The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder

Hey hey you lovely folks. So I’ve been a pretty sucky blogger by having allowed quite a lot of time to pass since my last post. It turns out you can have all the pre written posts and pre photographed photos in the world and still not be consistent. So that is one mystery solved! Yes I am going to play the uni card, it’s my last semester so in future blunders i won’t be able to blame uni anymore so I need to hold onto that excuse for as long as possible. Seeing as its been a while I thought I’d throw a review at you guys. Now this one is quite a controversal review as my my thoughts on this little powder aren’t what you’d expect, so let’s jump right in!

So my views my surprise you because they aren’t going with the flow on this one. Spoiler alert.

So enough chit chat, let’s jump right in!

Does it work with many skin tones? There are numerous shades under the Hourglass ambient lighting powders. Numerous shades could possibly work for you though there are options for the extremely fair skinned and those with a deeper skin tone.

Is it overly glittery? When you swatch it – it does appear glittery however, it doesn’t appear glittery on the face when you apply it with a brush.

Is it too natural? It won’t give you a popping highlight. It has a very subtle effect … too subtle for my liking and considering the price tag you want your glowyness to be seen from space! If you like the very very natural look, then you’ll like this! But the fact that it’s natural means you can apply it anywhere you’d like!

Is it available in many shades?: There are six shades available.

Day or night appropriate?: It’s so subtle you can wear it any time of the day. It’s still quite subtle in the day time so really it’s dealer’s choice with that one.

Where is it best for applying on the face? Because it’s so subtle I apply it everywhere I want some glowyness. So pretty much everywhere except my t-zone!

Price: $67 AUD

Availability: Mecca cosmetic, (Sephora US)

Formula?: It’s a smooth finely milled formula. Not cakey or heavy. It’s a pressed powder.

Pros: Smooth finely milled formula, you can apply it anywhere on the face, it isn’t chalky or glittery, you get a lot of product!

Cons: Very subtle, expensive

Rating: 5/10

Overall thoughts: The reason I am judging this product so harshly is because of its price point. With a product close to 70 bucks I am expecting it to do a miracle on my face. It doesn’t do much for the price, it’s nice but it’s subtle and aside from giving a subtle glow on the face it just didn’t do much else. If this exact product was in the drugstore I wouldn’t mind it. BUT having spent a lot of money on it I’m disappointed. Its nice don’t get me wrong I just had higher expectations going in. I do want to get the hourglass blushes and bronzer but with the powders I just can’t justify the price point.

Would I repurchase? No I wouldn’t.


And this wraps up the review! Have you guys tried the ambient lighting powders or any other products from hourglass? What was your experience with them? I hope you guys have a wonderful day and I’ll see you in the next post.

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  1. Macy

    September 16, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    The price is definitely what holds me back on trying these powders, but I’ve heard such amazing things about it! I tmay be something to try in the near future!

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      September 17, 2017 at 11:19 am

      What i definitely want to get are the hourglass blushes and bronzers because I know I will love them. I did purchase this powder quite early in my makeup loving days so i think i had different expectations on what this product would do. It’s nice just quite basic for its fancy price tag. But the blushes and bronzers are high up on my list.

  2. Danielle Alexa

    September 17, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    I love these because I’m a fan of a very natural highlight!

    Danielle xx

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      September 18, 2017 at 10:18 pm

      They are pretty but I think I’ll love the blushes and bronzers more

  3. The Glam Surge

    September 18, 2017 at 2:47 am

    I’m sad to see you give this such a low rating. I love HG powders. I’ve had one of their palettes for a while now and I still haven’t hit pan on it. So I personally think the price point is worth it! Thanks for sharing your honest review 🙂

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      September 18, 2017 at 10:17 pm

      I need to make myself use it more and maybe i’ll end up liking it. I was just expecting so much more for its price, I think when I got it I gave my hopes up haha. x

  4. Caked To The Nines

    September 18, 2017 at 11:57 am

    The price is definitely up there! I personally prefer their bronzer and blushes!

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      September 18, 2017 at 10:16 pm

      I definitely want to get their bronzers and blushes – I know I’ll love them!

  5. Gemma

    September 30, 2017 at 9:13 am

    I have one in Ethereal Light and I just don’t like it xx

    Gemma Etc.

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      October 1, 2017 at 11:35 am

      The blushes and the bronzers are what I want to try. The powders are just not my cup of tea

  6. Hannah

    September 30, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    I am not a fan of that price and I don’t like the fact that it’s subtle, so I think I’ll be giving this one a miss xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      October 1, 2017 at 11:34 am

      I was definitely expecting more fancyness considering the price haha.

  7. Julia

    October 30, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    This is a great post because it gives all the information we need to know! The Ambient Lighting powders do seem rather subtle, but on a day-to-day basis that’s the type of look I like to go for rather than using more shimmery highlighters! It’s worth considering though, as you said for the price you’d expect something a lot brighter. And the price is unfortunately the reason why I’m not ready to try out Hourglass any time soon – no matter how good the product is, this is way too expensive!

    Julia x

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      November 10, 2017 at 9:43 pm

      Thank you. I do want to try their blushes and bronzers and definitely get a face palette from them though. I just wish they weren’t so bloody expensive gahhhhh. It can be a pain in the butt being a makeup lover. But It’s a goal of mine to try those hourglass products though it will definitely be a while before I can they are far too pricey.

  8. Laura

    November 3, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    I had mixed feelings when I first tried the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, however I do like the subtle glow it gives to skin.

    It’s not my favourite however, BECCA is a personal favourite.

    Laura xo

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      November 10, 2017 at 9:45 pm

      Yes becca highlighters are hands down my favorite!

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