hourglass ambient lighting powder review

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder | Honest Review

I’ve been obsessed with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder for months now. Obsessed.

I read tons of reviews of them, and even got so far as adding one of them to my online shopping cart a few times, before changing my mind and closing down the browser window. Because the main thing I learned from all of those reviews was that I probably wouldn’t actually  like these powders. I knew this. Still I obsessed over them, though, and still I went into every single branch of Sephora I passed, just so I could stand at the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder display, swatch them all again, and work out which one I totally wasn’t going to buy, nuh-uh.

Finally, on the last day of the holiday, and with my remaining dollars burning a hole in my wallet, I caved and bought myself Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in  ‘Ethereal Light’.

And yeah, I’m totally underwhelmed by it: WHO COULD’VE GUESSED?

hourglass ambient lighting powder review

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light

So, this is a finishing powder which, according to the blurb, is designed to “refract light and create transparent coverage, filtering out harsh light and refining the appearance of the skin.” So it’s like an Instagram filter for your skin, basically. ‘Ethereal Light’ is the palest shade, and, as you can see, it’s pretty much a pure white, which Hourglass claims will mimic a “moonlit glow”. Uh huh.

I mean, I don’t really know what I was expecting here. Well, OK, I DO: I was expecting it to make me look like Galadriel or something, all ethereal and dreamy. As it turns out, though, I look NOTHING LIKE FREAKING GALADRIEL, FOR GOD’S SAKE. Actually, I just look like myself. EXACTLY like myself. As in, this makes absolutely no difference to my skin whatsoever – or not that I’ve noticed, anyway. I’d like to think that it’s maybe more obvious to other people or something, but I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now, and so far no one has come up to me and said, “Why Amber, you’re positively radiant today – it’s almost like you’re lit from within, with a subtle moonlit glow!” so I’m forced to come to the conclusion that it really isn’t making any difference.

As I said, I suspected this would happen when I bought this, so I’ve really no one to blame but myself. I’ll keep on using it, and perhaps one day I’ll unlock the secret of using this: if I suddenly start looking like an elf in my outfit photos, you’ll know I’ve managed it. Don’t hold your breath, though…

Have you tried Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder? What did you think of it? 

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COMMENTS
  • Oooh I need that matteifying sunscreen magic now! I don’t know if there is a Sephora anywhere in Florida though (though I could order it online and it will be there when I arrive!) The lip balm sounds lovely but I’m a sucker for lip balm, especially tinted. Shame about the Too Faced mascara, I always wonder how these things get past testing and onto market when they’re not an improvement on the original. Are you wearing the Moonlit Glow/Magical elfin powder in the pic? Your skin does look lovely, and it’s not doing that weird thing that HD powders do in pics if so (scary white patches!), so maybe it’s like an HD powder alternative? I don’t know! I would so be swayed into buying it too, anything that claims to make my skin look naturally radiant/glowy and I’m in!

    October 9, 2015
    • Amanda

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      Steff there is a Sephora in any of the big cities; Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville etc, anywhere with an outlet mall basically. You might also try ULTA, they usually have a pretty good range of products but arent as big as Sephora. ULTA is a little more common also.

      October 18, 2015
  • Wendy

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    I use the BareMinerals SPF 50 powder sunscreen the same way – always in my bag for touch ups. Unfortunately they only do 3 shades and the palest one is slightly darker than their foundation powder shade, fair; so I’m guessing it’ll be too dark for you. I can get away with it in the summer but in the winter I just rely on my morning application of Filorga.

    October 9, 2015
  • Catherine

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    Try the Younique mascara. It’s a bit fiddly to put on – again it’s 2 tubes, but it does give a false lash effect. They also do a lip stain that’s similar to Benetint, but it comes in a few colours. I’ve been wearing it while I have braces on my teeth because I’m paranoid about lip gloss and lipstick coming off on the clear braces and me not knowing!

    October 9, 2015
  • Cristina Maria

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    This post was just hilarious! And very insightful as always ^_^

    October 9, 2015
  • Ugh, I am sorry to hear that about the Hourglass Ambient powder because I have been craving one myself. I’m pretty sure they have been calling me in my sleep. I was actually hoping to replace the MAC Mineralize skin finish powders with Hourglass but now I’ll have to wait and see. I know makeup’s different for everyone, but Hourglass products are not exactly cheap, so I’ll probably have to try it out over my foundation in store first. :/

    October 9, 2015
  • Moira

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    Thank you for your honesty re Hourglass. I’ve had such a yearning for it for ages; am going to have to find something else to repeatedly put into/take out of my shopping basket 🙂

    October 9, 2015
  • Lucy

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    Sephora scares the crap out of me. I’ve only ever gone once, when the makeup artist for my wedding instructed me to use some sort of moisturizing face treatment the night before, and told me I could get a sample at Sephora. So I went, and got the sample, and left as quickly as possible. You can tell, from the mere existence of this story, that it’s a damn good thing I had a makeup artist for my wedding, because I looked fantastic but could never have pulled it off on my own 🙂

    (can we still be friends? maybe you could take me to Sephora and teach me how to love it?)

    October 9, 2015
  • Soap & Glory’s ‘Glow All Out’ is my Ambient Light alternative. Bought on a random Boots trip and now I couldn’t live without it. Half the price, and I really feel like it makes a difference to the overall look. Also combines perfectly with NARS Orgasm which I think I remember you being a fellow devotee of?

    October 9, 2015
  • Jackie

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    I have used one of the hourglass powders for over a year now (mood light) and never notice a difference. I keep using it because I’m determined not to waste the money spent, and I do love the product packaging and the feel of the brush as I apply it. But I feel like I’m missing why everyone gives it such rave reviews. The only thing I can think of is I’m using the wrong kind of brush. But now you’ve given me a few other items to check out on the next trip that sound much more promising!

    October 9, 2015
  • Ghalia

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    This post could not have come at a more perfect time (for me….). I’ve recently started medication that makes your skin extra sensitive, and also causes dryness, starting on your mouth/lips and hands. Now, I’m very dark skinned and so don’t need to think about sun protection too much, but since I’ve started this medication, I’ve really had to be careful about how much sun exposure I get ( I live in Oman, where “Autumn” means we’ve had temperatures between 36-41 degrees C for the past couple of weeks, and constant, almost blinding, sunshine… yeah, you should totally visit). While I do use a CC cream with sunscreen, I need a solution about topping up throughout the day. I have very oily skin, so using regular sunscreen just doesn’t work! That Peter Thomas stuff sounds like exactly the thing I need.

    As for my lips, again, I’ve never had a problem with dry lips until starting this medication, and I find that all my lip balms, even the ones with various oils, don’t do anything about helping moisturise them; they just stop them from drying out. But what’s a girl to do about lips that are already dry! Rubbing my lips with oil every night doesn’t seem to be doing much. So yeah, that sugar lip treatment also looks like a solution for me.

    Sorry this comment ended up being stupidly long, but you’ve no idea how excited I was reading this post! So, thanks a bunch 🙂

    October 12, 2015
  • Excellent Sephora skills. I ended up only buying things I NEEDED when I visited, can you imagine??

    October 13, 2015
  • Wow, such a fantastic product. Thanks for sharing. 😀

    Ana
    http://anarazon.blogspot.co.uk/

    October 13, 2015
  • Yeahhh, I bought an Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in “Dim Light” and returned it. It did NOTHING!! How disappointing, both because of the massive hype and the price point. Like, if I’m going to pay $45 for a powder, it better have magical powers.

    October 14, 2015
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