Hourglass Ghost Ambient Lighting Blush Quad (Holiday 2019) Review & Swatches


Ghost

Hourglass Ghost (Holiday 2019) Ambient Lighting Blush Quad ($58.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette that features two brand-new shades, one repromote (but never sold individually), and one permanently available shade (Brilliant Nude). Most of the shades had buildable pigmentation (as marketed), natural-to-luminous finishes, were blendable and easy to use, and performed consistently with past shades in the formula.

Hourglass’ blushes retail for $40.00 for 0.15 oz. or $266.67/oz. They also sell miniature sizes in four shades, which retail for $24.00 for 0.04 oz. or $600.00/oz. (pretty small–0.04 oz less weight than the average, full-sized eyeshadow). Based on the standard-sized product, the quad has a retail value of $42.67. If you use the miniature size as the base, then it is like getting four minis in one ($96 worth).

I think Hourglass has heard from me along with many others over the years that we’d like to see a second (or even a third!) option. Especially with the blush quad release, I actually think quads might have been the perfect way to offer the right variety to hit on ranges of skin tones – I could very much see a really go-to, travel-friendly set of quads for light, medium, dark, and deep (I know four might as well be asking for the world). You could have one Ambient Lighting Powder (finishing powder), two blushes, and one of the Strobe Lighting Powders (highlighting).

But at the very least, the quad format leaves me puzzled why they didn’t release a deeper version for darker skin tones. It’s such a fantastic formula, but I feel like the depth of colors in the range–both permanent and what’s released in palettes–could be so much better.

Concept Idea - Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Quad

Surreal Effect

Surreal Effect is a medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had buildable pigmentation from medium to opaque, while the the texture felt smooth, silky, and picked up well with a brush without being too powdery. The blush applied evenly and blended out seamlessly on my skin. It stayed on well for eight hours on me before I noticed signs of wear.

Formula Overview

$40.00/0.15 oz. - $266.67 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have “depth and dimension” unlike traditional blush, be “lightweight and airy,” and have the “perfect balance of pigment and powder.” Hourglass says it uses “an advanced ‘miscelare’ technique,” which means to mix in Italian (per Sephora) and is how the marbled effect is achieved. The blush is also supposed to have “buildable color.” It does bring to mind the concept of a lot of baked formulas on the market, but I think the texture is softer and more finely-milled than most.

The texture is very soft and delicate; it feels exactly like the Ambient Lighting Powders. In an all-over powder, I don’t mind what can sometimes veer on powderiness, but in a blush, it can be easy to overload color onto the blush and then onto the skin. I wish it was slightly firmer or less powdery, which would minimize waste and make it more foolproof to apply.

Browse all of our Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush swatches.

Ingredients

Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Boron Nitride, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Octyldodecanol; Benzoic Acid, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Diamond Powder, Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Laureth-7, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Phenoxyethanol, Polyacrylamide, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Potassium Sorbate, Silica, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tin Oxide, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, May Contain: (+/-): Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Carmine (CI 75470), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

Brilliant Nude

Brilliant Nude is a soft, light-medium peach with warm, yellowish undertones and fine, golden shimmer that combined into a more luminous finish (not overtly shimmery or frosted) on my skin. The texture was soft, lightly powdery but silky and blendable on my skin, and it never looked powdery applied. The coverage was buildable from medium to nearly opaque, which was in line with expectations. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading noticeably.

Worth noting, the version in the quad was similar in color to the standalone I have; the one in the Spring 2017 palette was significantly darker (you can physically see a lot more darker color in the pan, too, where as my standalone had a lot of lighter areas).

Formula Overview

$38.00/0.15 oz. - $253.33 Per Ounce

The Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder is designed to have the “illuminating effects” of their Strobe Lighting Powder with “vivid cheek colors.” The formula features “buildable color” with a “natural-looking, radiant finish.” The texture of the powder is very, very silky and finely-milled, which can result in noticeable powder that gets kicked up in the pan, though they apply beautifully to the skin and never look dry or dusty actually applied (which is where it counts!). One of the things I have noticed over the years is that the depth of color can vary dramatically depending on the marbling of the powders; some have more of the “Strobe” shade and others have more of the “blush” shade. They last between seven and eight hours on me typically.

Browse all of our Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush swatches.

Ingredients

Ingredients: Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Boron Nitride, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Octyldodecanol, Silica, Dimethicone, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Alumina, Water/Aqua, Benzoic Acid, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Diamond Powder, Ethylhexylglycerin, Laureth-7, Phenoxyethanol, Polyacrylamide, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tin Oxide, Trimethylsiloxysilicate. May Contain (+/-): Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Carmine (Ci 75470), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).

Lucid Glow

Lucid Glow is a pop of medium orange with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a luminous finish. The consistency was smooth, silky, and blended out with ease–the kind of product that’s difficult to apply badly!–with nearly opaque coverage in a single layer. The coverage was higher than most of the blushes I’ve tried in the formula, so I’d recommend using a lighter hand if you need/expect the buildable nature of the formula (true of other shades). It lasted well for eight hours before I noticed signs of fading.

Formula Overview

$40.00/0.15 oz. - $266.67 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have “depth and dimension” unlike traditional blush, be “lightweight and airy,” and have the “perfect balance of pigment and powder.” Hourglass says it uses “an advanced ‘miscelare’ technique,” which means to mix in Italian (per Sephora) and is how the marbled effect is achieved. The blush is also supposed to have “buildable color.” It does bring to mind the concept of a lot of baked formulas on the market, but I think the texture is softer and more finely-milled than most.

The texture is very soft and delicate; it feels exactly like the Ambient Lighting Powders. In an all-over powder, I don’t mind what can sometimes veer on powderiness, but in a blush, it can be easy to overload color onto the blush and then onto the skin. I wish it was slightly firmer or less powdery, which would minimize waste and make it more foolproof to apply.

Browse all of our Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush swatches.

Ingredients

Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Boron Nitride, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Octyldodecanol; Benzoic Acid, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Diamond Powder, Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Laureth-7, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Phenoxyethanol, Polyacrylamide, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Potassium Sorbate, Silica, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tin Oxide, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, May Contain: (+/-): Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Carmine (CI 75470), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

Infinite Flush

Infinite Flush is a muted, light-medium coral with warmer undertones and a luminous finish. It had buildable pigmentation from medium to opaque with an incredibly silky, finely-milled powder texture. There was a little dustiness in the pan, but the product applied effortlessly to my skin and melded as I blended it out. It stayed on nicely for eight hours before fading a bit.

Formula Overview

$40.00/0.15 oz. - $266.67 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have “depth and dimension” unlike traditional blush, be “lightweight and airy,” and have the “perfect balance of pigment and powder.” Hourglass says it uses “an advanced ‘miscelare’ technique,” which means to mix in Italian (per Sephora) and is how the marbled effect is achieved. The blush is also supposed to have “buildable color.” It does bring to mind the concept of a lot of baked formulas on the market, but I think the texture is softer and more finely-milled than most.

The texture is very soft and delicate; it feels exactly like the Ambient Lighting Powders. In an all-over powder, I don’t mind what can sometimes veer on powderiness, but in a blush, it can be easy to overload color onto the blush and then onto the skin. I wish it was slightly firmer or less powdery, which would minimize waste and make it more foolproof to apply.

Browse all of our Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush swatches.

Ingredients

Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Boron Nitride, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Octyldodecanol; Benzoic Acid, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Diamond Powder, Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Laureth-7, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Phenoxyethanol, Polyacrylamide, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Potassium Sorbate, Silica, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tin Oxide, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, May Contain: (+/-): Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Carmine (CI 75470), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

Hourglass Ghost Ambient Lighting Blush Quad

Hourglass Ghost Ambient Lighting Blush Quad

Hourglass Ghost Ambient Lighting Blush Quad

Hourglass Ghost Ambient Lighting Blush Quad

Hourglass Ghost Ambient Lighting Blush Quad

Hourglass Ghost Ambient Lighting Blush Quad

Hourglass Ghost Ambient Lighting Blush Quad

Hourglass Surreal Effect Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Surreal Effect Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Surreal Effect Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Surreal Effect Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Brilliant Nude Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Brilliant Nude Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Brilliant Nude Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Brilliant Nude Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Lucid Glow Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Lucid Glow Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Lucid Glow Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Lucid Glow Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Infinite Flush Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Infinite Flush Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Infinite Flush Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Infinite Flush Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Ghost Ambient Lighting Blush Quad

Hourglass Ghost Ambient Lighting Blush Quad

Hourglass Ghost Ambient Lighting Blush Quad

Hourglass Ghost Ambient Lighting Blush Quad

Hourglass Ghost Ambient Lighting Blush Quad

Hourglass Ghost Ambient Lighting Blush Quad

Hourglass Ghost Ambient Lighting Blush Quad

Hourglass Surreal Effect Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Surreal Effect Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Surreal Effect Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Surreal Effect Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Brilliant Nude Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Brilliant Nude Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Brilliant Nude Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Brilliant Nude Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Lucid Glow Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Lucid Glow Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Lucid Glow Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Lucid Glow Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Infinite Flush Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Infinite Flush Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Infinite Flush Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Infinite Flush Ambient Lighting Blush