The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders. I think 90% of the bloggers I know own this. It was quite the hype when it was launched and I was very curious. Hourglass is not available here, so there was no way I could play with them. I read review after review, and finally decided on one that I think I will like best. I chose Diffused Light.
There are 6 different ‘lightings’ to choose from, to suit different needs. They are (taken from Hourglass website):
- ETHEREAL LIGHT is an opalescent sheer, cool white powder that mimics a moonlit glow – even in broad daylight
- DIFFUSED LIGHT is a soft, warm, pale yellow powder that conceals redness and gives skin clarity – like a soft ray of morning light
- DIM LIGHT is a neutral peach beige powder that blurs imperfections and highlights a radiant complexion with the perfect balance of warm and cool tones
- MOOD LIGHT is a soft, sheer lavender pink powder that mimics the softest most forgiving light and reveals your brightest complexion
- LUMINOUS LIGHT is a champagne pearl powder that creates a soft, incandescent candlelit glow – day or night
- RADIANT LIGHT is a sun-kissed golden beige powder that enhances the overall complexion with believable, subtle warmth, and also extends a summer glow
As you can see in the pan, Diffused Light is as described – a pale yellow powder. I have tried using it with different brushes, from light and fluffy to densely packed brushes. I achieved the same results. My skin does look softer and pores seem blurred. If only the effects last all day on me. I find that this powder lasts only about 3 hours on my normal sometimes combination skin. After that, some shine will peek through. When I feel enthusiastic, I’d blot and re-apply, but most of the time, I’d just leave it be. I think this powder is really easy to wear because I can just dust this all over my face. It matches my skin tone really well but for someone with darker skin tones, this might act as highlighting powder instead. It’s difficult to show you a proper swatch because it just blends into my skin, but here’s a rough idea – heavily swatched to let you see the colour.
I think this is the palest shade of the 6 (apologies – Ethereal is the palest of the 6), so the rest will add some warmth and colour to my face. So far, the powder has not oxidized on me. I’ve used Bobbi Brown’s Pale Yellow powder before, and after an hour or two, I looked orange. Diffused Light adds dimension to the face in the most subtle of ways. I can dust this on my face after using powder foundation and I won’t look cakey. Is this a must have? No. It is quite a novelty to have this product in my stash, and I have been using it a lot, but it’s not something I’d tell you to run and get it. I can achieve the glow using my Guerlain Meteorites which also prolongs the wear of my foundation. It also smells better. So for me, my Teint Rost trumps Diffused Light.
That said, perhaps you’ll find this more fun to play with. After all, there are a few different shades to choose from, and that limited edition palette sure looks tempting! Have you tried this? How does it work for you? You haven’t? Why not?