If You're Going To Buy One Blush Palette...
When it comes to downright beautiful makeup, Hourglass just brings it and their Ambient Light Blush Palette is certainly no exception. Blush palettes have been all the rage lately and practically every brand brought one out in their holiday collections. While I certainly didn't get the chance to try every single blush palette offering, I think I can safely say that the Hourglass Ambient Blush Palette is the best of the bunch.
First off, as previously mentioned, the whole thing is just plain gorgeous. The packaging, is a beautiful rose-gold color with a thoroughly reflective finish (it definitely attracts finger prints so if that bothers you, it might drive you a bit mad). Also unlike many other blush palettes this one is pretty compact considering how much product you get so it is possible to take it with you on trips.
I had never tried the Ambient Lighting Blushes, or even the original powders, but I had read a lot about them on many a blog so I pretty much knew that I would love them. The whole idea behind them is that they are blushes that are infused with a very finely-milled shimmer, which culminates in a very natural flushed and "lit-from-within" kind of look. Normally I'm not one for shimmery blushes but, like Hourglass promises, the shimmer is so fine that it just looks like your skin is naturally glowy. And even though they are sheer compared to something like a NARS blush (which are known for being incredibly pigmented), I find that these definitely have a good amount of pigment and have relatively long lasting power on the cheeks.
The shades that they picked for this palette are absolutely genius, because they pretty much cover every basis. On the left is Luminous Flush, which is a really pretty rose color with gold veining. The next is Incandescent Electra (this one exclusive to this palette), which is a really beautiful bright peachy pink with a lighter, more pink-toned shimmer (think the color of Benefit High Beam). And finally is Mood Exposure, which is described as a "soft plum", although the best way that I can describe this blush is if NARS Sin and Tarte Exposed had a baby, this would be it.
So if your looking for a treat to yourself for a mid-winter pick-me-up then this is definitely a good option.
Have you tried any of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes?