Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders and Brush

I've hauled quite a few Hourglass products lately, but today I want to post about the three Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders (in Diffused, Mood, and Luminous Light) and the Hourglass Ambient Powder Brush  I have.

Hourglass products:





Each powder contains 10 grams of product.

Now, I know there have been some complaints that the powders are too shimmery for all over the face. I agree to some extent, but I don't find even the more "luminous" powder overbearing in shimmer. Both Mood Light and Luminous Light provide a beautiful glow to the skin, and I find that I can use the Luminous Light powder as a highlighter on the tops of the cheek bones. Diffused Light (and I believe Ethereal Light, which I do not own) provide a more subtle, satin finish. So, I would definitely recommend understanding the different finishes to the six powders before purchasing. I'm quite pleased with the three Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders I purchased.

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Out of the three powders, I'm actually most pleasantly surprised by Mood Light - a light lavender-based pink powder, simulating pink lighting. Mood Light reminds me most of that romantic evening glow, and I feel like it leaves a hint of blush color to the skin without being obvious. 

Diffused Light is a pale yellow softening powder that reminds me a little of my Guerlain Meteorites Illuminating and Mattifying Pressed Powder with its Photoshop-like effects, diffusing the face to a flawless finish.

Luminous Light is a beautiful champagne-beige shade that runs almost a light, pastel orange/sherbert shade in the swatches. As the name suggests, it is the most luminous, glowy finish of the three powders. I can actually use it easily as a highlighter, but I'm not too afraid to set my liquid foundation with it either. I think it could be used to create a beautiful Jennifer Lopez, "glow from within" look.


Now, on to the Hourglass Ambient Powder Brush ($35) - I'd actually skip it. Although the (synthetic Taklon) bristles are nice and dense, the brush is perhaps a little too stiff for the product. I find that swirling the brush in the powder "kicks up" a lot of powder residue in the pan (see below).

The powder residue is a result of LIGHTLY swirling the brush around the powder - eek.

To be fair, however, my Tom Ford brushes are also too dense to avoid the powder residue. I use one of my softer Hakuhodo brushes to swirl around the powder without "kicking up" powder in the pan.

All right, here are the swatches (several of them)! Heavy swatches are on the left and blended out swatches are on the right.

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In flash lighting, you can definitely see that Mood Light has a reflective sheen, and you can almost make out the shimmer particles in Luminous Light. Finally, you can see that Diffused Light has a less reflective, satin finish, especially compared to the other powders.

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(Flash Lighting) - Can you see the fine shimmer particles?


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(Direct Day Lighting) - can you see the illuminating sheen?


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Finally, I compared NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder in Translucent Crystal with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light. Please note that the NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder in Translucent Crystal is a translucent powder that is reflective. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light has a pale yellow cream color that also brightens the face complexion, but not as reflective as the NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder in Translucent Crystal. In other words, they look similar, but they do achieve different effects on the face.

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Final verdict: I very much love these Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders! You can definitely experiment with the six different shades and reflective levels. I like that Diffused Light gives a brightening and diffused/softening effect on the face. Mood Light, even for us yellow-toned Asians, creates a very romantic evening lighting on the face with a beautiful sheen. Luminous Light gives a beautiful J.Lo-esque glow on the face with its champagne-beige shimmer shade, which can also be used as a highlighter. I also like the NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder in Translucent Crystal, which I find different in use (translucent, softening, and reflective) than the Diffused Light Powder (pale yellow, softening, and satin finish). Let me know what you guys think.

**Disclaimer: I purchased all items with my own money. All opinions are my own and not sponsored.


Neiman Marcus Beauty Event: GWP Tote Bag

As I posted with the Saks GWP Hobo Bag with goodies (click here to see post), I wanted to post a picture of my Neiman Marcus GWP Tote Bag. Now, I know some people aren't too impressed by the quality of these bags, but I think they're great for summer/pool bags - throw in some beach towels, sunscreen, etc :). I personally like the NM Tote bag better than the Saks Hobo bag, but I like that they're different styles of bags (Tote vs. Hobo bag). Both the GWP bags are still available at Neiman Marcus ($125 purchase minimum) and Saks ($100 purchase minimum) and free shipping.

I'm curious to see how I like the Cle de Peau Cottons compared to the Shiseido Facial Cottons. The Saks GWP Hobo bag also came with Cle de Peau Cottons. So, I have two samples to try out.

Anyway, here are the pictures of the Neiman Marcus GWP Tote Bag and the free samples inside.










**Disclaimer: I purchased all items with my own money. All opinions are my own and not sponsored.

Tom Ford Lip Color Shines


I FINALLY got a break in the weather so that I could post pictures and swatches of my new Tom Ford Lip Color Shines. I picked up a beige-nude shade, Bare, and a medium-pink shade, Quiver. First, a quick look at the packaging.

Tom Ford Lip Color Shines in 05 Bare (Left) and 03 Quiver (Right).


Tom Ford Lip Color Shines in 05 Bare (Left) and 03 Quiver (Right).

Tom Ford Lip Color Shines in 05 Bare (Left) and 03 Quiver (Right).

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Tom Ford Lip Color Shines in 05 Bare (Left) and 03 Quiver (Right).

Here are the swatches!
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You can see the gold glitter/shimmer particles in both lip color shines here.

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Even closer up, you can really see that gold shimmer in the direct day lighting.

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I also compared the packaging to Tom Ford's Lip Color lipsticks. The TF Lip Color Shines are taller and thinner than the regular TF Lip Colors. The product itself is shaped more like the Chanel Rouge Coco Shines (cylindrical tube) vs. the typical lipstick shape with the "TF" logo etched into the lipstick top. Otherwise, the packaging is the same - i.e.,Tom Ford's signature dark brown, mahogany panels with the gold trim accent.

Left: Tom Ford Lip Color Shine
Right: Tom Ford Lip Color


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Left: Tom Ford Lip Color Shine in 05 Bare
Middle: Tom Ford Lip Color Shine in 03 Quiver

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Left: Tom Ford Lip Color Shine in 05 Bare
Middle: Tom Ford Lip Color Shine in 03 Quiver


And, for swatch comparisons, I brought out two products that reminded me of TF's Lip Color Shine in 05 Bare: Guerlain Kiss Kiss Gloss in 851 Sable Show and Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in 48 Evasion.

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Guerlain Kiss Kiss Gloss in 851 Sable Show, Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in 48 Evasion, Tom Ford Lip Color Shine in 05 Bare, Tom Ford Lip Color Shine in 03 Quiver, and Tom Ford Lip Color in 19 Aphrodisiac


Now to the swatches! You can see that the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in 48 Evasion looks more pinky toned than the TF Lip Color Shine in 05 Bare. In the picture, it also appears less shiny than the TF Lip Color Shines. On the lips, however, I find that they both have similar shine finishes. Guerlain's Kiss Kiss Gloss in 851 Sable Show is obviously the most shiny with its gloss finish. And, on the opposite spectrum, the Tom Ford Lip Color in 19 Aphrodisiac is the most opaque finish.

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Guerlain Kiss Kiss Gloss in 851 Sable Show, Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in 48 Evasion, Tom Ford Lip Color Shine in 05 Bare, Tom Ford Lip Color Shine in 03 Quiver, and Tom Ford Lip Color in 19 Aphrodisiac

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Again, closer up in the direct day lighting, you can really see the shimmer and shiny finishes.

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Guerlain Kiss Kiss Gloss in 851 Sable Show

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Top: Tom Ford Lip Color in 05 Bare
Bottom: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in 48 Evasion

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Top: Tom Ford Lip Color in 05 Bare
Middle: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in 48 Evasion
Bottom: Guerlain Kiss Kiss Gloss in 851 Sable Show

Overall, I like the Tom Ford Lip Color Shines. I expected them to be a fairly comparable dupe to the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine formula, but I was mistaken. In true Tom Ford fashion, the Lip Color Shines are a little bit creamy to apply (reminiscent of, but not identical to the very creamy texture of their regular Lip Color lipsticks). The Chanel Rouge Coco Shines feel a bit more hydrating with more slip. I personally find the Chanel Rouge Coco Shines a little more comfortable to wear because of the extra slip, but not as much slip as the YSL Rouge Volupte (which I personally do not like). 

The finishes of both the TF Lip Color Shines and Chanel Rouge Coco Shines are similar. They both provide that semi-transparent, high shine finish. They both wear for a decent time, even after eating. I expected the TF Lip Color Shines to have longer wear because of the *slightly* creamier formula, but I was surprised to say that both TF and Chanel wore similarly even after eating and drinking. Again, reminiscent of the TF Lip Color lipsticks, the Lip Color Shine in Quiver gave a faint wash of color (I wouldn't go as far as to say a stain) after the shine wore off due to eating. 

The TF Lip Color Shines smell just like the Lip Color lipsticks - that vanilla, almost vanilla pudding smell - ha. The Chanel Rouge Coco Shines smell like the signature Chanel rose scent.

So, yes - I enjoy these Tom Ford Lip Color Shines. I think they are a perfect hybrid of their Lip Color lipsticks and a Chanel Rouge Coco Shines. I think the finish is similar enough to the Chanel Rouge Coco Shines that I would choose based on wear on the lips. If I were to have to choose between the two, I slightly prefer the Chanel Rouge Coco Shines because of the extra slip that just feels more hydrating and comfortable to my lips, and I also prefer the rose scent. The Tom Ford Lip Color Shines are still something I will take pleasure wearing, though. 

**Disclaimer: I purchased all items with my own money. All opinions are my own and not sponsored.