July 13, 2016

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder In Dim Light

About 3 years ago or so, Hourglass released the Ambient Lighting Powder series ($45 each / 0.35 oz), a collection of 6 universally beautiful finishing powders designed to recreate the most flattering light and a perfect illumination for your face. According to Hourglass, the Ambient Lighting Powders are not your typical highlighting powder, and are “infused with the innovative Photoluminescent Technology, each finishing powder captures, diffuses, and softens the look of the skin.” In short, it leaves the skin glowing with a gorgeous radiant veil. Recently I wrecked shop pretty bad on Nordstrom’s website and purchased a good collective haul of new makeup babies to play with. It so happened that the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light casually made its way into my basket. When Hourglass first released this line I purchased the shade Luminous Light, a champagne color, but instead of it being a finishing powder it turned out it performed much better as a regular highlighter. Not one to shy away from a good highlighter, Luminous Light, as good as it was, ended up in the mill of highlighters only to eventually be archived to the back of my makeup drawer and to end up in the trash during one of my many moves. It was a shame because Luminous Light was my debut into the world of all-over finishing powders, and it being too light kind of defeated that purpose. Since I missed out the first time around, it took some careful deliberation and countless filtering through swatch pics for me to decide on Dim Light.


Dim Light is described as a neutral peach beige powder, but to me reads as a warm light beige with a subtle luminous sheen. Depending on the lighting, I spot the supposed peach tinge every now and then, but sometimes it takes life as a dusty pink. Most of the time when I wear it on my face it appears as a neutral beige tone that changes color hints as the lighting varies. The powder carries a degree of complexity I’ve yet to find in any other product, it’s so unique and it is absolutely needless of me to say that I’ve fallen completely in love with it ever since I received it.


At first I was rather hesitant when I stared down into the pan. I foresaw doom and gloom in either the form of the color casting a weird spell onto my foundation and turning it into an off-beat color. Or, not being familiar with the formula, since it’s a little on the powdery side I for sure thought product was going to settle into any fine lines or emphasize my pores due to the fact that it looked heavy sitting there. Luckily I got over my initial fear and went for it head-on. I’ve used the powder with multiple brushes and have found that a medium to large fluffy brush works the best to achieve a beautiful natural glow. The formula and pigment balance enough color intensity and softness to where it does not need much to illuminate the face without settling or emphasizing. What put it over the top for me was the end result. After I dusted the powder all over, besides glowing and looking radiant, my face appeared smoother as product melted into the skin and blurred out any imperfections. It was an instant reset for my skin and a fresh breath of air I didn’t know I needed.

Swatch on the arm:


A closeup of the color:

Dim Light swatched next to the Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush – reviewed here -:

In conclusion, my official first adventure with an all-over finishing powder turned out to be a huge success. I can safely say that I’ve found a new holy grail makeup product and now I feel compelled to own a few more of the shades Hourglass has on the market. Very few products rank this high on my “mind = blown” scale and this has definitely changed the way I apply my makeup. It gives the most gorgeous glow to the face while instantaneously making the complexion look flawless and uniform. The product on my normal/dry skin literally lasted all day without any touching up needed. My honest opinion is that everyone needs at least one of the shades from the Ambient Lighting Powder series, it has changed my life not to mention my makeup.

Do you own any of the Ambient Lighting Powder colors? Which one, and how has your experience been with it?

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