From the moment I as much as heard about the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette I knew it would be mine. I managed to snap mine up while in the US and I kid you not stared at it a good fortnight before as much as plucking up the courage to try it out - it is just that beautiful. I will openly say that the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes were slow burners for me (not this palette the solo blushes) but once you get to grips with the formula there is no going back.
The packaging is nothing special truth be told but rather an elongated version of the original Hourglass Ambient Powders which I am not the biggest fan of - the contents yes, the style of packaging nope. This is mainly due to it being pretty flimsy, the chocolate brown metallic plastic which is very, very light and does worry me that it would crack/crumble on the first fall. As someone who spends a vast amount of their time navigating on and off public transport and battling up and down busy city streets it just doesn't seem ideal for general daily wear and tear. If you have tried any Kevin Aucoin powder products then you will understand what I mean. Other than that it is fairly pleasing to look at, a decent enough size and it does contain a well proportioned mirror which always comes in handy especially now the weather has took a turn for the worse.
Okay now on to the good stuff - three powder blushes contained which are utterly beautifully and worth every penny. The concept of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes (and Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette) is that each blush not only contains pigment to create a flush of colour but each blush has been combined with one of Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders to illuminate and add radiance. By doing so you eliminate the need for highlighting powder - you can of course still use a separate highlighter should you wish. The best way I can describe the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes to those who have yet to test one out is that they are most akin with MAC MSF's in texture and ease of use - soft, easy to blend out and fairly flattering to less than perfect skin textures. I do find the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes to veer slightly on the sheer side but they can be layered on for a more pigmented finish.
Within the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette there is three shades: Luminous Flush, Incandescent Light and Mood Exposure. Incandescent Light is a limited edition shade and can not be purchased individually (this may change in the future but for now this is the case). The other two shades are permanent and can of course be purchased in full size. Hourglass Luminous Flush Blush is described as a champagne rose blush which has been infused with Hourglass Luminous Light. The overall shade is a bright, slightly golden toned pink which is not worlds apart from MAC Stereo Rose MSF albeit a little deeper. Hourglass Incandescent Electra Blush has been listed as a cool peach blush which has been combined with Hourglass Incandescent Light Lighting Powder. Overall Hourglass Incandescent Electra Blush is a light, blue toned pink that would best suit light to medium skin tones, on deeper complexions it may be more suited as a highlighting powder. Lastly we have Hourglass Mood Exposure Blush which is a plum blush combined with Hourglass Mood Light, overall this is a brown come pink tinged blush which reminds me of a slightly shimmery version of MAC Mocha Blush.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette £56 via Space.NK - link.
This is a limited edition palette at the moment but as with anything this can all change.