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making faces :: a flattering flush

a woman cannot live on food and footie alone! [actually, anyone can live on food, that's why we consume it. -ed.] i have a backlog forming of posts on other things, so i figured i should slide this one in, since it's already long overdue.

i've already posted about the new hourglass ambient lighting blush line, a combination of each of their ambient lighting powders with a complementary blush shade. having tested the waters with light, cool pink "ethereal glow", i've now added to my collection "luminous flush".

it's described by hourglass as a "champagne rose" mixed with their "luminous light" powder, a shade meant to mimic a candlelight under any conditions. it's one of the more shimmery ambient lighting powders and, as expected, "luminous flush" is one of the more shimmery blushes. if you take a few moments with a brush to buff the colour into your skin, the shimmer is less obvious, which makes it easier to pull off during the daytime. at night, i say let it ride. it's never overwhelming or glittery and does, in fact, impart something like a candlelit glow to the skin.

whereas my "ethereal glow" had large sections of the blush colour alongside smaller sections of the highlight powder, my "luminous flush" is well-marbled throughout, with the ambient lighting powder overlapping the blush throughout. each will be different, such is the nature of the product. both of mine thus far have been heavier on the blush and, hence, heavier on pigmentation. i was a little surprised at how intense the colour of "luminous flush" was both swatched and in use.



on my arm, the colour looks less like rosé champagne [which is what i expected a champagne rose to look like] and more like a pink apricot shade.

luminous flush
it's similar to nars "deep throat", although "deep throat" is more subtle. [probably the first time those words have ever been said.] next to a more orange-leaning shade like nars "torrid", you can see the pink tones more easily.

l to r :: nars deep throat, luminous flush, nars torrid
the big surprise for me came when i applied "luminous flush" to my cheeks. the apricot tones seemed to disappear and it really looked like what i call a windy pink, the shade that fair skins turn when they're exposed to fresh, cool air. i suspect that on ladies with warmer skin tones, the orange/ coral tones will predominate. but what really surprised me was that "luminous flush" applied is pretty much exactly the colour i turn when i blush naturally. it was a bit strange seeing it, because it was a reminder that most blushes aren't all that natural on the skin [although we love them anyway]. for a moment, i thought my skin had reacted to the powder and reddened a little.

when i say that this is the colour i blush naturally, i should add that it's the colour i blush naturally in a perfect world. the smoothing, radiant, pore-disguising properties of the ambient lighting powder gives me a much more appealing complexion than running around the block for half an hour, even if the shade i turn is similar.

this is another winner from hourglass, who are fast becoming one of my very favourite brands. they don't release tons of products, but what they come out with seems to be of extraordinary quality and worth the premium prices they command. i'm seriously tempted to collect all of these.

here's a peek at "luminous flush" on the job, along with a few other friends from my collection.




products used

the base ::
hourglass mineral veil primer
nars radiant creamy concealer "vanilla"
nars pure radiant tinted moisturizer "terre neuve"
mac paint pot "painterly"

the eyes ::
inglot e/s "351" [matte ivory highlight]
mac e/s "going bananas" [bright lemon yellow]*
mac e/s "lime" [matte lime green]
rouge bunny rouge e/d "bohemian waxwing" [shimmery warm taupe]
illamasqua precision gel liner
ysl effet faux cils mascara "noir radical"
urban decay 24/7 e/l "underground" [metallic taupe]

the cheeks ::
hourglass ambient lighting blush "luminous flush" [bright natural rose]

the lips ::
chanel rouge coco shine "bohème" [soft strawberry red]

*suggested alternates :: goings bananas = mac nylon + mac bright sunshine

i kind of like the naturalness of the blush and the lips [reads as a "my lips but redder" colour] with the bold eye. i recently picked up "lime", a permanent mac shade, which has made a unique addition to my shadows. i really like working with this one!

"luminous flush" is, thankfully, a permanent product and available internationally from sephora.

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