Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush: Review, Pics and Swatches

Hourglass Dim Infusion

Purchased by me


You’ve probably heard all the commotion and accolades about the new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes ($35) sold exclusively at Sephora. “Discover a new way to blush. Hourglass has fused Ambient Lighting Powder, the cutting-edge collection of finishing powders, with an array of vivid cheek colors, creating a hybrid product that is unique, contemporary, and revolutionary. Unlike traditional blush, which tends to be flat, Ambient Lighting Blush uses Photoluminescent Technology to exhibit depth and dimension. The airy, lightweight powders contain optically transparent particles that amplify the colors to a multidimensional level—effectively reinventing the way you view blush.  Each hand-made blush is formulated using an advanced miscelare technique—which means “to mix” in Italian—creating the perfect balance of pigment and powder, and no two look alike.”

These went on sale early to Sephora VIB’s and I l was late to the party and had to wait until now to try them–and for the sake of science and my dear readers, I HAD to try them! So what’s the big deal? Radiance, yep that’s it. The one thing all over 40 women strive for–that youthful glow. At first, reviews were outstanding and then the more I read, the more mixed the reviews became. Another reason to try for myself!

Available in 6 shades: 

– Dim Infusion (Subdued coral blush fused with Dim Light to add warmth)
Diffused Heat (Vibrant poppy blush combined with Diffused Light for a subtle halo effect)
Luminous Flush (Champagne rose blush fused with Luminous Light to evoke a candlelit glimmer)
Radiant Magenta (Golden fuchsia blush combined with Radiant Light for a summer glow)
– Mood Exposure (Soft plum blush fused with Mood Light to brighten the complexion)
Ethereal Glow (Cool pink blush fused with Ethereal Light for a moonlit luminosity)

I chose Dim Infusion, because I love coral blushes on my skin tone and because I wanted to try the dim light highlighter that is mixed in with the blush. In the pan it looks very peach but once applied to my cheeks it took on more of a coral hue. Surprisingly, I had to use more than I expected; usually one swipe with a good blush brush and I’m done, but I actually had to switch to a brush that picks up more product.  The consistency is just about perfect;  it’s soft but firm enough not to not kick up a dust when swirled in the pan. Beware though, many reviews have complained about these blushes kicking up dust and wasting product. It seems the texture varies greatly within the shade range and maybe even with the particular pan you get.

Dim Infusion outdoor light

Perhaps the biggest difference between  Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes and other blushes is the seamless finish. You truly cannot go wrong; no matter how much or how little you apply it blends into an extremely natural soft focus finish–you won’t get a line of demarcation here unless you really try! I haven’t noticed any “glow” so I put Dim Infusion to the co-worker test and while both liked the shade and thought it looked natural, neither noticed a “glow.” A bit disappointing as this is what this “cutting edge” blush is supposed to be all about. It’s true I don’t recommend a lot shimmer or glitter for over 40 cheeks, but there are other products that do provide a nice youthful luster and I’m sad to say this did not. Apparently mixing the blush shade with the ambient glow powder results in a more satin finish than JLo glow cheeks. Still, it’s a lovely blush but if you are looking for the glowy, radiant aspect, it isn’t here (at least with this shade, I can’t speak for the others).

Packaging is elegant: a soft gold compact with a full mirror that unfortunately attracts fingerprints like Kim Kardashian does athletes.

Hourglass Packaging

This product is free of fragrance, nano-particle, talc, and gluten. It was not tested on animals.

Hourglass Dim Infusion #3

Bottom Line: If I sound wishy-washy about Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes , it’s because I am. I love the shade and the seamless way it blends along with the very natural finish, however, for me it does not live up to the claim of glowy, radiant skin which is disappointing. It is expensive at $35 so I don’t think I will purchase another shade. On the other hand, if you are looking for a splurge (we all are sometimes), this would be a good choice for the lovely shade and flattering texture. See what I mean? Wishy-washy.



  • UGH! I wanted this and now I want it more! LOL!

  • I totally agree with your wishy washy LOL. I got Diffused Heat and for the price a Nars blush would have been better spent! It seemed that I had to really get a lot to make it show up on my skin. It also seemed like a small blush as well, I thought they would be the same size as the Ambient lighting powder. All in all it’s pretty and Hourglass has great products!

    • True, I just think they missed the mark on this one.

  • I understand why you would be wish washy! I got the Hour Glass Dim Light ambient powder and I ended waiting to long or I would take it back. I do not like it at all! I am wishy washy in that I still have a desire to try the Ethereal Glow one….LOL!!!

    • I completely understand that logic!

  • I’ve been on the fence about these after I missed the first batch. As pretty as the pictures are I know I’d use it a few times and then it would sit.

    • Yeah, I like it but I don’t love it

  • Nathalie

    Thanks Cindy for the great post. I am so glad to read your opinion on this blush as I was beginning to think that I was the only one that didn’t like it. I, as many others, caved in to the hype and went to Sephoras and picked one up…. I gave it a whirl for about a week but frankly it did absolutely nothing for me, it was bland, it had no glow…. in fact I looked rather washed-out with it. So I bit the bullet and returned it and exchanged to for a Nars blush (I love their blushes). However, I must say that the staff at Sephora, who know me very well, were in shock that I did not like it…..My philosophy is If I am going to wear blush, I would like it to give me some colour!!!!!

  • Mamavalveeta03

    Cindy, this may be totally off-point, (but I don’t think you’ll mind hearing it

    • Mamavalveeta03

      Ok. This is weird, but most of my comment got deleted (and it was so witty

  • Mamavalveeta03

    I give up. What are you using on your skin? You look great!

    • Hi Mama! Thank you!!! Hmmm, let’s see Reviva Labs Lighten & Brighten serum for dark spots, Painted Earth Vitamin C moisturizer for daytime. PM-when I’m on my game, Murad AHA/BHA exfoliating cleanser, when I’m lazy RoC Daily Resurfacing disks, again Reviva lighten and brighten and a new cream with retinol (I’ll have to look up the name, only been using it for about a week). Before that, dermaE Soothing oil-free moisturizer. I also really, really like the Reviva Labs Collagen Regeneration Cream for night.

  • Erin

    I got caught up in the hype. I admit it. I just had to have it and now I’m disappointed. I bought the Ethereal Glow, and I can hardly see a thing on my face. (I am pale ivory w/pink undertones.) It actually pales me out worse. I will say that true to hourglass powders, they are finely milled and float on the skin.

    • I totally agree with your assessment.