Zoe

    They look great! Love your lip color too :)

  59. JJ

    You did that Christine! You look stunning. Although I didn’t have my eyes on these colors in particular, they look great! Thanks for the swatches and reviews

  60. bindu

    Christine how would you compare the quality of these blushes to nars or tarte amazonian clay?

  61. I’m loving Radiant Magenta!

  62. Amber Zelecki

    Yay! I ordered Diffused Heat…they both look beautiful! Excited to hear how they wear. Your earrings are so pretty, did you make them?

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  64. Wow this is such a beauty!! Lovee d packing, color and d way it looks on your cheeks.

  65. Hello i purchased radiant magenta do you think it will show up on my NW45 skintone?