There must be a record amount of these ambient powders sold from the YouTube hype alone - which by the way I was not going to buy into. Then I succumbed in a late night online shopping frenzy and bought one....ok I lie I bought three... and I don't regret it.
These powders are great. Diffused is my most used ambient powder as on my NC15 skin I can use this as a setting/finishing powder all over. This lightly yellow toned powder leaves me looking fresh and smooth skinned. It's not shimmery and sparkly but leaves a more healthy glow. It goes beautifully over so many liquid foundations I have tried it with.
I love that its not "powdery" and very easy to buff into the skin. My favourite ways to apply this powder are with a small fluffy brush, a larger fan brush or buffed in with a bigger flat top brush. It does need touching up on my normal/combo skin later in the day as I get a bit shiny in the T-zone, I like that this can be blotted and reapplied easily without that chalky more powder look going on.
If you are new to these and on the fence which one to go for I have the following comparisons:
Diffused Light - Can be used as setting/finishing powder - not sparkly more of a glow.
Ethereal Light - Lighter than Diffused, looks white but is more a light cream, great as a setting powder for NC15 - doesn't have as much of a glow as Diffused.
Luminous Light - Has a definite sparkle, better used as a highlight product, is a shade or more darker than Diffused, have tried this all over and was too dark on my NC15 skin and very shimmery/sparkly/un-natural looking.
I'm in NZ and found the cheapest place to buy this was Mecca Australia (especially if you are buying more than one item) - even with the shipping. .This place may be the best bet for Aussie girls too.
I have been looking for a product to blur out my dark circles and I found what I was looking for in Diffused Light. With a little eye brightener concealer and this powder to set, by dark circles vanished. My eyes look bright and awake. Love this stuff, definitely won't leave the house without this on!
I have tried other finishing powders, which is really what these are, and had always been "meh" about them. This stuff however is in my "use every day" drawer. I picked this one based on the description that it "reduces redness, eliminates shine, and gives skin clarity." I have uneven skin so that sounded appealing to me, and this is one product I didn't actually test in Sephora because I knew I'd need to play with it and figured I'd just take it back if I didn't like it (they have a GREAT return policy). I also bought the ambient lighting brush, which is a meh product, it's so soft and feels wonderful but I don't get any different results with my $6 ELF Kabuki brush when I play with application techniques.
To use I usually do use the brush just because I paid for it, and I will swirl it in the pan (the powder is very soft, one swirl is usually enough and then i can just brush it over the loose bits if I need more) and brush it lightly all over my face. Then my 2nd pace I do the areas that I've highlighed with Touche Eclat- top of cheekbones, brow bones, etc- and it looks like I have nothing on. I think a lot of bad reviews stem from this. The thing is, my skin looks beautiful and radiant, especially nice if foundation leaves you with a matte look. People won't think you are wearing makeup with this product but they will tell you your skin looks amazing. Worth every penny. I want it in more shades now to play with.
As for the staying power, earlier I was crying and dabbing my cheeks with a tissue. I had Dermablend Cover Cream, then Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion, and then this powder over the top. There was no makeup on my tissue. Not even the blush. This is a great finishing powder.
I was fully prepared to hate this, and honestly hoped I would. The price on this is so high for what it is! But I absolutely love it.
I am not sure I buy into the hype about it making your skin "glow" but I do think it works well for certain things.
I have fair, cool toned skin. (NW10-15) My biggest issues are redness and dry skin. This powder has worked better for me than anything I have ever tried. The slight yellow tone neutralizes the redness in my skin very nicely. It neutralizes the pink without looking unnatural or giving me a yellow tint. It is very subtle, but I see an immediate difference after I apply it.
It is not drying. A lot of finishing powders tend to dry out my already dry skin. I think if you have oily skin or need oil control, you might need to layer this with a different powder.
I watched a youtube review, and they had said to apply it in downward strokes. This has worked very well for me, and is how I apply it.
The packaging should be better, especially at this price point. It is sort of clumsy to open.
I tried Dim, Diffused and Luminous.
Dim is better at blurring the pores than Diffused but I think it's because the powder is much darker than Diffused. I bought Diffused instead of Dim because Dim is super red, even as a finishing powder. My skin colouring is NW25~30.
Diffused gives me a soft glow to my skin that does not look greasy and does not accentuate fine lines or pores.
A beautiful pale eggshell, finely milled powder. When I first bought this I worried I wouldn't "love" it. Since I am already sallow, with no excess redness, I was unsure of my need for a more yellow based powder product. I personally do not use this all over, as some may. I think this would be AWESOME all over for someone with a more pink skin tone...or someone who carries redness in their skin. This would definitely counteract any of those issues. I use Dim Light all over personally to warm up my yellow skin. Now, you're probably wondering why I rated it so high? Well I LOVE this under my eyes to "set" my concealer. I HATE that super light concealer look that some may love....but I do want some brightness under my eyes...and this gives it to me! Also, this is a great natural cheek highlighter on me, I doesn't make you look greasy or glittery...just makes you look like you're standing under the most flattering light everywhere you go, especially in photographs! I think those who are really pale would even love this just to throw on and hid any small skin imperfections for everyday. I even think darker skin tones would love this the way I use it, to highlight, though it would be more stark on them. Great product with a variety of uses. One of my favorite purchases of 2013 for sure.
Of all the ambient powders, diffused light is hands down my favorite. It is so finely milled and gives such a subtle refinement to the face, I feel it helps make my complexion brighter and more even. I use it after applying all my make up almost in the same areas I would apply a highlighter (which I seldom use because of my age) - just thing these are wonderful powders but I do admit they are extremely costly. Fortunately I expect mine to last quite awhile.
I was stuck between this and Dim Light. I did a ton of research before I purchased this to hopefully ensure my happiness with this product. I for once actually wanted something more subtle, but yet looked like I did something to my skin. For me I'm fair NW15 about now with some redness and no acne, so my skin is in pretty good shape ATM. I liked how this said it would give the skin "clarity" minimize redness, and control shine while giving you a sunlit type glow. So it sounded pretty good to me so I pulled the trigger. Well, I must say this actually works very well! I use this as my final step in my makeup and it truly makes my skin look better. It gives it a glow that no other finishing powder has done for me.
I apply this with my MAC 187 and so far that has been excellent in enabling me to really buff it in, which is key I find. I use a very light foundation like Mufe F&B or a BB Cream only using one layer. I then do my eye mu and blush. I haven't been using setting powder as of late because my skin has been on the dry side so I use the Diffused Light to finish and gah it just makes my skin look so much better! My friend even said you look so pretty and it was only this and minimal MU. So, I can really say in my case this does give my skin more clarity and a very nice subtle glow.
There is no shimmer in this when you swatch it, it just looks like a yellowish pearl on your finger. On the face though if you buff it in it just makes your skin look fantastic in any light. I especially enjoyed that I didn't look hideous in fluorescent lighting.:) It comes in a nice sleek compact with a good size mirror. You also get 10 grams of product. I find if you use a brush that buffs the product in it doesn't kick up any powder at all for me. Is it worth the hype? I have to say yes, because it has done something to my skin that no finishing powder has ever done. It will make the light reflect off your face differently therefore giving you a softer look.
It does neutralize shine but it does not control oil or anything. I find as the day goes on and this melts into my skin the better my skin looked. My eyes looked brighter and stood out more and my light redness around my nose and chin was not noticeable. It just looked like smooth clarified skin. I tried it on my friend and it made her freckles look more soft focused. She couldn't believe how this did that. Imo it does what it says so I'm stoked! I would repurchase and want Dim Light next. I'm really enjoying this and for the Spring/Summer it's going to be excellent to have for going out. I personally will not buy the brush my 187 works fine, but I'd be a liar to say I'm not thinking about it;)
Amazing finishing powder I'm so happy to have it in my arsenal. Recommended!
This powder is amazing. I use this as a finishing powder and it makes it look like i've been airbrushed. It seems somewhat sparkly in the pan but when used correctly gives a nice natural look. I only use a tiny amount each time and i've had it for about 4 months and it barely looks like i've made a dint in it. I have pale skin so this shade seemed to suit me best. I will repurchase when I run out and recommend this to my friends.
This powder really does give you an inexplicable glow. I used it everyday on top of my mineral powder foundation and it somehow made my face look more radiant.
However, two weeks later red blistery cysts appeared all over my cheeks, where I do not usually break out. It has been a month and they are only just coming to a head/ going away. It was the only new product I had added to my makeup/skincare routine and sadly I was too excited about how pretty it was and did not realise that it contained Bismuth Oxychloride :(