Hourglass Mood Exposure

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHourglass Ambient Lighting powders were HUGE this time last year but some how I managed to avoid the splurge. They are pretty pricey and despite the glowing reviews (pun intended) I couldn’t part with my cash. The only reason I bit the bullet on one of the new blushes was because I was buying some for gifts for friends at Christmas and couldn’t resist a third for myself. I bought us all different colours so if you’re interested in other perspectives keep your eyes peeled for reviews from Caz – link – and Laura – link – too! I chose the most neutral of the bunch for myself, I’d heard great things about it giving a fool proof glow with a hint of colour so I was hoping it would be an easy every day shade.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABecause the colours are marbled no two are identical so it’s tough to trust a review 100% as the one you buy may be different but I was happy when I opened it up to see more of the paler shade in mine. In case you weren’t aware the base colour to these blushes is an original ambient lighting powder and the deeper/brighter colour (depending on the one you choose) is the blush. In the pictures above I’ve applied it lightly, you can just about make it out and it does give a slightly diffused finish which I like. This is what I assumed I would get and I was happy with it.. HOWEVER. The more I use it the more of the deep colour seems to be coming out and that colour is not as light and blendable as I’d hoped. I’m heavy handed when it comes to cheek products and if I’m not careful I end up going overboard, I thought this would be something I could apply with little thought and not have to worry about but alas it can come off as quite a bold plum shade. It’s beautiful and I’ll definitely get my use from it but I know I can get something similar for less and the only reason to pay that kind of money (for ME) is for something different/easier to use and unfortunately this doesn’t tick that box. The packaging is beautiful (although I expected it to be metal for the cost) and it definitely gives a luminous, expensive looking finish but it isn’t quite amazing enough for me to want another. I’m REALLY glad I didn’t plump for the palette I was eyeing up.. although it would probably be another ‘nice to have’

Have you tried any of the ambient lighting powders/blushes? I know I’m being hard on it but for £28 – here – I kind of want it to rock my world. This is why I usually stick to lipsticks.. it’s MUCH easier to tell whether you will like one before you’ve spent your cash on it!!

Miss BB



  1. 6 January, 2015 / 10:33 am

    I used the same blush in Diffused Heat, as I’m not a dark-blush-shade kinda girl.. I like my cheeks to pop in a pretty pink!


  2. Raquel
    6 January, 2015 / 10:45 am

    This is a lovely blush! It’s on my wish list now 😉
    xx Raquel


  3. 6 January, 2015 / 11:18 am

    Khila this is EXACTLY how I feel about it too. I bought Radiant Magenta (the bright pink) on pre-order, assuming it would blend with the powder for a subtle look, but it’s very bright and requires a gentle touch and lots of blending. Would probably look amazing on deeper skin tones but I have barely used it for this reason and always reach for Clinique Cheek Pops instead. Funny I was thinking of trying Mood Exposure as it looks so subtle, but perhaps not after reading this!

    Nic x

    • missbudgetbeauty
      6 January, 2015 / 12:38 pm

      YES! I was tempted by the brighter ones, they look so pretty but I wanted something fool proof. This is either very, VERY sheer or a serious blending task. I haven’t tried much at all from Clinique.. may have to give them a go!

  4. 6 January, 2015 / 11:52 am

    Maybe I will give the blushes a miss and just go for the setting powders then!

    • missbudgetbeauty
      6 January, 2015 / 12:39 pm

      I’m yet to try those but would like one that would give a subtle glow

  5. 6 January, 2015 / 2:22 pm

    I have diffused heat and it is gorgeous, I’ve been eyeing up mood exposure too. I think I might just pick it up soon. x


  6. Rosalie (4BeautyandLife)
    6 January, 2015 / 3:46 pm

    I have the three colour powder palette and in the beginning I did not really know what to do with it 😉 But now I use the medium colour to set my foundation in the T-zone. The lighter one as a highlighter and the darker one for shaping. They are all three very subtile and a little bit shiny. And that is exactly how I like it. Next time I will buy a blush.

  7. amy brown
    6 January, 2015 / 6:32 pm

    I brought the ambient blush pallette yesterday, I used one today and I love it!!

  8. 6 January, 2015 / 6:54 pm

    I just purchased the Hourglass blush palette, and Mood Exposure is my favorite so far! I held off on it for a long time because of the price, but I’m so glad I finally decided to get it!

  9. 7 January, 2015 / 3:21 pm

    It comes down to preferences really, doesn’t it. For someone who likes heavily pigmented blushes it may be worth the price.
    But what I really wanted to say is that I’m glad you give such an honest review! It seems like a lot of bloggers only have positive things to say about products, especially when they’re expensive or hyped. It’s refreshing to read this review. And I’d assumed the packaging was metal too.

  10. 8 January, 2015 / 7:04 pm

    This looks fab! I really want to try the hourglass ambient lighting powders
    Emma xo | Missemmalouise12.blogspot.ie

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