What it is:
A limited-edition blush palette with the illuminating effects of Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder fused with blush pigments for glowing color and a natural-looking, radiant finish.
What it does:
Ambient® Strobe Lighting Blush is an innovative blush in three shades that are fused with the illuminating effects of Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder. Its ultra-fine pearl particles are in varying sizes and refraction levels, with on-trend hues to provide glowing, lit from within color.
Unlike traditional blush which tends to be flat, this blush uses Photoluminescent Technology—optically transparent particles that amplify the colors to a multidimensional level, providing a seamless, radiant finish. It’s designed to complement the Ambient Lighting Collection, and when applied with the entire wardrobe of products, it leaves your complexion with an otherworldly glow.
This set contains:
– 3 x 0.09 oz/ 2.55 g Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush in Incandescent Electra, Brilliant Nude, Euphoric Fusion
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
What else you need to know:
Photoluminescent Technology are the micro-sized, color-correcting particles that alter the appearance of the skin by manipulating and refracting favorable light. The soft-focus technology filters out harsh light to help minimize the look of wrinkles, imperfections, and neutralizes discoloration. The result is skin that looks smooth, even, and enhanced—not masked.
“Blush is an important part of any makeup routine—it’s one of the easiest ways to instantly look more awake and refresh the complexion by adding depth and dimension. Accentuating the cheekbones with Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush adds a glowing touch of color that looks lit from within.”—Carisa Janes, Hourglass Founder
Different lighting situations
This is more of a first impressions review because I haven’t had proper time to wear test the Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette to my satisfaction. I know many people are interested in it and it’s LE, so I’m moving quickly on this one. I will break it down shade by shade.
Typical Hourglass! If you’re OCD, you might be in trouble; this case holds every smudge and speck of dust or dirt or makeup. The case is sturdy but opens easily so you’ll want to rubber band it for travel. The pan sizes are ok, just right for a small blush brush or skunk brush.
This is a true blush for me with great pigmentation and blends easily. The finish is the least shimmery of the three shades offered. The finish is more of a satin. The color is a warm red coral shade. The shimmer is more of a peach, but it’s all works together to offer a beautiful soft glow when blended. I was surprised this looked good on my winter skin, but with a light hand, it really does look good. Incandescent Electra seems to last the longest out of them as well at least on my dry skin.
This is more of a highlighting blush. It’s not as pigmented as Incandescent Electra and has much more noticeable shimmer. The shimmer in this one is a bronzey gold, and the base blush color is a peachy brown with a yellow undertone. Due to it’s sheerer nature you can blend it too much. This shade will work better on warm skin tones though with a light hand it does look nice on me with proper blending. I plan on using this as a “rosacea topper” for when I’m having a flare. The color will help disguise the redness a bit and blend to a more suitable shade for my cool coloring. It’s not a bad shade or product; it’s just not as pigmented as a traditional high-end blush. It does seem buildable, but I haven’t layered it due to the color being so warm. I think it might also make a nice evening bronzer for someone a little darker than I am.
This is somewhere between a blush and a highlighting blush. It’s got the most sheen to it out of the three. It’s a mauve base shade, and a rose gold powder that blends to a slightly lighter shade than expected, a delicate warm rose. This will be a godsend blush for dry skinned people or those who like a very matte foundation. It blends well and can be layered, but it is easy to over blend this shade as it’s pretty soft. It’s a great everyday color for me with my cool skin tone but warmer hair and eye color.
Blended swatches in full direct sun
Wear time is a little shorter on Brilliant Nude and Euphoric Fusion at about seven to eight hours before fading, and Incandescent Electra wore until I took it off. I tested these shades without foundation or primer, so I feel they might fair better with a traditional base product. They were all lovely, and the only one that might emphasize texture is Brilliant Nude due to the size of the shimmer. My pans seemed to have more color marbling than other pans I’ve seen online. I’m not sure how well Brilliant Nude or Euphoric Fusion will show up on dark skin. Overall, I like the new formula, but I think I prefer the Ambient Lighting Blushes on the whole because they offer a little more pigment so you can choose a brush and blending style to sheer it if you like or wear it really full. Nothing wrong with this formula, it’s just more sheer and a little more shiny. If you’re fair to medium skinned, warm toned, and dry skinned this is a must buy. I feel the Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette is a good buy but not a must have unless you prefer very luminous, sheer, blendable blush.
Product Rating: A-/B+
Repurchase: No, I will get singles of the Ambient Lighting Blushes, however.
Have you tried the Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette? Are you interested in purchasing it?