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 :(
These powders really did barrel onto the scene in a speeding hype-train, prompting many reviewers to reflexively snub them out of sheer irritation. And I totally get that contrarian urge to hate on stuff that marketers tell you to like, but real talk here? This stuff is great.
Diffused Light is a scentless, pale, eggnog shade with a stirring of pearl in it for the barest hint of a gleam when applied to the face. The soft yellow is meant to balance out redness, but the application is too sheer to do all of the work if that's the effect you're wanting. Better to use another product for that. However, if you just want to nudge a pink toned complexion a step toward neutral, this will do so nicely. It doesn't mattify your complexion at all. Instead, it buffs it to a subtle sheen, nearly tracelessly, imparting the polished look of clean, luminous skin. I've been wearing it in place of foundation over my daily sunscreen, and find that it gives me all the polish I want, though it does fade a bit after five hours on my skin.
Although this is nominally a highlighting powder, this particular shade is better suited as an allover finishing powder, at least on lighter skintones, and as such, I wouldn't recommend buying the special brush they've made for it, which is better suited for targeted applications.
As fantastic as this finishing powder is, I can't really give it 5 lipsticks. The packaging isn't luxurious enough for the price point, and for fifty bucks, I expect something more refined than a lightweight plastic compact. Still, I would buy it again, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for a subtle, flattering finishing powder.
When I first heard about these ambient lighting powders I figured it was one of those things that was overhyped and wouldn't be worth the steep price tag. HOWEVER, Diffused is now in my top ten favorite makeup products. I use it lightly all over my face after I use an actual setting powder (I'm oily). This honestly just makes me face look more luminous and less drab. I don't know what it is exactly and you don't NEED it, but if you're looking to splurge on something for a nice occasion then I'd definitely go for it. It's kind of a lit from within look, is that the phrase? You can see tiny shimmer but it's not like Edward Cullen and super obvious or anything, it's actually really subtle. This is a good shade for my pale skin.
I have these ambient powders in 3 shades, Diffused, Radiant, and Luminous and Diffused is my least favorite of the bunch. I am a C6 for reference and even tho the yellow undertones complimented my complexion and balanced out the redness of a few acne issues I was having, it is very easy for it to leave a pale cast if you don't use an extremely light hand. It really does blur out imperfections and gives you a nice soft muted diffused kind of subtle glow to the skin but on me it worked better as a highlight rather than an all over illuminating powder. If you fall into the medium to dark range, Luminous is more versatile and would probably work better on a much wider range of skin tones and Radiant gives an even warmer darker glow.
I got all six shades and I will review them individually and as a whole in the main review for these powders. This particular shade reminds me of exactly how it is described; how your skin looks in a ray of sunshine. I've only used this once and the Dim Light once and what I would say is use them in the opposite light you're going to be in. For example this shade, I think looks better in darker lit situations since this brightens your complexion. Oppositely, I would use one of the darker shades, like Dim light if I was going to be in fluorescent light since it can be very harsh. So far I like the texture a little less of this particular shade because it's just a slight bit chalky actual shade is exactly as described; a soft, warm, pale yellow that reduces redness, eliminates shine, and gives skin clarity. For the most part, with this shade being more forgiving, you have to be careful with these powders because you can quickly overdo it. I would choose a soft powder brush and lightly tap it into the product and tap it off before applying. I think the key to them looking natural is a very light application. Otherwise they would alter the shade of your skin and look fake and awkward. Hourglass nailed the intended light also, which I think is very clever and more advanced than typical makeup, therefore making it worth the price tag. I will update as I play more, but so far, I am loving these.
It's taken me a while to write this because I wasn't entirely sure if I loved this or not. But I've noticed I reach for this product often, and, some application hiccups aside, I usually love the effect it gives.
I ended up buying this after seeing a Wayne Goss review and thinking he looked amazing wearing it. It's $62 or something here in Australia, which is expensive (but not too different from a lot of other mid to high end brands). It was this or the NARS one.
When I first got this I was kind of disappointed, I was using a soft kabuki brush to dust it on and it often looked powdery. After getting some counter advice I realised you need to buff this on, preferably with a slightly stiffer brush. The packaging is typically awesome looking Hourglass, but it's plastic so I wouldn't recommend dropping this on a hard floor or dumping it in your handbag with heavy stuff. It's robust but not indestructible.
I think this product is fairly multipurpose, it will definitely work as an 'invisible' finishing powder a la Guerlain Meteorites (but I prefer Meteorites for that job), but it can also be worn as a stand-alone powder or as a highlighter. I like this as a finishing powder but it can look slightly powdery if you over apply or apply it with a brush that doesn't buff it in. It's not like the Meteorites which you can't really see once they're on. I does have the skin perfecting look however, though it's better at a distance or in photos, whereas the Meteorites look nice close up too. The Meteorites are extraordinarily finely milled, whereas this is on par with most powders I've used in the past- if you pack it on you'll get cake face.
If you wear it alone it provides a slightly 'perfecting' look, it's not as good as a foundation but you'll look 'better' and the powder isn't visible (on my oily skin at least).
Where this really shines though is as a highlight, it adds glow but no colour or obnoxious metallic shimmer (so it won't dramatically change your blush colour or look greasy) and it means you can use it all over and then build up where you highlight (and it will keep oil at bay too).
If you want this exclusively as a 'perfecting' finishing powder I'd get the Meteorites instead, they never look powdery on, will last longer and only cost a bit more. If you hate scented products though, get this because the Meteorites I extremely violet lolly scented.
However this is a great product in its own right and I use it a lot- probably more than the Meteorites (because I don't have to be paranoid my two year old will knock them over or think they're lollies) and I use it much more than all my highlighters because it is much harder to overdo.
I'm curious to try some of the others now, which is a pretty big turnaround from being kinda bummed about it when I first got it. Maybe Mood Light next?
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!