I was desperate to try these since the first time I came across them on the internet. In total so far I've purchased 3. Let me explain.
The first shade I purchased was Luminous Light. According to Sephora, this is a champagne pearl that creates a soft, incandescent candlelit glow—day or night.
To say that I wanted this to "work" would be an understatement. Who wouldn't want an air-brushed look just from a powder! I tried Luminous Light for many days and looked at it in daylight, direct sunlight, at work under nasty fluorescent light, regular light at home, basically any light I could find I checked myself out. I even wore it only on half of my face. I never, not once, ever saw a difference or any "soft-focus" affect at all. I even had a friend look at me closely in bright light when I applied it to only half of my face and she noticed no difference whatsoever. I even asked her, "are you SURE you don't see a softer look on one side of my face?". Nope. I went into Sephora with it on half of my face and the girl who helped me didn't think I had anything on at all and even called over 3 of her co-workers and they agreed. We tried other shades and I honestly just didn't feel like trying another one. I returned the Luminous Light.
A few weeks went by and more and more positive reviews of this product kept popping up. I thought maybe I didn't buy the right shade. So I ended up ordering the shades Dim Light and Diffused Light.
Dim Light - A neutral soft beige that provides a perfect balance of warm and cool tones to blur imperfections.
Diffused Light - A soft, warm, pale yellow that reduces redness, eliminates shine, and gives skin clarity.
Diffused light is the lighter shade closer to the left. Dim light is a more beige shade towards the right Hopefully you can see them both.
I did the same thing with these two shades that I did with Luminous light. I wore them each for many days. I tested half a face each, whole face, different lighting, etc. I've also taken a TON of photos in all kinds of light and examined each and every one. To be honest, I only saw a SLIGHT difference. Certainly not a difference worth $45!
I just don't understand how everyone is so excited about this. Even when I watch videos or look at photos, I don't see the big deal when they themselves always say, "WOW, I can really see a difference!". Sometimes I think that people see what they want to see. Or maybe I'm just too picky? I don't know!
Regardless, I've decided to keep Dim Light (the beige shade). If I'm being honest with myself I'm only keeping it because I want to keep using it in hopes that all of a sudden I see SOMETHING and think, "oh THIS is what everyone is raving about!".
Have you guys tried the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders? What do you think? I really feel like I'm all alone in not loving this product.