For me, this product suffers from over hype. It's a lovely powder, very finely milled and great for using all over my face to set my foundation, even under the eyes to set concealer. But it's a very basic product. No bells and whistles. It imparts no glow or unique finish. It doesn't do anything that a straight up setting powder wouldn't do.
The packaging is very functional, but nothing superb. The product is baked, so it can be prone to breaking off and then it just sort of bounces around inside of the packaging.
This is a nice product, but there is nothing unique enough about it to justify the price tag, imo.
Diffused Light- finishing powder- as it is described and marketed by Hourglass cosmetics.
I use this powder with a large powder brush all over my face just before I pick up my keys and head out into the world.
Diffused Light- gives my makeup a nice polished look, my skin a radiant glow,
Diffused Light is not glittery or shimmery.
This has been my secret weapon in my makeup routine for quite some time now. After I apply my foundation and set it with powder, I lightly first this over the top to impart a natural, skin-like finish to my face again. If you are darker than NC20 you'd probably do best to use this only as a highlighter, but on my NC10-15 skin it's fine to use all over. It's glowy without being glittery or shimmery, and the yellow tone of it really helps to disguise redness. It's not anything special at oil control though, which is why I use it over another powder. It's the perfect finishing touch. Like Photoshop in a compact!
Ladies, violetmist is correct. This is NOT a setting powder. It's a finishing powder. The distinction must be made or you won't be able to appreciate it.
My beloved Immaculate Complexion fdt. was getting much too dry for my oily but aging skin, so I decided to exchange it for this. I'm glad I did because I'm going to get a lot more use from this than I was getting from the fdt.
This finishing powder should be the last step in your MU application, which means it goes over setting powder, blush, etc. As such it works very well. It gives me a soft-focused, airbrushed look with the faintest, subtlest of glows (no sparkles, no glitter). It looks yellowish in the pan but it goes on transparent. I put it on with my big, fluffy powder brush. You can use it just on your cheekbones, etc., or all over your face. Either way, you only need a little bit.
It does not control oil because, again, it's not a setting powder. So if you're oily, you want to set your fdt with your regular powder first and top it with this. Don't worry. It won't make you look powdery (unless you go crazy with it). Given the extremely high price I would not have bought this (really, I don't know what they're smoking at Hourglass). But since it was an exchange, I am enjoying it.
I have to agree with violetmist--I like this product, but I don't need it. I use Bobbi Brown's Sheer Finish Pressed Powder in Pale Yellow (sparingly) as a setting powder, but apply a light veil of Diffused Light over my makeup when I've finished everything. It is absolutely not sparkly or obvious, even in direct sunlight, and does give my skin a bit of a glow and seems to make my makeup looks softer, as though I spent all day bleeding. It's a very natural look. This is a very dry powder, so I'm careful not to overapply (I use the Ambient Powder Brush), and it's also a soft powder (not firmly packed), so it's fragile and wouldn't be good to tote around in a purse. The compact is oversized and a bit cheesy, but that doesn't bother me. Overall, I'll enjoy this powder while it lasts (and it will for a long time, given how little I use), but I wouldn't repurchase.
I like this product but I don't need this product. It is not a setting powder, it is a FINISHING powder and there is a substantial difference. A setting powder keeps your foundation lasting and in place. A finishing powder adds either a subtle layer of colour or luminosity, and in this case it is luminosity. I think it does a nice job of lighting up your whole face without it looking like yet another layer of makeup. I use Bobbi Brown foundation in Sand or Armani in #4 and in addition to bringing a little light it also seems to make the foundations (which are good matches for me to begin with) even more natural. The packaging is a bit clunky though the opening is ergonomically structured which is nice. Doesn't include a sponge because that is not what you are supposed to use to apply it. I use the Nars powder brush
I think this is a great product, but I did have to modify normal application to suit my very oily skin. It's a setting powder which means you apply it over foundation/concealer as the last step in your face makeup. For me though, I have to use a mattifying powder first (I've been using MakeUpForEver's High-Def for years - still the best I've tried) with a dense brush and then swipe on the Hourglass powder with a big fluffy brush on top of that. If I apply it by itself without a mattifying powder first, my face only gets super oily, not radiant. And the shimmer in the Diffused powder, although extremely fine, just highlights the oiliness if I use the powder by itself. All that aside, Diffused is very subtle and does appear to soften lines and other imperfections, albeit very slightly - it doesn't provide perfect, Photoshopped-looking skin, but it does improve its appearance a little. I'm not crazy about my skin so even a tiny bit of improvement makes Diffused worth buying. I apply either this or Ethereal (which is almost identical to Diffused) nearly every day now. I skip it on days I'm short on time so it's not exactly a "holy grail" product for me, but I'd buy it again.
I am reviewing the Ambient Light - Diffused Light version.
I have sensitive/dehydrated skin and a very light skin tone. I absolutely love this setting powder and currently it seems my favourite as I tend to grab this one most of the time.
It is not white, but a very very very light yellowish tone with some super finely milled shimmer particles that dont look like shimmer and are not visible, but instead give you a very flawless and "glowy/radiant" look. In fact on most days, I just add a little concealer with this powder on top and completely skin the foundation.
One tiny tiny minus is that there is (like with most brands) no brush in the compact so I need to carry a separate one.
I also like that this brand does NOT include parabens, phthalates, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, GMOs, Triclosan, and nanoparticles.