Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush II Review & Swatches

Exactly two months ago I published a post about the new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes in Radiant Magenta and Mood Exposure and since then, I have acquired two more shades, Dim Infusion and Diffused Heat, which I  will talk about today. For a more detailed review of these blushes in general (packaging, texture, formula and so on) please visit my original review. This post will (hopefully) be the final post about these blushes! I will have comparison photos and swatches of all 4 shades at the end of the post as well.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes in Dim Infusion (L) and Diffused Heat (R)
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes in Dim Infusion (L) and Diffused Heat (R)
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes in Dim Infusion (L) and Diffused Heat (R)
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes in Dim Infusion (L) and Diffused Heat (R)
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes in Dim Infusion (L) and Diffused Heat (R)
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes in Dim Infusion (L) and Diffused Heat (R)
Wearing Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes in Dim Infusion (L) and Diffused Heat (R)
Wearing Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes in Dim Infusion (L) and Diffused Heat (R)

Dim Infusion

Dim Infusion is a combination of the Dim Light Ambient Lighting Powder and subdued peachy coral pigments. This was initially the second shade that I wanted to buy but upon swatching it on the back of my hand in store, I found the pigmentation to be really low, almost invisible on my skin even after layering, so I decided to give it a pass. Little did I know that for Dim Infusion, you have to test it on the actual cheek! (I am so glad that my awesome reader Carolyn mentioned this to me! Thank you, Carolyn!)

On the cheeks, that's where the magic comes to life! Honestly, I've never seen anything that looks this natural and effortless on me. Dim Infusion imparts a healthy, slightly peachy, slightly coral flush that melds in pretty seamlessly with my skin. The pigmentation is just right (though it's more on the light side) making it a fuss-free and fool-proof shade. I don't think you even need to blend because I rarely see any hard edges when applying it with a rather dense brush! All I see is a gorgeous soft flush of color with a smooth matte-satiny feel. It tends to kick up a lot of powder and can feel chalky if over applied. The all-day lasting power is impressive for a sheer blush. I am completely and absolutely in love with this shade and am definitely bringing it with me to Thailand next week!

Sidenote: I'd like to mention that this particular shade has been receiving mixed reviews in terms of pigmentation. My thought is this: each pan of the Ambient Lighting Blush is different — no two are exactly alike. Mine has quite a few peachy coral “veins” running throughout the pan and that may explain why it has decent color payoff. If yours has more of the Lighting powder and less of the colored veins, the pigmentation may be low. The outcome may be affected by the type of brush used to apply and the amount applied as well.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion
Wearing Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion
Wearing Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion

Diffused Heat

Diffused Heat is a combination of Diffused Light Ambient Lighting Powder and vibrant poppy red pigments. In contrast to Dim Infusion, Diffused Heat is not quite as fool-proof to use because it's a very pigmented shade! I would use a light hand and less dense brush with this shade as it is easy to overdo. A touch of the very tip of the brush in the pan is more than plenty for a good color payoff on my cheeks.

At first glance I thought this shade was going to be “too red” but with the strong yellow tone of the Ambient Lighting Powder, Diffused Heat turns out to be such a lovely reddish coral on me. It's a nice pop of color for sure and one that will brighten up your whole complexion. Of all the four shades that I have, Diffused Heat is the only sparkly one and you can actually see the sparkly bits on both arm swatches and when applied on the cheeks. I really like how it adds just a hint of luminosity without looking like I have applied a separate highlighter. Overall, a perfect Summer blush! It can be worn sheer and blended out for a natural finish or built up for more intensity. The color stays vibrant for an all-day wear for this shade as well.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat
Wearing Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat
Wearing Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat

Radiant Magenta, Mood Exposure, Dim Infusion, and Diffused Heat

Front to back: Radiant Magenta, Mood Exposure, Dim Infusion, and Diffused Heat
Front to back: Radiant Magenta, Mood Exposure, Dim Infusion, and Diffused Heat
Clockwise from top left: Radiant Magenta, Mood Exposure, Diffused Heat, and Dim Infusion
Clockwise from top left: Radiant Magenta, Mood Exposure, Diffused Heat, and Dim Infusion
Clockwise from top left: Radiant Magenta, Mood Exposure, Dim Infusion, and Diffused Heat
Clockwise from top left: Radiant Magenta, Mood Exposure, Dim Infusion, and Diffused Heat
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes in (L-R) Dim Infusion, Diffused Heat, Radiant Magenta, and Mood Exposure
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes in (L-R) Dim Infusion, Diffused Heat, Radiant Magenta, and Mood Exposure

Well, that's it! I hope you enjoy my coverage of the blushes! Let me know what you think in the comments below! :)

Purchase

US$35 at SephoraHourglass

฿1,550 at Sephora Thailand

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27 Comments

    • I’m not really seeing the glowy part with Dim Infusion, it’s mostly matte on me which I like for when I want a true minimal makeup look! :)

  • Dim Infusion, wow!! So gorgeous on you! I have Mood Exposure but put it away recently because I’ve been using and LOVING my Too Faced Sweethearts Blush in Peach Beach but now I think I’ll have to switch it up again!

    • Thank you so much, Laura! <3

      You know what, Peach Beach may be very similar to Dim Infusion! Sadly, I don't have it to compare. Maybe when the next best deal comes around, I'll get one! :D

  • Dim Infusion looks CRAZY good on you! You are so beyond adorable and lovely in your full face shots! I bought Mood Exposure today just because of your previous review! I’ve been wanting it ever since but it was sold out for so long after the VIB sale! Thanks for another great review! XOXO

    • Thank you so much, Kristen!!! You’re SO SUPER sweet!! <3 <3 <3

      I had no idea Mood Exposure was out of stock! So happy to hear that you finally bought it! Please do a review! I miss reading your blog!!! :)

      • Ha! I have been a bad blogger lately – almost a solid month without posting! I just posted today and it felt good to be back in the swing of things. Thanks for the saying you missed reading my blog – it made me smile AND write a post! :D Happy Sunday!

  • This will remain to be my favorite post of the day!! I am dying to get these blushes! :'( They look so so beautiful on you! Now my wishlist looks like Radiant Magenta and Diffused Heat!! :D

  • Rrr… *eyes glow green* Jaa! Why you so pretty?! These look lovely on you, but I think the lovely is more the ‘you’ and less the blush in your pics :-)

    In other news: still can’t get over how much these look like histological slides/bacon in the pan… :-D Mmm…baconface…

    • Aww thank you so much, Syl! You are SO PRETTY yourself, too!!!! <3

      LOL they actually do look like stained tissues/bacon haha! Never thought of that!!

  • Hey Jaa, oh you have a nice little collection now! I think Diffused Heat is my favorite one on you, and I’m surprised how well Dim Infusion shows up on your cheeks!

  • Hi Jaa! That was a great post with such crisp and beautiful photos as always! :) I’m so happy that you are enjoying Dim Infusion — both blushes look stunning on you! Thank you so much too for the shoutout — it was so sweet of you :). So glad that it worked out! Hope you have a great rest of the week!

  • I think I prefer Diffused Heat on you! Maybe it’s just with the look you are wearing but it looks more alive while still maintaining that subtle and elusive blush look we all love.

  • well you look gorgeous in these photos first of all, all i can do is drool over these insanely gorgeous pics of the blushes that chances are I’ll never own (they aren’t really available to my country)
    but hey, when looking at your post, i get a lot of satisfaction, it is better than the actual product really and better than the official photos as well!

    • Oh thank you so much, Gala! ^_^ I hope one day you will get to try one of these Hourglass blushes! They are really nice and I really like them! :)

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