I never really got caught up in the hype that the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders created when they launched, I think maybe because I didn’t live near an Hourglass counter at the time and wanted to test them out before I bought. Fast forward and they are literally staring me in the face every time I go into Sephora and oh my are they gorgeous!
Still undecided on a single shade, (although now I also really need Diffused Light in my life!), I asked for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette for Christmas. This palette contains three shades, Dim Light, Incandescent Light and Radiant Light, each of which are smaller than they come individually, but come in this gorgeous sleek palette which is elegant, yet must be the sturdiest palette I own, it really is a thing of beauty! All the powders are extremely finely milled, making them a dream to apply and they are also free from talc so are in no way chalky, meaning they will not settle in fine lines!
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders were designed to recreate the most flattering types of light on the skin. They are soft-focus finishing powders that capture, soften and diffuse the way light reflects, creating a luminescence and lit-from within glow on the skin, and don’t I need some of that right now! All three powders in the palette can be worn in a slightly different way in order to get the best from each one.
Dim Light – a neutral peach beige powder which I love to use as a setting powder all over the skin. It sets foundation, but leaves the skin radiant rather that flat and is so flattering.
Incandescent Light – this is exclusive to this palette and is a light champagne powder which I use as I would a highlighter, so on the tops of the cheekbones and centre of the nose.
Radiant Light – a golden beige powder which is like a subtle, glowy bronzer. I like to use this on the back of my cheeks, temples and across the bridge of my nose, like I would a bronzer to give some warmth to the skin.
It was extremely difficult to capture swatches of these powders, but I can assure you they are stunning. I love to wear all three together in the ways I mentioned above, but they are equally lovely used alone. I have been wearing Dim Light more frequently, as this is the closest shade to my medium skin tone and the one I can use all over my face at the moment. When I get more of a tan, Radiant Light used all over the face would give you the most beautiful summer glow (I cannot wait to see the effects!). I think those with paler skins may be able to wear Incandescent Light all over, but for my skin tone, it is definitely best used as a highlight.
I know I am very late to the party with this one, but I am so glad I got there eventually. It it refreshing to now have a palette of luminous, radiant powders rather than all the matte contour shades which seems to be everywhere at the moment. To me, this is the ultimate palette to take away on vacation/holiday as you have all your powder needs in one place that will give you that gorgeous glow. It will definitely be coming with me on my trip to Mexico that I have just booked for April, excited doesn’t even come close!
Come and join me!