Not too long ago Max Factor came out with a genius line of Creme Puff Blushes. My only drugstore blush until now was one from Bourjois, but when I spotted these I knew I had to have them. They are a blend from two tones of different blush pigments and apply beautifully on the cheeks.
While both colors can be applied as a subtle sheer wash, they are also easily buildable. The baked formula powder is finely milled and velvety and the colors are pigmented enough - one soft swipe with a blush brush on the cheeks does the trick, without any need to tap off excess powder. Besides color they also add some glow, so you might not even need a highlighter, but I still like to add a tiny bit (I love how they pair with the highlighter from the Charlotte Tilbury's Filmstar Bronze & Glow duo).
The blushes come in plastic packaging with clear lids so you can easily see the shades inside. They seem sturdy and travel friendly. When you close them, the lid clicks, so you can be sure it's properly closed.
15 - Seductive Pink is a beautiful bright pink shade with peachy veins and golden shimmer. It looks more muted in the pan, but applies like a perfect spring shade. It has about 8 hour staying power and is nicely pigmented.
20 - Lavish Mauve is a neutral dusky rose shade that adds a soft wash of color and makes the cheeks glowy. It's a very natural looking shade (it needs more work if I want it to show up intensely) and has about 6 hour staying power.
And now the million dollar question: Are these really dupes for the Hourglass Ambient Blush Palette? I'm sorry to disappoint you, but in my opinion they are not. While they definitely look similar in the pan (especially comparing Lavish Mauve vs. Mood Exposure) their main difference is in the fact that Hourglass Ambient blushes contain a mixture of blush pigment and luminous finishing powder pigment, while Max Factor blushes are made of two different tones of blushes. This results into a different finish on the skin (Hourglass adds luminosity) and staying power.
Yes, they both add glow and color, and for the price difference Max Factor can be a great alternative to Hourglass, but that doesn't mean they're automatically dupes.
Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in 15 - Seductive Pink
Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in 20 - Lavish Mauve
Max Factor Seductive Pink's almost looks like it has actual shimmers inside compared to the finely milled luminous powder in Incandescent Electra from Hourglass (my favourite in the palette).
In my opinion these are a great drugstore buy, too bad they're not yet available in out drugstores. I bought mine online from Boots.