Product Review: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders

This is one of those lovely instances when it helps to get as much information about a product as possible, before jumping out there and reviewing it.

I took my time before putting this review up, because after the rash of reviews on Radiant Light (many of which were critical)… I decided to ask some questions.

So I cozied up to an Hourglass rep, and asked her what the heck the deal was… and why so many fair-skinned lovelies were having a hard time with the Radiant Light version of the powders?

Her answer: That powder is not for them.


Hourglass released a total of six shades of their Ambient Light powder. It turns out… certain shades are for certain skin types… and only TWO  of the shades are meant to be an all over powder. There are two semi-mattes… the rest are full on shimmer. Those two ‘mattes’ are adjusted for yellow and pink undertones, accordingly.

For my (yellow) undertones… the shimmer and matte powders are Radiant Light and Diffused Light. Now, I can wear the other colors in accordance with blushes or highlights… but these two powders are meant to compliment my particular skin tone… in the most natural ‘lighted’ way possible.

Swatched side by side, you can see how one adds just a hint of radiant ‘color’ while the other adds a hint of radiant ‘light.’

To the horrified bloggers who slapped Radiant Light all over their fair skins… only to find that they looked like a bronze disco-ball… Hourglass probably owes you an explanation, and an apology. They should have been as generous with detailed information as they were with free product. Radiant Light is the ‘most’ pigmented of the bunch, and is meant for the most pigmented skin tones among us. You guys may find solace in the Ethereal Light (which looks amazing on fair skins), and Dim Light. I found that Mood Light (the pink) looks awesome on a wide range of skin tones as well.

These are amazing powders. They work extremely well when used according to skin tones and individual needs. Maybe it would behoove Hourglass to include a little information card with them. Just saying.

You can find out more about Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders HERE.

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