Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder - Review

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders are ALL over the blogosphere right now.  These are finishing powders which create a soft focused airbrushed affect in all types of light.  These are NOT highlighters.  There are 6 shades and most shades are supposed to work for most skintones in some way or another. 

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder

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. 

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Luminous Light

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. 


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Dim Light

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Dim Light


Diffused Light - A soft, warm, pale yellow that reduces redness, eliminates shine, and gives skin clarity.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Diffused Light

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Diffused Light



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.


26 comments:

  1. Interesting you feel this way!! This stuff is super hyped up!! I find that some people see what they want to see too!! Or maybe were both too picky haha!! I think makeup could only do so much.. & lots if products claim magic..! Thanks for the review.. Def skipping!

    xoVeronica

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    1. You're right, lots of products DO claim magic and it's just not possible...well without Photoshop I guess! Thanks for commenting!

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  2. Thanks for such an honest review El! I feel the same way about Maybelline's Baby Skin. There were so many positive reviews but I didn't notice a big difference and actually feel like its making my face more oily! At the beginning of your post I was like OHHH I need to get this! That stinks though...hopefully you will find a better product that does the same and actually works!

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    1. I saw your review of the Baby Skin, you're right that one is CRAZY hyped up too! I just don't get. I feel like an alien for not liking this b/c it's so well loved lol! I'm actually thinking of returning both shades, because why keep something that is $45 when I don't see any difference whatsoever. Oh well.

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  3. This is so pretty and was very hyped up! I think it is all marketing strategies to get us to buy this because who would not want that softer look, minimize pores and have a nice glow just from applying powder right?!? Thanks for sharing us your honest thought!

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    1. Yes, if there's any way to hype ANY product it's to claim that it will make you look airbrushed ha! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Such a pretty powder and I actually even stopped myself to take a look and played with them a bit whenever I drop by Sephora. I have my Marc Jacobs Luminizing Powder that does the trick for a soft glow. Thank you for your honest thoughts and I agree! Some people just hype things up way too much. I appreciate your honest thoughts!

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    1. Oh, will you be doing a review of the Marc Jacobs powder you speak of?? I'd love to hear more! :)

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  5. I thought I was the only one who didn't like them. I added it to my birthday wish list because of the hype, but after stopping by Sephora and having applied over top of my makeup that I was wearing I didn't see anything different. I tried the Radiant light but it didn't do much for me. I'm glad I didn't just buy it before swatching it. This is great review. Thanks for your honesty!

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    1. Glad you felt the same way! It makes me feel less crazy lol! Thanks for visiting!

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  6. I appreciate your honesty! I think this was super hyped up, it's a gorgeous powder...but it doesn't seem to be worth the money.
    xo

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    1. It's def. not worth the money. I'm actually thinking of returning both shades b/c it's just not worth it to keep it for pretty much no reason for $45!

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  7. Thanks for the honest review, I was going to try this but I think I will skip on it :) xx
    http://insaneaboutmakeup.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I'm so happy people appreciate my honest review of these, I was a little nervous to be honest! Btw, I love your blog! :)

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  8. I haven't tried any of the these because I too was afraid of not finding any difference and for $45 I wanna see some difference!! I think that maybe everyone is fooling themselves. I think they should all wear it on half their face then go ask everyone they see if they can tell a difference. That would be interesting. Thank you for not selling us more hype. I applaud your honest my dear!

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    1. Thank you for appreciating my honesty. I was a little nervous to put it out there to be honest (again lol)!
      Yes, I agree that more people should do the half-face test thing. I actually do this with my eye creams too ha! It may be the scientist in me wanting actual proof of stuff and being able to have a "control". lol!

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  9. So nice to see an honest review. This stuff is really talked up, but I don't know if I will be trying it now!

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    1. I'd say that it's a def. "skip". Thanks for visiting dear!

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  10. I personally don't use coverup or foundation anymore, but thanks for the review...always good to hear honesty with makeup, you know? Happy Saturday Sharefest.

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    1. Glad to see you found me from the Sharefest! Thanks for clicking on my link! :)

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  11. Thank you for the honest review! I would have been interested in diffused light for it's red-combatting yellow shade, but I think I will just stick to elf's tone correcting powder!

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    1. Oh, I have that ELF powder too! I'd say it's no better than that at all! Thanks for visiting!

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  12. I love this review! I feel as though everyone writes just positive things about makeup products. From this review it didn't seem fake and it defiantly helped me make my decision on buying this product.

    Steph

    inthevallley.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm so glad I was able to help make your decision to skip this product and to keep $45 in your wallet! :) I love your blog by the way!

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  13. Glad I read this! So many people hype it up and I do find it hard to believe that a powder could work miracles. My Rimmel powder is £3.99 and makes me look matte and airbrushed (not as finely milled, though). Still will probably try Dim Light but only when I'm ok for cash!
    alicekatex ♥

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    1. I'm curious what you will think when you try it! I so wish I liked them. Oh well!

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