Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Dim Light Review, Photos, Swatches

In Face Makeup, Hourglass by Angie Canning10 Comments

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light

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.

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The packaging is undeniably gorgeous!

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Dim Light: A neutral peach beige powder that blurs imperfections and highlights a radiant complexion with the perfect balance of warm and cool tones.

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Dim Light swatched

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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.Before-Left-After-Right

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.Wearing-Hourglass-Ambient-Lighting-Powder-Dim-Light-(2)

Full face makeup closeup (unretouched) Wearing Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Dim Light (1)

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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  1. Love the detailed before and after, just what a skeptic like me wants! 😉 I think I’ve determined these finishing powders are just not my thing because the difference doesn’t speak enough to me. I do like the warmth this adds, it’s a very flattering shade for you without looking bronzed. I can see how it could be used to boost a less than perfect base color too. I’m glad you’re enjoying it!

    1. Sure, no problem! 🙂 I am glad you liked the before and after. I’m finding although it is subtle in the photos, it is more apparent in real life and I hoped to convey this in my review. I do understand the price vs. the hype vs. the results though as well, and that it is not for everyone. 🙂 I do find it perfect to correct those foundations that feel a little off for sure, so good eye! 🙂

      I must confess I am so curious at how Mood Light would look on you though! I think you should try it next time you are in Sephora! 😉 <<< me trying to convince you, lol 😉 😉

      1. I was thinking of this powder and you when I was recording a video earlier today. I feel like a lot of powders can be mattifying and smoothing but then I found myself trying to explain why I thought the CARGO blu_ray HD powder foundation seems to be better than at it than regular powders. So I definitely understand that effect and how it often doesn’t fully translate to pictures. 🙂 I’ll make a note of your shade suggestion and check it out next time I’m there! 🙂

        1. Lol, happy you understand! I think most of the time we just resort to trust me, I like it, I just can’t show you! 😉 Haha. So happy you had time to record some videos today. I look forward to watching them! 🙂
          Let me know what you think of the powders if you do try one – I’m curious if you will find one that makes you go wow too! 😉

  2. Agree with Nicole! I’m really not seeing enough of a difference to go make the splurge. Thanks for the awesome review, as usual 🙂

    1. No problem! Although it is a subtle change, I find in real life it casts a certain light that I can see, and as Nicole mentioned I am finding it great to correct foundations that may be just a little off in color. I know this won’t be for everyone though, and totally understand the price vs. results factor. I am still loving it enough to make it part of my daily routine, although it took a few times of trying it before figuring out how to use it best. 🙂 I would recommend trying it at Sephora sometime and if you can spot a difference in real life too! 🙂

  3. Thanks for a wonderfully detailed review! I appreciate your honesty and am glad to hear you liked this.

    1. No problem! I know I put in a lot of info into it, but I know I was very curious about every single detail before my purchase so I wanted to pass along my experience! I am actually surprised I like this. I know I am probably like most women who make a purchase of something that has gotten a lot of attention that people love and I’m always let down because in my mind I make it out to be the miracle product of the world. Truth is I wasn’t sure what I thought t at first until I worked with it for awhile and figured out how to best apply and where to place it. I know it won’t be for everyone, because for some an extra step just isn’t something they want to do, but I love the finished look it gives in real life. It was truthfully hard to capture in the photos as I thought. I hope my description aided in it a little anyway. 🙂 If you try one out I’d love to hear if you find one that makes you go wow! 🙂

  4. Looks beautiful on you! Every time I read one of your blog posts I get jealous of whatever lighting setup you use for your photos…amazing!

    1. Thank you Olivia! 🙂 Thank you also for the photography compliment! 🙂 With this set up I got a little creative and positioned some lights at different spots than I normally do – it was fun! 🙂

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