Tuesday, 9 May 2017

The new Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush & Ambient Lighting Bronzer are actual make-up goals

Have I mentioned I have a mild obsession with Hourglass before? Probably at every possible moment. I know my last post was all about how cheaper products can be just as effective, and I stand by that, but some things really are worth splurging on - and for me, Hourglass will always be worth the spend. 

From their Ambient Light Correcting primers to their incredible range of blushers and foundation, Hourglass are one of those brands that, quite rightly, have a strong reputation of consistency when it comes to their make-up. They don't stray too far out of the box, but they stick to what they're good at - and what they're good at is helping you to trick people into thinking that your skin is glowing (something which my face is definitely not today).

The 'ambient light' concept 

If you were looking at their range of products for the first time, and if you were about as skeptical as I am, you might think: 'HAH! what even is ambient lighting? Sounds made up to me'. Fair 'nough. But it's actually very clever make-up. Their ambient light idea reaches across their skin finishers (blushers, bronzers, highlighters, primers), and it's all about manipulating and filtering out the effect that harsh light has on your skin (even under the flash of your camera), while the powders aim to blur out imperfections and pores at the same time. They do this with pearly formulations, tinted with various subtle tones.

The new Ambient Strobe Lighting Blusher, £32, & Ambient Lighting Bronzer, £45

Hourglass have a pretty hefty range of products as it is, and you can buy most of their blushers, bronzers and highlighters as singles or in palettes (from SpaceNK, Harrods or John Lewis). But the've just launched a brand new powder strobe lighting blusher in 3 shades, and their ambient lighting bronzer (an existing bronzer) in two new shades as well.

I'm a huge fan of blush, and I don't really go a day without wearing it. But sometimes I find that the shades can be quite flat, and I have to layer over highlighter to bring them to life. The best thing about this blush is that the pink is marbled in with the champagne highlighter shade, which means you get the best of both worlds. The powder isn't overly shimmery either, so it won't give you an OTT effect. I find this really does make my skin look so much healthier than a regular blush would - and I think it's because of the little light reflecting particles in it.

Available in the shades: 'Brilliant Nude' - a deep amber blush, 'Euphoric Fusion' - a soft lilac, and 'Iridescent Flash' - a bright magenta. All of them are infused with strobe highlighter.

Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush in Euphoric Fusion
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Nude Bronze Light
I was always told that you should never use a shimmery bronzer on your face, because rather than giving your complexion an all-over glow, it's more tasteful to highlight areas you want to add light and shimmer to - and you can do this with a highlighter, rather than a bronzer. BUT, I make a complete exception with this. The shimmer is really subtle, and actually it brightens more than anything else. It's also really buildable, so you can go as subtle or as bronzed as you wish.

The new shades to choose from are: Nude Bronze Light - a neutral bronze shade, perfect for light/ medium complexions, and Diffused Bronze Light - A cool bronze shade that mimics the warmth of sunlight.

Have you tried Hourglass before? I'd love to know what your favourite product is!


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