Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Vibrant Blush Week #2: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta

Hi, everyone! My latest post rung in Vibrant Blush Week here at Vibrant Beauty Blog and now it's time for the second installment! Back in February, I was ecstatic about the release of Hourglass' Radiant Lighting Blushes and I sang the praises of the incredibly lovely Diffused Heat. During the recent Sephora VIB Sale, I picked up another little beauty from the range, Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta



The Ambient Lighting Blushes come in sleek, square-shaped reflective plastic cases with the shade names printed on the back. 



Though the compact is fun to stare at, it's the product itself that's the true show-stopper. The marbled design is a mix of coloured blush and one of Hourglass' Ambient Lighting Powders. In the case of Radiant Magenta, the mix includes a cheery cool-toned candy pink and the warmer gilded beige Radiant Light powder. 


The blended mix of these contrasting shades lies somewhere between fuchsia and coral and imparts a subtle golden sheen. Equal parts boldness and softness and entirely pretty!

Here is Radiant Magenta swatched on my inner arm (MAC NC15 skin tone) in (first) warmer, natural light and (second) cooler artificial lighting:


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta (L) swatched heavily and (R) blended

And here it is on my face! I applied it to the apples of my cheeks and blended up to the temples:


And here, in the context of a completed makeup look. I paired it with my brand-spakin' new Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette (but that's for another post!):



And now for a full breakdown of the best and worst bits about this pretty blush!

Pros:

  • Blends effortlessly into skin
  • Can be applied lightly for a sheer effect or layered for a bolder look
  • Imparts a lovely glow to the skin without chunky shimmer or obvious glitter
  • Perfect mix of cool and warm hues; should be suitable for most skin tones
  • Wears evenly without fading all day long!
  • Vegan, animal-friendly, and paraben-free!
Cons:
  • The plastic packaging is slightly flimsy. I'm a bit worried about the blush shattering if dropped!
  • At $41 CAD, this is quite pricey, as blushes go!

And there you have it! Hourglass rarely gets it wrong and Radiant Magenta is no exception! The formula is soft and blendable, the shade is bold, yet incredibly wearable, and the wear time is tops. A true stunner!

Are you a fan of Hourglass Cosmetics? What bold blushes have you been loving lately?

Thanks for reading! xo

43 comments:

  1. It looks lovely on you!! You always look amazing :)
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  2. Gah I want one of these blushers so badly!

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  3. First of all, the packaging is absolutely divine, so is the shade <3! Second, it looks perfect on you!! Third, you're gorgeous :)!!!

    xx
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  4. I need to venture out and swatch some of these.
    On one hand I think they are gorgeous but at $41 dollars a pop...
    damn it I should have bought one at the Sephora 15% off sale.
    Lovely post Jen.
    TarteTanya

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  5. Oh the blush is such a perfect colour on you! xx

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  6. I'd love to try one of these blushes, but the price is just too high!

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    x x x

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  7. you always make me want to play with makeup immediately after visiting your blog, haha. yours always turns out so flawlessly! and i like that bright blush, it looks so rosy. though, EEK, that price is a little out of my budget. though it is lovely on you

    xo marlen
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    1. Thanks, Marlen! Always happy to hear I've inspired you to play with makeup :)

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  8. Thanks to you, I've been blushin' it up this week!

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    1. Yay! Glad you've been playing with blush lately :)

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  9. Looking beautiful (as always Jen!!!)

    Stacey Expat Make-Up Addict xx

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  10. You're really making me want all of these blushes! They're gorgeous! :)
    BeyondBlush

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  11. Wow it is pricey but it's so pretty. I love how it looks on you.
    Beautetude

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  12. this is super pretty babe
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  13. Hey Jennifer, if I get one of these Ambient Lighting Blushes, THIS would be the one! It really isn't a magenta tho. It looks more like a coral to me! All the better. I love coral! It's a gorgeous shade on you :)

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    1. Thanks, Sunny! Yeah, it isn't quite magenta- which I'm fine with as it makes it easier to wear! xo

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  14. You look much younger than 30!! Love this colour of blusher, it suits you well :)!

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  15. That blush is so gorgeous <3

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  16. The blush looks amazing on you! I really love how it adds so much warmth to your face. :-)

    Laura
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  17. Hourglass have some beautiful blushes and highlighters!
    This one is stunning!
    xo Holly xo

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  18. just looking at the product, we can tell it's a winner. We love the way you can build it up, and it really did give your skin a gorgeou glowy, dewy finish! Side note, your eyelashes look amazing!!

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  19. such a great color, the blush looks wonderful on you sweety!
    wish you a great weekend!

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  21. That shade is gorgeous on you!! I just picked up the hourglass blush in mood exposure and I love it!! Great post dear, and I love your blog! I have followed you ;)

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  22. how lovely!
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  23. pricey, but it sounds like it's worth it! Looks great on you btw :)

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  24. Hello,

    Amaziiing ! :D

    Sarah, http://sarahmodeee.blogspot.fr/

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  25. The packaging is plastic? Wow... I didn't think so. This may be my favourite blush on you yet!

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    1. Yeah, it's actually a pretty lightweight plastic. Not metal, as it may look!

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  26. It looks so gorgeous and glowy! One for the wishlist for sure ;)

    Zandra // AZTEC DOLL Fashion & Beauty Blog

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  27. Love how this shade looks on you. You have such pretty skin!! =D
    I actually purchased Hourglass during the VIB Sephora sale too! It was the matte primer. First time using it. So far, I like it! It may be a brand I will integrate into my cosmetics more often! =)
    xo,
    nancy

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  28. I was really let down by the Ambient Powder so I completely skipped the blushes. Seeing these swatches though, I feel like I'm missing out, so I think there may be a future purchase of one of the shades they have. I was afraid radiant magenta would be too magenta-pink on me, but I really like the colour I'm seeing in your swatch!

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  29. thanks for an interesting post.
    keep in touch
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  30. Wow this blush looks so pretty... I need to get it! haha I like the marbled effect. Looks gorgeous on you!

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