Hourglass is a small, boutique line with a limited number of products. They don’t waste time with countless palettes, loads of liners or scads of foundation formulas. What they do, they do well. They have one of the best primers, one of the best red lipsticks and one of the best red glosses on the market. It took me a little time to warm up to their new Ambient Lighting Powders, but now I’d add them to their lineup of seriously stellar products.
What are Ambient Lighting Powders? They are all over face powders that give your skin a touch of light. It’s no secret that powders and foundations reflect light differently. Sometimes you look white and chalky, usually because of the SPF reflecting light strangely. Other times, the light reflects in a way that makes you look older, like fluorescent lighting.
Ambient Lighting Powders try to give your skin a little glow to make the best of the light you have. It’s not a highlighter, which is what I had to get past before falling in love. You use it as a setting powder to give you a magazine-like glow. Depending on which powder you use, your look will be different. But just slightly different. You'll know it when you find one that works with your skin tone.
For example, I picked up Mood Light to try. It’s not iridescent, but it kind of is. There is no sparkle, no mica. It’s a lavender glow that makes my very fair skin look dewy, without a true shimmer. I originally thought I wouldn't like this specific powder because I already have enough red and pink in my skin. But once I tried it, I knew it was perfect for me.
The company sent me Diffused Light to try. Diffused Light is slightly more yellow, which means it will help cancel out the red on my skin, ever so slightly. This effect is similar to the look of a little bit of candlelight reflecting on your skin, everywhere you go.
They are available in six shades:
Ethereal: Cool translucent
Diffused: Warm pale yellow
Dim: Neutral beige
Mood: Sheer lavender pink
Luminous: Champagne pearl
Radiant: Golden beige
These take some playing with to get used to them. The more colors I experiment with, the more I like them. All of the colors are subtle and each do something a little different on everyone. I’ll probably end up picking up Luminous and Ethereal because I want to combine and play with them. At first, I wasn’t excited about these but now, I’m a little bit in love.
Check them out and see if you like the slight improvement it makes to your skin tone, fine lines and how the light reflects off of your skin. You just may love it. Ambient Lighting Powders by Hourglass retail for $44 each.
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