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..
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?
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!
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!