I don't quite understand MUA's general dislike of this powder, but here are my views regardless.
First of all, it's sort of one of those products that are overpriced and overhyped for the price and what they are supposed to do. I will agree with that. Are they nice to own and a great item to have if you just want that extra kick to your makeup look? I would say yes.It really depends on your skin, but I wouldn't expect miracles from this powder alone.
I appreciate a finishing powder that makes my skin look natural again and glowy without shimmer. I like Ben Nye Banana and NARS LRP for this purpose, but I hate the loose powders getting everywhere. That being said, you're not missing out on magic if you don't purchase this, but it performs about the same way as the other two powders but is in pressed form. Perfect for me.
I got mine in Ethereal Light, which seemed too white in pan but provides an almost translucent glow to my skin. You can definitely tell that it makes a difference in photos and under direct sunlight. Under fluorescent or already dim lighting it probably won't say much. I wanted to try Dim light, which is supposed to blur things out, but it looked so...beige/dark for my light olive skin. Radiant light seems like a pretty highlighter but I already have my HG.
If I was cheap/didn't care for the subtle difference, I would continue on with my Rimmel Stay Matte/MAC MSFN (very similar to this btw with no coverage) and still live happily ever after. But for days when I use fuller coverage foundations that are on the matte side, this really adds back that skin-like quality. If you already like dewy and sheer foundations for a natural look, this won't do much.
I'm going to purchase the palette form of this and see how I like it. Overall, I don't feel as if I've wasted my money. I do see a difference and like the change from my DS powders which tend to be cakey/chalky if over-applied.
this really let me down
I was really excited to finally get it. I got this in Diffused Light. I was underwhelmed as it did absolutely nothing for me. I quickly returned and felt like I had bought into the hype.
I just wanna say that this by far exceeded my expectations! I ended up choosing the luminous light powder I felt like it looked the most natural out of all the other powders and when I purchased this I pretty much thought it was going to basically be like your typical highlighter kind of like mac msf or was going to come off way to shimmery well I was wrong! When I first applied this I of course used a large fluffy brush and applied it on my cheeks, nose,chin and forehead and omg I was in love!!! The finish is so beautiful and gives such a gorgeous glow to the skin yet so natural I've never found a powder or highlighter that applies this way I also applied another layer just to see if it would look cakey or even more shimmery and it didn't! It still remained very natural looking! :D it's long lasting and doesn't settle into my fine lines or pores! It also gives a type of blurring effect so blemishes are somehow concealed I love this stuff definitely will be purchasing another one!
I absolutely LOVE this stuff! I'm obsessed with creating perfect looking skin. I'm very fair and use Diffused every day. It gives me a glow from within look and blurs my imperfections. It is not a highlighter or oil control powder... You should apply it over setting powder. 10/10 would buy again!!!
By "shimmery" I mean VERY tiny particles that catch the light, it's not like chunky glitter like a lot of highlighters have. Some of these powders like Luminous, Incandescent (from the limited etidion) and the Radiant light are probably the most "shimmery" ones out of the whole bunch. While Diffused is less "shiny" but you can still detect it (if that makes any sense) and the Dim light is more peachy-nude and gives the skin a satin finish, NO sparkle at all. I have not tried the Mood light, but it does appear darker in a pan and for someone with a very light fair skin could be used as a beatiful subtle glowing blush, but for someone with a deeper complection it could be a gorgeous "hightlight"-like product. These are really just skin enhancing products, not necessarily setting powders.
The reason why I think they definitely do magic is because I've noticed on my recent photos, after using the powders, my skin just has that beautiful luminosity to it (not a grease slick effect, but glow). Imagine looking at a celebrity on a page of a mag or on TV and their skin just has that "something-something" special about it. These powders are meant to do THAT.
**and by the way, in terms of "dupes" as far as I know of any drug store products, none come close to these powders. I know someone on youtube compared the Diffused light to wet n wild's "reserve your cabana" highlighter and it's not even close. Perhaps on the initial application, but the wet n wild one is much more powdery and it just does not last a long time on the face. Perhaps if you have normal to dry skin you'll have a better luck with this "dupe" but I pretty much gave up on it since I have oilier skin.
Ok, there seems to be a split between reviewers who either adore this product or dislike it.
I am a person who is obsessed with this product, however I did plenty or research and tried them at Sephora in order to pick the best one for me. As a word of caution, if you decide to spend the money on these Ambient powders, look for swatches OR just go to Sephora and ask one of the make-up artists apply this on you. Each powder is different and what flatters some people may not necessarity flatter others. For example, at first I wanted to get the Diffused Light but in the store saw how shimmery it actually looked (so was the Luminous Light). If you love soft shimmer, then try those two (one is better for lighter skin and the other is best for a darker complection). A friend of mine and I tried the Dim light and the Etherial light and both looked absolutely gorgeous. She picked the Etherial light and it gave her such a beautiful soft glow, almost as if her face was photoshopped. I picked the Dim light since I loved the subdued, soft focus it created on my face. It is not very noticeable, but it will be once your face catches the light.
These powders are definitely a luxury products, like Dior and Chanel and of course it's up to you to decide whether or not you want to spend that kind of money. But honestly, I did not see anything like this in a drug store and even hightlighting does not create the same effect, which is quite interesting. Definitely check them out and play around, they are worth it.
I tried Diffused Light first (A soft, warm, pale yellow that reduces redness, eliminates shine, and gives skin clarity) and loved it. The effect was subtle but very impressive. It did exactly as promised; gave a soft, warm glow that mimicked low light or “candlelight” but without a lot of shimmer. Needless to say, I purchased it immediately.
A week later, still happy, I returned to Sephora to try Radiant Light (A sun-kissed golden beige that enhances the overall complexion with believable, subtle warmth) which is a warm golden-beige with a subtle shimmer. I now use it every day for a soft, natural, sun-kissed glow.
They don't cause me to breakout and they don’t cake, but the staying power could be better (even with a primer and setting spray). I'm still pretty sure I'll be repurchasing these when I use them all up, though I think it will be awhile, a little goes a long way with these.
I purchased the diffused light after reading a ton of reviews and praises about this stuff. I was less than impressed. For a $50+ highlighter it really made my face look flat and matte. Maybe I'll try the other colours but its far too expensive for what it is.
NC25/30 here. I hesitated writing this b/c there are so many reviews out there already from beauty gurus and other experts. Here's my two cents and bottom line -- by all means try it out and buy it if you're used to high end beauty products because it is very buttery and feels luxurious on. But if this would be a big splurge for you, do try it on in person, maybe several times before you plunk down your money. Disclosure--I did not buy this, but tried two shades (diffused, and dim) on two separate occasions/one color on each cheek, and each time having the usual makeup on (a bit of foundation and blush). That's my attempt at being scientific, and b/c I really wanted to buy it.
Texture is great. But that's pretty much it -- for me it's no different from a good finishing powder (evens out my skin, makes me look more "finished"). As to all the other claims about luminescence, lit from within etc ... no, don't see that. In fact, it looks a bit caked on after more than one light layer, and my pores look larger -- even though I have small pores and very good skin. I get that this is supposed to be subtle, wow-your-skin-looks-so-good-but-no-one -really-knows-why, and I really, really wanted to believe the claims and to buy this, but based on my experience, I'll take a pass.
I picked this up back in late February of this year and I absolutely love it!!!! I have it in "dim light" and against my NC45 skintone it gives me a nice subtle diffused glow. I only apply it once I've applied my blush and highlighter and it blends quite nicely on the face. While others aren't too enthused about it and result negative results for me I've seen nothing but positive. It mends perfectly with my drugstore bb cream, my Armani Maestro foundation and even over my powder mineral foundation without oxidizing which is something I've experienced in the past using anything in powder form. A very light hand is needed when using this gem. It doesn't take much to see great results. I hope that Hourglass never discontinues it.
Never liked powders, because they age you. They emphasize lines and dryness. I reluctantly became interested in this product because of the HUGE hype. I should have known better. It ages me. It emphasizes lines and dryness. I tried all of them, and purchased it in luminous and mood. Going all the way back to the Mall of America to return them today. Wanted badly for this product to work and to love it. I applied them both many ways....before foundation, always with moisturizer, prepped skin, after foundation, etc....looked at them in bathroom light, natural light, soft light.....If I stood far from the mirror, then they looked good. But closing in for inspection in any mirror, any light, revealed enhancement of fine lines. Disappointed. What in the WORLD is with all they hype??? And, for what it's worth, I have very young skin for my age...due to years of staying out of the sun, conscientious use of sunscreen, and a clean lifestyle. Again, very disappointed.