Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder - Mood Light


8 reviews

87% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.5

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.5

Price: $$$


on 8/19/2015 6:45:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brown, Kinky, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

I tried 3 colors, DIM MOOD and Luminous

Finding the right shade is difficult

Dim was supposed to be my all over setting powder, MOOD my light blusher and Luminous my luminizer

DIM was just too dark for my fair skin (NARS concealer in vanilla). Perhaps as a peach bronzer or blusher

MOOD was way too pink-purple for my cheeks though I can see it helping ashy skin tones

LUMINOUS works as an all over setting powder, and I build it up on my cheeks so it blends the red in my cheeks into a flushed peach pink that needs no added luminizer

I would think that you would not have to go through all powders to find a fit, but I found no one could really help me. DIM was suggested and it is too peach / dark. Mood was suggested as a blush but it is too bright pink-purple I need something much less

Did not try the lightest color or yellow color.

Is it worth it?


My approach to make up worth it or not keep it or not

If it reduces your baggage, allows you to slap on your face with fewer products with ease fool proof, is timeless and works year round, then yes I would say it is worth it

If you use a ton of face perfecting products, and change products frequently, primers BB CC foundations luminizers contours setting powders blushers - this may be just an extra thing in your bag that won't do much other than take up space and cost you money

MOOD may be perfect for those with skin that gets ashy in the winter - perk you up - if you don't already have pink red skin

I do not recommend it as a blusher as you can find much lower cost blushers on the market that look better

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Age: 30-35

Skin: Other, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

So this range is an all time favourite for me. Definitely in my top five ever products.
They create a soft filtered effect in the skin which is unlike any other highlighting powder I've ever used. I love it so much I've bought three separate colours, plus the palette, plus a blush. Photographs like a dream.
This particular colour is a soft pink, so it's unlikely to be a great colour for 'all over'- it's more a soft highlighter. On tanned skin it works as highlighter, on pale skin it doubles as a soft blush. Try it over another blush to enhance the texture and effect, you won't be disappointed. Looks best after about an hour as it ' settles' on the skin. Worth paying the $$$

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Tan, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I have a medium skin tone. I got this initially as a finishing powder - and it does work for that too, except I have to be extremely light handed about it - otherwise I look a bit tanned (with a tinge of this purple-redness that doesn't look unflattering, but it makes me look just tanner).

I thought about returning this until I saw a review about this product and how some people choose to use it to contour their face. That's when I saw the magic. I love how subtle this is for that. It's perfect for daily use and it really just blends right into the skin. (this is when I realized this is how blushes should apply too - instead of it being this pink and orange dot on my face). The powder is so finely milled. The subtlety is also nice for contouring noobs like me because even if you screw up, you could just blend it and it will turn out all right. Really like this!

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 2/15/2015 5:08:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

This is my fifth Ambient Lighting Powder purchase. I have Diffused light as well as the Ambient Lightning Palette. I love to use the palette all over my face- middle shade under eyes, left shade all over, right shade on nose/temples/under cheekbones. I have read about many people using Mood Light and looking flushed, so I wondered if this would work well as a blush for me. Because it's not pink or coral but more lavender it doesn't look like any blush that I've tried, but it does give a flushed, healthy look to my cheeks that looks incredibly natural, but better than my own skin, and it lasts all day.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 12/18/2014 3:27:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I initially bought Dim Light because my friend suggested using as an all over powder for that luminous glow and to blur out the imperfection. She also mentions that it wasn't too matt but wasn't too sparkly either. It looks gorgeous on her since she's tanner than me but on my fair to medium skin it seemed a bit orangey rather than that peachy glow Dim claims to be. So I went back to Sephora and swapped it for Mood Light. I'm a HUGE sucker for anything pink, especially soft, light, baby, pretty, pastel pink such as Mood Light. I use it as a blush and it's above average. I was expecting to be bit more pigmented for the price but it isn't all that everyone hyped it up to be. Nonetheless I kept it since the packaging is durable and since I use it only as a highlighter/blush it's going to last me awhile. Also it's just too pretty to look at. I know that's not a good reason to buy a 45$USD worth blush but to me it is!

on 6/11/2014 5:26:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Mood light was at the bottom of my priority list when I was building up my collection of Hourglass powders. A lot of reviews classified this as a blush and not as a setting powder and I didn't really want to use Hourglass powders as blush. I was also a bit hesitant because pink bases normally make me dull and makes my complexion darker. But since I had such excellent experiences with the other Hourglass powders, I also decided to buy this eventually.

The first time I used it made me fall in love with it. I always use Hourglass powders as an all over powder after applying my base makeup (BB cream or foundation). Under soft lighting, this gave me such a soft and romantic rosy glow. It really gave off a pale pink finish but not in a bad way. It made my makeup look so soft and glowing and it really complimented the highlighted points on my face.

I never pack on powder on my face because too much powder makes me look cakey so I think this is really best worn with a light application. The only issue I had with this is that it had no oil control so it's not really used to address this problem. Before I apply this powder, I always use pat my tzone with a blotting sheet and it somewhat helps with that.

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

on 5/9/2014 6:34:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool

Hair: Black, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

I went with the intention to purchase Dim Light due to the hype and reviews but of course it was sold out. I found myself gravitating towards mood light, because I'm quite pale I thought it would be a pretty blush alternative and never intended to use it for anything else as the idea of putting pale lavender power on my pale skin was a bit crazy.

But this stuff is the sh*t! I applies beautifully and gives an amazing healthy glow. The first time I wore it ( lightly dusted on the high points of face and some on cheeks) a friend, who I was meeting for coffee, asked me if I had gotten lucky that afternoon because I had 'after glow'.

Since then I tend to get more compliments on my skin when i lightly apply this baby.

Be WARNED it can easily be overdone and you can look like you have run a 10km marathon in 40c heat. a light hand is a must!

9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

on 3/12/2014 10:17:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Very Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Green

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; mimics the softest, most forgiving light and brightens the complexion. What I would say is use them in the opposite light you're going to be in. For example this shade, I think this would look during the day when you haven't gotten a lot of sleep. I wear this work work a lot because it brightens my complexion and makes me look more rested. For the most part 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. Oppositely, I would use one of the darker shades, like Dim or Radiant Light if I was going to be in fluorescent light to soften my features a bit. So far I like the texture of the particular shade and the actual shade is exactly as described;A soft, sheer lavender pink. 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.

11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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