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10.7.17

Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blusher in Iridescent Flash Review



Hi everyone,

One product that I have been so excited to try recently is the Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting blusher, which I picked up at Sephora when I was in LA. I cannot tell you how long this blusher has been on my wish list but at £32 a pop the price tag has always put me off. So was it worth it I hear you ask?


Well, a bit about the product itself first…. This blusher is a combination of the Ambient Strobe Lighting powder with a blush shade running through it which Hourglass say will provide it with that ‘glow from within’ look.

There are four shades available and I chose the shade Iridescent Flash which is a lovely magenta shade blended with the Iridescent Strobe Light powder. I really love the colour itself which provides a lovely, natural flush to the cheeks but is buildable if you want a stronger look.

I have to say though, that from previous reviews I have read and from the description of the product, I was expecting this blusher to provide a lot more of a glow. I was a little confused and disappointed to find that actually it wasn’t as ‘glowing’ as I thought it was going to be and although it still does add more dimension than many blushers, I wasn't blown away by it. Even in my swatch photo I think it looks like it has quite a glow about it but it isn't quite the same when applied all over the cheeks somehow.

Another slight disappointment I had was with the formula, which is really quite powdery. This is a bit of a pet hate of mine as I really don’t like it when a product gets everywhere and sadly this is a bit of an issue with this blusher.

I don't think this photo shows fully how powdery the blusher is but hopefully it gives you an idea.
Overall, I do like this product but I don’t think I would rush to buy another which I know may be quite a controversial opinion! I'm sure there are people screaming at their screen wondering what I am talking about but for me this blusher just wasn't what I was expecting. I would like to try some other products from Hourglass as mostly I have heard nothing but good things about them – maybe I had just too high expectations with this one.

Have you tried any Hourglass products? What did you think of them?

Thanks for reading,

Hannah xx

33 comments:

  1. That is such a beautiful blush but it's okay that you didn't go crazy over this blush...to each their own I say. Maybe you will like other products better from the brand. I love the shade and it's one that can be worn anytime of the year. I have my eyes on the Nude one but I need to give it a swatch first because I'm afraid it might be a tad bit to light for my skintone.

    Ann-Marie | http://facetocurls.com

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    1. I'm still keen to try some of their other products, their foundation and finishing powders in particular but I'm not sure I would rush out to buy any more of the blushes. You'll have to let me know how you get on if you do decide to go for the nude one :) x

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  2. Ah, what a pity it didn't provide the massive 'glow' you were hoping for! Really appreciating your honest opinion, as I've only ever read glowing (pun intended, haha) reviews on this product. Gorgeous looking product nonetheless to have on your vanity table ;) Have a fabulous week!!

    aglassofice.com
    x

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    1. I had heard such good things about the blushers to so I thought it was a sure win. For the price though it really didn't blow me away but it hadn't put me off trying other Hourglass products. Hope you have a lovely weekend :) x

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  3. It's such a shame the product didn't give you the highlight you wanted as the packaging and appearance of the product is gorgeous.
    Thanks for providing your honest feedback Hannah.
    Jaz xoxo
    http://www.thelifeofasocialbutterfly.co.uk

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    1. The packaging is so pretty and the blush itself in the pan looks really nice with the swirl effect :) x

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  4. Hm, bummer that this didn't quite impress you as much as you thought it would! That's always such a letdown when a product doesn't come through 100%!

    I do think the color is pretty on you!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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    1. I think I was more disappointed because I really had high expectations for this one and thought it was going to blow all of my other blushers out of the water. I'm still glad I have tried it though :) x

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  5. I love how honest this review is Hannah! For that price you really would expect it to be impressive. It looks pretty in the palette though :) I recommend the Mirenesse blusher ( I can't remember what colour I have)- it's a highlighter-blush and its super pretty! I use it every day.

    Rachel xx
    http://www.thedailyluxe.net

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    1. Thanks Rachel, I always want to be as honest as I can even though it can be scary when you feel like you're going against the majority opinion on something. I just think that it's such an expensive product though and I always give a true reflection of my experience with something. Thanks for recommending Mirenesse blusher, I haven't heard of it before but will definitely check it out :) x

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  6. I haven't tried this yet but I enjoy seeing honest reviews like this! If I'm going to spend £32 on something, I want to see whether it's worth it. I can see what you mean about it lacking a glow (I thought they were supposed to be very glowy too), and the powdery texture, which is not good at all for something that cost so much! x

    Velvet Blush

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    1. I completely agree, Hourglass is not a cheap brand so if you're going to splash out on something then you want it to be as you expected. It's the first product that I have tried from the brand so I will look at some other products that they do and hopefully I'll have a better experience :) x

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  7. Nooooo, I love the formula of Hourglass blusher but I got the LE trio. Maybe this shade doesn't suits you? What a shame, Hannah but that's the luck with makeup. Sometimes things just don't work out the same for us. It's like Make Up For Ever HD foundation and me, everyone love it but I couldn't hate it more. LOL!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

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    1. It's true, what works for one may not necessarily work for another as we are all so different. I'm glad that you had a better experience with the blusher and I will definitely try out some other products from Hourglass and hope to like them a bit better :) x

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  8. I was planning to buy Hourglass lighting blusher, but could not decide on the colour....thank you for your honest review.....
    Sylwia,
    www.passion4luxus.com

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    1. I'd love to hear how you get on if you do decide to give it a try :) x

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  9. Its a shame it disappointed you but thanks for an honest review Hannah, think I'll avoid it x
    A Blushing Beauty Blog

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    1. I was disappointed but I'm glad that I gave it a try :) x

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  10. wow, this blush looks amazing! I would love to try :)

    MERI WILD BLOG

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    1. If you do decide to give it a go I would love to know your thoughts on it :) x

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  11. That look absolutely beautiful! Great post and review! :-)

    https://barbiegirl06.wordpress.com/

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    1. Thank you :) I'm glad you liked it. x

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  12. Hourglass always creates such stunning looking products, that's for sure, but like you I wasn't too much of a fan of their blush. The Ambient Strobe Highlighting Powder however is a great one to try out, I picked one up in Sephora in Rome, really impressed with it.

    It is a pretty blush colour on you though, perhaps try mixing it with another blush and see if it works? I often do that when some products aren't quite right.

    Laura xo
    www.shehearts.net

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one that didn't think this product was as amazing as I'd hoped. I am intrigued by the Ambient Strobe Highlighting Powder so I may try that one out next. I will give it a go as well mixing it with another blusher, thanks for the tip :) x

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  13. Wow, what a gorgeous product! No, I have not used this but I have used only a couple of Hourglass products, my first one was the veil primer. Pity about the result for you, and I also don't fancy too powdery of formula. The colour is lovely overall.
    Take care, dear. x/Madison
    FASHION TALES

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    1. How did you find the veil primer? I have heard really good things about that product too. The colour of the blusher was very pretty but I was just hoping for a bit more glow but I guess you win some, you lose some. x

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  14. It's such a pretty color. Goes great with your skin tone. It was made for you!

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    1. Aw thank you so much, that's lovely of you to say :) x

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  15. I like powder products, and I liked this color, but if you said it is too powdery, then I don't know whether to buy or not... but I did like the colors! Hope you have a great weekend!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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    1. The colour is very pretty and I have no complaints in that regard. I was just hoping that it would give more of a glow. Hope you're having a lovely weekend :) x

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  16. This looks so pretty on you Hannah

    Gemma
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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  17. You are such a doll, Hannah. SO flawless!
    Thanks for sharing your make up collection!
    Have a fabulous week!
    Much love, Len
    http://www.lenparent.com
    XO

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