Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush | Photos, Swatches, Review

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I shared with you the initial release information on the new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes ($41 CAD/$35 US) back in January. I was so excited about this release. My beloved Ambient Lighting Powder formula in blush form. Heaven. I was not the only one eagerly anticipating these blushes. Since then I have heard fairly mixed reviews of the blushes resulting mostly from the advanced miscelare technique used in the formulation of these hand made powders that results in each blush being unique. Particularly with shades like Ethereal Glow, that is on the lighter side of the shade spectrum, if the unique pattern of the blush results in a higher percentage of it being the Ambient Lighting Powder rather than the coloured blush shade, then the pigmentation of the blush may not be as intense as you’d like. When I was asked to select a colour I chose Luminous Flush. Even though Ethereal Glow seemed like the perfect shade for me, I knew that this mix of shades would result in an even softer result so I opted for something a bit more pigmented. I still think that Ethereal Glow will be my next purchase because on my fair skin I am confident that it will look lovely unless I end up with some really off balance mix of shades.

So here’s the deal. If you are purchasing in person, open the box and take a peek. Make sure you are happy with the unique formulation of your blush. If you are ordering online than accept the gamble but also note that stores like Sephora have excellent return policies. If you really feel you got a dud then exchange it!

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I happen to be 100% happy with my Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush. The mix of the medium rose shade mixed with Luminous Light results in a lovely natural flush that has the natural radiance and glow that I expected from the Hourglass Ambient powder formula. There is no flatness, or chalkiness with this formula only luminous blushing skin. I found this blush to have an even silkier and creamier texture than my Ambient Lighting Powders. Pigmentation with this shade, and my particular unique cheek palette, is very intense. I need to use a fairly light hand with it.

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The packaging is lighter golden bronze compared to the deeper brown bronze of the Ambient Lighting Powders. It has a very mirrored finish so shows fingerprints quickly. Size wise it is a bit smaller than the face compacts.

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush | Info and Images of a Release That Has Me Trembling In Anticipation

I think I may have audibly gasped when I heard that Hourglass was coming out with Ambient Lighting Blush ($41 CAD/$35 US). It is truly a dream come true. The breathtaking finish of Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder fused with a blush to create what is visually one of the most stunning blush presentations I have seen and I am sure will be just as gorgeous applied as in the pan. I can not wait to try these. I have a feeling, that like the Ambient Lighting Powders, I will need them ALL!

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The 6 shades of this new, permanent product will be:

Luminous Flush – A champagne rose blush fused with Luminous Light to evoke a candlelit glimmer.

Mood Exposure – A soft plum blush fused with Mood Light to brighten the complexion.

Ethereal Glow – A cool pink blush fused with Ethereal Light for a moonlit luminosity.

Diffused Heat – A vibrant poppy blush combined with Diffused Light for a subtle halo effect.

Radiant Magenta – A golden fuchsia blush combined with Radiant Light for a summer glow.

Dim Infusion – A subdued coral blush fused with Dim Light to add warmth.

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Product claims:

• 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.

The new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush is launching this Thursday, January 23, 2014 on HourglassCosmetics.com and at Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Net-A-Porter.com, Sephora, and Space NK in mid-late February 2014.

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Get the Look | Amber Heard at the Golden Globes with Hourglass Cosmetics

One of my favourite looks from last night’s Golden Globes was Amber Heard. Her midnight blue Atelier Versace dress, romantic up-do, and alluring makeup by Hourglass were all perfection.

“Amber brought some of her own ideas to the mix,” says makeup artist Matthew VanLeeuwen. “She liked the idea of focusing on sultry chocolate eyes, creamy skin and soft nude lips. I was just bringing out the remarkable geometry and beauty of her face.”

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Here’s how to recreate the look:

COMPLEXION: Moisturize skin with Cle de Peau Gentle Nourishing Emulsion. Prime with Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum, conceal with Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer in Warm, and follow with Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup in Light Beige. “No. 28 hydrates beautifully but it also creates a magical finish,” he says.

BROWS: Define the brows with Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Soft Brunette.

EYES: Apply the shell shade from the Hourglass Vol. 6 Eye Palette as a base color all over the lids. Follow with the bronze shimmer shade from Hourglass Visionaire Eye Shadow Duo in Gypsy applied to the crease and under the eyes. Deepen the bronze with the brown shade from Vol. 6 Eye Palette applied to the outer corner, top and bottom of the lids. Line the eyes with a deep plum pencil like MAC Eye Kohl Prunella. “I also smudged the line with the black shadow from the palette,” he says. Apply a high-shine pearl shadow to the inner corner of the eye. Apply a coat of Hourglass Film Noir Mascara, allow to dry and curl lashes. Amplify with individual lashes like Ardell Duralash Flare in Medium Black.

CHEEKS: Apply the sheer rose shade from Hourglass Illume Crème-to-Powder Bronzer Duo in Sunset to the cheeks, and highlight with the sheer champagne shade from Hourglass Illume Crème-to-Powder Bronzer Duo in Bronze Light. Retrace your steps with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light, an opalescent sheer powder which mimics a moonlit glow.

LIPS: Line lips with Hourglass Trace Lip Liner in Bare and follow with Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick in Whisper, a golden pinky beige shimmer. “The look is glamorous but restrained,” adds VanLeeuwen. “She is so extraordinarily beautiful.”

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