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 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?