FIRST IMPRESSION: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette


Ahh, such a beauty, right? I had been eyeing this stunning palette for several months now. I kept putting it in my shopping cart and then taking it back out. I finally bit the bullet last week when I stopped in Sephora to pick up another item.

This is what has to say about the palette:

Evoke a luminous glow with this soft-focus cheek palette. Hourglass has fused Ambient Lighting Powder, its cutting-edge collection of finishing powders, with an array of vivid cheek colors, creating a hybrid product that is unique, contemporary, and revolutionary. Infused with Photoluminescent Technology to create depth and dimension, this blush does not fall flat and is lightweight, amplifying the colors to a multidimensional level, and leaving the entire complexion with an otherworldly glow.

I have been using the palette for just over a week now and I’m a little disappointed at this point. Let me explain though! I simply expected a bit more out the blush if I’m being completely honest. It does offer a subtle glow but the pigmentation is lacking a little bit which may be due to the intentional soft-focus formula. Pigmentation happens to be an important feature for me when it comes to blushes.

However! I do think this is the kind of product that will grow on me and I will end up head over heels in love with it. I have very fair skin so typically I have to use a light hand with my blushes because color shows up very easily on my cheeks. I did have to go back for two or three more swirls with my blush brush with this product than I normally do.

Favorite color so far, you ask? Hands down Luminous Flush (champagne rose) is MY color! I tend towards the rosier shades anyways – it’s just what looks best with my skin tone. Today while doing my makeup I mixed Luminous Flush with Incandescent Electra (cool peach), which is the limited edition blush that only comes in this palette, and it turned out beautifully. But again, the pigmentation left a little to be desired for me. I look forward to using Mood Exposure (soft plum) more with some darker looks, perhaps with a smokey eye? I think that’s where the subtly of the blush will shine best.


The packaging is spectacular and of course, it should be!

Overall, I think the blushes are natural looking and sit beautifully on the cheeks — they are also long wearing, lasting 6-8 hours on me while fading softly throughout the work day. I do think the product was hyped up more than it should have been but I do find that they are worth the money and I would buy again.

Have you picked up this blush palette? If so, what are your thoughts?