Thursday, May 22, 2014

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Review - Radiant Magenta

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes are an interesting concept - they combine a traditional blush with a traditional setting/finishing powder. I have previously reviewed Luminous Flush and Diffused Heat. Today I'll be reviewed the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta.

The Hourglass Ambient Blushes are housed in a gun metal colored, metallic packaging that, while looking absolutely lovely, is a magnet for fingerprints like none other. I had to wipe these down several times while photographing them because even the slightest adjustment would leave fingerprints all over.

They are very sturdy, and would be easy to travel with. However they do weigh a little bit on the heavy side for a typical blush, and so if you're trying to keep your travel kit light while having a variety, you might not be able to do that with these blushes. (I wouldn't travel with them because I'd be too terrified of having something happen to them!)

Radiant Magenta is a vibrant fuchsia pink with warm undertones. This shade is deeper than both Diffused Heat and Luminous Flush; in fact, I would consider it to be the brightest shade in the collection. It combines the blush with the Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant Light. The blush is marbled, as a result of which no two blushes will look the same. In order to use the blush, one has to swirl a blush brush to combine the two shades.

The powder is finely milled, and soft an silky to the touch. It applies effortlessly, and is very easy to blend. It is on the pigmented side, so if you are fair, you might want to use a lighter touch. For medium to deep skintones, the color can be built up. The resulting blush, whatever intensity you choose, is very natural and looks like it comes from within your skin.

There isn't any glitter/sparkles, but the finish is a soft, satin-like sheen that gave the skin a glow. It did not emphasize pores, but it didn't do much to blur/hide them either.

On my oily skin, it lasted for a good 5 hours before fading away, which is definitely on the higher side. The shade was also more orange-coral than pink coral, and I would say that this is more on the warm-toned side. I imagine that the color it looks on your skin depends very much on what coloring you are and what undertones you have.

This is a great blush for all skin tones, Deeper skin tones can build this up, while lighter skins might want to use a more gentle touch or a less dense/duofibre/stippling brush.

This is another great blush for spring and summer. I can't describe the fresh, healthy flush it imparts. Of all the blushes I own, the Hourglass blushes are the ones that truly give me a very natural-looking flush.

BGMM Rating: A


  1. This one looks the prettiest!

    1. It is! It's also the only shade I would recommend if you are over NC45... the rest might not show up so well :/

  2. AnonymousMay 25, 2014

    I think I like Diffused Heat and Radiant Magenta the best based on your swatches!

    1. They're pretty! But Mood Exposure is also one of my faves, because it's like MAGIC when it's on your face. Something about it just makes you look ethereal :D