|Above: The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush comes in a signature sleek bronze-brown compact emblazoned with the brand's new visual identity.|
A few weeks ago, I posted a press release on the impending debut of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush. In light of my love for the Ambient Lighting Powders, I could barely contain my excitement; although the formula comes in six shades, I had my eye on the lightest version, Ethereal Glow.
Kindly scroll on for images, swatches, a video review and the Bottom Line...
|Above: The full ingredients list...click image to enlarge.|
|Above: Ethereal Glow is a cool, light pink blush with illuminating radiance.|
Ethereal Glow is a very pale pink blush swirled together with the Ethereal Light powder, a iridescent highlighting shade similar to the Incandescent Light shade found only in the Hourglass Lighting Palette (reviewed HERE) and also sold on its own. Swirling the powders together embodies the Italian action of "miscelare," which means "to mix," and guarantees a unique and custom finish every single time.
This gossamer creation is designed to:
- Blur imperfections
- Bring complex radiance to the face
- Add a delicate flush
- Contribute to a "soft focus" effect
|Above: The Ambient Lighting Blush compact is just slightly smaller than the Ambient Lighting Powder compact...perfect to toss into a makeup bag for touchups on the go.|
I adore the delicate nature of Ethereal Glow...as a massive fan of pale pink blushes (everything tends to go dark on me so I must start with the lightest option), I appreciate the ability of this shade to give a soft pink flush and brilliant luminosity to the skin. I apply this after contour or bronzer, on the apples of the cheeks, and find the restrained flush absolutely delightful.
For fair and light skin (N/NC/NW10-25), this can work well as a subtle blush; however, medium and dark skin tones seeking a blush effect should opt for the more pigmented shade offerings (detailed HERE). That being said, Ethereal Glow would be a gorgeous highlighter/illuminator for skin in the medium to dark range.
|Above: Swatches of similar pale pink blushes.|
As the swatches of other pale pink blushes indicate, the closest match to Ethereal Glow is Illamasqua Katie, however, it is important to note that Katie is completely matte whereas Ethereal Glow has a slight luminosity due to the integration of the white Ethereal powder. Both Tom Ford Pink Lust and Marc Jacobs Shameless blush in Obsessed are brighter, warmer and clearly more peach in nature.
Below: Images of Hourglass Ethereal Glow on the face in various lighting situations...
|Above: Note the subtle glow on the apples of the cheeks. No additional highlighter was used in this look.|
|Above: Taken in indoor lighting.|
|Above: The delicate radiance of Ethereal Glow becomes more apparent when smiling!|
|Above: Taken outdoors in direct sunlight, Ethereal Glow on top of a bit of bronzer, for a clean, natural look.|
Bottom Line: The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Ethereal Glow is all I knew it would be. Barely there pink and a luminous radiance work together in harmony to bring freshness and life to the face! The moment these blushes debuted, they seem to sell out instantaneously, however, prior to posting, I've confirmed that Barney's NY still has this shade in stock as of publish date. If are like me and gravitate towards pale pink glowy blush options, then I highly suggest Ethereal Glow...its gossamer texture and illuminating powers are sublime!
--The Beauty Professor
**PR sample provided for review , however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own. This post contains affiliate links; my disclosure policy contains additional details on how these work.