Opportunities abound for clever wordplay with the name of these new Ambient Lighting Blushes by Hourglass.
Think about it…
You [Ambient Lighting Blush] light up my life.
These Ambient Lighting Blushes are turning me on!
Stealing the spotlight this spring? These six new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes, yea!
Unfortunately, however, because 1) my brain cells are moving at the speed of belly button lint today, and 2) I feel slightly less creative than an amoeba, I am unable to partake of said wordplay.
Instead, this is the best I can do: issue a grave warning…
DO NOT get within five feet of these things — don’t do it! — unless you plan to bring at least one of them home right then and there, because these things are more charming than the Borg, and by that I mean that resistance is futile.
Because only half of my neurons are firing today (if that), I was going to say that these blushes melt into my skin like butter, but then I thought, “Good grief, Karen! Is that the best you can do?”
No, I think not.
Picture this: your work crush grabs you by the shoulders when no one is looking, presses you up against a file cabinet, kisses you squarely on the mouth, and then quietly, nonchalantly, walks away without saying a word.
That — that right there. That natural flush on your cheeks? That’s the kind of flush these Ambient Lighting Blushes can create.
So, what are they, and how do they work?
Well, I’m glad you asked.
They’re a new line of powder blushes arriving next month, and, essentially, they combine existing Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder shades with cheek colors, creating blush/highlighter hybrids pressed into lovely marbled pans.
- Radiant Magenta combines a golden fuchsia blush with Radiant Light Ambient Powder for a summery glow.
- Etherial Glow fuses Ethereal Light Ambient Powder with a cool pink blush for a luminous, moonlit effect.
- Mood Exposure brightens cheeks by pairing a soft plum blush with Mood Light Ambient Powder.
- Dim Infusion blends Dim Light Ambient Powder with a coral blush to add warmth to cheeks.
- Diffused Heat marries a vibrant poppy blush with Diffused Light Ambient Powder for a subtle halo effect.
- Luminous Flush softly illuminates cheeks with a candlelit glow by combining a champagne rose blush and Luminous Light Ambient Powder.
After wearing and testing two of the six, Radiant Magenta and Diffused Heat, I’ve already come to the conclusion that I’m definitely going to need the other shades in my life.
These blushes may not look very pigmented in a swatch, but start buffing a layer on your cheeks, and you quickly see just how much pigment the pans really contain.
One layer is all it takes for a soft, radiant flush — and that’s while using a fan brush, which lays down less color than a regular blush brush.
It takes such a small amount.
And cooler still? Unlike highly pigmented traditional blushes, these are much easier to blend. Incorporating the Ambient Powders into each pan seems to strike terror into harsh lines, and it also offers you extra leeway during application.
I think the look is similar to what I get when I layer a matte blush on top of a highlighter — that same sort of radiant, natural luminescence and dimensionality — but in this case it’s from the Ambient Powders peeking through the blush.
If/when you try any of these on, look into a mirror if you can, and turn your head to see your cheeks from different angles. That’s when you can really see the impact of the added Ambient Powders. Very pretty, and very cool.
More on the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes…
- The blushes are handmade in Italy, so no two pans look alike, and weren’t tested on animals.
- They’re free of parabens, talc, fragrances, nanoparticles (again with the Borg!) and gluten.
- Can be worn with the Ambient Powders for even more glow.
- Hourglass implemented something they call “Photoluminescent Technology” to create an airy, lightweight powder with optically transparent, color-amplifying particles.
Seriously, these blushes totally deserve a ’90s-style raise the roof move. They’re so remarkably flexible, too. You could do a light flush one day, then a bolder cheek the next. Simply apply an extra layer, or swap out your fan or skunk brush for a basic blush brush.
And because you won’t have to spend an eternity blending, you’ll have more time for more pressing things…like texting your BFF all day long or reminiscing about V.C. Andrews books in woven backpacks or playing M.A.S.H. (Mansion, Apartment, Shack, House).
PRICE: $35 for a 0.15-oz pan
AVAILABILITY: Coming February to Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Sephora, SpaceNK and hourglasscosmetics.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,