These blushes are both probably two of the most hyped up of the past twelve months, and it's quite easy to see how and why this has happened. It's also easy to see visually how similar they really look on first impressions. Literally, if you took them out of the packaging you probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference. I also absolutely LOVE both products.
The two in particular that I feel really look alike is Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush and Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Lovely Pink. The colours in the pans look identical - the Hourglass offering just has a bit more highlight in it I feel and I do prefer the packaging of that one too. However, is it worth paying the extra money (£28 x £8.99) for the packaging or is the higher end version actually better?
What do we love about the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes?
These blushes have been massively hyped in the blogging world over the past year or so and it's very easy to see why. The formula is buttery soft, I do find sometimes with powder blushes you can get a little roughness but there is not of that with this one. It's so finely milled it's like the perfect blush formula. Not only that but a little goes a really long way, you just need a light swish to get the most natural, perfect flush of colour to your cheeks. It also has a run of highlight going through to naturally lift your complexion and brighten. It's long lasting, and the packing screams luxury.
So how does Max Factor's Creme Puff Blush compare?
It's incredibly similar and actually a fantastic dupe if you won't want to spend the full whack for the Hourglass offering. I would say the formula isn't as soft, but still very blendable and natural looking. Again, you don't need much and it does also have the highlight running through - though not quite as much I would say.
Honestly, it's a very similar product. Personally I do prefer the Hourglass ones, BUT not by much. I would say if you want a similar blush to the high end ones, grab the Max Factor offerings as they are a very similar product and pretty much the perfect dupe.