There has been a lot of hype around the Max Factor Creme Puff Blushes and some have called these the dupe for the Hourglass Ambient Blushes. Now I love the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes, they are very different to any other blushes I own. Naturally I wanted to test the claim out.
The Hourglass Ambient Blush Palette, £56 has the most luxurious packaging, certainly in my collection. I love the outer packaging and also how the baked blushes are presented in the palette. The palette comes with a decent sized mirror too. Only thing I’d nitpick on is that higher end brands like Dior/Clarins palette come with a velvet pouch to protect the palettes; at the price point Hourglass should have done the same. The Hourglass blushes for me is about the diffused glow they give rather than the colour. The blushes are pigmented without being too colourful. The colour can be built up from a very sheer glow to a proper flush of colour.
The formula is buttery soft, when applied it's undetectable on the cheeks and blends perfectly. I love the finish the blushes give, all three shades in the palette works with my skintone. The Hourglass Blush palette includes three shades – Luminous Flush, Incandescent Electra (exclusive to the palette) and Mood Exposure. Individually there are six shades – Diffused Heat, Dim Infusion, Ethereal Glow, Luminous Flush, Mood Exposure and Radiant Magenta.
The Max Factor Creme Puff Blush, £8.99 are said to be drugstore dupes of the Hourglass Blushes. Aesthetically they certainly look similar in appearance in their baked marbled effect in the pan. I like the Max Factor Packaging as you can clearly see which shade you’re picking up without opening the packaging unlike the Hourglass packaging. The Max Factor Blushes are also very fine powder in consistency. For me the difference was in the pigmentation and colour payoff. The Max Factor Blushes are more about the colour than the glow in my opinion. They are what you’d expect from a blush, to give colour to your cheeks with minimal sheen. I also found that the shimmer effect was slightly more visible than the Hourglass i.e. I felt that the shimmer particles were bigger so a little more noticeable than the Hourglass. They blend really well but the colour payoff is definitely more than the Hourglass blushes.
The Max Factor Blushes come in six shades – Lovely Pink 05, Nude Mauve Pink 10, Seductive Pink 15, Lavish Mauve 20, Alluring Rose 25, and Gorgeous Berries 30. They’re designed to complement a wide range of skintones, i.e. shades Lovely Pink and Nude Mauve Pink will complement fair skintones; shades Seductive Pink and Lavish Mauve will complement medium skintones; and shades Alluring Rose and gorgeous Berries will complement darker skintones. In my opinion, this guide doesn’t necessarily need to be followed; I have olive skintones and love using Nude Mauve Pink! Give the blushes a swatch in store in see what you fancy and go with that!
The Max Factor Blushes are definitely the best I’ve used from the high street, and are probably as close as you can get to the Hourglass blushes from the high street/drugstore. But I don’t think they’re dupes as such. I’m not sure if you can quite see it from the swatches, but certainly in reality and on your face the effects are not the same. I love both of the blushes and I highly recommend the Max Factor ones as they’re so far my favourites from the drugstore!
Have you tried the Max Factor Creme Puff Blushes? Do you think they’re dupes of the Hourglass blushes? Share in the comments below or tweet me @aspiring_london!
Some of these items have been sent to me for review purposes.