I think it’s about time to do another beauty product review. Today I’m going to be talking about a product that’s fairly trendy, and quite expensive – the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder. I bought the individual compact in the shade “Luminous Light” from Sephora in June – I won’t lie, it was a complete impulse purchase. I’ve wanted it ever since I heard about it in one of Zoella’s makeup tutorials (or was it a favourites? I can’t remember), and when I saw it in the store, it was too pretty and glowy to pass by, so here we are.
What is it?
The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder is an all over face finishing powder. It comes in a variety of shades with undertones to match all skin colours. When you dust it over your face it gives you a lovely shimmery glow, and simultaneously blurs out pores and imperfections. On the Sephora website Hourglass says it “diffuses and softens the look of the skin” – I 100% agree. However, please be aware that this is not a highlighter. It may look as shimmery and sparkly on the palette as other highlighters do but that’s not what it is intended for and if you buy it to use as a highlighter you will be sorely disappointed. It does not have the same effect as a highlighter, the effect is far more subtle which allows for it to be an all-over face powder – more of a finishing touch setting powder than a highlighter.
These two photos show the pinkish undertones in the Luminous Light shade of Ambient Lighting Powder. The amount of work and detail that has gone into creating each individual shade is incredibly apparent when looking at the shades under different lighting.
About the Product
You can find it on the Sephora website here: http://www.sephora.com/ambient-lighting-powder-P377723?skuId=1483551&icid2=products%20grid%3Ap377723 The web page has a much more in depth description of the product but I’ll give you all of the important information here! The cost is $45 CAD, and considering that I have used it every time I’ve worn makeup these past three months it’s very much worth the cost. It seems expensive for only one pressed powder, but seeing as such a small amount goes such a long way, both in terms of creating a softened finished look and setting your makeup, I would absolutely repurchase this product.
It’s also important to note that this product does not contain Parabens. Hourglass as a company have taken a stance on animal testing and animal cruelty. I was under the impression that Hourglass was not a cruelty free brand, but on their website, under their FAQ they claim that they are in fact a cruelty free brand (wahoo!). “Hourglass does not incorporate animal testing into our development phase or at the production level. We do not provide authorization to any third parties to perform animal testing on our products. In addition, Hourglass does not retail within any country that requires animal testing.”-https://www.hourglasscosmetics.com/faqs This is another huge plus for me for obvious reasons – I love finding well known trendy products that are also cruelty free! Just goes to show that you do not have to limit your makeup options if you want to go completely cruelty free. 🙂
The swatch is on the right side of my watch, I swatched it with my finger rather than a brush just so there would be a high enough concentration of the product for you to see. On the left side of the watch is a swatch of the product with a brush, as you can – or can’t – see, the product is incredibly sheer and almost unnoticeable unless it catches the light.
Where Can I Get It?
You can purchase this product at a local Sephora, or online at http://www.sephora.com/ambient-lighting-powder-P377723?skuId=1483551&icid2=products%20grid%3Ap377723. Hourglass also has a website, which I linked above, but unfortunately I can’t find the individual Ambient Lighting compacts on there.
Thanks so much for reading,
*Unless otherwise specified, all photos are edited in VSCO Cam with the F2 preset