I saw this palette just before Christmas, I was instantly taken aback by how stunning it was. Everything was just perfect, the packaging, the colours, how the blush was set in a gorgeous marble finish. I needed this.
I kept trying to talk myself out of it, "you don't need it" I would tell myself, but every time I saw it on a youtube video, in a blog post, on Instagram, I couldn't keep lying to myself. A bit dramatic? Yes. I tweeted my friend Steph who I knew had purchased it, and I asked her to basically tell me that it was horrible and not worth buying, she replied "I couldn't lie to you". So off I went to Mecca Cosmetica in Rundle Mall and saw it there in it's shiny glory.
I felt a bit like Wayne in Wayne's World where he is finally able to purchase his adored white Fender Stratocaster. The sales assistant informed me that I had in fact purchased the last one of these, and that it was only a holiday edition palette. So it was obvious it was meant to be.
The packaging is a sort of bronze/gold/rose gold hybrid, it is a sturdy plastic with a mirror on the inside. This palette contains 3 colours, Luminous Flush, Incandescent Electra, and Mood Exposure.
Hourglass basically infused their Ambient Lighting Powder with colours, to create a blush that sets itself apart from the rest. The use of 'Photo Luminescent Technology' enables the blush to be dimensional, rather than a flat colour like traditional blush.
The colour pay off is rather pigmented, but not in a way that you would look like a clown. I lightly swipe my brush (I use the real techniques blush brush) and then gently swirl the colour onto my cheeks. I find the colour lasts all day, and really gives off a natural, flushed look. The colour is definitely build-able, which is great depending on what make-up look you're trying to achieve. For everyday use, I tend to mix the first two colours together, by just sweeping my brush over both of them.
Incandescent Electra is an exclusive colour to the holiday palette, however, it is very similar to Incandescent which you can buy as a single blush.
You can pick up these colours from Mecca Maxima for $46 each, which gives you 4.25gms of blush, the palette colours are 3.11gms of blush each. Even the palette blushes are huge, and I have been using it almost everyday, and it doesn't even look like I have made a dent.
The blushes are paraben, fragrance, and talc free, and are also not tested on animals! I would highly recommend the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush range, I am so impressed with the product, and I am keen to try out the Ambient Lighting Powder, which apparently if you use in conjunction with the blush, you too can look like a goddess. Sounds good to me!