Saturday, March 16, 2013

Heavenly Glow in a Compact: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light

After weeks of deliberation, reading posts written by bloggers I love and looking up swatches like a fiend I finally made the trip to Sephora to swatch Hourglass's new miracle product, the now widely known and loved Ambient Lighting Powders, for myself. The situation was really about the paradox of choice: similar enough to have the same overall effect, but different enough that the highlight and lighting effects are diverge noticeably it was almost impossible for me to decide which I'd like. As much as I'd love to own every shade of everything I love, I'm not one to buy two or three. So, after painstaking research and deliberation I finally settled on Dim Light.

Though Mood Light offers the hazy luminous look of love and Luminous Light provides a more traditional highlighted glow, I selected Dim Light both because it seems to be the most popular shade and because it is a compromise between the two.

Even before touching the Ambient Lighting Powder the incredibly silky smooth texture of the product is apparent. Though the product is soft, the powder is so finely milled that it almost feels as though nothing has been picked up by one's finger or a brush. Formulated without parabens, talc, fragrance, nanoparticles (can someone explain this one to me?) and gluten Hourglass's formulation is sure to please every palette and tick all the boxes on health or skin conscious check lists.

 Dim Light is barely detectable against my neutral, pale skin which makes it an ideal luminous setting powder and highlighter for my complexion. Of the shade, Hourglass explains that "Dim Light is a neutral peach beige powder that blurs imperfections and highlights a radiant complexion with the perfect balance of warm and cool tones." Sign me up!

When applied over foundation and concealer, Dim Light has the same effect on my skin that Laura Mercier's Foundation Primer in Radiance (swatches, review and FOTD here) achieves. Both products give me luminous, dewy skin with few noticeable imperfections. The benefit of Hourglass's powder, though, is that its incredibly smooth texture seems to work with the pigmentation and shimmer of the powder to quite literally blur the skin while adding a healthy glow.

Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup Foundation 3.0
Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer 51 Vanille Clair
Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer Light
YSL Le Touche Éclat Shade 1
Bourjois Rose Coup de Foudre Blush

MAC Eyebrow Pencil Lingering
NYX Jumbo Pencil Milk (on brow bone)
Stila Kajal Eye Liner Topaz 
Laura Mercier Sunlit (Artist Palette) - As a wash all over lid.
MAC Stubborn Brown Powerpoint Eye Pencil
Estée Lauder Extreme Black Sumptuous Extreme Mascara

Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick Incognito 
MAC Mineralized Tinted Lip Balm Rosy Romance
Side note: Apparently untamed big hair and skeptical/sarcastic facial expressions are my MO where face of the day shots are concerned.

Though I'd like to see the price point drop a tad bit (I'm no expert but USD $45 a piece seems a bit too much for the product, as incredible as it is) I'm as smitten as the many bloggers and vloggers that have come before me. As I mention above, the marriage of the incredibly smooth, finely milled texture and glowing shimmer and pigmentation make this powder an ideal way to achieve a perfect glow. Hourglass's celebrated product is an ideal selection for makeup mavens that eschew "glitter" or non-traditional highlighters: subtle is the Ambient Lighting Powder's middle name.

Have you tried the much buzzed about Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders? Which shade did you select?