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.
DUPED. I went to sephora this past wk in hopes to purchase this during there 15%off members sale. I had the SA eagerly put this on me, although I was convinced I was going to purchase it regardless based on the raves here & my love of glow/dewy skin that this products boasts. I could never justify the purchase without the discount ofcourse, HG item or not. As a graduate, non-working student, I simply cant afford it. I loveD this as a highlight & even all over my face as a setting powder, but was genuinely shocked when the SA told me not to purchase it. She said its "not doing much for you. You can achieve the same look with other affordable products, Im sure." Ofcourse she didnt mention any of these miracle replacements. I waked out discouraged and empty handed , but I must say that was the besT advice/shopping trip ever. Because I headed straight for the ds and found a dupe myself! Its the WnW Reserve Your Cabana bronzer! I got the same, non-glittery glow all over my face/as highlight as I did with this one!
PRICE comparison; $46 for 0.35 oz of Hourglass or $3.99 for 0.46 oz
Im not bashing this product because I LOVE LOVE the look , even if only I can notice the difference it gives my otherwise dull complexion. Im just loving the effect wITh the cost from WNW.
I was so excited to buy diffused w brush. Could have used any fluffy brush. Why didn't they pkg it so brush cld fit in compact? Brush is luxurious & a nice idea but having to extract it from velvet pouch each time not so convenient. Now to the review of diffused. It did nothing, I mean nothing for me,except settle into fine lines,atop nettle lines, etc. I liked like a parched pale yellow idiot at an interview today and I went very light handed using their brush following tutorial online by the guy who reviews it on YouTube . Do not put this anywhere near your under eye area you will age 20 yrs. I am an hourglass fanatic but this is a trumped up mineral veil, clear radiance in that line a much cheaper better bet,at least for me.
This stuff is incredible! It gives your skin a subtle, radiant and flawless finish; with this in your purse it's POOF instant mood lighting and seriously blurs skin imperfections. A little goes a long way; you really only need a light veil over the face with a fluffy powder brush.
I'm an NC30-NC40 depending on the season and this review is for the Dim Light version. It is pricey but worth the $45 USD in my opinion.
I am so glad to see good reviews here because another general review for the Hourglass Ambient powders was not so positive.
I absolutely LOVE these powders and I use DIM the most right now. I am expecting to use MOOD more when I am wearing spring colors and the LUMINOUS and RADIENT (nights out) more in the summer. Yes, I have all of them now because I did not have any finishing powders except It Cosmetics HD powder. I tried the MAC mineralize skin finish powders but they were too shiny. I also tried the Nars powder but I prefer compact powders and HOURGLASS formulations ARE WONDERFUL! THey are great for imparting a glow and softening effect over full coverage matte foundation and somehow make my skin look like skin which is not easy over a full face of makeup. I still use a little HD powder on my T-zone first to absorb oil but I love this powder so much I bought them all and my makeup collection is not extensive. I just know what works and what makes me look my best.....try it...and see if you agree.
I would like to formally apologize to all users of this product who have not loved it....I am so sorry for your loss. This powder in dim light is absolutely fantastic, amazing, stunning, healthy, electrifying I mean I could go on and on. It's hands down better as a finishing powder then Chanel, guerlain pearles, Mac, I mean it is the best there is right now. I am a NC25-40 depending on the time of year, now about a NC30
This product literally does what it says, softens and makes my skin look silky soft and glowing. I love it!!! I wish it controlled combo skin a bit better but I will still repurchase as I love the look it gave which lasted a 8hr work day. So far no breakouts, will update
On me, NC25ish Dim Light was too peachy and didn't blend into my skin very well it just looked peachy brown. I ended up returning it and am hoping to try out Diffused Light instead, but it's been sold out at three sephoras that I've gone to so far, I think that one is the most popular.
These are nice powders, smooth, nice packaging and if you can find one that works for your skin, it's definitely worth it. I wouldn't bother with the brush though, there are much better powder brushes out there.
Ok...if you read my review for Diffused Light, you may think I am anti-amibent lighting powders....but no....actually I bought Dim Light first, thinking I would be able to use on my entire face. So when I received it, I did just that....I looked absolutely fabulous, however, it made me about one shade darker than I normally am, and did not blend in with my neck....I think this is going to be an incredible all over finish once I break out the ol' self tanner. For now I am using it as the perfect light bronzer for pale winter skin, and the great part about it, is you don't have to worry about being too heavy handed with it! Well since I loved the finish of Dim Light, I ran out to Sephora, thinking Diffused Light would be my perfect friend for all over finishing for winter pale skin.....however, it did not perform anywhere similar to Dim Light for me....you can read that review under Ambient Light Powder reviews...so back it went. See what you think, and as for packaging, I have no complaints.