Pressed Powders -Hourglass -Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light

on 6/21/2018 5:15:00 PM

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So 4 or 5 years ago I purchased Dim Light. I made my skin look fabulous, finish wise,but something was just off. It lasted 5 years for me because I didn't use it everyday, especially when my skin was dry in winter.

I just finished it and also finally figured what was slightly off. It was making me look slightly bronzed. Not obvious at all, but to me I noticed it once I figured it out. I am light skinned with cooler undertones....nothing bronze will work on me.

So when I went to get a replacement for Dim, the SA at Sephora suggested Diffused. At first I was thinking no way, once she leaves I'm picking up a different one! It looked so yellow in the store. But, she said it would be suited to my pink undertones. So, I figured I would try it out. Looked great on in the store, but the true test would be in other lighting. I bought it anyway because I knew I could just return it if I hated it.

So I got in the car. Looking good! The end of the day....still looking good! The best of all is that it is not yellow in real life...more of an ivory with just a tiny hint of butter yellow, but mostly what I would call a deeper ivory?

Anyway, I love it. Skin looks great. I don't wear foundation on most of my face (just two small areas really), and I just use primer and this, spray on the old setting spray, and my skin looks great all day.

Cool toned gals....don't let the yellow scare you off. It really looks great with cooler toned skin.

It's probably all in my head but when I look in the mirror, I look like one of those Instagram girls, but without all the fancy stuff they use to look flawless. I also look older than those Instagram girls, well, because I am older.....but my skin looks great.

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Blush -Hourglass -Ambient Lighting Powder Blush (ALL)

on 6/14/2018 11:35:00 PM

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I have two of these in the shades, "Brilliant Nude" and "Mood Exposure". For your reference, I am NC20 in depth with neutral slightly olive undertones. I already have some slight redness on my cheeks (leftover from old acne breakouts), which affects how I feel about certain blush shades (I stay away from reds and bright pinks that will just accentuate the already present redness).

I was surprised at how hard it is to find solid reviews on the shade Brilliant Nude, maybe because it is fairly new to the lineup. Despite the lack of reviews I still decided to take the plunge and purchased it based on how Allana Davison seemed to love this shade. This is a very nice peachy colour that is not too orange (which reminds me of the Fuzzy Peach gummies). On my skin tone, it really brightens and livens up my face - a truly perfect summer blush. I personally really like this shade, and I find it to be more of a true peach compared to Clinique's Cheek Pop in "Nude Pop", which is a peach that leans more pink.

Mood Exposure is a shade that I didn't find myself enjoying as much as I thought I would. On me, it reads a plummy pink that can easily resemble rosacea if I'm not careful with applying it lightly. But when softly applied, it makes me look slightly flushed like I just took a long walk in the cold winter air.

Perhaps this line has been recently reformulated but there is noticeable shimmer in both blushes, and it becomes especially apparent as the blush wears off. It can't be seen from far away but when I am a step away from a mirror and I turn my head, my cheek sparkles. That isn't really the finish that I'm into (I like the natural sheen-like finish of the Clinique Cheek Pops a lot more). The lasting power of these blushes is typical of how long powder blushes last on my face, though I find Brilliant Nude wears off faster (at around 6 to 7 hours) compared to Mood Exposure (which can last around 8+ hours). Some people complain about these blushes being powdery, which I don't find that to be true at all. However, I am not a brush swirler and that probably explains why I have no issues with powder kickup. I take my Japonesque Blush Brush (slightly loose and flat, fluffy, and domed) and softly drag it over the blush in one fluid zig-zag motion before applying. In terms of it looking powdery on the face, I have combination skin and my cheeks can get a bit greasy so it's not an issue. As expected from Hourglass products, these blushes are great quality. They are very soft, finely milled (though not creamy, per se), blendable, have fairly good pigmentation while still being buildable, and are housed in sturdy, lightweight compacts that are perfect for travel.

Overall, these are great blushes, though I do wish the sparkle factor is turned down to a zero. I am not sure if I would repurchase these when I run out, but perhaps I can't decide because I am just spoiled from only using blushes that have had mainly raving reviews (these Hourglass blushes and Clinique's Cheek Pops) so I don't know how to appreciate these fully. However, if you are in the market for a new blush then I would still recommend these.

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Tinted Moisturizer -Hourglass -Illusion® Hyaluronic Skin Tint

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This just didn’t work for me. I found it applied well and had a lovely finish after blending. It, it only looked good for about 4 hours before it started breaking down like crazy. I tried it with primer (Hourglass veil, which I love), without primer, setting, no setting; it made no difference. Contrary to some, I actually really like the packaging. It may not look amazing, but it’s very practical.


Loose Powders -Hourglass -Veil Translucent Setting Powder

on 6/8/2018 10:46:00 PM

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Fine powder, makes my make up stays longer.


Loose Powders -Hourglass -Veil Translucent Setting Powder

on 6/8/2018 10:20:00 PM

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Definitely a YouTube made me buy it. I don’t really like wearing powder - I have dry combination skin which is prone to a dermatitis. This powder doesn’t look cakey and has a beautiful blurring effect. I also took a few photos, no flash back and it looks I used a filter. Perfect powder. Definitely my favourite.

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Primer/ Corrector -Hourglass -Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15

on 6/8/2018 6:01:00 PM

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I decided to try this primer after a while of trial and error with mattifying primers. I was like you know what? I should try something that’s promised to work! There has to be something amazing that has everyone raving about it. So I bought it!

It came out like an oily foam (a weird description, I know) and it was white. As I was dotting it on my face I realized it wasn’t going to be a problem because it disappeared, but it did leave a purple cast that had me confused, but it disappeared and there is no flashback (and I have olive brown skin). A minute after applying this I noticed how my skin was blurred, like a real life Snapchat filter. Pores what? The redness from my acne that was on my cheeks was gone, and my skin just had a velevet matte finish. I also don’t need to use as much foundation because of the blurring and color correcting properties of this primer.
When you touch your face after applying it you feel that it’s so slippey and soft, on Sephora it described as an airy slikey-cloud texture, which is spot on! my skin feels amazing with this on. By the way I haven’t changed my skincare routine in a while and I’m noticing a different in the texture of my skin... it’s smooth. No more texture. Maybe it’s this primer? It has like minerals and all of that.

It doesn’t make me break out, foundation application is flawless, long lasting, BUT it doesn’t keep my oily free in the t zone.

My skin isn’t super oily, I prep with a moisturizer and this primer, and then I use a hydrating soft matte foundation, and I set with a natural matte powder. Now I believe that prepping the skin by max hydration is the best you could do to your makeup application- it will be flawless, rather than a matte skin prep routine that crack and settles into lines. So I like a hydrated base and matte finishing touches. But I still get oily. (Disclaimer: I never found a primer that really kept me matte and summer just started so the humidity is crazy where I’m from, so this does affect my makeup- I can’t blame the primer just yet. I need to work with my primer if I want it to work ya know)

I will keep using this for ever becaus honestly there are not better primers out there for me. I’m just gonna have to improve my makeup techniques for a matte finish!
I’m also gonna try setting the primer with setting powder in the T zone so I will update if that helps my oils.

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Stick -Hourglass -Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

on 6/6/2018 4:54:00 PM

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Well...I don't know what to say about the bad reviews, because this has become my HG. So glad I tried it even after the mixed reviews. This is my experience....shade Warm Beige is a perfect match , so I am pleased. I like the packaging as it is easy to travel with. To me this is a heavier-medium coverage foundation which can be built to full. I don't get much out of "a few dots" as some gurus use...but i do swipe 2 short strokes on my cheeks, a large dot on my nose and on my chin, and 3 short swipes on my forehead. I blend with brushes or a BB but i find the brushes work better. My skin in combo, oilier now in summer, and this LASTS. I was surprised to read it disappeared or seperated on some people. I am lucky, because this lasts an entire day, flawless coverage, and even lasts at the beach/pool.
So I would suggest trying /testing this esp if ypu have combination/oily skin because it actually may work for you.
100% will repurchase.

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Loose Powders -Hourglass -Veil Translucent Setting Powder

on 6/4/2018 10:22:00 PM

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This was a YouTube made me do it purchase. This is a very expensive powder. The packaging is amazing and it is the most ingenious loose powder container I’ve ever seen. It has a little bubble in the middle so when you dump it upside down with the lid on so powder fills that small space and it’s just the right amount for your face with no mess. It’s amazing. It’s essentially translucent even though it appears to have a tint. It has no coverage at all (which is fine). My issues are it’s claims to blur pores, control oil, and set makeup/increase longevity. Yah...no. This makes my acne scarring on my cheeks look like sunken in craters. And I get oily almost right away. When I apply it I literally don’t see a difference and then an hour later comes the oil and crater face. I’m oily combo, and I don’t think I’m that oily. I don’t blot. But this makes me look terrible. This probably is a powder for dry to normal skin and people with smooth skin. But I do not recommend this if you have pores or any oil at all. I don’t have wrinkles so I can’t attest to that.

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Loose Powders -Hourglass -Veil Translucent Setting Powder

on 5/31/2018 11:34:00 AM

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Wow, I really love the way this makes my skin look. I admit I am quick to buy something new that has great reviews, and therefore I wind up with a lot of returns since good reviews do not necessarily mean the product will work for me.. This is one product I am so glad to have purchased. I don’t wear foundation. My everyday look is smashbox cc cream, undereye concealer, whatever primer of the day, eyeshadow, mascara, and bronzer. I applied this before my bronzer and my skin looks so.....fantastic! I have some smile lines (juvederm wearing off!) and some undereye lines and this really seems to blur them. I was using Makeupforever setting powder and it can’t hold a candle to this.
Fast forward, 8 hours later and my skin still looks... fantastic! The packaging is nice also, I just tap it and the perfect amount comes out.
Very excited about this one!

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Stick -Hourglass -Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

on 5/29/2018 5:19:00 PM

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I am over 50 but I have amazing skin, I have been a skin care junkie since my teens and it has paid off, I have less fine lines and wrinkles than a typical 30 year old and I have tiny nearly invisible pores. Well...this foundation changed all that and really rattled my cage. I applied it over well moisturized skin with primer as instructed, I tried blending it out. The result on my face was simply hideous... it found wrinkles that even the naked eye in a magnifying mirror could not find, it found pores that I never knew I had. It cracked, it patched, it dug into my pores like a deer tick... it made me look like I was 80 years old with a zillion fine lines and a bad case of weird white chicken pox. It sat on my skin like a mask of zinc oxide mixed with crisco. I never ran so fast to my sink to get out my clairsonic and wash my face in my life. The only thing I can compare this to is my stepmother's old Max Factor Pan Stick that she used to glob on her skin back in the 1980s...all I needed was a bunch of goopy black spidery individual eyelashes and this and I would have had my stepmother's or Tammy Faye Baker's look down perfectly. I absolutely HATED this stuff. On the plus side, it was a great color match, it looked amazing swatched on my forearm and the package is pretty.

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Bronzers -Hourglass -Ambient Lighting Bronzer

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While I like this bronzer, I don't think it is at all worth the money. I got the shade Nude Bronze Light, which adds a soft glow and a hint of color and looks very natural on the skin. It is pigmented but subtle at the same time, which I know sounds contradictory, but if you've used any of Hourglass's Ambient Light products you will know what I am talking about. The packaging is lovely, but again, for the price, I don't think it is *that* nice. I am a life-long devotee of the Ambient Lighting Powder and blushes, but I just don't think this bronzer performs up to par with those products. It is not terrible by any stretch, but there are less expensive bronzers that do the job just as well, or there are equally expensive bronzers that do the job better. If you want a subtle, soft, illuminating bronzer and you have $50 to spare, then don't hesitate to try this one.

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Loose Powders -Hourglass -Veil Translucent Setting Powder

on 5/26/2018 10:47:00 AM

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This is a beautiful setting powder with an ingenious packaging design which dispenses the perfect amount of product. Lately I've been trying to avoid setting powders if I can given at 60 years old, my skin is increasingly showing more signs of age despite good skin care, and most setting powders just make me look older. I like that this has a slightly luminous finish and doesn't look matte or dry, although being a powder it still does dry my skin out slightly. I've been alternating this with the Laura Mercier Candlelight Glow finishing powder but this one is nice in that it doesn't add any extra color the way the other one does. It holds up my makeup pretty well for a 12 hour day and doesn't get cakey on me.

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Powder -Hourglass -Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light

on 5/24/2018 2:48:00 AM

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I hate that I bought this product. I fell for all of the hype years ago when it first came out. Years later, I still don't know what to do with it. If you use it as an all-over finishing powder, while it may look somewhat pleasant in certain romantic lighting, it looks absolutely hideous in broad daylight. It accentuates every blemish, flaw, crease, line, and actually makes my pores look enlarged, like I have craters on my face. And my pores aren't THAT bad. If you're under 30 and have flawless skin, it might work for you. I suppose it might also work as an extremely expensive, subtly shimmery eyeshadow. It doesn't really look all that nice on me as a highlight. It looks chalky and powdery in my opinion. But if you're into highlighters with very little shimmer, this might be OK for you. The packaging quality is great and you do get a lot of product. However, I can't justify the price of this product because it doesn't look nice on everyone and I find it very one dimensional.

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Loose Powders -Hourglass -Veil Translucent Setting Powder

on 5/20/2018 2:08:00 AM

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I love this powder it gives my makeup an air brushed finish. It is quite expensive but it is an awesome powder.

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Pressed Powders -Hourglass -Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light

on 5/19/2018 12:09:00 PM

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It’s a super pricey setting powder, but creats amazing look! It gives luminous finish and looks so natural. My new HG setting powder!

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