You know those products you buy, fall in love with and then wonder what you did before this product was in your life? Thats how I fee...

You know those products you buy, fall in love with and then wonder what you did before this product was in your life? Thats how I feel about Hourglass' Ambient Lighting Powder in 'Luminous Light'. I'm quite late to the party on Hourglass' innovative powders, but I was instantly intrigued when I spotted the range of Ambient Lighting products doing a spot of light (ha) online shopping at Urban Retreat. The pressed powders come in a variety of shades, each one designed to mimic the effects of different types of light on your skin. I know what you're thinking- sounds like a crafty marketing ploy, right? Wrong. At least not for my pick of the bunch, which was the 'Luminous Light' shade, a powder that would supposedly make me look like I was bathed in a soft candlelit glow when applied all over my face. 

Since Hourglass claims that using these powders are not dissimilar to 'having a personal lighting technician at your disposal' I was sold on Luminous Light, as my skin seems to look so much lovelier in soft, dim lighting. I was a bit worried that this powder would act more like a bronzer, as it looks quite dark online but as you can see below, its a very cool, natural colour and its so finely milled that it doesn't look like I'm wearing any powder at all. I apply using a big fluffy brush (the REAL TECHNIQUES POWDER BRUSH to be precise, perfect as the bristles aren't too densely packed), and I don't bother stamping it on as I do with setting powders, I just sweep it all over. It's not sparkly or too much like an illuminator in the least, something else I was concerned about, given that its marketed as a 'luminous champagne pearl powder'.

This stuff is worth every penny. Whether it diffuses and captures surrounding light to achieve the desired effect I'm not sure entirely, but my skin looks instantly blemish-free, with fine lines ironed out and pores erased. The powder seems to magically recognise which areas I want mattified, so harsh light isn't bouncing off unsightly spots, but maintains a radiant, airbrushed glow. I'm an EsteĆ© Lauder Double Wear kinda gal so I don't have a lot of trouble with foundation going slick and melting down my T-Zone, but this powder definitely adds an extra few hours of held-in-place flawlessness. My complexion has been getting so many compliments! I feel so much more confident, particularly as someone who suffers with acne, I actually don't like being outdoors in bright light if I can help it, but with a layer of this powder my skin looks crystal clear and healthy. Its also worth noting the design of the packaging, which is very sleek and elegant, and I like the off-centre clasp. Unfortunately its quite prone to fingerprint smudge marks but that really is one of the only faults with this product as a whole. I will definitely be repurchasing and I'm keen to try out some of the other products in the Ambient Lighting range- maybe Dim Light will be next on my list! Which one would you buy? 
You can buy Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light HERE. Hope you enjoyed reading and let me know if you've tried out anything by Hourglass!

You Might Also Like


  1. The packaging and everything is just fab! X

    Gigs and Concerts outfit inspiration on the blog-

  2. I really need to one of these out. Hourglass is a brand that has been on my wishlist for some time now x


  3. Ive been wanting to buy this for so long now, it sounds like it gives such a lovely glow!

    The Velvet Black | UK Style & Beauty Blog

  4. Hiya! I have been following your blog and I think it is awesome so I have nominated you for the Liebster Award Tag!
    Click on this link for the entry information:

  5. definitely would recommend it gives such a natural healthy glow! xx


instagram @ tia.katarina

disqus 2016

Powered by Blogger.

Flickr Images