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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Ethereal Review

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Ethereal Review

Not too long ago I purchased the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Ethereal. I expected to fall in love with this cool pink blush, as I thought it would be a perfect match for me.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Ethereal Review

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About Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush
Discover a new way to blush: This groundbreaking hybrid combines the customized lighting effects of Ambient Lighting Powder with a spectrum of breathtakingly modern hues. The result is a natural radiant finish with seamless, soft-focus and buildable color. Unlike traditional blush, which tends to be flat, Ambient Lighting Blush uses Photoluminescent Technology to exhibit depth and dimension. The hand-made powders are 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.

  • Swirl the entire compact with your brush to pick up the perfect balance of pigment and powder.
  • Cruelty free
  • Fragrance free, talc free, gluten free, paraben free

Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Boron Nitride, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Octyldodecanol; Benzoic Acid, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Diamond Powder, Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Laureth-7, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Phenoxyethanol, Polyacrylamide, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Potassium Sorbate, Silica, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tin Oxide, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, May Contain: (+/-): Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Carmine (CI 75470), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

$35 for .15 oz


Shades Available
Ethereal Glow – A cool pink blush fused with Ethereal Light for a moonlit luminosity.
Dim Infusion – A subdued coral blush fused with Dim Light to add warmth.
Diffused Heat – A vibrant poppy blush combined with Diffused Light for a subtle halo effect.
Luminous Flush – A champagne rose blush fused with Luminous Light to evoke a candlelit glimmer.
Radiant Magenta –  A golden fuchsia blush combined with Radiant Light for a summer glow.
Mood Exposure – A soft plum blush fused with Mood Light to brighten the complexion.


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Ethereal Swatch Video Review

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My Thoughts
I have a love hate with this blush. I hate the packaging because it shows finger prints worse than NARS packaging. I do think it’s pretty to look at.

The blush doesn’t contain enough pigmentation for my taste. I feel like I almost have to pile it on, and I’m pretty pale. I think that for most people, this  would only work as a highlighter. I do think that it gives me the perfect amount of color and it’s a good shade on me, but I have to apply what seems like a lot of blush to me to get it to show up. I do feel like it gives me a natural lit from within glow.

I think the silky texture is good because it’s very finely milled, but it’s also bad because it’s easy to end up with a lot of dust kicking around if you apply it the way Hourglass recommends – by swirling your brush all over.

I chose this blush because I thought it was the only cool toned blush and I thought it would look good on me. And it does. But the fact that it’s not as pigmented as I had hoped leaves me disappointed. I’ve seen other shades in the collection and they have a greater amount of pigmentation. I would not recommend purchasing this shade unless you are ok with the subtle pigmentation and shade.

What do you think of the Houglass Ambient Lighting Blush?


  • Cruelty free
  • Fragrance free, talc free, gluten free, paraben free
  • silky texture


  • Expensive for the amount of blush you get
  • Not pigmented enough for my taste
  • The shade is very faint and won’t work for most people as a blush
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  • I was so sad that I did not get Ethereal glow, I posted on my Twitter (@ThePopPenguin) the Diffused Heat I picked up and it is almost too much for my face. But I agree the feel is amazing but there is a bit of dust if you swirl versus pat your brush into the pan. I am torn if I will pick up Dim Light or Ethereal Glow or just get the ALP which is really what I think I will be mosst happy with. Love the blog Phyrra, always look forward to your posts.

  • I think it looks great! I’m always so bummed my Sephora never has things when they LAUNCH. Ugh. I really want to see these!

  • I ended up getting Radiant Magenta because I originally wanted this one, but it wasn’t in stock when I went to order – the Radiant Magenta one is super pigmented, I love it!! You should definitely try one of the others, you might like it more 🙂

  • It looks beautiful in the packaging and on you in the close-up picture, but if one is dishing out $35 for blush, it would be nice to have better pigmentation. :/

  • That does suck for the price. Wow. From what I’ve seen, the powders look really nice. Especially the one you wore in a video. I agree with Alison M. For less money the Sweetheart’s Blush in Candy Glow is a better product for us that are quite pale. BTW: You look so pretty! 🙂

  • I agree. I held off initially because I have a lot of highlighters and a lot of blush. While the Ambient Blushes are pretty, the aren’t ground-breaking. I really like Too Faced Sweetheart’s Blush in Candy Glow for this affect. More pigmented than Ethereal Glow and it’s fabulous layered on top of any other blush I’ve tried it with.

  • It doesn’t look pigmented for a brand that is very expensive, I’ve seen drugstore blushes that are also cruelty-free with way more pigment, but also it does look like it gives a lovely glow.

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