Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush: Review, Photographs

Hello gentle readers.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes are a unique and beautiful addition to the makeup world. A morphing of beautiful, pigmented blush and the perfecting, luminous properties of the original Ambient Lighting Powders that give the cheeks fresh, glowing colour and a soft, radiant highlight.

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush is available from the Hourglass website or from Sephora stores or their website. There is 0.15 oz of product and the price is $35.00.


The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush packaging is very similar to the Ambient Lighting Powder. Lighter, brighter gold, but that same sleek, rounded square compact that feels smooth and luxe in the hand.


Open the lid and there is a mirror inside the lid. Then contained in the well of the compact is the prize. Luminous Flush Ambient Lighting Blush, a champagne rose pigmented blush marbled with Luminous Light Ambient Lighting Powder.


The powder is exquisitely finely milled and pressed in to a softly domed cake, the surface of which is just as silky as an angel's wing to the touch. It can be a bit powdery, depending on how much blush or powder is marbled in the layer you are working on at the time. So far, with my own blush, I am not finding it to be all that powdery. My blush has lovely pigmentation, gives me the colour payoff I expect and the lasting power I would ask from a high end blush.


My preferred application tool for this blush is a natural hair dual fiber brush. It picks up just the right amount of product, then sets it down and buffs it in just the way I want it to look. I am also playing with a synthetic blush brush and this blush. They are getting along pretty nicely together but I still prefer the natural hair duo fiber brush.


This is a concentrated swipe and a brush blended out swatch of the Luminous Flush Ambient Lighting Blush on the back of my hand photographed indoors in light coming in through my window.


And the same swatches photographed in direct sunshine.

I know that the reviews on these blushes are a little back and forth, people seem to either love or hate them. They also seem to align behind them depending on what shade they are reviewing. I happen to love this shade. It is beautiful, it works for my skin tone, it applies smoothly and evenly, lasts for hours and hours and let's face it, it is just gorgeous to own. There is one more shade, Dim Infusion that I would very much love to treat myself to. One day, soon. I hope.

Do you own any of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes? If so, which shades do you have? What do you think of them? I'd really like to hear your thoughts.

Thank you so much for dropping by and reading and have a beautiful day.

53 comments

  1. "as silky as an angel's wing to the touch" Love that description! I also really like the color of this blush. It looks nice with your skin tone. I don't own any HG Ambient Lighting blushes, but now I want to!

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  2. I've been thinking about picking up one of these... mood and the fuchsia one.. I'm not sure if I can achieve similar results with a regular blush and my Hourglass finishing powder, though.

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  3. Love love love these blushes. They are super gorgeous and beautiful. And girl your description makes me want this shade even more. I have 3 of them, but I am thinking I need all of them. Beautiful just beautiful!

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  4. That looks like such a pretty blush!

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  5. I've read mostly great reviews of the blush. I like my Ambient Lighting Powder, and I'd love to try the blush...when I get a cash infusion. I love the shade you chose.

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  6. Why is Hourglass so darn awesome?! I think I mat have to get a blush now!

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  7. STAHP! I need this. It is just too gorgeous.

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  8. You do. It's like, serious fab. Grab one during the next Friends and Family VIB thingy. That is when I splurge on my "I really shouldn't be buying this" goodies. :D

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  9. I know, right? I own one powder and one blush. I want ALL of the Hourglass things!!!!!!!!! LOL

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  10. I love my blush and my powder. They are worth every penny, to me. I use so little and they work so well. Mmm... Delish! :)

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  11. Oh, it is. I have to pinch myself sometimes when I open my little blush drawer and it is sitting there, gleaming up at me. I can't believe that it is mine. :)

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  12. Aw, thank you so much for your lovely words. This shade is beautiful. I think it is the dark horse of the bunch. There are other shades that get more hype and attention, but in my opinion, this one is the quiet beauty. :) I have my greedy eyes on Dim Infusion, that soft coral is calling my name. Maybe Diffused Heat and Mood Exposure, too. Greedy.

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  13. I thought about that... Trying to mix the powder and a blush for the same effect but I don't think it would work the same. And, by the time you grind the two up and mix them, you might as well just go buy a blush all made and packaged up pretty. :) Those blushes will look so fantastic on you. :)

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  14. Thank you so much. :) You need to get you one. Try it. Soooo nice. :)

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  15. THIS IS SO PRETTY! Killing me, I need it!!

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  16. While I didn't like them for me, I can see it being flattering on you

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  17. I'm a huge fan of marbled blushes, bronzers, etc. I think they just add so much more depth than a solid color.

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  18. I want this so much... I can't wait! :D eek

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  19. This blush is absolutely stunning!

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  20. I have been debating about buying this. Now I know I have to!

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  21. I'm addicted to these!! I went absolutely nuts buying Hourglass powders

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  22. I could go nuts buying these. They are fantastic.

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  23. Oh I know. I want so many more than I can have! LOL

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  24. I thought about it long and hard and swatched it before I did it. That blush was an investment for me. :)

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  25. It's going to look so good on you. :D

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  26. I agree with you. I love the built in highlight. :)

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  27. I remember your review and that you weren't a fan. There is something for everyone. :)

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  28. Get it when you can. It is the pretty. :)

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  29. I have two HG blushes, diffused heat and mood exposure!

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  30. I don't own any of these blushes because I have similar baked blushes from Milani but I love the color of this one.

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  31. I'm loving your swatches. You've inspired me to wear this today!

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  32. Your swatches are just beautiful. I've gone back and forth on these blushes but I do want to have one, just because!

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  33. This is amazingly gorgeous! I love the swatches you have!

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  34. I have gone back and forth on these. I love them on others but I don't know if I need this.

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  35. This is just gorgeous all the way around.

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  36. Get it. It will be gorgeous on your cheeks. :0

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  37. I took some time before I bought this but I am so happy that I did. And now I want all of them. LOL

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  38. It is so nice to have. Sometimes you need to do that... Just have a gorgeous little something. :)

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  39. I have a couple of baked blushes by Milani. They are nice but I find them different from this one.

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