Hourglass Ambient lighting powders

Hourglass Ambient lighting powders

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders were probably one of the most hyped products of 2013. These powders are suppose to be revolutionary and are said to mimic the effect of different lighting on the skin. We all know how the right lighting can cast the perfect light to make your skin and face look amazing. . I had to have them. All of them.

There are 6 permeant colours in the collection and 1 limited edition. The powders themselves are described as finishing powders, rather than setting powders. If you have oily skin, then you will probably need to use a setting powder on your very oily areas as well. However, in saying that I have a sometimes oily t-zone and I don’t have any problems. The powders instead of just setting your makeup, These powders promise to blur out imperfections, minimise pores and give a radiant glow to your skin. It is light photoshop for your makeup bag.

Hourglass ambient lighting palette

I first got my hands on the Ambient lighting palette at Christmas. It was not easy to get as it was limited edition, but my boyfriend came through with this beauty for Christmas. The palette contains 3 shades of the Ambient lighting powders, dim light, radiant light and the limited edition incandescent light. The compact itself is plastic, but not cheap looking or feeling. It comes with a large mirror inside, but very disappointingly no brush! The pans in the palette are a good bit smaller than the individual colours, but you use so little of it, I don’t think that this is that much of an issue, as they will last for ages.

Hourglass Dim light
The 3 colours that are in the palette would work well with any skin tone. Dim light can be used as an all over colour and is described as a natural peach beige, which has both warm and cool tones. This can be used as a highlighter but I dust it all over my face with a Sigma F25 tapered face brush. It doesn’t leave your skin looking light a shiny disco ball, but instead gives a glow just where you need it.  While I have dim light as part of my palette, I bought the individual dim light by accident, thinking I was buying diffused light ( which I later went back and bought).  I don’t mind having this in reserve, as it will absolutely get used.

The second colour is the limited edition incandescent light. This one I use solely as a highlighter as it is very light reflective but my god is it the nicest highlighter I have ever used. I will actually cry the day this runs out, as unlike the other two colour it can only be bought as part of this palette.

The final colour in the palette is radiant light. This is the darkest colour of the 3 and is described as a golden brown powder. Even though it is the darker of the 3, it isn’t muddy on the skin and instead adds warmth and radiance to the skin. I put this on over my bronzer and then on my forehead and down the side of my nose, to give a bit more warmth to these areas.

Hourglass Diffused light

The last powder in my collection is probably my favourite. Diffussed light. I can’t explain how beautiful this is on my skin. When my foundation just isn’t sitting right this little baby makes everything look flawless and gorgeous. It is a pale yellow colour, that looks translucent when applied. It is said to reduce redness and and give the skin clarity. It is suitable for all different skin types. When applied it softens the skin and gives it a more flawless look. It blurs out fine lines and reduces redness. Since the powder is so finely milled, it doesn’t look caky on the skin. In short it is seriously amazing.

I can not sing high enough praise for these powders. They are so beautiful on the skin and make your foundation look so much better. They make your skin look alive and luminous. When you wear these, people will notice. Not in a the “oh your powder is gorgeous way”, but instead people will comment on how well your skin looks. If you are going to buy any of the powders, start with diffused or dim light and build from there. I promise you won’t regret it. You can now buy the palette in Space NK for €68. The price varies, depending on where you buy them but they can be bought on here or here for around €45 each, depending on exchange rate. You can also buy them in Harvey Nicholas in Dundrum.

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    January 21, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    All I can say is I agree. I love these powders, and I was panicked when my first Diffused broke and crumbled as a result of being lugged around everywhere. I shortly after ordered a replacement, but the remains of the first one has proven incredibly long-lived.

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      Sinéad K
      January 22, 2014 at 12:23 pm

      I really want to add more to my collection. I want all of them. Hourglass are release the Ambient lighting blushers in February and I want all of them too.

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    Jessica Clara Noelle
    January 29, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Great post! I have yet to try any of these as I also have an oily t-zone and don’t usually need an extra “glow”! They’re so pretty though I may have to eventually pick one up.

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    May 15, 2014 at 6:42 pm

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    August 2, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Im slowly convincing myself i need to splash out €69 on the Ambient set, sounds amazing. PS. Your photos are awesome, love your blog more by each post x

    • Sinead K
      Sinead K
      August 2, 2014 at 6:49 pm

      Andreaa thank you so much that is such a fab comment and means so much coming from you cause I love your blog. There should be no convincing . You need these in your life. No question of it

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    February 5, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Hey Sinead, I have this palette and love it! I was just wondering what brush you would recommend to apply the all over the face powder- the first one, I’m using a real techniques buffing brush but it has seen it’s day, would you do a post on essential brushes.. Love your posts! Thanks

    • Sinead K
      Sinead K
      February 5, 2015 at 8:30 pm

      Hi Susie, I use a soft face brush. I find the real techniques is a little too dense for applying this. I use the Sigma F25 Face brush. I have tried a number of brushes with it and find that this one give the best finish

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