Review & Swatches: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in “Diffused Light”


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light

Availability: Sephora
Price: $45.00
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Company’s Description

A universal finishing powder that features state-of-the-art technology to recreate the most exquisitely flattering types of light. Create your perfect light. Ambient Lighting Powder is a groundbreaking collection of finishing powders that capture, diffuse, and soften the way light reflects on your skin. Unlike traditional powders, which merely cloak imperfections, Ambient Lighting Powder utilizes photoluminescent technology to filter out harsh light and refine the appearance of the complexion. The powders deliver a multidimensional luminescence to every skintone, making it appear softer, younger, and lit-from-within. The finishing powders enhance skin in any type of light, including flash photography. With six universal shades available, you can create your desired effect—not unlike having a personal lighting technician. Ambient is free of talc, gluten, fragrance, and nanoparticles. It is available in six universally flattering shades from least pearl to most pearl.

Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Powder touts “state of the art technology” to create the “perfect light” on your skin. This powder comes in six (6) different shades. This review is for the shade Diffused Light–a soft, warm pale yellow powder.

Packaging: 9/10

These powders come in rounded, square, plastic, reflective, off-black compacts. They snap shut, are light-weight, and have mirrors inside. The pan is domed and slightly textured.

Quality: 6/10

In the pan, Diffused Light is a slightly warm-toned off-white shade. On the skin, this powder really doesn’t look like anything. If you apply multiple layers, there is a very subtle white cast. But the finish is that of a powder, not of a luminizer.

I really don’t see any luminizing effect or “diffused light” effect when using this powder. I’ve tested it by applying it to half of my face and comparing it in artificial light, sunlight, and in photos. I appreciate that Hourglass is trying to go for an illuminating effect without the use of shimmer or glitter particles. But I really just don’t think this powder does anything. And it’s an expensive powder for the (lack of) effect it gives.

In addition to trying this product just on the cheeks as well as all over the face, I applied this over my under-eye concealer since I knew the powder didn’t have any shimmer particles. I think it did a decent job of setting my concealer, but I feel like any minor luminizing effect I saw was probably my own wishful thinking.

I know a lot of people love this line of light reflecting powders, but I just don’t get the hype. Hourglass says this powder does so much, when it really does so little…

Ease of Use: 9.5/10

This powder has a very blendable formula, and its imperceptible color makes it fool-proof to use.

Price: 7.5/10

For $45.00 you get 0.35 ounces of product. This is a very expensive illuminator given the amount of product you get.

Final Grade


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Box


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light Swatches


Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Boron Nitride, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Octyldodecanol, Silica, Benzimidazole Diamond Amidoethyl Urea Carbamoyl Propyl Olymethylsilsesquioxane, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Olyacrylamide, Benzoic Acid, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Potassium Sorbate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Laureth-7, Ethylhexylglycerin, Trimethylsiloxysilicate. May Contain : Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride),Ci 77491 (Iron Oxide),Ci 77492 (Iron Oxide), Ci 77499 (Iron Oxide),Ci 75470 (Carmine)

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