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Most hyped up range of blushes, yes?
Are you tired of reading reviews and seeing swatches of these marbly things already? I am. But I still read through them, nevertheless. I wasn’t at all enticed by these as I know they’re just ordinary blushes with the massive hype to back them up. In my mind, blush is blush – how else can you revolutionize it? (Watch as I eat my words when xx years from now, some kind of formula is concocted wherein your blush changes with your mood with no reapplication or removal necessary)
Instead, I had a “blogger” moment and was overcome with the feeling of wanting to “try it out” so I could confirm or dispel what’s being said. One of the very few times I felt compelled to buy and tell myself – “it’s for the sake of the blog!” This happens rarely as I don’t buy things I’m hesitant I would like. Usually, it’s the other way around – I’m confident I’ll love the product so I dive right in to purchase yet end up hating it or feeling as it’s a total waste of $$.
P.S. – Don’t you love~ my always-conflicted consumer decisions and ramblings at the beginning of these reviews? I know they’re pointless but that’s the heart of this blog. Those irrational consumer choices and the hopes of someday rehabilitating them. Though having this blog is actually reinforcing the former. Acknowledgment is the first step, Shari.
P.P.S – Picture and swatch heavy after the jump!
Shades. It seems like I am always doomed to choose the lightest shades, no? Which in this range would be redundant as the blushes are designed to be toned down with the powder infusion happening (except Radiant Magenta which is just POP!). For my medium olive-ish skintone, I already knew Ethereal Glow (light cool pink) would be too light… but I’ve been wanting to try the Ethereal Light Ambient Powder so that’s that.
Dim Infusion (subdued peach coral) is the only shade which I really wanted as it looks unlike all the rest. Diffused Heat (vibrant poppy) is the ‘compensate’ shade – just in case the first two don’t show up on me. Seeing a pattern on my blush choices here. Cue in the Rouge Bunny Rouge blushes scenario.
Packaging. A shiny thing of plastic gold. I wish it were made of metal so you’d feel the weight of your purchase, but then that would be a hassle to take with everywhere so I guess its lightness and compactness is a good thing here. I mean, I could just imagine if they weighed like the Guerlain Rouge Gs and L’Extraits…
Texture & Finish. It is a dense dry powder that verges on chalky, to be real honest, but I guess that’s the whole concept of this blush — as each shade has an Ambient Lighting Powder base with the blush color swirled in. However, the chalky powdery-ness is salvaged by the ease of blending and building up. It’s fairly easy to use, in my opinion. The real downer is it kicks up a whole lot of powder with each use so tapping off the excess is quite wasteful. Dim Infusion is the least chalky of the group.
As for the finish, despite being powdery, this does not look or register powdery on the skin at all. They are actually quite smooth and soft-looking on the cheeks once applied. Although I think it lacks the candlelight glow that these blushes were marketed to have. For some reason, swirling in the blush and the powder didn’t/couldn’t yield the same effects the powders alone could give.
What I do see is that the finish looks very natural and seamless, thanks to the powder base. It also does not have the tendency to apply patchily, which is another plus. But is it extraordinary / revolutionary / earth-shattering? NOPE. Also, despite being dry – they are quite forgiving on the dry patches of my cheeks. Go figure.
Diffused Heat is a vibrant poppy mixed in with the Ambient Lighting powder in Diffused Light, which is a warm pale yellow.
Dim Infusion is a subdued coral mixed in with the Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light, a neutral beige peach.
Ethereal Glow is a cool pink mixed in with the Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light, an opalescent sheer cool white.
Pigmentation. These are pigmented in the sense that when swatched, you get a dense and opaque layer of powder on with one swipe. However, since it’s swirled in with powders – the color isn’t too saturated, more toned-down and natural-looking. With the shades I chose, the colors would be very hard to overdo despite the density of powder in one application. Also, since it blends really well and easily, clown-cheek territory isn’t a close encounter.
Longevity. These are fairly long-lasting but not impressive long-lasting. They stay on my cheeks for around 5-6 hours before fading, especially Diffused Heat.
So my final verdict on these Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes? I’m not blown away or impressed at all. Sure, they give off a lovely natural finish that I’m very drawn to, but I can get that from other blushes too. They are dry and powdery, but not to the point that they are hard to work with because I have to credit the fact that they are very easy to blend and won’t leave you looking like a powdered clown. Also, it applies evenly without any tendency to appear patchy. It’s a blush that gets the job done but is it anything revolutionary? As I said above, nope.
I think these are so pretty in pan that we all expected them to do something more than the usual blush does. Sadly, they don’t. Question is, what else could they have done differently that we’d imagined them to anyway? These Hourglass Ambient Lighting blushes are more hype than anything. Sure, they are a thing of beauty but they’re just blushes. Period. I would rather spend on their powders that deliver the soft-focused effects and all that candlelit hooha better than these blushes.
To be honest, with all the blush releases coming out… this is one range I would’ve skipped (or purchased just one) had I swatched them in person and saw for myself their formula, texture and everything else. I would definitely go for the Clinique Cheek Pops over these. But if you’re still lemming for these beauties, I would suggest buy one shade that you really like and then go from there if you do like the formula. Also, to the oily skinned ladies afraid of ‘glowy blushes’ for fear of looking oilier than usual, give these blushes a try!
Overall, I would say that this is not a total letdown as it does leave a beautiful, natural color on the cheeks but that’s about it. Is it worth the $35? I’ll leave you with the marbling and packaging to ponder on that.
To those who have tried these, I would love to hear your thoughts!
I purchased the products on my own at Sephora with my GCASH-AMEX Virtual Pay card. Details of the service can be found here.
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