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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders – Swatch of the Day

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Swatches - all six

Radiant // Lumious // Diffused // Mood // Ethereal // Dim
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Quick in-store swatches of all six of Hourglass’s Ambient Lighting powders.  Please note that this picture does not accurately show the finish of the powders – Radiant has the most sparkle, but you cannot tell at all from the photo – I was unable to capture the nuances of the finish, since I did not have my camera with me. However, it does accurately show the base color of each powder.

For more on the powders and better swatches, please see my review of Diffused & Mood and my review of Dim.

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light: Review, Photos, Swatches

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder - Dim Light

If you read beauty blogs, I’m sure you know that Hourglass recently released six new Ambient Lighting powders, two of which I have previously reviewed (Diffused Light and Mood Light). The previous post has more details on the lineup of powders.

This review is for Dim Light, which is described by Hourglass as a “neutral peach beige powder that blurs imperfections and highlights a radiant complexion with the perfect balance of warm and cool tones.”

hourglass ambient lighting powder dim light

Dim Light is just a touch darker than my skintone, so it was difficult for me to get it to show up in a photograph.   The following photo has a heavy swatch on the left, and a blended swatch on the right – I know it’s difficult to see the powder, which I suppose is mostly a good thing, since it’s meant to be worn all over the face.

hourglass ambient lighting dim light swatch

I would describe the finish as a soft satin-matte; it’s really quite a gorgeous finish, not shimmery at all, but not quite matte.  If you recall, Diffused Light has visible flecks of shimmer in sunlight, while Mood Light has a luminous satin finish.  Dim Light has less sheen than Mood Light, but still has detectable sheen – it is not matte.  But, there are no visible flecks of shimmer.

Here is a before / after photo without and with Dim Light – the addition of the finishing powder is the only difference between the photos, and they were taken minutes apart.hourglass ambient lighting dim light before after

I can see a difference between the photos – do you see one? In the photo on the right, I think my skin looks more even, I look less red, and I look just a touch darker.  Dim Light also gives my skin a really lovely finish; my skin but better.

Overall, I’m really happy with this powder – I think it’s the best shade for me out of the six! Have you tried any of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders yet?

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Review, Swatches, Photos

hourglass ambient light powders - diffused light, mood light

Diffused Light, Mood Light

It’s not like me to buy high end makeup without waiting for reviews first, but the early murmurings I heard about Hourglass’s new Ambient Lighting Powders was all positive, so I decided to take the plunge! Please note that these powders just arrived in the mail today, so this post is swatches and first impressions – if my thoughts on the powders change significantly, I’ll either update this post or write up a new one.

Update! After swatching all the powders, I bought Dim Light, which is by far my favorite. Review of that one is here.

The Hourglass Ambient lighting powders come in six shades (photos from Sephora.com / text from Hourglasscosmetics.com / not quite symmetrical collage by yours truly):

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders

I couldn’t decide between Mood Light (lavender) & Diffused Light (yellow), so I purchased both. Hourglass also has a new brush specifically for the Ambient Lighting Powders, but since I have a variety of brushes of different materials, sizes, shapes, and densities, I decided to just go with what I have for now.

Hourglass Ambient Light Powders - Packaging

The Ambient Lighting powders are packaged in a very reflective plastic compact that does (unfortunately) hold fingerprints.   It’s a fairly solid feeling compact, and I like the aesthetics of it.

Hourglass Diffused Light Ambient Lighting Powder

Diffused Light

Diffused Light is, as described, a pale yellow.  Applied heavily, it’s a very pale yellow-white that is difficult to see on my skin – blending it out makes the color, though not the shimmer, virtually invisible on me. Diffused Light does have visible flecks of shimmer in sunlight. However, it was very difficult to photograph – you’ll have to look quite closely to see anything at all!

Hourglass Diffused Light Swatch

Diffused Light – heavy swatch, blended swatch (in natural light)

Hourglass Diffused Light Swatch

Diffused Light – heavy swatch, blended swatch (in full sun)

Hourglass Mood Light Ambient Lighting Powder

Mood Light

Mood Light is described as a lavender-pink, but I see more of a pink-brown color; I don’t really see the lavender in the pan. I cannot see visible flecks of shimmer in Mood Light – just a sheen.  Well actually, if I get about an inch away in full sunlight, I can maybe detect little flecks of shimmer, but maybe not – but does anyone really examine your face that closely?

Mood Light is easier to see when applied heavily on my skin, and also visible when semi-blended (when fully blended out, it is not intended to have visible color; no one has a lavender face).

Hourglass Mood Light Swatch

Mood Light – heavy swatch, blended swatch (in natural light)

Hourglass Mood Light Swatch

Mood Light – heavy swatch, blended swatch (in full sun)

I also tried each powder on my face.  In the “before” photo, I’m wearing foundation and powder, as well as other makeup – but no face makeup with any hint of shimmer. In the “after” photo, I’ve applied the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder with a clean fluffy brush (I used the ELF Complexion brush, because I have two of them and both were clean). I did remove my makeup and reapply between the photos. I did no retouching of these photos at all.

Wearing Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder - Diffused Light

Before / After – Diffused Light

Wearing Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder - Mood Light

Before / After – Mood Light

I see a difference with each powder, but Mood Light seems to do a better job of softening imperfections and generally improving the look of my skin. Do you see a difference between no powder, Diffused Light, and Mood Light? I’m curious to hear your thoughts!

Overall, I’m really excited about these powders, and I think I prefer Mood Light thus far – it seems to do a better job overall, and it doesn’t have the visible flecks of shimmer that Diffused Light has.  Once the Sephora stores near me have all the shades in stock, I’m definitely going to go swatch all of the shades!

If you’re interested in the other shades, reviews are starting to pop up:
The Beauty Sample has a review & swatches of Radient Light.
The Non-Blonde has a review & swatches of Radient Light.
Beauty Reflections has a review & swatches of Dim Light.
Makeup & Beauty Blog has a review & swatches of Dim Light, Luminous Light, & Radient Light.

And again, my review of Dim Light is here.

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Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara Review, Photos

Hourglass Film Noir Mascara – I did not curl my eyelashes

Usually, I don’t find high end mascaras worth it so I stick to my drugstore favorites.  However, last year I bought Sephora’s LashStash sampler which contained several mini-versions of high end mascaras when it was on sale. It’s a really good way to try out a bunch of mascaras – however, it’s already April and I haven’t even finished the second one (which is why I’ve decided to sell several of the untouched ones on my blog sale). The first one I opened was Fairydrops, which I hated, and the second was Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum, which I absolutely love.

The Hourglass mascara is in a lovely, classy black tube, and the brush is (very slightly) hourglass shaped. The brush does not end up with clumps of extra mascara on the end, which I appreciate.

I have two absolute requirements in a mascara. First, it needs to separate my lashes well – I hate clumps, and I dislike using a lash comb.  Second, it needs to last without flaking – I tend to rub my eyes, and I hate flakes.  Hourglass Film Noir fulfills both of these requirements beautifully. You can see the great separation I have in the photo, and there was no flaking even after a 16 hour day.

I also (of course), want as much volume, length, and curl as possible – I love the “false lash” look, which I have never really achieved – though I’m always hoping for it! Hourglass mascara does a great job of lengthening, but doesn’t add much volume. It adds a lot of curl, even without curling my eyelashes.  Overall, I’m very happy with how my lashes look with this mascara, even though it does fall short on the volume front.

Easy removal is a bonus for me, but since I’m used to wearing waterproof mascara, I’m used it removal taking a few minutes.  I find that Hourglass Film Noir, which is not a waterproof mascara – but lasts like one! –  is easier to remove than waterproof mascaras, but more difficult to remove than most non-waterproof mascaras.

If this mascara was under $10 like all my other mascara favorites, it would be my all time favorite mascara ever. It is my favorite mascara formula ever.  But – it’s $28, and frankly, for a makeup item that needs to be replaced as often as mascara, I don’t think it’s worth it for the price.  So, I will treasure and use up my mini tube, but I don’t expect to buy a full size one!

If you’re less wary of expensive mascaras than I am, you can purchase Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara at Sephora.

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