Hourglass Ambient Blush Palette: The Review

16 December 2014

Hourglass Ambient Blush Palette
On my birthday last month, I was lucky enough to receive the Hourglass Ambient Blush Palette from my lovely parents.. such a beauty it is! I'd had it on my wishlist for a while, since hearing of its limited edition release, and knew I had to get my paws on it. So here's my long-awaited (hi Roisin!) review..

Hourglass Ambient Blush Palette

The Claim

It's certainly one of the most glamorous palettes in my ever-expanding beauty collection, and the gold metallic packaging was enough proof that this wasn't going to be any ordinary product underneath..

Hourglass claim that:
"Unlike traditional blusher, which can often look dull and flat when applied to the face, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette creates seamless, subtle, multi-dimensional colour for natural-looking radiance. Fusing its innovative Ambient Lighting Powders - created with patented Photoluminescent Technology - with a range of vibrant cheek colours, Hourglass has created a revolutionary blusher that’s buildable, lightweight and subtly illuminating."
Quite the claim.. so how does it measure up?

Hourglass Ambient Blush Palette

The Reality

In its claim to create "seamless, subtle, multi-dimensional colour for natural-looking radiance", I really can see the difference with this palette! The pigmentation is so finely milled and creates a smooth base which - coupled with the Ambient Lighting's Photoluminescent Technology - looks like your cheeks are lit from within. The colours are buildable, and my favourite shade is 'Incandescent Electra' (in the middle), which is a bright coral pop to the cheeks, and one I wear most days. It has an equally radiant effect when mixed with 'Luminous Flash' (to the left); a pinky champagne-tinged shade. I'm not entirely sold on 'Mood Exposure' (to the right), mostly because my pale Scottish skin-tone doesn't entirely work with the darker plum. However, I'm sure this would be the perfect shade for darker skin-tones. I may have a little go with it in future and report back on my Instagram!

In terms of staying-power, I would say I have indeed needed to top up later in the day if I'm going out in the evening, but because it's a power blush, it obviously has more lasting power than a cream. The downfall with the palette is that it comes with a warning: "Ambient Lighting Blush is fragile. Please handle with care." Not one for the handbag, which is a bit annoying given that I like to top up, and it comes with a good mirror! However, I have taken it out recently and - as long as you're extremely careful - it should be okay. There is a lot of product fall-out inside the palette, though, so beware of that too. And the shiny packaging means it gets a lot of sticky-finger marks.. sigh. Definitely have been wiping it often to keep it looking pretty! If all that doesn't bother you, I recommend it for the fantastic product within!

Hourglass Ambient Blush Palette

Would I Repurchase it?

Based on its limited edition status (at present, although we all know the Ambient Lighting highlighter palette made a momentous return, eventually!), probably not! I can more likely see this staying in my collection for a long time, being lovingly stared at every so often.. such a loser, me. I have used it every day, so it definitely has its place in my make-up routine, however. Plus, I've had a couple of compliments on my complexion since wearing it (alongside a Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk base).

The Hourglass Ambient Blush Palette is available to buy, while stocks last, at Space NK for £56.

Will you be giving in to this amazing blush palette like I did..? One for the stocking, I reckon!



  1. It looks so pretty, the packaging is absolutely stunning!



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