It seems that over the past few weeks my makeup wish list has been piling up. I have seen so many pretty things out there that I have been eager to expand my makeup collection. I have been trying to be good though and again, only get things that I know I am going to use. My last little makeup purchases, I have been using non stop, yes that would be you Champagne Pop, stunning, so I felt I could justify getting a new blush. For those who don't know, I'm all about blush, and my favourite everyday blush, Nars Orgasm, is slowly coming to an end. With that being said I have had my eye on the Hourglass Ambient Lighting blush and bronzers for a while now and a week ago I just bit the bullet and bought one. I actually chose the colour online, without swatching them all in the store, very brave of me, because I was having one of those days where I simply wanted to receive a fun and exciting piece of mail. I know, don't judge, but you really can't beat checking the mail to find a little parcel, even if it is a gift for you from you! :p Anyone else do that too?
I had heard a bunch of mixed reviews about these blushes. When I opened up my Sephora box, I admit that I felt a tad disappointed and understood those who had expressed their feelings on it being rather small. For $35 you get 0.15 oz, comparing that with my Nars blush that was $30 and got me 0.16oz. It might only be a difference of 0.1oz but it really does look quite tiny. Furthermore, when taking it out of the packaging I noticed how light it felt, for some reason I was expecting a metal/tin compact, or whatever it is that they make packaging out of, but it is plastic, or again whatever it is they make certain makeup packaging out of. :p Does that make sense? I guess what I am saying is that the packaging didn't feel like much for $35. I don't know why but I somehow felt really negative towards this product at first glance.
I opted for the shade 'Mood Exposure' as I fancied something darker. Something different to all the bright pinks and peaches in my collection. 'Mood Exposure' is described as a 'soft plum'. Once I opened it, I felt better as there really is something to be said for the Ambient Lighting collection. The colours are stunning and just so beautiful. When I swatched it on my hand, I felt slightly nervous though, as it didn't show up very well and I thought, 'oh well I'm just going to have to take it back and not make makeup purchases online without swatching first!' :p
Oh ye of little faith, I couldn't return it to Sephora without giving it a fair chance and trying it out with all my makeup done first. And...well...needless to say I have a new favourite blush! On my cheeks, this little blush is extremely pigmented that I have to make sure to be very light handed. It has this beautiful glow to it and looks so pretty on the skin and I love the slightly darker shade over what I'm used to. Moreover, I have grown to love the packaging, after all it is gold and I'm still obsessing over all things white and gold at the moment. It doesn't even bother me that it is on the small side now, it's rather cute and I'm sure it will last me a long time due to the fact that a little goes a long way. I'm not sure why I jumped at being a little negative at first, as I have walked past the Hourglass counter many a time in Sephora and fell in love with everything I saw over and over. Maybe I was just having a bad day, as when i see this blush gleaming on my vanity and I reach for it each time I do my makeup, it makes me smile and I am rather excited to have something from Hourglass in my collection. I'm happy I bit the bullet and treated myself, as it was definitely worth it. :)
Have you tried these blushes before? Do you own other products from Hourglass? What are your favourite blushes? Let me know in the comments below! :)
Have a beautiful day!
Love Lucy xxx