1.31.2014

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders were undoubtedly among the biggest new makeup releases in 2013, so it was no surprise that when they announced the launch of the Ambient Lighting Blushes, the beauty interwebz went wild. Choosing one to purchase sight unseen was arguably one of the most headache-inducing tasks I've performed all month, because: 1) all six shades look breathtaking in promo pictures, and 2) there's no way to tell what the actual color will look like once the two shades are swirled together. Luckily, the shade I eventually chose is probably also the one that suits my blush taste the most. Phew, "crisis" averted.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion is described as a "subdued coral." Its color comes as a result of a gorgeous marbling of the Dim Light Ambient Lighting Powder with a coral blush. The overall shade achieved is a peach with a hint of coral. Obviously, there will be some variation in the veining with each blush, so other Dim Infusions may yield slightly different effects. 

With my particular blush, since most of the coral veining is concentrated in the middle of the pan, I have the option of toning down the brightness a bit by dipping my brush into either the bottom left or top right of the pan, rather than in the center.

The texture of Dim Infusion is exactly like that of my other Ambient Lighting Powders - soft, buttery and finely milled. Because of this, it's possible for your brush to kick up some powder if you're not careful. Tapping your brush into the powder, rather than swirling it around, works best. Even so, I still notice a bit of powder being dusted into the air when I apply it to my cheeks. I'd say it has a satin finish (one of my favorites!), although it runs on the more matte end of the spectrum than shimmery; it blends beautifully into the skin, isn't chalky and doesn't accentuate pores.

Dim Infusion has great pigmentation, but keeping in mind that it's a lighter blush shade, it would probably best suit fair to light-medium skin tones (I'd guess NC25 or lighter). The shade actually reminds me a bit of Milani Luminoso but with less sheen. It shows up beautifully on my NC20 complexion, and I appreciate that it's hard to overdo.

So, I know you all must be wondering now - is it worth the hype? In all honesty, I think it's difficult for a powder blush to truly be revolutionary anymore. If you're someone who has plenty of blush already that you're happy with, although beautiful, these probably won't add much to your collection. On the other hand, if you're someone who just has a few staple blushes that they rotate through (I'm thinking like one really nice pink blush, one really nice peach blush, etc.), then you might just find one or two in this line worthy of being added to your routine line-up. Basically, do you need these? No. Are they nice to have? Ain't nobody touching my Dim Infusion. Does that answer your question?

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion is available from Sephora for $35.

57 comments:

  1. *DROOL* This is stunning. You've enabled me...

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  2. Hey Tiffany, oh wow this is a gorgeous shade on you! Thanks for your balanced review. I guess I don't "need" any, but I definitely want a couple anyways!

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  3. It looks breathtaking on you. I love your makeup in this picture! I don't think I will be trying these out but I won't say never! The promo pics look really beautiful. Glad you were picked out a color you enjoy

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  4. Wow, this looks fantastic on you! The presentation of these new blushes is really something special, I think.

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  5. PRETTY!! and since i already have the dim powder....lol enabler! :P

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  6. Oh gosh, I'm a sucker for pretty blushes and this is gorgeous! xo

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  7. I want the blush in Diffused Heat!

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  8. This really looks beautiful on you! I've been eyeing this one, Mood Exposure and Diffused Heat (I think that's what it's called - the one with "Heat" in the name). I appreciate your honesty about it not being a *need* product. I do have so many blushes that are similar colors, it's a little hard to justify one of these, even though the formula sounds amazing. All the colors are gorgeous but none are unique to my collection.

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  9. LOL at one pink blush, one peach blush HAHAHA. I REMEMBER THOSE DAYS.
    It looks really pretty on you! But to be honest, I'm pretty sure I already have a shade like this and like all the others. Probably will skip them!

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  10. Absolutely stunning you on and the packaging and beautiful marbling doesn't draw us in any less! I agree, powder blushes can't get much more unique but this is an absolutely damn pretty shade!

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  11. I looks lovely but I agree with you that it probably not necessarily if you already have similar colour blush.

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  12. Hi Tiffany,


    What a gorgeous peachy shade - it's wonderfully brightening on you!

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  13. Dim Infusion would look beautiful on you, Jessica!

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  14. Thanks, Sunny! I try to give a realistic opinion in my reviews, especially when a product is so hyped up! Which shade(s) are you eyeing? :)

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  15. Thanks so much, Kelly! I don't know if it's the lighting in the room I took the picture in, but I noticed it looks almost like there's a soft focus effect in my face photo when there's not. Weird, but I'm not complaining. I agree that the promo pics were stunning.

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  16. Thank you, Erin! I agree with you - Hourglass really succeeded in making their product look striking and beautiful in the pan.

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  17. Thank you, Jenn! Will you be getting this so you can have the complete Dim Light/Infusion pair? :)

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  18. Thanks, Jennie! I go weak at the knees for beautiful blushes too :)

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  19. That one looks really pretty too!

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  20. Thanks, Catherine. Glad you liked the review. I try to keep the hype around a product under control as much as I can so I can give at least a somewhat unbiased review. I agree that none of the six shades are really unique, though they are pretty.

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  21. Funny to think there was a time our collections looked like that, right? Back when I had one blush, I remember it was MAC Blushbaby! Haha. I think I probably have a dupe for all of them too! Ugh.

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  22. Thank you, Sharlynn! Even though this shade (and the others) are necessarily unique, I agree that the marbling is stunning! It really drew me in when I saw promo pics.

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  23. Glad you agree :) Thanks for reading!

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  24. I know that I won't buy these blushes but I must admit they look gorgeous and the shade that you have is beautiful!
    Thanks for your honest review.

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  25. Diffused Heat and Radiant Magenta! They're really pretty similar though. I'll pick one!

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  26. ugggh marketing is making me want to.buuuut temptalia did a roundup and four shades look very similar. i might just go for the shades i like the best (,....later in the future)

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  27. This blush is just so dreamy! I think I'm going to pick up the shade Diffused Heat!

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  28. This is a jaw-droppingly (is that a word?) beautiful blush. However, I have been wondering if these were worth it. I appreciate your honest appraisal. I will wait until I can see these in person as I have a feeling the one color (Ethereal Glow) that really made me drool may be very similar to other blushes that I have in my arsenal already.

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  29. HAHAH I love that last part. It's so pretty on you! But I kind of agree, what's the difference between having 10 blushes and 50? It's not something like eyeshadow or lipstick ... for the most part blushes have a narrower spectrum of variation. But still, sooooo pretty.

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  30. This is very very pretty! I need to treat myself to this

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  31. Such a pretty blush... I really like how it looks on you with the simple makeup you have on. What products are you wearing on your eyes/face?

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  32. This looks beautiful! My cheeks are jealous.

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  33. I want one of these, despite not being one of those 'small blush stash' people, haha. I am yet to own the original powder, I am quite delayed it seems!

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  34. I'm not buying the whole revolutionary blushes, Hourglass. And my wallet is glad! They are a sight to behold, packaging, the swirls, the whole shebang. But function-wise, they work like any quality high-end blush around. I would save up and buy ALL teh lighting powders instead of these blushes!


    You look beautiful though, Tiff! And if I were to get one (before my lemmings were killed), I would have gotten Dim Infusion as well :)

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  35. You look gorgeous! Making me want this blush but I'll heed your warning that it's not a "need" because I am trying to be minimalist (and ain't nobody minimalist with (counting) 12 blushes! LOL just made me think of that song that's like "your [review] is telling me no, but your [portrait] is telling me yeahhhh!"

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  36. As I haven't got any Ambient Lighting powders, I think I'll try them first and leave the blushes for later. (I have to organize my Space NK wishlist based on priority!)
    According to the promo images, I thought I liked Ethereal Glow but, for the swatches I've seen, it seems too pale :( Although at the moment I tend to use pinky shades, Dim Infusion looks great on you and I think it's the one I like most!

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  37. looks so pretty on you. I, too, was impatient and had to buy one online without swatching. I picked Radiant Magenta and it is a golden fuchsia and it does swatch different on arm than actual application on cheeks. Contemplating on getting more but will wait till they are available in stores.

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  38. This looks so gorgeous on you! I don't like how much powder the Ambient Lighting powders kick up, so that would probably bother me with these blushes as well. It makes it so easy to use up the product without noticing.

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  39. I really liked those two too, especially Diffused Heat :) They'd both look pretty on you!

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  40. Yup, I saw her post and agree they all look almost the same. Kind of disappointing actually!

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  41. Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed the review :)

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  42. Thanks, Stefanie! It seems I always tend to go for shades like this. When it works, it works, you know? :)

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  43. Thank you, Allison! I think Diffused Heat would've been my next choice if I had chosen 2 shades. It looks really pretty!

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  44. Jaw-droppingly is a word in my dictionary! haha. That's a good plan, Kristi. $35 definitely isn't cheap for a blush, and it's probably not worth it if you already have others like it.

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  45. I agree about the blush assessment, but I think it's a sickness! I just love blush!

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  46. Thanks so much! Any idea which shade you'll go for, or did you mean this shade too? It's definitely pretty! :)

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  47. Thank you so much! I'm wearing Hourglass Immaculate Foundation, Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Grey Pearl all over my lids, Physicians Formula 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum for my liquid liner and Sephora eye pencil in Flirting Game on my lower lash line.

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  48. Ooo, the powders are so good though! But I don't blame you for delaying these purchases...they're quite pricey!

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  49. I agree - there's really not much that sets these apart from other high-end blushes! And thank you, Shari :)

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  50. Bahaha, I love it!! Thank you, Sarah! :) I commend you on trying to be minimalistic - it's tough!

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  51. Thank you so much, Maria! It's definitely my kind of shade, so it's not surprisingly that I was drawn to it! And I agree that you should definitely try the powders before the blushes :)

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  52. That's so odd that it swatches different than it appears on the cheeks. It always disappoints me when products are like that. I hope you like it though?

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  53. Thanks, Natalie! Good point. I actually don't have that issue so much with the powder, but I notice it quite a bit with the blushes :-/

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  54. Oooh this looks gorgeous, right up my street "adds to very long beauty wishlist" :)
    xxx Claire http://wwwclairabelle.blogspot.co.uk/

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