My Hourglass ambient powder stash

IMG_0967I adore the ambient lighting powders from Hourglass, so much so that I have cultivated quite the stash in my collection. These powders are designed to mimic what certain kinds of flattering light do to the overall appearance of the skin, achieving a luminous, more even skin tone. Right off the bat I can tell you that these powders really do live up to their claims! Let’s take a closer look shall we?

IMG_0972First up is the Ambient Lighting Palette. This is the palette that started my love affair with the ambient lighting phenomenon, and you can tell that it’s well loved. This beauty houses 3 ambient lighting powders, 2 that you can buy in full size and one that is exclusive to the palette. On the left we have Dim Light, one of the most popular shades in the entire range. It is described as a neutral peach/beige powder that blurs imperfections and highlights a radiant complexion. I wholeheartedly agree with this description, and I tend to use this shade as an all over finishing powder. I should point out here that these powders are not meant to be used as setting powders, but used as the final touch on your makeup.

In the middle is the exclusive shade – Incandescent Light. You can’t buy this as a full size (which is a shame as it’s probably my favourite in the palette). This one is described as a pearl powder that brightens the complexion with a celestial glow. I use this every day as a subtle highlight on the high points of my face, and if I’m feeling lazy in the eye makeup department, I’ll use this as an all over eyeshadow as well. I love the glow this gives to my skin.

Finally on the right hand side is Radiant Light. This is described as a golden beige that provides subtle warmth and extends a summer glow. This is straight up a nice glowy bronzer on my fair skin. I like to sweep it across my forehead, nose and cheeks for warmth. This is my least used shade in the palette as I’m not a big bronzer wearer,  and when I do wear bronzer I like to keep it subtle, so I only ever use a tiny amount of product on a duo-fibre brush.

IMG_0971Next up is the newest member of my ambient lighting family, the Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light. I know I just said that I’m not the kind of girl who wears a lot of bronzer, but when I saw that Hourglass had released bronzers into the ambient range, I couldn’t stop myself from picking one up. This is the lighter of the 2 available shades, and I have to say,  so far so good on this product. Again, I use a light hand with a duo-fibre brush because I’m so fair, but it does look beautiful on the skin. Just look at the pretty luminous marbled powder, how could anyone possibly resist that?

Here’s some swatches of the 3 ambient lighting powders and the ambient lighting bronzer on my skin, just for reference. If I could tell you what shade I was in MAC foundations so that you can compare, I would. MAC just doesn’t grab me as a brand, so I haven’t ever been colour matched, sorry guys! The ambient lighting powders are the first three swatches, and the final swatch is the bronzer.

IMG_0975Now onto the prettiest blushes you have ever seen in your life – the Ambient Lighting Blushes. I actually have 4 shades of this. I bought the single blush originally, and then the limited addition Ambient Lighting Blush palette came out and I just had to get my hands on this as well, and I’m so glad that I did because unfortunately you can’t actually purchase this anymore. Maybe if we’re very lucky Hourglass will release a limited edition ambient blush palette for the holidays? Fingers crossed!

IMG_0968These blushes are infused with the original ambient lighting powders, resulting in soft-focus, multidimensional colour. Just like the bronzer, these blushes are all marbled in the pan and it looks stunning! What I love most about these blushes is that they aren’t super duper pigmented, so I can build the colour up to the intensity I want, making them more forgiving if you do happen to go a little heavy handed. I use a duo-fibre brush to apply these as well, making application virtually idiot proof and impossible to screw up.

Starting with the palette, on the left is Luminous Flush. This one is described as a champagne rose colour. I must admit I don’t often reach for this one, but it’s so pretty when applied. It comes off very pink and rosy in colour, a lovely shade for the cooler months.

In the middle is Incandescent Electra. This shade is described as a cool peach, and it’s easily my most worn shade. This particular colour was initially exclusive to the palette, but the demand for this one to join the permanent line was so high that Hourglass just couldn’t refuse. This is also the most sheer of the colours I have, so it takes a little building up when applying.

The last one in the palette is Mood Exposure, which is described as a soft plum. This colour actually looks quite bronzy on my complexion, which was a bummer because I was hoping it would be a little more purple (I do like a purple blush every now and again). It’s still a beautiful colour mind you, and also the most pigmented of the bunch, so I have to use a really light hand with this one.

Finally, out there on it’s own is Diffused Heat. This is described as a vibrant poppy, and is a lovely colour to wear in the warmer months. I love this one all year round, but sometimes I can’t bring myself to use it because it just looks so pretty in the pan. That goes for all the blushes actually.

Here’s swatches of the blushes because I know you’ve all been wondering what they look like. The first 3 swatches are from the palette and the last one is the single.


So there you have it, all of my ambient lighting powder products. This collection will more than likely grow over the next year, I’m already eyeing off the rest of the blushes and a couple of the original powders in full size. I just can’t go past the beauty of these, the packaging is high quality, sturdy, and looks super luxurious. Plus the marbled powders have a life of their own, like I said, these truly are the prettiest blushes you will ever find. Of course the real reason I love these so much is how they make my skin look, they really do have a smoothing effect, and my complexion is so glowy and luminous when I use them. Who doesn’t want that?

Until next time,

xo, Nifty.


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