Monday, February 10, 2014

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush - Dim Infusion photos, review, swatches

Though I try not to get caught up in the hype when it comes to new products, sometimes it carries me away and I can't help myself.  Resistence is futile and I know that it's better for everyone if I just get what I want to get.  I'm satisfying my craving and last week, I craved blush.  More specifically the Hourglass Ambient Lighting blushes which I first saw on Temptalia, then read on Frillseeker that it was launching in Ireland in February, then went to the Hourglass counter in Space NK in Dundrum to find out the launch date (who am I kidding, you know I was going to buy it if they had it) before losing the absolute run of myself and buying it on Space NK last weekend and Parcel Motel-ed it like a good beauty blogger.

And voila.


The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes are hybrids of the Ambient Lighting Powders and blushes, aimed at giving a seamless, soft focus finish whilst giving your cheeks a pop of colour.   There are six blushes in the collection and the panic was on.  Which one would I pick?

After careful consideration and much studying of the swatches on Temptalia, I decided to go with Dim Infusion because I do love me some corals.  Described as a subdued coral and combined with Dim Light Ambient Lighting Powder, I was excited to get this on my visage.




The plastic compact itself is lightweight and is perfect for throwing in your makeup bag.  Texture wise, the blush itself feels the same as the regular Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder that I'm obsessed with and use all the time in that it's so finely milled that it feels weightless on the skin.  The beige lighting powder part of the blush gives the most beautiful soft focus finish to the skin with a hint of satin shimmer and if I run my fingers over my face (to test the product out, not because I like to stroke my face ahem), I can feel how silky my skin is where the blush has been applied.

As much as this pains me to say it, I am whelmed with it.  I know.  I feel like I've just committed a mortal sin by saying that, but here's the thing.  I was whelmed when I opened up the compact for the first time and saw how little coral veining there was compared to the powder.  But I said to myself "Karen, you're sitting in the car outside the Parcel Motel thingy at 7.04am and only have the light of the car to see it properly".  So I went to work and committed a second mortal sin.  I applied it to my cheeks in the bathroom without having photographed it untouched.  I still wasn't convinced.  I had to have another chat with myself like you do and said "Karen, you're in a hospital bathroom where the lighting is rubbish and it's still not bright out, so shadappaya face and wait until it's bright to make your full first impression".

When it was fully bright about an hour later, I had a look at myself in my compact and could see nothing on my face.  I took myself right up to the window in my office where people walk by and can see me easily but I didn't care.  I needed to see if I had blush on my face or what.  I was raging because I could only barely see it on and then I had double rage because it was much more obvious on Temptalia and she has darker skin than me.


Now I know these powders are handmade by blind nuns (they're not, I just need a story to tell myself to make the pain go away) so no two look alike and you'll see Sue's Dim Infusion on the left and mine on the right.  Hers definitely appears to have more coral in it compared to mine.


Now, the good thing about this blush is that it's buildable and as you'll see in the photo below, it just seems to add a really natural warmth to my cheeks rather than proper colour.   It seems to melt into my skin and doesn't leave any powder sitting on my face, making it look like my skin is naturally glowing and radiant.


If you're considering purchasing any of the Ambient Lighting Blushes (€35), especially Dim Infusion, I'd recommend waiting until they launch in shops so you can go in and see them yourself.  They launch in Space NK in Harvey Nichols on February 22nd and they're having an event there where tickets are €15 and are redeemable against purchase.

If you're pale, Dim Infusion would show up on you much better than me.  If you're looking for a blush with a bit more colour, then check out the other blushes which seem to be more pigmented.  But if you're looking for what's essentially a finishing powder with a bit of warmth, then Dim Infusion is for you.

I'm going to keep using this because I want to love it and maybe it's because I've never used a powder/blush mix before that I can't get to grips with it.  I guess when I think of blushes, I expect a lot more colour but need to come around to the idea that the blush itself is mixed in with powder, so it's not going to be as pigmented as a regular blush.  Maybe this is one of those products where less is more?

If there was ever a time where I need your comments, it's today!  Tell me what you think lads because I feel sad at being so whelmed at something I thought was going to make me happy!

UPDATE!  I've now decided I love it!  Have a little squizz here to read my latest thoughts like a good child.   It just took me a bit of time but I got there!
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21 comments

  1. I really like it on you karen.it is a subtle glow,and personally that's the look i prefer - natural and warm. I have a good few highly pigmented blushes and lately im meh about them as i think they make pores in my skin look larger than life . I find myself leaning more towards more subtle blushes to give a natural flush. I think this blush does exactly that on you. This was immediately on top of my wish list when i saw pics of it in the pan,although now im going to hold off and test them all out myself in-store!

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    1. Thanks Laura, thing is, the camera showed it up to be stronger than it was in real life! I was looking at myself in the camera viewfinder and could see blush, but holding up a mirror, I couldn't! Deffo test 'em out in person :)

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  2. Great review, I really like a subtle blusher so think I'd get a huge amount of use out of this but as I'm nearing the end of my Hourglass ambient lighting powder I'm tempted just to repurchase that instead as funds aren't overflowing! I find if you apply normal blush where you put the powder you get the same sheen so now you have me in two minds! Great balanced review though!

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    1. I must try that with the powder and blush together and see how I get on!

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  3. Great review. I bought Dim Infusion it's more similar in composition to Sue's . I really love it and I think it looks lovely on you. I really like a subtle blush I'm very pale but naturally have a bit of colour in my cheeks and I feel these just enhances this. I put pictures on my instagram.

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    1. I'll deffo check out your Instagram so I can see what it should look like!

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  4. Being whelmed by Dim Infusion, you need yourself some Radiant Magenta. Much better pigmentation and pinky-coraly gorgeousness. You NEEEEEED it! ;)

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    1. Kat von D(olly) stop that now! I think I do need it.....

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  5. Ohh that's so pretty! They have the samples in the store now and Dim Exposure was one I was drawn to. Also think I want Mood Exposure. I'm waiting until the launch though to meet the make up artist and play with them properly x

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    1. I'm going to have to investigate the rest of them too and see which one I want next, because I do want another one....

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  6. Nothing worse than really coveting something and then feeling whelmed. BUT I have to say I think it looks fab on you! I like subtle blush - maybe 'cos I'm terrified of doing an Aunt Sally. This looks really nice, kinda soft if that makes sense. I have NARS Orgasm and I am so scared of it that most of the time I leave it out but I would def go for the Hourglass one because it's subtler.

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    1. I wish the camera picked up properly how bare my cheeks look with this on! In person, it looks like I've no blush unless I really layer it on!

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  7. IMO a blush that's obvious and easily seen on the face looses the game... as a blush is there to give the face a healthy flushed color, nothing more. So I think this blush looks lovely on you and it's really beautiful in the pan too ! And maybe (if it's like the similar blushes I know) the coral/powder pattern will change layers after layers ?
    It's my take on your "whelming situation" ;)
    I had the exact opposite reaction today as I opened a sample of the "Bisque" blush from the mineral make-up company Alima Pure: even though the texture is lovely and this color is recommended for my foundation color, it is quite dark for my fair skin and I'm afraid to put it on because it is so much pigmented !!

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    1. I'm hoping as the layers go down that more coral will come through, it'll be my excuse to keep using it!

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  8. Thanks so much for doing this review:) Didn't no these where coming out in Ireland I will have to give these a go:) they look so pretty.

    www.shaunasharp.com

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    1. Deffo check them out when they're in shops come the end of the month :)

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  9. I think it looks gorgeous on you - really natural but really pretty!

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  10. Filmed my first impressions at the weekend, but won't be uploading til this weekend! Loving mine I have to say, still looks fab on you!

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    1. I can't wait to see the video lady and see what you think :)

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  11. I think it looks fab on you, but I was in Space NK last night looking at the range and I was also just whelmed... nothing jumped out nothing swatched amazing... made the spending ban easy

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