Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush (Diffused Heat): Review, Swatch, FOTD

hourglass ambient lighting blush diffused heat review swatch

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What makes a woman blush? compliment her when she least expect it. 

What makes a woman blush? her baby’s first ever smile.
What makes a woman blush? her stiletto broke while crossing the street.

So what makes a woman blush? anything and everything, because we are born just like that.

I saw, it came, I blushed. Welcome to my world, Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting Blush. Available in six universally flattering shades, I picked up Diffused Heat.

The heat is on my dahling, salivate if you must.

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I’ve always been a fan of Hourglass face products, in fact Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation and Ambient Lighting Powder made it to my Top 13 Best Beauty Products of 2013. So when Sephora had an early release to its VIB members, I have to have this blush pronto.

The skinny. At $35, Ambient Lighting Blush looks like it’s more “affordable” than its sister Ambient Lighting Powder ($45) . I was surprised myself so when this beauty arrived, I had to compare it side by side. As you can see from the photo, Ambient Lighting Blush (Net wt 0.15 oz/ 4.2g) is smaller than Ambient Lighting Powder (Net wt 0.35 oz/ 10g). Take note, “affordable” is relative; I rarely discuss pricing unless it’s a total rip-off. If I like a certain product, whether it’s a cheapo drugstore or designer brand, I focus on inherent attributes because at the end of the day, it all boils down to preference. 

Now let’s talk about the packaging. This blush is housed in a rosy-copper mirrored case. It’s posh and luxe, just like the rest of Hourglass products. I like that it has a mirror for quick touch-ups. 

Diffused Heat is described as vibrant poppy. Simply put, it’s a beautiful marbleized peachy-pink and soft yellow powder with specks of shimmer that renders a youthful luminous effect. It’s moderately pigmented and finely-milled. There was minimal fading, and that’s based on ten-hour wear, which is my average makeup time in any given day.

As of this writing, all shades are completely sold out at Sephora but fret not,  it will be available to the general public by last week of February. 

wearing Diffused Heat

What makes you blush?




  1. February 11, 2014 / 8:31 am

    This color looks perfect on you!

  2. February 11, 2014 / 12:29 pm

    That is a gorgeous color and packaging! You have been featuring some amazingly designed products lately. Makes my mouth water 🙂

    • February 12, 2014 / 7:34 am

      Thanks Arielle. These new releases are real temptress, 'hard to say no!!!

  3. February 11, 2014 / 1:41 pm

    I'm in love with Hourglass products, and I'll definitely pick up one of these blushes when they're back in stock 🙂

  4. February 11, 2014 / 2:33 pm

    So pretty! I love the shade. I'm still deciding on which one(s) to pick up!

    • February 12, 2014 / 7:34 am

      It's really so hard to choose; now that I want more, they're out of stock!

  5. February 11, 2014 / 5:19 pm

    LOVE the packaging – and I love the marbled look in he case.

  6. February 11, 2014 / 6:23 pm

    i really want to try this blush after reading so many great reviews

  7. February 11, 2014 / 6:24 pm

    I love this! Looks amazing on you, and I love the marbleized effect in the compact

  8. February 11, 2014 / 6:53 pm

    These blushes are making me swoon. I think that if I don't get at least one, I will have a tantrum of toddler proportions.

    • February 12, 2014 / 7:36 am

      hahaha! You made me giggle like a toddler here. I love real human talk, haha!

  9. February 11, 2014 / 7:24 pm

    PERFECT shade for you! I have to start reading your blog less frequently. We look good in the same shades, and you keep creating lemmings for me lol!

    • February 12, 2014 / 7:36 am

      hahaha. Same feeling when I read your posts, you enable me!!!

  10. February 11, 2014 / 10:04 pm

    i was surprised at the cheaper price tag for these blushes too. I was going to skip it, but all the reviews are making me want to buy one…

  11. February 11, 2014 / 10:22 pm

    The blush looks great on you. I like the packaging too.

  12. February 11, 2014 / 11:36 pm

    I can't decide if I want one of these, or to save a few more pennies and spring for the powder and use it with one of my many, many blushes!

    • February 12, 2014 / 7:37 am

      hahaha, that's what I call women problem, a.k.a first-world problems.

  13. February 12, 2014 / 12:24 am

    I am loving this, I kind of want them all! That's SO bad. LOL

  14. February 12, 2014 / 12:48 am

    I like it on you, but it's way too fresh and funky for me!

  15. February 12, 2014 / 1:29 am

    Gorgeous! I love the marble effect in the pan. Looks so glowy

  16. February 12, 2014 / 3:10 am

    I think it looks great on you. I wouldn't be afraid to try it out.

  17. February 12, 2014 / 3:03 pm

    You just cost me SO MUCH MONEY! This is STUNNING!

  18. February 12, 2014 / 4:58 pm

    I really love this on you! It's gorgeous…obviously.

  19. February 13, 2014 / 5:25 pm

    I have Hourglass on my wishlist. Need to pick one of these up!

  20. February 15, 2014 / 11:47 pm

    I love the hourglass lightning powders but the color of the blush inside the package looks odd to me O.O

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