Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Dim Light




Set your eyes on this little piece of beauty eye candy. One of six finishing powders from Hourglass which work to recreate the most flattering light, softening and diffusing the way it is reflected on the skin to brighten skin and conceal imperfections, well that's what the Hourglass site says anyway. I picked up the shade Dim Light a few weeks back in one of those Dear Anna Merry Christmas Love Anna moments. When I first pulled it out of my Mecca Cosmetica bag, it was love. The packaging and even the actual powder is absolutely stunning, one of those products you just want to hold, you know what I mean. But at $62 a pop, a packaging spurred purchase is in no way justifiable for me so onto what Dim Light actually does.

So according to the Hourglass site, advanced soft-focus particle technology is used to help make skin appear younger, even and radiant. They use 'photo-luminescent technology' to create a transparent coverage suitable for any skin tone, day or night. After a little research into the different shades and the affect they have on different skin types, I opted for the shade Dim Light described as a neutral peach beige powder that blurs imperfections and highlights a radiant complexion. The least shimmery of the six shades and aimed specifically at skin troubled with imperfections, it was the best match for me.

When first applied (I use the Ecotools fluffy powder brush to dust all over) I have to admit I didn't notice a difference, which was a slight worry after forking out $62, however about an hour or so later I caught a glimpse of myself in a mirror and had to double take. It's difficult to explain exactly the affect this has on my skin, it just sort of glows. But not in a shimmery, glittery way, more like you've just had a great night sleep and are glowing from within. Of course imperfections aren't covered (it is a translucent powder after all) however they are definitely blurred, giving the appearance of a flawless base. The only way I can think to describe how this looks on the skin is like an Instagram filter. I know that sounds silly but that's literally what it's like, blurring imperfections and adding a slight glow, just generally improving the appearance of my skin overall. I'm particularly loving this over a full coverage matte base such as Estée Lauder's Double Wear as I find it lightens things up a bit and adds some glow and dimension to the look.

I'm glad I treated myself to this powder, it is pricey but I think it's nice to have a little luxury in your makeup bag and I love how this looks on my skin. Just be sure to do some research into the different shades before splashing out. There's six shades for a reason so be sure to pick one aimed at what you want to achieve and try and give it a test before purchasing. Let me know what shade you wear or would like to wear in the comments below!


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20 comments:

  1. If I could justify spending the money I'd definitely purchase this...it's the perfect gift to give to someone though. And since it's my birthday coming up I may have to start dropping a few hints! :)
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  2. I love Dim light! It was so exciting to see this in the palette and I'll definitely buy the full size when I eventually run out! If they ever bring out Incandescent Light out as a full size you should get that too. It's such a gorgeous, subtle highlighter.


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  3. I have this in Diffused light and also use Estee Lauders double wear, It is amazing!


    pearlsandsparkle.blogspot.com

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  4. I'm so desperate to try one of these Ambient Lighting Powders, they just sound so so lovely and like they'd be right up my radiance obsessed street!


    Gem x
    http://www.gemmameansjewel.com

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  5. Right now, this is at the very, very top of my "need to buy" list. I think I would go with Dim Light, but overall, I'm so sad I missed out on grabbing the palette with the limited edition shade.
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  6. Aww wow, these look so good, I haven't heard anything negative about these I sadly don't live near a counter to swatch these but the shade radiant light for darker skin tones looks perfect after reading your review I may take the plunge... X

    http://subjectbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. I really wish I coulda jumped on the bandwagon with this item, but I just can't justify the £$! Especially because I'm such a makeup newbie, I still don't use powders correctly, lol!

    Blushingbiddies.com

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  8. It sounds fabulous! I'd love to give it a try but I don't think I'd want fork out $62 :/
    Maddy xxx
    www.crystaltipsrandomblog.blogspot.com

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  9. I definitely agree! I love using this powder; at first I didn't see any difference but then I went to a Christmas celebration and caught myself in the mirror. My skin looked positively radiant.


    littleshybird.blogspot.com

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  10. Why don't you give it a try anyway? If you don't like it or if you don't feel like it's worth the money, you could always return it ^^


    littleshybird.blogspot.com

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  11. Definitely time to start dropping hints! ;) xx

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  12. So jealous that I didn't pick up the palette! But loving Dim Light so all is good :) x

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  13. Such a winning combo xx

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  14. I missed out too, such a shame! But at least this way you can pick one shade that works well for you and save some pennies :) x

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  15. I haven't heard anything bad either! Hope Radiant Light works out for you xx

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  16. It's so much money, definitely hurts! But I felt like a treat and had been lusting for ages, maybe one day :) x

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  17. It's strange how it takes a little time to have an affect but once it does, amazing! xx

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  18. You can't return make up to the shop. I don't know where you're from but you can't do so in Australian. Pretty sure you can't anyway. I might save up for it :)

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  19. Love your blog, Anna! I found it on vdm ;) xx

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  20. I am desperate to try the palette of these but I just can't justify the cost :(

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