Hourglass Dim Infusion Ambient Lighting Blush ($35) is one of six new shades of blush that Hourglass Cosmetics created to give cheeks a soft focused look.
Taking a note from their Ambient Lighting Powder these new blushes use Photoluminescent Technology to exhibit depth and dimension.
Take a look!
Hourglass Dim Infusion Ambient Lighting Blush is a subtle orange-y peach shade that should work best on lighter skin tones due to the sheerness and subtly of the pigmentation. This shows very orange on my skin and I was hoping for a bit more peach. The is dominated by lighter creamy beige base which quite reminds me of MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural swirled with lighter orange-y peach marbling. The base is actually Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light and a touch of swirled in color with it. It’s actually kinda interesting because you get a feel for Ambient Lighting Powder along with a blush! It’s just like they took Ambient Lighting Powder and improved upon it by adding in some tinted pigment.
It’s gorgeous to look at and really quite remind me of a shimmer free version of Laura Geller Baked n Brighten Blush or as Laura dubs her matte blushes, sugar-free. I hate to say this but Laura actually has this baked blush market down right. Her Baked n Brighten Blushes are bigger, cheaper, have more pigment, and a better formula than Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush. Of course, I am basing this solely on my test out of Dim Infusion, my mind may change when I try the other shades in this collection.
This formula is very soft, silky, yet powdery and chalky. I never thought I’d say something being chalky was ok but somehow this works for the Ambient Lighting Blush formula. It does kick up a fair bit of powder when running a brush through it so you may need to tap off excess prior to application. It does cling a little bit to my drier areas so blend, blend, and blend some more for the softest most even finish on drier skin. This is a formula that will LOVE oily skin but won’t be as forgiving on drier. It wears for about five hours for me before showing minor wear and around hour seven I notice it loses intensity.
I’ll be honest, I didn’t see the glow. According to marketing the blushes are supposed to produce a “otherworldly glow” but I didn’t see it, not even a sheen, nothing. For the most part this shade is a semi-matte finish sans any sparkle, shimmer, or glow of any kind. It’s funny as I do get a nice glow from regular Ambient Lighting Powder and this just adds in tinted pigment so you’d think I’d get the same effect but no such luck…! The powder does have a soft focused effect though and gives skin a smooth finish and look just not the glow I expected!
In the end, Hourglass Dim Infusion Ambient Lighting Blush is a pretty shade but not quite what I expected it to be! I’d be more likely to rave these if they had more of a candlelit glow. As is, it’s more of just a regular old blush…nothing too special here.
I’d really love to hear your thoughts!
More shade reviews to follow I’m still hoping one will change my mind!
Available at Sephora and Sephora.com later this month!