I think we should start a petition to promote ice cream 🍦 as a legitimate dinner option. Because why not? It’s got protein and…calcium. It’s totally real food.
Thanks, Hourglass, for giving me an ice cream 🍨 craving. All I can see when I look at these new bronzers and blushes from Hourglass is ribbons of caramel in rich chocolate. Mmm…
A new line of Hourglass blushes and two new shades of bronzer
Hourglass has some new things for summer, yay! This is epic news for me because they’re one of my all-time favorite high-end brands. Their products are pricey, but they work amazingly well, and they’re BEAUTIFUL. The brand carries things that you just can’t find anywhere else (like the Ambient Lighting Blushes and their Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Sticks).
Now there’s a new line of super shimmery blushes (although we have seen them in a palette before) called the Ambient Strobe Lighting Blushes, which are $38 each and available in four shades, and two new $50 shades of Ambient Lighting Bronzer, bringing the new total up to four.
Remember the Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette from Holiday 2016?
Hourglass released an LE blush palette over the holidays that had three of the four Ambient Strobe Lighting Blushes (it didn’t have Iridescent Flash), but that was just a teaser, because now the singles are available in the permanent line, woo-hoo!
And there are four of them
There’s deep amber Brilliant Nude, soft lilac Euphoric Fusion, vivid magenta Iridescent Flash and cool peach Incandescent Electra. Each one has a powder blush swirled with an Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder, which is the brand’s super shiny highlighter.
Incandescent Electra was previously available in the Ambient Lighting Blush family, but I think it was discontinued. I haven’t been able to find it, but this new Strobe version is slightly pinker and lighter than the non-Strobe version.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush vs. Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush
Because of the names, it’s a little confusing, but the Ambient Strobe Lighting Blushes are completely different than the Ambient Lighting Blushes. The Strobes are the shinier, more glittery, more blingy option.
I’ve loved the Ambient Lighting Blushes and have worn them for years. Frankly, I find their subtlety thrilling, LOL. Which I know is weird to say, but it’s what makes them so special. They look good in any situation — whether outdoors in direct sunlight or indoors under florescent lights.
Basically, no matter where you are or what you’re doing, you’ll have gorgeous cheeks bathed in a candlelight glow, and the finish doesn’t make my pores look bigger.
Now, I think the Ambient Strobe Lighting Blushes are better as “going-out” blushes, or as accent blushes, than they are as everyday blushes. Still, the shine is fabulously flattering. If you’re headed to dinner, a bar or a club, the shimmer will look fab in dim light.
For daytime, though, for me, if I’m just wearing one of these blushes on my cheeks, it’s a little too much shimmer, but hey, if you regularly rock an intense high-beam highlight on the daily, you might love it.
I definitely like these Strobe versions, too, but I’ll mostly use them as accents, like, layered atop another blush on the apple of my cheeks for an extra pop of shine and color.
The Ambient Strobes are just as long-wearing, pigmented and easy to blend as the non-Strobes, but they look completely different (more party-ready) on my skin.
If you’re a lighter lovely, check out the two new bronzer shades
With these two new additions, that brings the total to four. Now there’s a neutral bronzed nude called Luminous Bronze Light and a cool bronze called Radiant Bronze Light.
Diffused is the cooler-toned option, and it has a kiss of barely-there yellow pearl. On my skin, it almost looks matte, whereas Nude Bronze is warmer, has golden pearl, and it’s more intense.
I think that both of them will work wonders on light and medium skin.
Apply them with a big, fluffy face brush
I have to be real — when Hourglass first released their bronzers back in 2015, I liked them…but I didn’t love them the way I do now, because it took me a looooong time to figure out that I needed to apply them very conservatively with a big, fluffy face brush.
The bronzers are so pigmented that if you use a small, dense brush head with them or have a heavy hand, you’ll end up with muddy, orange, overly shiny cheeks.
The secret? Lightly sweep them on your skin with a large brush head. I can’t stress this enough!
All four new blushes and both new bronzer shades are available now online in the Hourglass permanent line (sephora.com and hourglasscosmetics.com). They’re also coming May 5th to Sephora stores and Hourglass counters.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,