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.

(Indoor Day Lighting)

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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?


(Direct Day Lighting)


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


(Direct Day Lighting) - can you see the fine shimmer particles?


(Indoor Day Lighting)


(Flash Lighting)


(Direct Day Lighting)


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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.

(Indoor Day Lighting)

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(Direct Day Lighting)


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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.


3 comments:

  1. A very thorough review! I really appreciate the effort you put into capturing these powders in different lighting. I found your blog when I stumbled upon your youtube review of these Hourglass products. Although I think you did an excellent job in your video review, this blog post is a great supplement because of the photos. :) Thanks so much! I'm a new subscriber to both your youtube channel and blog! All the best!

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  2. Great post! It was really thorough & informative, so thank you! Ps, I wasn't sold on the brush either. I ended up taking it back because it just made a mess of the powder x

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  3. This is such a great post - your blog deserves more views!

    Love Zoe x
    www.facevaluebeautyblog.co.uk

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