When the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes came out over a year ago, the online makeup community went crazy. The original Ambient Lighting Powders are popular so it was only to be expected that the blush version would be well received. They deliver a light wash of color and glow and are difficult to over do. But at $35 a pop, they’re not as friendly to your wallet as they are to your cheeks
Shortly after the Hourglass blushes came out, I couldn’t help but notice they seemed similar to a well known drugstore product: the Milani Baked Blushes. Like their more expensive counterparts, the Milani blushes have some serious sheen to them, thanks to their baked formula. The fact that both products come in shiny gold (well, rose gold for Hourglass) packaging didn’t hurt the resemblance in my mind. Two shades in particular – “Luminoso” and “Dolce Pink” – made me think of the Ambient Lighting Blushes in “Diffused Heat” and “Dim Infusion.”
Unfortunately, these are not a true dupe, but I do think they are a good alternative if the Hourglass blushes are out of your price range. The Milani blushes contain a lot more shimmer and are more pigmented. The Hourglass options have more sheen than outright glitter and sheerer color. They are also more finely milled and the texture of the powder is so smooth. While the Milani blushes are not coarse by any means, you can clearly tell the difference by swiping your finger in the pan.
Either way, I think both products are great and if you don’t want to shell out $35 on a blush, I think Milani is a great alternative.