Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette

The latest addition to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting line is the Ambient Lighting Blush Palette ($58 for 3 shades, each 0.116 oz/3.3g). It’s a limited-edition palette with three of the Ambient Lighting Blushes in Luminous Flush (champagne rose), Incandescent Electra (cool peach, exclusive to the palette) and Mood Exposure (soft plum). I’ve been a huge fan of the Ambient Lighting Powders (palette review and Luminous Light review here) and Blushes (review on individual colors here). The addition of a travel-friendly blush palette is just pure genius (for me at least).

If you’re new to the Ambient Lighing Blushes, they are multi-dimensional powders with swirls of pigmented color and highlighter. They are infused with what Hourglass calls “photoluminescent technology” which creates depth and dimension. Hourglass claims these give your face an “otherworldly glow” and I can’t find any words to better describe their Ambient Lighting products. All of the powders are handmade so no two look alike.

I’ve been testing the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette for the past couple of weeks and am really pleased with it. Two of the shades can be purchases individually which I already own, so while this is mostly a duplicate of what I have, I do find the packaging design and size of the palettes to be very user-friendly and perfect for travel. I almost always bring the highlighter palette with me on all trips. The compact is sleek and long so it fits easily into my travel bags.

The powders in the blush palette are identical in size to those in the highlighter palette. They are smaller compared to the blushes that you purchase individually. I’ve photographed them side by side for comparison purposes.

I’ve found the colors in the palette to look slightly lighter than the ones I own individually but they apply the same on the skin. In my experience, the Ambient Lighting Blushes are all very pigmented on my skin and show up just like blush with a couple exceptions. Dim Infusion and Etheral Glow are both very light and give a very slight hint of color on my medium/tan skin. If you are medium to dark, you may find these don’t show up on you. In terms of application, all the other colors, including the shades in the Blush Palette show up very well on my skin. What I love about these is that they are soft but buildable. The blush color is very pigmented but the mix of the soft highlighter inside each shade gives the product a very beautiful glow. I do think these work best on skin that has a bit of moisture. If you have super dry skin or a very powdered face, you might find they don’t show up as well. For me over foundation with powder on top these apply just fine. If you don’t see any color you may want to add a bit of a sheer highlighter like Armani Fluid Sheers on the cheeks under these.

Comparisons of the individual blush shades in Luminous Light and Mood Exposure (they look different in the pans but swatch identical):

Swatches, on the face they are glowy and not frosty:

Close ups of each shade in the palette:

The Ambient Lighting Palette is bottom line love. After playing with this for a few weeks I’ve found it really versatile. The colors look good individually or with two of them layered (any combination works). All the colors look good with neutral pinks, nude, plum or peach lips. The blushes have enough color to bring life to the face, but are subtle enough to wear with a bold lip.

If you’ve been waiting and thinking about the blushes I think the palette is definitely something worth splurging on. Product size differences aside, the palette retails for $58 while three individual blushes at $35 each will cost you $100+. If you already own Luminous Flush and Mood Exposure, then I don’t think this is something that falls into the “need” category, however I do think it’s a must-have for me. The Ambient Lighting Blushes are compact in size already so they don’t take up a lot of room in your makeup bag. I do really like the convenience and packaging of the Hourglass palettes and Incandescent Electra is one of the prettiest light peaches I’ve ever seen.

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette is currently listed as limited-edition for this fall/holiday. You can find it now at Sephora and Hourglasscosmetics.com. It will also be available later this month at Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Net-A-Porter, Space NK.

The blush palette was provided courtesy of Hourglass for review consideration.

  • Space NK in the UK will be taking orders for the palette is mid October with distribution at the end of October. I was going to order this from the U.S. but contacted Space NK on the off chance they would get it before Christmas to find out that there will be a waiting list! Great news as I can't wait to see if this is a good as the Ambient Lighting Powder Palette and like you Sabrina love the concept of the matching palette for travel. Xx

    • Space NK UK are now taking orders for despatch on 01.11.2014. Priced at £56.00.

  • Thank you for posting this! I am 100% getting my hands on this beautiful palette – the ambient light palette is one of my favourite investments 🙂 xo

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  • michelle

    Luscious.

  • Love love love how they look and the fact that they're handmade sold me already but I'm quite hisitant when it comes to pigmentation .. I like how sheeny they are though Xox
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  • Thanks for sharing this, the blush palette looks to be such a worthy investment, considering I don't own any on their on so to have three in one is an easier solution, travel wise! x
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  • These are all so beautiful, I think my favourite has to be the third shade!

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  • OMG…..love this palette

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  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the alert! Just placed my order on hourglass. So glad they released the palette!

  • I must get these! I'm really interested mostly from hour glass is their highlighter :O

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  • This is stunning! I have been wanting to try Hourglass products but just havent yet…after seeing your swatches….ahhhh I think im sold **All smiles**
    Great Post

  • This looks amazing, and I think it could totally work with my skin colour!!
    Lots of love, xx

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  • I'll totally be investing in this palette, it seems like such a great way to test out a few shades!

  • I'm so happy I picked this up! It's making me want to get all the rest of the ambient lighting blushes too.