February 17, 2014

Hourglass Radiant Magenta Ambient Lighting Blush Review & Swatches

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Hourglass radiant magneta Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Radiant Magenta Ambient Lighting Blush is one of six brand new blushes that Hourglass has launched for Spring 2014. This stunning baked blushes are visually gorgeous to say the least but thus far I’ve been a little disappointed with the formula.

Let’s take a look at the Radiant Magenta and see if it changes my mind!

Hourglass Radiant Magenta Ambient Lighting Blush ($35) is described as a golden fuchsia but I don’t really get the “gold” portion of this shade. It’s more of a cooler pink on my cheeks.

Now the innovative part of this blush is the fact that it actually combines the shade Radiant Light from the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder. Each of the six blushes uses a base shade of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder which is supposed to add that soft focused glow you get from the powder combined with swirls of blush.

Hourglass radiant magneta Ambient Lighting Blush swatches

Technically I think the powder itself works better than the combination of a powder with a blush as I don’t get a glow from the blush or any sort of soft focus. I feel the blush gives a lovely finish but not quite the finish I expected from these especially considering marketing totes them as a luminous glow finish of sorts.

I think so far Radiant Magenta is the most pigmented shades I’ve tried. The texture is a bit powdery so it does kick up a good deal of powder when you swipe a brush through it which I find wasteful as I have to tap to remove excess. The texture is luxuriously soft and finely milled. Thankfully once applied it doesn’t look powdery and has a smooth, soft finish on my cheeks.

Overall, as with other shades in this release, I was a little disappointed because this is just more of a regular blush versus anything as unique and special as I worked it out to be in my mind. At $35….it’s a little high when there is a vast ocean of blushes out there that are just as nice. I was thinking these blushes would have more of the finish I seen from the new MAC Power Petal shade but unfortunately that isn’t the case sadly!

Hourglass Radiant Magenta Ambient Lighting Blush fotd

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Do share your thoughts!

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About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Lulubelle

    It looks lovely on you! I’m still trying to decide which color to get, but this one might be a contender.

  • Phyrra

    I wish I had purchased this one instead of Ethereal Glow. This one is pretty on you.

  • Fancie

    I don’t see a glow either but the finish looks incredibly natural on you. It doesn’t even look like you’re wearing blush! I don’t think I’m quite sold on the formula though

    • Isabella Muse

      thanks fancie! They really have a seamless look it’s just the formula wasn’t quite what I expected 🙁

  • Phyra

    I think this one is lovely on you. It’s definitely more pigmented than the Ethereal Glow blush.

  • kiwikiwidragon

    I like the Becca powders better than the hourglass ones. Now that I have your attention Muse, I am coming to NY!!!!! I texted you last week or so, let me know if you want to me up.

  • Victoria

    I had the same shade, I think it’s a good quality blush but that’s all. It didn’t wowed me like the ambient powders did.

  • Gina

    Thanks for reviewing this collection! I am in the market for a couple of new blushes. So far I have considered NARS final cut and new attitude, hourglass collection, and the Clinique pop collection. I have tried NARs ones in store, those two looked like the same on my cheeks, I was not impressed at all, the hourglass collection looks so pretty, but at $35 price point, I think I will expect more while I don’t think they delivered what they promised. I think I am going to get Clinique plum and peach pop, they are cheaper and look gorgeous as well!

    • Isabella Muse

      gina I think you’re making a great choice, thus far in my testing I think the Clinique blushes hold my top position!

  • Jessie

    Really soft and pretty blush color! Muse, would you ever consider different poses for your swatches so we can see your beauteous face and makeup better? 🙂

    • Isabella Muse

      It really is a lovely shade. Sorry Jessie, I’m not really a photographer…I’m holding the camera up and snapping pics, it’s a little hard to strike a pose when you’re trying to one handedly operating a camera plus lord knows I’m no model! Hopefully the photo of my wearing it helps a little bit if not the swatches/photos of the product are perhaps helpful!? Sorry 🙁

  • Leslie

    Girl, it looks GREAT ON YOU!! When I first saw the swatch photo, I thought, YIKES that’s pretty “dark/pigmented” but OMG IT LOOKS FLAWLESS! love! Gonna have to check it out at Sephora! Thanks, Leslie

    • Isabella Muse

      oh thanks it’s one of the old bourjois paris 3D Max glosses in Rose Eclat

  • Majick

    Ut oh… this one is REALLY pretty. It does look flawless on you and I agree it doesn’t even look like makeup – you just look a little flushed. (What you been up to mon ami? LOL)

    Well, I still need to place that order with Sephora and get my darn b-day gift so… it might be this blush BUT, what I’m really thinking is I should get the Radiant Ambient powder and the Clinique blushes in Plum and Ginger to mix with my ambient powders. win win?

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thanks chica 😀 LOL ;-D GET THE CLINIQUE BLUSHES No question 😀 and add the ambient powder on top way better!