Today's product is one that I never expected to buy. I've never fallen in love with Hourglass' Ambient Lighting Powders in the past. I know that I'm in the minority on that one. It was no wonder that I initially passed on the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes.
I passed on these during the VIB pre-sale and subsequent ridiculous frenzy. I did my research and knew that these were permanent collection items, so there was no reason to stress myself out to get one or more. I like my beauty items stress-free, so I avoid overly-hyped releases like the plague (for instance, I don't own a certain rosy palette released late last year). But I digress.
There are six blushes in the Hourglass Ambient Light Blush collection. I purchased the lightest, Ethereal Glow. I seriously considered the coral-hued blush (Dim Infusion), but wanted to purchase just one to test the formula and see if I'd actually wear it before investing $35 in yet another coral blush.
For your $35, you receive 0.15oz of powder blush, which is actually a mixture of blush and Hourglass' Ambient Lighting Powders. The golden compact is beautiful, and comes with a nice mirror on the inside. A word to the wise: if you buy yours in-store, carefully check each compact because they all are different. Some are 50/50 blush/powder, others are 70/30, but I've also seen some unfortunate 20/80 and worse blends. Please be respectful and don't touch the blushes- and make sure the employees know what you're doing.
Ethereal Glow is described as "cool pink." I agree. Here's the pan outside, no flash:
I've turned the flash on here:
Application of this blush is different than most. Hourglass suggests their No 2 Blush brush and tapping blush onto the apples and carefully blending. Note the shape of the brush- this requires some precision and a light hand. Lets think this through for a moment- these are half Ambient Lighting powder. Would you really want to smear highlighter all over your face? No. While I don't have the Hourglass brush, I used one of the glitter-handled Sephora face brushes from this past holiday on my face due to the small brush head. I also used it for swatching.
Enough of my rambling, this is what you're still reading for- swatches! Just a warning, it's hard to see Ethereal Glow.
Outside, no flash:
Outside, with flash:
Inside, with flash:
I found the inside, with flash image to be the closest to what I saw in person.
Ethereal Glow is incredibly soft and light- this shade is not meant for most ladies. For us super-pale who just need a very light blush, it's perfect. It's similar to Dior Shimmer Star Rose Diamond, in that it could be used as a pink-hued highlighter by many people. However, I'd only recommend it as a blush for people who are as pale as I am. It allows me to look flawless, with an inner glow. It'll get lost as a blush on much darker skin.
In terms of the formula, it lasted for an entire workday for me. I tested this for three days and liked the effect. I think the color is lovely and there is enough pigment for me. I think this is a product worth exploring, but one that I'd strongly urge checking out in person to pick out the best one for your individual skintone.
Bottom Line: This shade in particular is limited in the skintones that it will flatter as a blush- but if you're in the market for a pink highlighter, stop by your nearest Sephora and play. I recommend the formula as a whole, and think this one product that is best discovered in-person in order to find the color best suited for each individual.