Hourglass Cosmetics Ghost Ambient Lighting Blush Palette ($58) for Holiday 2019 is a new, limited edition blush quad that includes three brand new shades and one shade that’s available in the permanent range. The three new shades in the palette are Surreal Effect, Lucid Glow, and Infinite Flush with Brilliant Nude being the only shade available as a full-size. I thought Brilliant Nude was the least pigmented of the three on my skin tone which brings up the issue of why Hourglass hasn’t created these in a few different tones. I mean even two would be helpful? Maybe a light and a dark shade selection? I could see myself going with a darker shade choice to be honest as I do so love my blush pigmented.
A few people had written to in warning me against purchasing this as they heard bad reviews about it. I actually have a love hate relationship with the Ambient Lighting Blush. When they originally launched I was so excited as I really love Ambient Lighting Powder and here they were presenting me with a blush option! WOW! Turns out it wasn’t quite as exciting as I had hoped as I was hoping for something luminous but I don’t really get the luminosity from these blushes! They are a little flat and dulling on me. Over the years, I’ve grown to enjoy a few of them but I swear I still do so wish they had a bit more glow you know? Anyone feel that way?
Anyway, I did go ahead and purchase the palette but haven’t watched or read any reviews. I tend to avoid reviews until I can make up my own mine about a product. I think most of the ranting is concerning the packaging which I agree with completely. The packaging is awful compared to year’s past. I’m confused why they did what they did with the compact. Is it keeping with the “ghost” theme? Are they just trying to make things a bit cheaper? I have no idea.
I love that this year they went with a silver compact instead of a gold. That’s nice! New, refreshing, different. However, the compact only featured a mirror silver face place as the bottom part is a translucent plastic which gives the entire thing a really cheap, unfinished look. Again, I have no idea why they did this. Compared to palettes they launched in the past it feels a good deal lighter as well.
It holds a total of 0.16 oz of product for $58. Keeping in mind palettes in the past like the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette from Holiday 2014 had three shades at the same $58 price tag and held 0.33 oz of product. You’re getting more variety with a four shades in the Ghost Ambient Lighting Blush Palette but also, less product overall. A full-size Ambient Lighting Blush is 0.15 oz for $40 and this holds four smaller sizes (.04 oz each) $58. Ouch!
If the smaller size and weird packaging doesn’t turn you off too much I will say the quality and formula is spot on.
When it comes to Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes they really have an absolute seamless finish. You really can’t tell where your skin begins and the color ends. It’s a natural, even finish! They look incredibly no matter how lightly or heavily you apply them and lord knows, I have a heavy-hand as you know. The formula is powdery but not dry nor chalky and very, very finely milled and silky.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again I do think where the formula misses sometimes when it comes to the glow factor. I don’t really get that candlelit glow that I get from the Ambient Lighting Powder formula. No shimmer, no glitter, sparkle, or luminosity! The blush formula seems buff out to a very soft, even finish but I’m never noticed any glow to it. This is all rather ironic since the palette contains two Strobe Blush shades and even those don’t produce the glow I was hoping for.
All in all, the Hourglass Ghost Ambient Lighting Blush Palette has a great formula but it misses the mark with the packaging and the price. None the less, I can see it being a hit with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush fans! The quality is here even if the packaging and price is lacking!
Hourglass Ghost Ambient Lighting Blush Palette is available now.
I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it!
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Hourglass Ghost Ambient Lighting Blush Palette is a new, limited edition blush quad that launched with the Hourglass Holiday 2019 Collection that includes three new shades of Ambient Lighting and Ambient Strobe Bluish as well as one permanent shade. Each blush is 0.04 oz in size and the quad is $58 making it a lot smaller than what has been offered in the past (more details about the size and value can be read in the full review above). The blush formula has a powdery kick up but isn’t dry or chalky. It’s very finely milled, silky, easy to apply, and blend seamlessly creating a beautifully smooth layer of color that adheres to skin flawlessly.
- Beautifully textured blushes.
- Blushes apply smoothly and seamlessly.
- Poor packaging.
- Smaller size versus previous Holiday releases.
Although smaller compared to previous Holiday releases with poorer packaging the Hourglass Ghost Ambient Lighting Blush Palette will still be a welcome addition into the homes of Ambient Lighting Blush lovers! The quality is here even if the packaging and price is lacking!