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.
I researched the heck out of this product prior to buying it and thought it would be just what i needed. I bought the shade Radiant Light and thought it would change the game of my makeup stash. Instead I am disappointed and $50+ poor-er.
This shade leave a little glittery chunks on the face and def shouldn't be used all over. I have combination skin so it does nothing for me when trying to set foundation. Throughout the day i look like a oily glittery mess. I should have returned it but figured I could work with it but notice it is collecting dust in my stash. The only thing i can do is use it as a highlighter on my dark skin but even then to me its not worthy of that because it is duller then I would want it to be. The texture is silky smooth as most say. I don't know if i made the wrong selection but I feel this is over hyped.
I am completely obsessed with this product and think it's definitely worth every penny. The Dim light is my favorite since it is more "matte" than some of the other ones and there's absolutely no sparkle, but very very sudden sheen. It's practically undetactable on the skin, however it adds just enough magic luminosity that your skin looks polished and gorgeous. It's kind of one of those products that makes everyone guess what you put on your face since it looks so amazing. If you enjoy makeup, this product is a must have and will last you forever.
I am thinking about saving more money and purchasing an Etherial light.
I absolutely love this stuff. I'm olive-complected and get pretty tan in the summertime. I was a little hesitant that it would wash me out, but the exact opposite occurred after putting it on for the first time... It really does give a nice, dewy/matte look. It also sets my foundation beautifully. I'll also disagree with other reviews that it sets into lines, especially around the eye area. I didn't find this to be the case at all. In fact, I actually think it helps blur what lines I do have.
I've tried putting my blush and bronzer on under it, but I really prefer it over. But that could just be me. Play around with it and see what works for you.
Overall, I would say that if you're looking for a powder that does it all (sets, blurs imperfections, and lasts all day long), this is for you. Yes, it's expensive, but the older I get the more I appreciate really good makeup. Besides, I've had this for a month, use it liberally each day, and it still looks new. I imagine this compact will last me a very, very long time.
This powder is amazing for giving your skin a diffused, soft focus effect that's naturally radiant. I have a medium Asian complexion with yellow undertones (NC30) and Dim Light is colorless on my skin, so it works as an all over finishing powder. I have normal to combination skin, and applying Dim Light over foundation or moisturized skin keeps my face from getting oily even in hot, humid weather. It seems to absorb excess shine on the skin, yet it leaves a slight luminous glow that isn't dewy, but just looks like well rested, hydrated skin. This powder never makes me look too matte, no matter how much I apply. I'd say that this powder gives me a satin finish, which is my favorite. Dim Light also blurs the look of pores and other textural imperfections on the skin, and paired with my go-to foundation Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, my skin looks naturally flawless.
Compared to the NARS Light Reflecting Setting Powder, Dim Light is more luminous and gives my skin more of a soft focus effect. Of the two, I prefer Dim Light, but the NARS powder would be a better choice if you're fair or want a satin-matte finish (it's also $10 cheaper).
If, like me, you've always struggled to find a finishing powder that gives the right amount of luminosity to the skin, definitely give Dim Light a try.
I am still trying to determine if I got the right colour though from the website it seems like that is mostly a matter of the finish you desire. Dim is a beige with peach undertones and when I wear it over my Bobbi Brown Sand or Armani Silk #4 it doesn't even show up. So I buffed it over Nars Radiance Tinted Moisturizer and it showed up but just made it look flat and not very flattering. I can understand the raves if you have the right colour because the texture of this is magnificent. I'm going to try the other colours because I think this is worth a shot.
I got this at Sephora with their 15% VIP discount and even though this brand is expensive, I'm quite pleased that I decided to try it! The first review I read of this was on Scenthive. The reviewer liked it as well and had mentioned that this shade didn't have any visible sheen, which I avoid in a product that I want to use all over my face. I did get a sample of the Hourglass Veil foundation, and it will be my next purchase!
I'm NC30 and I use this on top of just about anything, TM, foundation, even my JI pressed mineral foundation. This powder blurs the imperfections on my face and softens the look of my skin, which isn't really half bad to start even given it's middle age, but isn't poreless or line free by any means. Athough the powder appears a bit rosy in the pan, I didn't notice any addition of color to my face. I bought the brush that goes with it, but found I had the perfect one already, an Ecotools large powder brush, so although it was soft and lovely, I returned it.
This Ambient Lighting Powder is extremely dense so as to not even appear to have been touched, unlike some that go everywhere when you swipe your brush over top. I've used this for a few weeks now and it still looks unused. I have a brand new Guerlain Meteorites that I never touch anymore, because the Ambient is really undetectable and magical at the same time!
I bought Dim Light and Luminous Light. I have only tried the Dim so far and I really love it. It really does blur your skin tone. I bought this one for use in the evenings when I go out and the Luminous for when I am at work (day light).
The effect on my skin is really hard to describe but it does give the effect of being in dim lighting. I am in my mid thirties so my skin is not as tight as it once was - not so much fines but a lack of firmness and tone. My skin is prone to freckling although not so bad since I have avoided the sun and used SPF for years. The Dim Light powder blends my skin tone together and makes it more flattering.
I am NC15/20 and it has a slight effect of deepening my skintone but not so much that it looks bronzed (the powder appears to make my skin a true NC20 when I applied it). If you are NC10/Alabaster you may want to swatch this shade first to see if it is too dark for your likening.