Let me begin by saying I am pretty boring when it comes to make up. I like it, but don't experiement much and instead buy many variations of the same colors, you get the idea. I go for a clean and polished look. I also don't believe in miracle products or hyped products.
That being said, I had a gift card so decided to purchase this powder. For reference, I have light-med, warm toned skin. I applied this after my LM loose setting powder, and I use LM Silk Creme foundation. I don't know what kind of brush it is called, but I used a giant fluffy face brush to put on the Hourglass powder.
After I applied it, I thought my skin looked soft and glowy, but I figured it was my eyes tricking me into believing it was money well spent. But then I looked at myself in a different light and I could swear it looked like I was looking at myself through a thin veil or soft focus lens. My skin looked pretty flawless and dewy. But again, was still skeptical. What finally convinced me, though, was that I got some compliments on my skin, something that NEVER EVER happens, because, well, my skin is very unremarkable and average. Apparently, though, this powder does indeed liven it up a bit, as it is the only thing that has changed recently about my routine. Whenever I have received a compliment, it has also been when I was wearing Bobbi Brown Pale Pink blush, so maybe these two products work well together?
I would say the only light where this powder doesn't seem to make a difference is harsh daylight, but nothing will make my skin look good in that! I also use this powder to touch up midday, if I notice a bit of shine in my T-zone, I use this with the LM velour pouf.
The powder itself has no shimmer, sparkle, or any detectable sheen at all when swatched. I cannot speak for the other shades, but this one probably couldn't really be used as a highlighter if that is what you are looking for.
Anyway, if you are lucky enough to have beautiful skin, you probably don't need this powder. But, as a 35 year old, busy mom of two young children, I think my skin could use the pick me up. Yes, this powder is pricey, but you only need a small amount and I would think that with daily use, this compact could easily last at least a year. All in all, I am really pleased with this powder and can confirm that this product lives up to it's hype, at least in my experience.
This stuff actually works!
After all the good reviews about the Ambient Lighting Powders, I finally decided to try it out. Dim Light sounded very appealing because it "blurs the skin and its imperfections."
At first, I applied it with a large powder brush from Sigma and I didn't really think much of it. It was just okay to me. It didn't really perform its stated purposes. Then, I decided to try it again with my Bobbi Brown face brush, which is less dense and whispier than the Sigma powder brush, and it went onto the skin really nicely! I noticed how it "blurred" my skin and made it look very flawless.
I too thought that this was a ridiculously priced powder, but honestly it makes your skin look flawless. When I pair this with nars sheer glow I feel so confident because my skin looks so naturally radiant. If you have slightly oily skin don't be put off this product, you simply need to use the smallest amount of mat tidying powder in the t-zone before applying this. Great product!
At first I thought I just bought an overhyped product, an expensive overhyped product by the way. I didn't see any difference in my skin, but kept using it because... why not? The texture is great, very soft, and it distributes nicely. But then, after a few weeks I realized that I was getting a lot of compliments on my skin. I went out to the supermarket the other day and the lady there described me as 'the girl with the beautiful skin', and yes, she was referring to me! This is the only thing I've been doing differently, not even my skin care has changed. So it has to be this. The results are very subtle, at least to me, but it does something that makes you look better! I know these powders are not setting powders, they are finishing powders, but I've been using it to set my foundation and it works good, but I have combination skin, meaning my annoying nose is greasy, the rest is normal. I'm very excited for the blushes that are coming out, if they are like these powders, they are going to be great!
I got all six shades and I will review them individually and as a whole in the main review for these powders. This particular shade reminds me of exactly how it is described; how your skin looks in dimmed light, which for me is a lot better. I've only used this once and the Diffused Light once and what I would say is use them in the opposite light you're going to be in. For example this shade, I think looks better in florescent light since fluorescent light can be really harsh, this makes you look like your features are softened similarly to how they would be in dim light. Oppositely, I would use one of the lighter shades, like Diffused light if I was going to be in dim light to brighten my complexion up. So far I like the texture of the particular shade and the actual shade is exactly as described; a neutral soft beige that provides a perfect balance of warm and cool tones to blur imperfections. For the most part you have to be careful with these powders because you can quickly overdo it. I would choose a soft powder brush and lightly tap it into the product and tap it off before applying. I think the key to them looking natural is a very light application. Otherwise they would alter the shade of your skin and look fake and awkward. Hourglass nailed the intended light also, which I think is very clever and more advanced than typical makeup, therefore making it worth the price tag. I will update as I play more, but so far, I am loving these.
This powder, although subtle, is pretty amazing. I have only use it a couple of times, but I must admit that I did notice a difference in how my skin looked, especially after a couple of hours of wear. I'm really happy I took the plunge and purchased it.
Bought this in palette, but thought I would post a review here too as I saw the results people were taking about in some recents photos. Love it and will be repurchasing if I ever run out.
all I can say is love love love this powder, first time I used it my husband complimented on my skin right away and he didnt even know I put it on. I will be putting this powder in my regular make up bag
I love this product - I'm sorry for those reviewers who did not enjoy it, but in my experience, this is truly an HG product. It just sucks that it's so expensive, but in this case, I think it's worth every penny.
I use either a fan brush or a flat-ish contour brush to apply it. It's very finely milled and any aggressive handling of the powder will cause a lot of it to be kicked up from the pan. A flat brush is your best bet in my opinion, and I've also tried it with a stippling brush, which works well too. It doesn't really have a smell to it. I notice that it lasts pretty much all day - definitely over 8 hours in my experience.
I apply it after my foundation, blush, and loose powder. It just gives a nice glow to my skin without looking like I have another layer caked on. I will admit that I find the difference more noticeable in photos (which, seriously - this is where it truly works its magic) but I do see a difference when I'm just wearing it on a daily basis. I can't speak to its ability to blur wrinkles or lines since I don't have any (yet...) but it does make my skin look freaking luminous. I'd recommend this if you have an event to attend where a lot of photos will be taken, if you have the spare money kicking around, or if the curiosity about this product has been eating you alive (like it was with me for the past year!).
For reference I am an NC35 in MAC foundations and currently use a mix of Barcelona and Syracuse in any given NARS foundation.
Dim light is perfect for my NC 25 summer skin. Gives a slight luminous glow (don't find this shade glittery at all) and seems to minimize the appearance of my pores. Doesn't sink into fine lines or cake (I give a light dusting with a semi-dense powder brush) on my combo-dry skin. I use as a finishing powder on my t-zone. Pretty sure it will be too dark for my paler winter skin though.