Hourglass just has to breathe and a million women fall at their feet, swept along by the temptation of uplighting the complexion. I know that the Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette launched as a holiday product in the US back in December, but I don’t think we had it in the UK because the official launch date for this is February 14th.
The shades are Incandescent Electra, Brilliant Nude and Euphoric Fusion. The palette combines the Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder with blush colours so you get all of the soft-focus, illuminating, highlight effect, but with colour. I haven’t really dug into the formula details before but a lot of the success of the Ambient range is down to varying the pearl particles and the light refractive levels – you’ll notice that no two blushes will come out alike in pattern because of the way they’re mixed at liquid level.
As you can see in the swatch, Incandescent Electra is a peachy/coral fusion, Brilliant Nude is more of a tan shade and Euphoric Fusion goes to a cooler, plum like tone. These are high shimmer blushes – along with the strobe effect, you’ll also have twinkles which in my mind makes it more of an evening/summer blush palette. The Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette isn’t a casual buy at £59 but the many fans of the entire Hourglass Ambient collection are impressed with the last – you’ll have this for a long, long time even using it every day. I think I’m one of the few people who doesn’t really ‘get’ this range – I can see it’s very pretty and I’ve seen it worn and looking radiant and beautiful, but it just falls a little flat on me and I have no idea why.
If you’re new to Hourglass, I’d certainly suggest not using this as your entry point but trying one of the single Ambient Lighting Powders HERE at £40 to see if you get along with the formula – I should say that it’s talc free which is a bonus and does allow for a better colour lay down and distribution without the talc-induced dryness. I’m pretty sure this will sell out before you can so much as whisper, ‘maybe’.