Ever since getting my very first Hourglass blush last summer when I headed to New York I have been obsessed – yes I know I was late to the party! I bought Mood Exposure which is a mid-tone plum based blush and it really is stunning with incredible pigmentation and longevity and without a heavy cakey feeling.
At the end of last year they released the blogger’s dream palette of blushes and highlighters cased in a marble wonder, and while it did look stunning, when I swatched it in Space NK a lot of the shades were similar to ones I already had and I didn’t feel it was worth me investing in. When I was browsing the Sephora website ahead of Christmas though I noticed a brand new Ambient Lighting Blush Palette which obviously wasn’t available to ship to the UK *shakes fist* and wasn’t available to purchase in the UK until February 14th.
After seeing the shades and falling heads over heels I knew I needed this palette and after about a dozen attempts at ordering from Sephora to a mail forwarding address one finally slipped through *wahey* and in January the palette landed in my hands. The Ambient Strobe Blush Palette looks pretty similar to the Ambient Lighting Blush Palette which was released about two years ago but the new version is just one step up as the base powder has been mixed with a highlighting powder meaning they’re more shimmery. That being said they aren’t too much for everyday wear, think Nars Orgasm or Unlawful.
You only need a light hand with these blushes’ as they’re very pigmented, but even on a paley like me they look healthy and glowing as opposed to clown like. Shade wise you get Incandescent Electra which is a light coral/ pink blush and is stunning for the lighter Spring months even whenever they appear. This has also appeared in the Hourglass Blush palette a few years’ ago so be careful if you own a few of their palettes. Next up is Brilliant Nude which is a warmer brown/ peach and on me looks a bit more like a bronzer than a blush but it gave me such a pretty glow I don’t even mind. Finally, there’s Euphoric Fusion which is a deep mauve/ dusty pink and similar to mood exposure so I knew I’d love it. I’m really excited to try this one in the summer when I have a touch of colour.
Now £59 for a blusher palette is expensive but I honestly think you get what you pay for with makeup. These blushes last around 7-8 hours without fading and it contains 2.8g of product which is slightly smaller than individual blushes but bigger than those in the Ambient Lighting Edit palette. If you’re new to Hourglass and looking for somewhere to start, or you’re just obsessed with their blushes’ this is a must own palette.