I spent the second half of 2013 raving about the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders which barged their way into my non-powder using life and changed it forever. I can’t get enough of the light textured, glow inducing powders and so when I heard of a possible blush sibling I was a very excited girl. Blush is my thing and one of the products I can’t live without so I’ve been putting them to test and I’m ready to report back. 

The blushers are £28 each and are now available on pre-order on Space NK. There are six different shades, each individual blush with it’s unique hand-made swirl. The effect is somewhat along the same lines as the original powders, illuminating, glowing and give that ‘lit from within’ look. Although the brighter blush shades are all mixed in with lighter powders, they still give really good pigmentation and show up more than you would think. The shades are easy to blend and leave a flush of colour with a beautiful sheen for a subtle highlight. 

The shade ‘Mood Exposure’ didn’t appeal to me at first, as out of all of them it is more like a bronzer but after trying it, I’m now in love. It sits in the same category at NARS Douceur as a sort of “contour with a flush” shade, although I’d say it’s rosier than Douceur. For something brighter, ‘Radiant Magenta’ is a combination of a fuchsia blush with a soft Radiant Light Ambient Powder. Swirled together and applied on the cheeks it can either be worn as a sheer bright pink or built up to be something more dramatic. 

I love the finish of these and they remind me of the MAC mineralize blushers. I’d definitely recommend them and I’ll be looking into some of the softer, peach shades too!


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  1. Zazie Bibi says:

    These are so gorgeous! love the packaging too xx

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  2. Marie says:

    These are both not really my colors. The radiant magenta looks waaay too bright for me as I’m very pale and I think it would look much brighter on me, and te other one is too plummy. But they both suit you so well! I’m just more the peachy blush kinda gal D

  3. Mira says:

    Both look awesome. Radiant Magenta is my favorite.

    xx Mira


  4. Marie says:

    Ah and do you know why they’ve changed the logo on the package? The previous one was much prettier in my opinion!

  5. The look so awesome, Have been dying to try Hourglass products. But sadly they arent available in India yet.


  6. I’ve successfully resisted the Ambient Lighting powders as I’m very picky with my face powders. These blushes look beautiful but I’m afraid they might be a bit too bright for my pale complexion, especially “Radiant Magenta”. I’ll definitely have a look at the other shades as I’m already in love with the luxurious packaging! xx


  7. Gosh do they look good, I so love hourglass packaging. Hopefully by the time I can get my hands on them they are not sold out!!


  8. They really suit you Lily! I’m a massive blush person too x

  9. Ooh they are absolutely lovely! The packaging is also so sleek


  10. Can’t wait to try these. Love the Ambient lighting powder so Im bound to love these too xo


  11. These are beautiful! Thank you for the review Lilly!


  12. I love the way Mood Exposure looks on you! These have been sitting on my wishlist for a few weeks now, and now I know the shade I want! It looks like a subtle mix between MAC’s Trace Gold and Sleek’s Antique. Love the way they look! xx

  13. Marlenne says:

    I see them on every beaty blog, can’t wait to get my hands on them!


  14. I like ‘radiant magenta’ more. Pretty packaging too!


  15. Sharina says:

    Definitely a pass! Come to think of it, the HG Ambient Lighting blushes are just a more subdued version of MAC MSF blushes!

  16. Jess H. says:

    These are two shades I am most interested in trying. I do not think the softer shades will show much on medium skin tone. Personally I think mood exposure looks nicer on you.


  17. I love the look of Radiant Magenta, such a gorgeous pink x


  18. Giada says:

    I always wanted to try the Ambient Lighting powders, but I’m not a face powders huge fan then I never splurged on it. But I’m definitely a blush junkie, so I’m super excited about these. Mood Exposure seems lovely, and it’s absolutely beautiful on you!

    x Giada | The Beauty Recensionist

  19. These are so so beautiful, they look amazing on you!

    L x

    http://www.xloulabeth.blogspot.co.uk | a little giveaway!

  20. Valérie says:

    How beautiful does the packaging and these products look?! I really love them, I couldn’t decide which one is prettier.

    Valérie | scribblesofvalerie.com

  21. Barbor says:

    do you know that feeling wjhen you cannot sleep properly until you get something? now I have exactly that feeling. I. NEED. THIS!

  22. These are landing in Australia in a few weeks! Cannot wait!

    Sarah | More Than Adored

  23. I really want to try these! I love the Hourglass powder and I have complete faith in Hourglass that these blushes will be just as wonderful. I somehow expected them to be more glowy, but perhaps it just doesn’t translate as much in photos as it does in person.
    Stephanie | Love, August

  24. Gemma Oliver says:

    I want the shades Ethereal Glow and Luminous Flush in these for my super pale skin but shades you have look fab on your skin tone!

    Gem x

  25. Liss Cope says:

    Mood exposure looks so gorgeous! xxx

  26. These look SO pretty… Definite beauty lust :O

  27. Kat B says:

    Oh god, the Mood Exposure would be just my thing! These are absolutely beautiful!

    Kat B

  28. Olivia S says:

    I think these are the most beautiful blushers I have ever seen… I need them all! Xx

    Olivia – cravemorebeauty.blogspot.co.uk

  29. Mood Exposure is perfect for your complexion. looking absolutely stunning!

  30. Furnaz Ahmed says:

    Ohhhh…I really want all six! what is a girl to do?

    You look lovely…xx


  31. Chrissabella says:

    They look amazing, love Radiant-Magenta!

    Greetings from London,


  32. Amber Hunter says:

    I think Radiant Magenta is the most up my alley; I’m a strong lover of bright pink blushes! Anna also swatched that one on her blog and seeing you wear it really has just cemented my love for it. Who knows, maybe I’ll treat myself to one
    Lovely Notions

  33. Hayley M says:

    Order firmly placed!!… after a lot of internet stalking, I’ve gone for the Diffused Heat shade! lol

    Hayley xo | http://www.sailor-stories.blogspot.co.uk

  34. These are so beautiful! I need to try these.


  35. Oh my. These definitely look like something we need to get our hands on! The radiant magenta is gorgeous, both suit you loads!

    Eve & Faye x
    Sugar Spun Sisters – A blog about charity shops, cosmetics & coeliac disease

  36. Mercuteify says:

    I was never too struck by the ambient lighting powders, but these I can get on board with! I think I’ll be picking up diffused heat, but I’m waiting till they get in stores so I can swatch them!


  37. a little strong for me but beautiful on you!

  38. Looks brilliant! 🙂 I think their formula is great ! xx

  39. These look so amazing! Although I’m trying to be good for February I may just have to treat myself when March rolls round – thank god it’s a short month! x


  40. Amelia says:

    Ohhh I want! I’ve heard a lot of bloggers rave about these…they look amazing!

    Amelia Rose | Beauty Blogger

  41. Cloud Esmé says:

    So happy these aren’t as pricey as the powders! The colours are gorgeous:)


  42. Jordanxoxo says:

    As soon as I saw the photo of Radiant Magenta I wanted it because how it looked in the pan alone but after seeing the photo of you wearing it I think I’ll be needing to purchase this! So pretty!


  43. Denisse says:

    I’m honestly not a fan of blush. Probably because the area around my cheeks already gets a bit red, and these colors seem rather strong! However, the ambient powder just seems like a must-have more and more!

  44. I lucked out and scored Radian Magenta the day they went on sale on the Hourglass site, and it is my JAM. I couldn’t love it more!

    Shani x
    She Dreams in Perfect French

  45. Shelby says:

    These blushes look gorgous! I really wish they weren’t so expensive as I would love to give one of these a try 🙂


  46. Louise Smith says:

    These look so beautiful! Can’t wait to see them in person!


  47. Maddy says:

    I love both of these colours, they look amazing on you too! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

  48. Raizel Greco says:

    I really want to try these! They look so beautiful!

    Ray | Obey Ray

  49. Alyson says:

    Really beautiful! I think a peach one would look really pretty for the spring!

    xx Alyson

  50. Nicola says:

    Oh my – Radiant Magenta is BEAUTIFUL!
    Nicola x
    Magics in the Make Up

  51. Radiant Magenta looks sooo pretty!

  52. Sian Marie says:

    So in love with these! Neeeeed them in my collection!



  53. Lauren J says:

    These look absolutely beautiful x


  54. beverley says:

    I love Hourglass and have several products from their range. I was super excited waiting for the blushers but I was disappointed to read on several reviews that the packaging feels cheap. I might buy one but the more I’m reading as the launch approaches I could mix a shade of blush with the ethereal powder I have as the one which uses ethereal is meant to be so light it’s really like a highlight which may not suit daytime. I was going to pre-order but might just wait for people who buy the blushers to review instead of promotional ones.

  55. Ooo these blushes look fabulous, I’ve never tried the brand before, in fact it’s the first time I’ve discovered it thanks to your lovely post 🙂

    Elizabeth Daisy x | Candyfloss Curls, Cupcakes & Couture

  56. Oh wow, don’t these just look glorious I mean I know you shouldn’t like a product for its appearance but there definitely visually pleasing. I really want to try a few bits from Hourglass this year I just wish Space NK delivery wasn’t so expensive!


  57. Dannii Ofe says:

    Definitely going to be ordering a couple of these, they seem like my perfect kind of blush from what i’ve heard so far


  58. These look so nice! Radiant Magenta looks especially lovely on you (:


  59. Jen27 says:

    Gosh, I’m so excited to give these a go! Both of these look stunning on you 🙂



  60. Radiant Magenta reminds me of a MAC mineralized blush that came out with that…cosmic something or other collection a few years ago. I have the blush, but am totally blanking out on the name of it right now. The colors and veining look almost identical to it.


  61. Laura Lara says:

    Oh my goodness, great pigment!!!!

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  62. Sooo pretty! I love Hourglass powders. These are now on my must-try list.

    xx Lauren // Dirty Blonde Ambition

  63. Radiant Magenta looks gorgeous! It looks like it’s been airbrushed on your skin. So lovely.


  64. Temmy Duong says:

    Hourglass always has pretty packaging. The shade Mood Exposure really compliments your complexion.


  65. These look sooo good! I’ve got my eye on radiant magenta! Thanks for photographing it next to the ambient lighting powder, it’s great to know how it compares size wise!


  66. Miss Niki says:

    seriously one of my new favorite blushes! I have mood exposure and love it! They’re pricey, but worth it and I want more!

  67. I really want to try the ambient lighting powders! I have super dry skin so I have refused to use them for the past couple of years but the hourglass ones sound like they may be my ticket to long lasting beautiful makeup! I would love for you to check out my blog Lily 🙂 its rosariagrace.wordpress.com xx


  68. Ellie Fleet says:

    The Dusky pink shade is gorgeous but the bright pink looks so much healthier on the skin! <3
    Elephant stories and more

  69. Beautiful post! Those colors are great with your skin tone!
    Love my real techniques brushes also!!


  70. Claire says:

    Ahhh, my heart is fluttering already, I definitely think I will be ordering the coral one 🙂
    xxx Claire

  71. Love Lana says:

    I have Mood Exposure and love it! I also thought it looked a little like a bronzer in the pan but on it was a muted dull pinkish/brown colour. I also bought Luminous Flush. It is more of a soft pink colour while still being really pigmented. If you want to check out the colour of the pans I bought check out lovelanaxx.blogspot.com my little blog. I really like the colours I have been wearing both. They are so pretty both in the pan and on! In love!!

    Love Lana xx


  72. Hi! Where can one get these in London? Or are they even available in UK?

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