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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.
This innovative hybrid combines the qualities of Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, the cutting-edge collection of finishing powders, with an array of vivid cheek colors. Unlike traditional blush, which tends to be flat, Ambient Lighting Blush uses photoluminescent technology to exhibit depth and dimension. Lightweight and airy in texture, these handmade powders contain optically transparent particles that amplify the colors to a multidimensional level. Formulated using an advanced “miscelare” technique—“to mix” in Italian—each blush has the perfect balance of pigment and powder, and no two look alike. Each shade in this versatile spectrum delivers a radiant natural finish and offers beautifully buildable color.
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)
Based on 3 Reviews, 46 Quick Reviews
The Good: Easy To Apply (29), Blendable (27), Smooth (25), Long-wearing (18), Buttery (12), Great Value (6), Creamy (4), Travel-friendly (2)
The In-Between: Luminous (23), Buildable (19), Highly Pigmented (18), Natural (16), Sheer (4)
The Bad: Powdery (6), Fades (1), Too Little Product (1)
3 Written Reviews
By Jade 3 years ago.
I've been really enjoying this blush lately so I thought I'd review it. I have this in the Ambient Lighting Blush palette. This is one of the more unique blushes in my stash, and recently I've found myself reaching for it to pair with the darker eye and lip looks I've been favouring. It is darker and more neutral than the rest of my mostly coral and pink stash. The shade appears as a medium-deep pink on me - it is signinficantly deeper and darker on me than the swatch above. The texture is unusual (similar to the rest of the Ambient Lighting Powders I have), I'd actually say it's somewhat powdery, though not in a bad way, as it never appears powdery on the skin. The finish is best described as a luminous matte - I find I can feel I look very "done up" in these blushes, which isn't always the look I'm going for. Overall it's a welcome addition to my stash, and a very good "winter" shade.
By Melissa 3 years ago.
This was my first hourglass blush. And oh my goodness is it PIGMENTED!! You need such little product (literally dust) for the blush to be prominent on your cheeks. It has a little bit of fine glitter that didn't emphasise my pores or feel too much with my highlighter on. I know it's a little bit on the expensive end for most people (including myself) but I will never hit the pan on this!! It's just SO pigmented... but it lasts for 6-7 hours on me.