A few months ago I purchased, used, and wrote a glowing review on the Ambient Lighting Edit in Surreal Light from Hourglass Cosmetics. It was the first powder product I tried from the brand, and I was attracted because I was able to test and array of products–a finishing powder, two blushes, and bronzer, and highlight to be exact.I fell in love, so when I saw this blush palette on Sephora’s website, I instantly added it to my cart. After playing with it (aka not wearing anything else), I have some thoughts (buy it).
Let’s begin with the basics. You get three blush shades: Incandescent Electra, a cool peach; Brilliant Nude, a deep amber; and Euphoric Fusion, a soft lilac. Each is blended with a different strobe powder in order to create a different effect from creating a celestial glow to a youthful glow. Each pan has about 0.09 oz. of product, and the palette is priced at $62, which is steep, but much like the Ambient Lighting Edit, worth it.
Hourglass states these powders are infused with a photo luminescent technology, optically transparent particles that amplify colors to a multi-dimensional level. Sounds cool, doesn’t it? Really what it means is these powders aren’t supposed to look flat on the skin, as some blushes will do. And they don’t. They add a liveliness to your cheeks that’s hard to explain, but you can see it when wearing them.
At first, I was a little apprehensive with the strobe powder, afraid it would be too shimmery on the face and cheeks, but I personally don’t think that’s the case. When wearing during the day or to work, I don’t feel the need to wear a highlighter, which is nice as it saves a bit of time in the mornings. If I do wear a highlighting product, I’ll wear something really subtle, like another I have from Hourglass.
You can probably tell I would recommend this palette, but let’s break it down into pros and cons.
- The blushes are pigmented but not too pigmented, so they’re easy to work with.
- The powders blend out on skin smoothly.
- They don’t look cakey on top of liquid and cream bases
- The colors are wearable.
- It’s a little pricey.
- All three shades are shimmery.
- This is a limited edition product.
I’ll let you decide, but I really like this palette and am happy I took the plunge.