After weeks of drooling over press images, I’ve finally gotten my hands on one of the much-anticipated Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders ($45 USD / $52 CAD). This new line-up of setting powders was designed to create custom lighting effects, no matter where you are or what time of day it is. You know that how great you feel next to flattering candlelight, or that soft focus effect from professional studio lighting? These powders are meant to give you that desired effect, even in broad daylight.
This shade in particular is Luminous Light, one of the more pearlescent powders of the six. It has a neutral, champagne base and an ultra fine shimmer that is slightly visible in the pan, but goes on so finely that it’s nearly impossible to see individual shimmers on the skin once applied. This powder is meant to re-create the flattering look of candlelight (aka. my dream come true).
I described the six different powders and their effects here when they were first announced, and Josh Collier has an incredible review video where he covers all six powders, who they are best suited for and the effects they create.
For a quick overview, the powders include (from least to most pearl): Ethereal Light (pale white; recreates moonlight), Diffused Light (pale yellow; evens out redness), Dim Light (neutral peach; blurs imperfections), Mood Light (sheer lavender; brightens skin), Luminous Light (champagne; recreates candlelight) & Radiant Light (gold beige; creates sunkissed warmth). While all of the powders may not work for everyone, you will probably find several of the six powders that work well with each skin tone and are great for different occassions.
Luminous Light is really unlike any powder I’ve ever seen before. It has more shimmer than a regular setting powder, but less shimmer than a dedicated highlighter- for someone like me with dry skin, it is suitable to apply softly all over the face for a luminescent glow. If you have oily skin, I’d probably keep it away from the T-zone. It’s truly the best product I’ve found to create the “J.Lo Glow” without going overboard.
I probably wouldn’t wear it everyday during the day, but it makes for an incredible effect for an evening out and it photographs beautifully. It’s not the easiest to tell the difference in my complexion from the before & after photos below… it’s really something that needs to be seen in person, in daylight… but I hope you can see a bit of the warmth and added glow that it gives my complexion.
Hourglass has also introduced the Ambient Powder Brush ($35 USD / $41 CAD) sold separately; and while it is quite the investment, it applies this powder like a dream. I’ve dubbed the soft bristles “unicorn hair” because they are incredibly smooth and luxurious. They smooth the powder onto the complexion perfectly in just a few strokes (apply it like this instead of buffing for the best effect).
I’m definitely going to get more of these powders; in particular I want Diffused Light and Dim Light, which both seem like they would be better choices for an everyday powder because they have less pearl to them. I’m truly impressed with this one!