Natural, Yet Complex, Is the Glow I Get From These New Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat

Wearing the new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat ($35) on my cheeks

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!

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush compact

The sleek compacts…

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.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes in Radiant Magenta (left) and Diffused Heat (right)

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes in Radiant Magenta (left) and Diffused Heat (right), $35 each US and $41 CDN

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.

Hourglass Radiant Magenta Ambient Lighting Blush

Radiant Magenta, so pretty!

So, what are they, and how do they work?

Well, I’m glad you asked. πŸ™‚

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.

The shades…

  • 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.

Hourglass Diffused Heat Ambient Lighting Blush

Diffused Heat

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.
Hourglass Radiant Magenta Ambient Lighting Blush

A closeup of Radiant Magenta

Hourglass Diffused Heat Ambient Lighting Blush closeup

A closer look at Diffused Heat.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Swatches in Diffused Heat (left) and Radiant Magenta (right)

Swatches in Diffused Heat (left) and Radiant Magenta (right)

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat

Wearing Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat on my cheeks

Hourglass Ambient Blush Radiant Magenta

Radiant Magenta

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). πŸ™‚

PRICE: $35 for a 0.15-oz pan
AVAILABILITY: Coming February to Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Sephora, SpaceNK and

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Janelle says:

    Karen! Why are you doing this to me?! I told myself of you liked these then I must have them too! Le Sigh…. Must place an order!

  2. Teri says:

    Noooo, I’m trying to resist these and I’m failing so badly! They look hot hot hot! What I really love is how they have that subtle glow, it’s just about right, not too much. Radiant Magenta is calling my name! ^^

  3. Jeannie says:

    They look amazing on you! Do you prefer diffused heat or radiant magenta?

    Thank you for your review πŸ™‚

  4. They look stunning on you Karen!
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  5. Agata says:

    They look fantastic. I’m trying so hard to resist buying them. Unfortunately most of them are sold out on

    • Karen says:

      Hi Agata,

      They should also be available soon! I’d put you in either Dim Infusion or Luminous Flush. πŸ™‚

      • Agata says:

        They were available on hourglass website for like 2 hours and they sold out really quickly. Luminous Flush is actually the one I want the most πŸ™‚

  6. Natalie says:

    These look beautiful on you Karen! I’m really curious about these blushes, I can’t wait to go swatch them.

    Ps – loving all the nerdy jokes. So good!!
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  7. I really wanted Diffused Heat! I will be saving up gift cards for it.
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  8. Icaria says:

    Oh nooooo! I’m doomed! Diffudes Heat is calling meeeeee……..
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  9. Mallory B says:

    These are currently available at Sephora for VIB/Rouge members. My order of Mood Exposure shipped today and I am SO excited to try it. I think Diffused Heat is calling out for me, too.

  10. Paris B says:

    Why thank you for fuelling my lemming for these blushes Karen! It’ll be so hard for me to get my hands on them but I shall persevere! They look amazing on you πŸ˜€
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  11. Nika says:

    So pretty! How do they compare to Becca mineral blushes? πŸ˜‰

  12. Ooh — kissed up against a filing cabinet, indeed πŸ˜‰ What a GLOW!
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  13. Kalli says:

    Oohhh these are SO PRETTY. I’ve had my eye on the Ambient powders for awhile, I may have to finally one of those and a blush so I can really glow!
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  14. Erin says:

    Soooo loving these. I want every. single. one. I am fair and cool toned so I will for sure get the Etherial Glow. Weeeeeee!

  15. Vineetha says:

    I totally get it! had to get this when sephora preview sale went online! Magenta was my pick πŸ™‚
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  16. Nikki says:

    I want these so bad!

  17. Rica says:

    I know I definitely would want one of these but the two shades look so similar… I can’t decide which one I need more lol

    Thanks Karen! Always love your take on things πŸ™‚

    x Rica
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  18. rochelle says:

    Hi Karen

    Love the blush but dying to know what lip color you’re rocking!!

  19. hanna says:

    These seem so nice! I want to try it out.
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  20. Lisa T says:

    I love this blush, I must get my hands on it! Looks very pretty on you πŸ™‚

    Lisa T

  21. Evelyn says:

    I ordered Luminous Flush when I accidentally stumbled across them on the Sephora website…yay Rouge VIB! lol I’m excited to try the rest too, they look gorgeous on your skin.

  22. Julie says:

    I’m so glad to see that you’ve given these such a rave review! Diffused Heat is being delivered to me tomorrow and I absolutely cannot wait to use it! I’m also really interested in Mood Exposure.
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  23. jenna says:

    karen how would you say the quality/lasting power of these blushes compare to nars or tarte amazonian clay?

  24. If Karen says that these are must-haves then so be it. *opens Sephora and places order online. Hides in shame afterwards for caving in*
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  25. Janelle says:

    Karen: LOVE your swatches of the two Hourglass blushes. They are now must-haves on my wish list. Tabs modeling suggestions: high end jewelry, such as tennis bracelets that he can model as necklaces. He would look stellar!

  26. Erin says:

    Diffused Heat looks amazing on you. If I was a blush person between these and the new NARS collection, I’d be broke!
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  27. sirilovise says:

    Too – Much – Pretty – Must – Shop!

  28. Sunny says:

    Oh I’d DEFINITELY love to check these out! Both shades look absolutely stunning on you, and I think it’ll be all too easy to pick one or two that I want! It does make your skin look super smooth!
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  29. Danielle says:

    Radiant Magenta is one of the shades I have been eyeing! I can’t wait to see these in person!
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  30. Kim says:

    These are so beautiful that I think I might cry. When I finally bought the Ambient powder trio, after wanting at least one shade for what seemed like forever, I found that they broke me out. I expect the same from the blushes which makes me very, very sad. πŸ™

  31. These look absolutely gorgeous and you! And that packaging, yum!
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  32. Amber says:

    Karen, you look radiant and just gorgeous in these blushes! I can’t wait to swatch these for myself! I know I need Magenta. I’m not sure about what other one. Or two. Or all. I guess we’ll have to wait and see! πŸ˜‰
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  33. Katherine says:

    I LOVE Diffused Heat but have heard that it is very glittery. Would you say that it is similar in this regard to Nars Super Orgasm? Or less glittery than Super Orgasm?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Katherine,

      I didn’t have any issue with excess glitter. There’s a small amount of fine gold glitter, but it’s very, very tiny. You can see it if you look closely at a hand swatch but not when it’s on the face. I don’t think it’s anything close to Super Orgasm. πŸ™‚

  34. Lotus says:

    How do these compare with Laura Gellar marbled blushes? Seems so enticing yet not original and I’d hate to spend if there’s no difference but would love to if there is a big difference! Please let me know! Stay beautiful! πŸ™‚

  35. Nathalie V. says:

    These blushes look amazing on you!! πŸ™‚

  36. Sylirael says:

    These look so gorgeous on you Karen!

    I do kind of wish they’d made a couple that were a bit cooler toned though…
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  37. Amy says:

    ugh I just bought Nars Orgasm and I love it, but that Diffused Heat is calling to me. I feel like everything Hourglass gets rave reviews. Maybe when I hit the pan with this current blush….

  38. Katya says:

    Hi Karen,

    Thank you so much for your review!! Versatile, maybe…easy for you to say, they both look stunning on you! πŸ™‚

    I was wondering…I am cool-toned and very fair (01 in Guerlain foundations), what would you recommend for me? I already have a baby pink similar to Ethereal Glow, so I wanted something different. I cannot decide!!

  39. Natalie says:

    These blushes are to die for. The first one looks incredible on you.

  40. Majick says:

    I am in trouble. I wanted the triple pan powder but by the time I finally decided to order it was sold out. I ended up with Dim LIght and I really like the powder. It’s funny because I put it on and can’t even tell I’m wearing it but I get so many compliments on how “good I look” – not my makeup, so it must be doing something even if it’s too subtle for me to pick up in my mirror.

    When I saw they were doing blushes I cringed. I didn’t want to know. Now I do, thanks to you, and will have to pick up at least one to play with. I have to take a better look at the colors – I didn’t even check them out when I got the email LOL. I was protecting myself from me. πŸ™‚

  41. These blushes WILL be making it into my makeup collection, I am determined! They are too gorgeous to pass up!
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  42. MASH says:

    Hey Karen – just wanted to say thank you so much for linking to our MASH how-to-play guide (I was checking referrals and you sent some of your readers our way). Your website and photography are beautiful, by the way!

  43. B says:

    Hi Karen! My all time favorite blush was Giorgio Armani sheer blush 10. How do you think these compare? I heard mood exposure was similar. I would love your input. I was not impressed with the new formulation of blushes for GA.

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