The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders ($45.00) are described as: “A wardrobe of six universal finishing powders that recreate the most exquisitely flattering light—from ethereal moonlight to luminous candlelight. Each powder captures, diffuses and softens surrounding light with groundbreaking photoluminescent technology.” The “soft-focus particles” and “photoluminescent technology” in these powders promise to make skin look younger, even-toned and radiant. Everyone wanted a piece of these when they were released and after hearing what they promise, it’s no wonder why.
The six “shades” you can choose from are Ethreal, Diffused, Luminous, Radiant, Mood, and Dim Light, which is what I have. It was a close call between Dim and Diffused Light, but I chose the former because it is the most neutral in tone (described as a “neutral peach beige powder that blurs imperfections and highlights a radiant complexion with the perfect balance of warm and cool tones”). Each shade creates a different kind of light for the skin and every single one will work differently for different skin tones, so I suggest reading the shade description before picking one up. It’s now a dream of mine to own all six…a little crazy, yes. But aren’t we all, sometimes!
I love the look of Hourglass packaging, but their plastic compacts tend to photograph better than they actually feel in your hands. In this beautiful but slightly flimsy compact you get a mirror and 10 grams of product. I use my powder nearly every day and I haven’t worn it down too much, but then I do tend to use it with a very light hand.
The shape of the powder inside the compact reminds me of baked mineral powders, but I don’t believe it’s prepared the same way. What I can say for sure is that the ultra-soft powder is free of parabens, talc, fragrance, nano-particles and gluten. Awesome for those of us who like to keep track of what goes onto the skin–often moms-to-be and people with very sensitive skin. The main ingredient of the Ambient Lighting powders is Mica, which is pretty common.
While sitting in pan, Dim Light looks unassuming, but here you can clearly see the luminescence of the product on my finger. I only had to brush my fingers very lightly over the powder to pick up that much, so I would suggest using a brush with looser bristles and a light hand when applying this. What you get with Dim Light is a neutralizing effect when it comes to discolourations, a blurring effect over pores and other imperfections, and an overall diffused glow. It’s difficult to apply too much but it is possible so experiment with ways you personally like to use these kinds of powders. I personally use Dim Light to set concealer under my eyes most often, but I also dust it all over my face when I feel like it and I like how it gives me a healthy glow.
I will say that the one thing you cannot expect is for this powder to control excess oil. As I have combination skin, I only use this powder over my T-Zone if I have a mattifying foundation or primer already underneath.
Another thing you don’t wan’t to do is travel with your Ambient Lighting powder– the packaging really can’t take it and the powder is just too soft. All things considered, I still love this product and I can’t wait to get my hands on Diffused Light and the other shades eventually after that. I always say complexion products are worth the splurge (at $45 this is definitely a splurge) because good skin pretty much equals confidence. Anything that enhances skin and doesn’t just cover it up (not my goal personally) while treating it right (i.e. good ingredients) is fantastic in my book!
I highly, highly recommend Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting powders based on my experience with Dim Light. I regret not scrambling to pick up the special palette of three that came out last year, but I’m hoping they do something similar again in the future. I’ll be all over that for sure!
Hourglass is not sold in the Philippines. Available in the US directly from hourglasscosmetics.com, at Sephora stores, and in Spake N.K. in the U.K, among other places.