Hourglass Fall 2018 Ambient Lighting Blush Palette Review & Swatches

01/05

Hourglass Fall 2018 Ambient Lighting Blush Palette
Hourglass Fall 2018 Ambient Lighting Blush Palette
Hourglass Fall 2018 Ambient Lighting Blush Palette
Hourglass Fall 2018 Ambient Lighting Blush Palette
Hourglass Fall 2018 Ambient Lighting Blush Palette
Hourglass Fall 2018 Ambient Lighting Blush Palette
Hourglass Fall 2018 Ambient Lighting Blush Palette
Hourglass Fall 2018 Ambient Lighting Blush Palette
Hourglass Fall 2018 Ambient Lighting Blush Palette
Hourglass Fall 2018 Ambient Lighting Blush Palette
Hourglass Fall 2018 Ambient Lighting Blush Palette
Hourglass Fall 2018 Ambient Lighting Blush Palette
Hourglass Fall 2018 Ambient Lighting Blush Palette
Hourglass Fall 2018 Ambient Lighting Blush Palette
Hourglass Fall 2018 Ambient Lighting Blush Palette

Fall 2018

Hourglass Fall 2018 Ambient Lighting Blush Palette ($65.00 for 0.33 oz.) contains three, warm-toned blushes–peach, coral, and mauve–that have a subtle, natural-to-luminous finish. The marbling effect found in the formula can result in variation in color between versions, but all three seemed to have more of the lighter portions that ended up in lighter colors compared to the permanent versions I’ve reviewed in the past. I’m curious if readers who picked one up have noticed theirs are lighter as well. Other than the color difference, the quality was the same–soft, smooth, blendable, and easy to work with. FYI, there’s about $76.00 worth of Ambient Lighting Blush in the palette.

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01/04

Hourglass Surreal Glow Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Surreal Glow Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Surreal Glow Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Surreal Glow Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Surreal Glow Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Surreal Glow Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Surreal Glow Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Surreal Glow Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Surreal Glow Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Surreal Glow Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Surreal Glow Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Surreal Glow Ambient Lighting Blush

Surreal Glow

Surreal Glow is a soft peach with subtle, warm orange undertones and a satin finish. It had medium, buildable color payoff that applied evenly to bare skin and blended out with minimal effort. The powder had a soft, velvety texture that wasn’t too soft or too firmly pressed in the pan, and it wasn’t too thin. It lasted for just over eight hours on me before I noticed any signs of wear. While this shade is exclusive to the palette, it has been released before (in the 2016 holiday palette), though it was slightly pinker to my eye but the version in this palette had a better texture.

Formula Overview

$40.00/0.15 oz. - $266.67 Per Ounce

The formula 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.

Browse all of our Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush swatches.

Ingredients

Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Boron Nitride, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Octyldodecanol; Benzoic Acid, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Diamond Powder, Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Laureth-7, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Phenoxyethanol, Polyacrylamide, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Potassium Sorbate, Silica, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tin Oxide, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, May Contain: (+/-): Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Carmine (CI 75470), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

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01/04

Hourglass Luminous Flush Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Luminous Flush Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Luminous Flush Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Luminous Flush Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Luminous Flush Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Luminous Flush Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Luminous Flush Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Luminous Flush Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Luminous Flush Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Luminous Flush Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Luminous Flush Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Luminous Flush Ambient Lighting Blush

Luminous Flush

Luminous Flush is a soft pink with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which was buildable to full coverage with a second layer. The consistency was soft, slightly dusty in the pan, and easy to blend out, so it could also be applied with a lighter hand for less coverage,t oo. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading a touch.

Formula Overview

$40.00/0.15 oz. - $266.67 Per Ounce

The formula 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.

Browse all of our Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush swatches.

Ingredients

Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Boron Nitride, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Octyldodecanol; Benzoic Acid, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Diamond Powder, Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Laureth-7, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Phenoxyethanol, Polyacrylamide, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Potassium Sorbate, Silica, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tin Oxide, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, May Contain: (+/-): Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Carmine (CI 75470), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

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01/04

Hourglass Mood Exposure Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Mood Exposure Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Mood Exposure Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Mood Exposure Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Mood Exposure Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Mood Exposure Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Mood Exposure Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Mood Exposure Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Mood Exposure Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Mood Exposure Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Mood Exposure Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Mood Exposure Ambient Lighting Blush

Mood Exposure

Mood Exposure is a soft, rosy mauve with warmer undertones and a luminous finish. The version in the palette seemed to be a little lighter and warmer than some I’ve seen in the past, but the marbleized effect has a tendency to result in more variation between individual products. The consistency was soft, smooth, and blendable with a smidgen of dustiness in the pan. It had medium, buildable pigmentation that stayed on well for eight and a hal fhours on me.

Formula Overview

$40.00/0.15 oz. - $266.67 Per Ounce

The formula 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.

Browse all of our Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush swatches.

Ingredients

Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Boron Nitride, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Octyldodecanol; Benzoic Acid, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Diamond Powder, Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Laureth-7, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Phenoxyethanol, Polyacrylamide, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Potassium Sorbate, Silica, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tin Oxide, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, May Contain: (+/-): Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Carmine (CI 75470), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Liquid Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • Tom Ford Iris Bronze Eye Color Quad
  • Urban Decay Honey 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
On lips:
  • Charlotte Tilbury Blushing Dream KISSING Lipstick

About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I really love Hourglass blushes but at least half of their shades are too light for me. I went to Nordstrom to swatch this palette and 2 shades looked very light swatched. Wonder if they look more pigmented on? They all look pretty on you. Would have loved to have a Hourglass blush palette.

They are definitely light, IMO, and seemed to be a lil’ lighter than my standalone pans (and there seemed to be more white veining).

In my experience they’ve been too dark and really pigmented. The colored part is suuuuper pigmented but it’s kind of luck of the draw with the marbling.

This is a change for Hourglass. In past, most of their LE/Holiday palettes have had a negative value rather than offering a bit of extra product for a somewhat lower price. Nice to see that there’s $11 extra value rather than overcharging (by weight) an extra 10 or more bucks when compared with the products’ regular cost per ounce.

This was a great way to try these blushes. I always wanted one of them but mood exposure was at the top of the list but sold out.

Oddly mood exposure looks more brownish on my skin. I’m into more nudish subtle blushes right now but trying them on my bare skin wasn’t impressive at all. Hopefully with foundation on they will look better.

This is quite the temptation for me. But, enough of one to go for? I’m actually trying to talk myself out of it, though.

After reading the comments above from Denise S. and then Connie Lee’s response below it, I would have to bid this Hourglass trio adieu. This may only work well on lt.-med or lighter, which stinks.

In my first Ambient Lighting Blush palette the pan of Mood Light had much more Ambient Powder than colored pigment on the top. I saw a couple of YouTube videos where reviewers complained of the same thing. This led me to Josh, a rep from Hourglass who explained that each shade had a consistent amount of color pigment to the lighter powder however it was possible that the ratio may differ from top to bottom of the pan. He said that ideally the ratio would be the same all the way through but they weren’t always and to return and buy in person if you were unhappy. I remember they were selling out everywhere so
I ended up keeping and using mine and sure enough the shade darkened as I worked through it. I don’t know if this would explain the shade differences you experienced from the individual compacts to the palette but I just thought I’d mention my experience.

Yeah, it can definitely change a bit as it goes through the compact, and it can be hard to tell what you’re going to get until you open it up 🙁

That’s so interesting! Thanks for sharing. I was thinking my mood exposure was a bit of a dud because the top was so light. This makes me more confident in it.

This is lovely. Would you happen to know if this is only available at Nordstrom or if it will be released more widely in the fall?

As far as I know, it’s exclusive to Nordstrom, but I didn’t receive any official press info from Hourglass on it either (just saw and purchased it from Nordstrom).

This looks like such a nice palette, but I have a couple of Hourglass blushes that look very similar to Surreal Glow and Luminous Flush. Not sure this one would be worth it for me, but it’s very pretty 🙂

Yeah, that’s the problem with the Hourglass blushes… a lot of them run together! Definitely not a range where you need ’em all.

UGH. That’s the thing about these blushes, they’re so inconsistent and when you get a palette, especially if you order online, you can’t control what you get. I bought the last strobe blush palette and opened them all up at Sephora to choose.

I already own all these shades. I actually had to buy a full size Mood Light powder to tone down my Mood Exposure because it was way too much of the dark powder (yeah, that was economical!) Did the same with Luminous Flush (though I had already owned the Luminous ambient powder).

I like the value and if I hadn’t darkened one to two shades since moving to AZ I’d consider it. I’m sitting at NW 15 ish right now and while I like a lighter blush I’m worried they might be too light! I never thought I’d say that!

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