Hourglass Cosmetics recently introduced a new product which has been getting a lot of attention: the Ambient Lighting Powders. These powders are designed to soften the way light reflects on the skin, brighten the complexion, and conceal imperfections such as pores and wrinkles. The Ambient Lighting Powder is available in six different shades, of which I have one to share with you today in the shade Dim Light.
The packaging is undeniably gorgeous!
Dim Light: A neutral peach beige powder that blurs imperfections and highlights a radiant complexion with the perfect balance of warm and cool tones.
Dim Light swatched
A close up of Dim Light, showing there is no shimmer to this powder when blended out.
Before and After (unretouched photos): Left: Wearing only foundation; Right: Wearing Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light on key parts of the face such as temples, cheekbones, chin, jawline, cheeks, forehead, nose.
Closeup Before and After (unretouched): Dim Light provides a little bit of a warm peach tone to my face and also takes down a bit of the shine as well.
Full face makeup closeup (unretouched)
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder has been getting a lot of hype since its launch, and although I wanted to purchase it when it was first released, I held back a bit because I wasn’t sure which shade would be right for me. I watched a few videos and read reviews and finally decided upon Dim Light. I will be honest and say it is because #1 I love anything peach and #2 I would love for all of my pores and wrinkles to be blurred. Now who doesn’t want that?! 😉
Hourglass Cosmetics states their Ambient Lighting Powders are Infused with technologically advanced soft-focus particles that help make skin appear younger, even-toned and radiant. They are not like traditional powders in that the small particles in the Ambient Lighting Powders refract light and create a transparent coverage.
Product Formula and Application
In first working with this product I wasn’t quite sure how to use it. Is it a highlighter? A bronzer? An all-over face powder? When first using the product, I applied Dim Light with a kabuki brush but found I did not quite like how it turned out – it applied a little heavy and did not quite look right. I asked Arianne from GlitterGeek how she applies it, and she suggested using a blush brush so I gave that a try which totally helped! I have been using this like an all-over face powder after my foundation, however, not quite applying it as I would a traditional face powder, but applying it to my forehead, cheeks, cheekbones, jawline, chin and nose. It blends well even directly on top of foundation. Although I am using a generous amount, using the blush brush gives me control over how much is going on so I can build it up from there as I need it. I have been preferring to use this powder before dusting a light translucent powder in the areas that I need it.
Shade, Finish and Longevity
I find Dim Light gives a warm slight peach tone to my face that looks natural. Hourglass describes this shade as having the perfect balance of both warm and cool tones, so I think it would be flattering on many skintones. The powder has a satin finish to it when applied to the skin and although I have oily skin, the finish softens the most shiny parts of my face but doesn’t make me look matte. Dim Light has no shimmer or glitter. While Hourglass says it conceals perfections like wrinkles and pores I find the overall effect to soften the appearance of pores and wrinkles. The photos above are very zoomed in and not much difference can be seen in the pores, however from farther than eight inches from the face, my pores do appear softened and my forehead wrinkles are not accentuated. As far as the ambient lighting effect of this powder I find that leaves a very natural look on the face that to me is a combination of a powder, bronzer and highlighter. Dim Light gives me a little color, it sets my foundation makeup where I apply it, and adds a subtle and natural “light” to my face. Even from the photos the effect is very subtle, but I am loving the effect it gives in person. I find Dim Light to last on my skin all day, and although I have oily skin, it does not cause my skin to look more oily than it usually is.
The Ambient Lighting powders have been revolutionary to some and “meh” to others. I find I am in the middle of that road, where I really like the softening look it gives to my skin, but I do not find it to be the one product to cover all my imperfections. I think combined with other tried and true skin-perfecting products this is the product that tops it all off and pulls it together. Necessary? Maybe not, but I will tell you this, I love it enough that I am looking into purchasing another shade!
Price and Availability
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