Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder - Review and Swatches

The hype surrounding this product has lead us to believe it's the the Holy Grail of powders. It's claimed to make the skin appear as it would in it's named shades, dim light etc. and to blur imperfections without cakeiness. So obviously, with my face powder obsession and it's pretty packaging, I had to check them out.

I started my endeavour with the limited edition release Ambient Lighting Palette (purchased from Mecca Cosmetica $95 AUD- now sold out). Now this palette contains (L-R) Dim Light, Incandescent Light and Radiant Light. Wanting a a powder to set my make-up I used the Dim Light, because who wouldn't want skin that appeared as it did in Dim light..? Sadly, it's much too yellow and orange for my pale skin.

This lead to me buy Diffused Light (Mecca Cosmetica $62 AUD). This is lovely all over as a setting powder an doesn't appear to go cakey and also lasts during the recent brutal summer days here in Australia. What I will say is that I'm dubious about the "imperfection blurring" claims. Yes they are nice, finely milled powders. Yes they sit lovely on the skin. But I didn't find that they helped eliminate imperfections or redness in my skin. They did add a luminosity, but if you were after a powder to add coverage or the like, this isn't for you.

In natural light L-R: Dim Light, Incandescent Light, Radiant light, Difussed Light

So with that out of the way, I will say I applied the Diffused light all over my skin with the Real Techniques Multi-Task brush and used the Contour brush to place Incandescent Light along cheek bones as a highlighter.

What are your thoughts on this hyped-up product?

Ellen Rozalia xx

*Disclaimer: All products mentioned were purchased with my own money and all opinions are my own
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