Today, I will be reviewing a blush from Hourglass. The brand is super popular for their “lighting” powders, which are basically illuminating/highlighting powders. Pretty recently Ida reviewed one of the blushes, Diffused Heat, from this line and today, I will be talking about Mood Exposure. These blushes are an innovative mix of colored blush and highlighting powders. To see how this particular one performs, read on!
Product Background and Description:
This blush is described as “a groundbreaking hybrid that combines the customized lighting effects of Ambient Lighting Powder with a spectrum of breathtakingly modern hues for seamless, soft-focus, and multidimensional color.” It “uses Photoluminescent Technology to exhibit depth and dimension. The airy, lightweight powders contain optically transparent particles that amplify the colors to a multidimensional level—effectively reinventing the way you view blush.” Each blush is handmade “using an advanced miscelare technique—which means “to mix” in Italian—creating the perfect balance of pigment and powder, and no two look alike. The six shades ranging from soft coral to cool pink are a wardrobe of captivating accent lights for cheeks. They deliver a radiant, natural finish and offer buildable color to imbue the entire complexion with an otherworldly glow.” The shade Mood Exposure is described a “soft plum blush fused with Mood Light to brighten the complexion.
$35 for 0.15 oz.
My Take on Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure:
So, I’m one to favor bright blushes and frankly, Mood Exposure is very different from what I’d usually pick up. But with a vanity full of bright shades, I wanted to try out something new. This blush contains a cool-toned faint pink highlighter (the lighter swirls you see) and a neutral-toned soft plum blush mixed together. I wasn’t sure if the shade would show up on my tan, NC40 skin tone, but it does beautifully. I also like that it completely eliminates the need to add a highlighter on top of your blush.
When I bought this blush, it initially led to a lot of frustration. I liked the soft polished look it gave me, but as someone who usually likes to play up my cheeks, I felt like it was missing the “wow” factor. On a recent Sephora trip, I brought this issue up with an SA and she was really cool about it and showed me how to make the most of this lovely color. She applied some bronzer on the hollow of my cheeks and then followed up with this on my cheekbones. I loved how it brought out my cheekbones and overall it was a very sophisticated look. This undoubtedly is my favorite way to wear the blush. It takes more effort, but it’s so worth it!
The best part about this blush is the high-quality powder. Both the highlighter and blush are very finely milled and feel absolutely luxurious on the skin. This, without a doubt, is one of the smoothest blushes I’ve ever used and the formula is my favorite right next to Tarte’s blushes. It’s easy to blend and applies well with both a fan brush and a denser flat-top powder blush. I’ve used it over liquid and mineral powder foundation and it sits well on both of them. It doesn’t make pores appear larger and, overall, gives skin a natural and healthy look. The blush is super pigmented; even though the plum shade is pretty light, it’s very pigmented and has great color pay-off. The color is buildable and you can customize it by applying with a light hand when you just want a soft glow or pat it on with a denser brush when you want more color.
This blush won’t last all day, but does a pretty good job of staying put on my skin up to 6 hours before I need a touch up. On days I have spent time outdoors, the touch ups have had to be more frequent. Overall, this is an A+ product, because of the high-quality and perfect blend of highlighter with blush. Speaking of high quality, even though the packaging looks very high end, I have to point out to y’all that in person, it’s not too impressive. The package is made out of plastic, which is fine since it makes it light and portable, but it feels a little flimsy to me. I would have preferred metal packaging.
The blush is definitely worth the price and takes a lot of guess work out of layering highlighter on top of your blush. I’d recommend this to anyone who wants to create a sophisticated, grown-up look with plenty of glow and luminosity to their skin. I don’t think I’ll run out of this anytime soon (a little bit goes a long way), but I know I’ll definitely be picking up more shades from this line!
Pros of Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure:
- Finely milled, high quality powder.
- Beautiful, highly pigmented shade; buildable color.
- Good lasting power.
- A little bit goes a long way.
- Two in one product – blush and highlighter in one.
- Contains no parabens.
- Makes skin look healthy and luminous.
Cons of Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure:
- Packaging is flimsy, even though it doesn’t look like it.
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