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Hourglass Holiday 2016 Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette

Spring 2017

Hourglass Holiday 2016 Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette ($62.00 for 0.27 oz.) is a new, limited edition trio of shimmering blushes for the holidays.

From my understanding, the palette actually contains a new formula–a mix between the Ambient Lighting Blushes and the Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders–which is code for “shimmery blush.” The formula is supposed to impart “glowing color and a natural-looking, radiant finish.” In terms of value, both the Ambient Lighting Blushes and Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders retail for $38, while the blushes contain 0.15 oz. and the highlighters contain 0.16 oz., so let’s call a 50/50 mix and go with 0.155 oz. for calculations, which is $245.16/oz. The palette contains $66.19 worth of product. If you just do a per-ounce calculation against the standalone blush, then it has a value of $68.40, and if you do it against the standalone highlighter, then it has a value of $64.13. In all cases, you are getting a bit more than what you’re paying for, but you will get three shades for less than the cost of two (not that any of these are available on their own).

I was a bit confused over the inclusion of Incandescent Electra in the palette, as a shade by the same existed in another trio, and while it had similar colors in its pan, the one in this palette is dominated by the coral, so it was quite different–much more colorful, darker, and only really shares the undertone of the previously-released shade. Hourglass’ website says that it is the same as the previously-released shade, though. The products are marbled, so there can be variation in depth based from shade to shade, but this was beyond a mere variation! Also, per Hourglass, this is a holiday palette!

Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette Spring 2017

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Spring 2017

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Spring 2017

B+

Limited Edition

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Disclosure

8.5
Product

9.5
Pigmentation

8.5
Texture

8
Longevity

5
Application

88%
Total

Get a shade-by-shade breakdown of this palette, along with individual photos and swatches…

Incandescent Electra

Incandescent Electra is a bright, medium coral with warm, orange and red undertones paired with a luminous sheen. The pigmentation was intense, while the consistency was soft, lightly dusty without being dry, and smooth. It applied easily to the skin, as the consistency allowed for quick, easy blending and the shimmer didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading noticeably.

Top Dupes

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  • Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar).
  • Clinique Peach Pop (02) (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar).
  • Chanel Malice (71) (P, $45.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • MAC Autoerotique (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).
  • KIKO 108 Orange Coral (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar).
  • Charlotte Tilbury Ecstasy (P, $40.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar).
  • Burberry Blossom (P, $42.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).
  • Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Blush (LE, $55.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar).
  • MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).
  • Zoeva CR030 (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).
Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Incandescent Electra

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Incandescent Electra

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Incandescent Electra

A-

Limited Edition

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Disclosure

9
Product

10
Pigmentation

9
Texture

8.5
Longevity

5
Application

92%
Total

Brilliant Nude

Brilliant Nude is a medium brown with warm, peachy undertones and flecks of gold shimmer and sparkle. The shimmer was larger in this shade, and while it didn’t emphasize the skin, there were larger bits of sparkle that sat on the skin and might not be everyone’s cup of tea. It felt a little drier, too, which made it more prone to sheering out on the skin. If you have oilier skin or apply on top of damp foundation, I expect it to be harder to notice that feeling in the texture. The pigmentation was good–mostly opaque and buildable–and lasted for a solid seven and a half hours.

Top Dupes

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  • Laura Mercier Earth (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).
  • Zoeva ND030 (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).
  • Viseart Bronze #1 (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).
  • NARS Madly (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).
  • By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #5 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar).
  • Urban Decay Paranoid (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar).
  • MAC Cheek Pollen (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar).
  • Smashbox Sunset (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar).
Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Brilliant Nude

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Brilliant Nude

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Brilliant Nude

B+

Limited Edition

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Disclosure

8.5
Product

9.5
Pigmentation

8
Texture

8
Longevity

5
Application

87%
Total

Euphoric Fusion

Euphoric Fusion is a muted, medium rosy mauve with strong, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. The finish of this shade was the shiniest, but it didn’t have the same glittery look as Brilliant Nude. If you applied it with a lighter hand or a fan brush, you could tamp down the sheen a bit. The consistency was soft, finely-milled with slight dustiness, but it had semi-opaque, buildable coverage. On my skin, the blush lasted for seven and a half hours before fading.

Top Dupes

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  • Edward Bess South of France (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar).
  • Tarte Prim (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar).
  • Makeup Revolution Make Love Instead (P, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar).
  • bareMinerals Golden Gate (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar).
  • Tom Ford Beauty Cool (Winter 2016) Highlighter (LE, $55.00) is cooler (90% similar).
  • CoverGirl Medium Rose (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar).
  • MAC Rio (LE, $32.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar).
  • Hourglass Mood Exposure (P, $35.00) is less shimmery (85% similar).
  • Milani Dolce Pink (P, $8.49) is darker, cooler (85% similar).
  • Too Faced Baby Love (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar).
Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Euphoric Fusion

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Euphoric Fusion

3
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Euphoric Fusion

B+

Limited Edition

NordstromSephoraSpace NKBergdorf GoodmanNet-A-PorterBarneysSephora BrazilSpace NK (UK)

Disclosure

8.5
Product

9
Pigmentation

8.5
Texture

8
Longevity

5
Application

87%
Total

   
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