Review: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush. The four words that sent the beauty blogosphere into pandemonium. Somehow I managed to snag one the first day they went on sale on the Hourglass site.

I had pretty much already decided on Radiant Magenta, but as I was sitting there, trying to make up my mind, literally the blushes sold out from under me and it was the only one left. So the Universe decided, and It decided well.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta

I know that people are fanatic about their Ambient Lighting Powders. I do have one, but it’s not one of the more popular ones. (Maybe that’s why I’m not fanatic about them? But when I went to the Hourglass counter last year to be matched for the Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation (a must for anyone with super oily skin), she used Mood Light and told me it made my skin look amazing. I believed her. And it looks nice, but I’ve yet to be like, wow, I couldn’t live without this product. (I would like to try Dim Light or Diffused Light, which are the ones that inspire the fanaticism.)

So, in a way, I was glad to pick a blush combination that used one of the other powders. I thought since it was called “magenta,” it would be cool toned. But one of the first reviews I read said it pulled warm. I think on me, it qualifies as neutral to warm, I have yet to try and pair it with a cool look, but look at how it looks swatched:

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta

Without flash

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta

With flash

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta

Without flash

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta

With flash

And for those of you wondering how it compares in size with the powders:

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta So they are a lot smaller, but also $10 cheaper. However, I have to say that despite wincing at the price and the fact that I felt like I was buying it just because I had to have it to review or I couldn’t call myself a beauty blogger, I love it. I brushed it on and not only was there this lovely pink flush, my cheeks just GLOWED. It’s not ugly glittery or shimmery, it’s subtle, but beautiful.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta

I graciously moved my hair so you could see

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta

It even looks pretty washed out with flash!

And even better, it surprised me by lasting through the day. I was afraid that because it’s mixed with the powder, the color would wear off, but it was there when I came home from work and still looked lovely.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta

So what do you think? Have you tried any of them yet? Do you think you’ll be picking any up?

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