Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders are getting a lot hype online lately. I offer simply the following testimony: The first day I ever wore it my work friend came up to me and asked what on earth I had done differently to my skin? Keep in mind this was during exam week, so this was a particularly strange compliment. Moments later, through groggy sleep deprived thoughts I remembered that I had indeed applied the Ambient Lighting Powder that morning! 



When I walked into Mecca Comsetica I had the lovely assistant apply Dim Light on one side of my face and Diffused Light on the other. Within seconds I noticed that the Dim Light made me look like my foundation didn't match my skin. If you are a pale ass bitch like myself you will know that feeling of applying a too orange powder over a perfectly matched foundation, commonly known as pure despair. However Diffused Light was an entirely different story. It had a very light amount of pigmentation, and has soft yellow undertones. These undertones offset the redness in my skin and gave me a beautiful, radiant glow.


This powder is one of the least powdery powders that I've ever powdered with. The texture is however, very powdery and soft.  I like to apply it by patting and pressing it into the skin to set my foundation. The powder itself has teeny tiny micro shimmers in it. And when I say micro, I mean barely visible to the human eye. What this powder results in is a beautiful glowing face that is set and stays all day.



One other thing to note is that I have actually tried applying this over a powder foundation to the the results and they are also impressive. The Ambient Lighting Powder takes down the powderyness of the powder foundation underneath and transforms the matte finish to a more natural one.


Diffused Light


The last thing to mention about this powder is how beautifully it photographs. This is THE powder to wear to your wedding/prom night. This compact will last ages too as you don't need a lot of to achieve a luminous finish.

My final thoughts? Yes, it's a $62 powder but it behaves like a $62 powder. Also, I strongly suggest you have someone at Mecca Cosmetica colour match you as if I had've bought Dim Light I feel I would have an entirely different review.

TL;DR 
  • Setting powder with a luminous finish
  • It's really expensive
  • But it's really good.

Have you tried these? Would you fork out $62 for a face powder? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Mishelle

18 comments:

  1. I'm on the fence about buying on of these. I really want too because they sound and look incredible on your skin! But I'm still a little uncertain how my combo skin would deal with just this setting my make up... I'll probably end up with one because I'm too curious. I agree that this photographs beautifully! Your skin looks incredible in these photos!

    Sarah | More Than Adored

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    1. As I said you can use these over a powder foundation or another powder than adds coverage without looking too powdery/cakey, so I'd go ahead.

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  2. I am kicking myself for not getting the limited edition palette after reading all the rave reviews about this product. Thanks for this review, I am super pale myself and it sounds like its perfect for me

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    1. I wasn't super fussed on the palette due to the colour selection!

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  3. It totally gives you an airbrushed finish! Sounds like an absolutely gorgeous product on you :) I've warmed up to my Dim Light slightly, but it still changes the colour of my foundation for better or worse. It's not so much a problem if I'm wearing something slightly too light - but definitely an issue if my foundation is a perfect shade match or slightly too dark.

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    1. Yeah it could definitely work on tinting a lighter foundation :)

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  4. What an amazing quality, I've heard it time and time again but that just sounds almost unbelievable that this powder can make such a big difference and turn the skin to such a flawless finish! I can definitely see that your face is glowing all in the right spots, so smooth and radiant!

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    1. It really delivers on it's promises, something I really appreciate when I spend $62 lol.

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  5. That's gorgeous on you! Just looks luminous!

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  6. Oh Mishelle, why do you do this to me! I have dim light and love it and now want diffused light. It looks amazing!

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    1. I don't even know what colour I'd get if I grabbed a second shade! Maybe the white one?

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  7. Oh damn, $62 is quite a bit for powder.... but I use the bobbi brown sheer pressed powder as a staple - I think that's $60 (I stock up when friends go to Hong Kong, it's $20 over there!). there's something elegant and sophisticated about hourglass' packaging.

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  8. it looks so lovely on you that you've convinced me enough to buy it!

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  9. I haven't tried this, but have only heard great things about it. It's on my wishlist, but I seriously need to do a throw out of all of my older cosmetics before picking up anything else.

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