Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder & Bronzer // REVIEW

July 03, 2018


I recently splurged on some make-up, including two Hourglass products that I've always wanted to try out. One of them being the Ambient Lighting Bronzer and the Ambient Lighting Powder. I have a few thoughts on these products so here we go.

Ambient Lighting Bronzer


I decided to go with the shade "Nude Bronze Light" which for my quite fair skin, the first time I put it on it looked way too dark but you can make it work. I definitely noticed that the bronzer is quite pigmented even though it has a dark and a light shades combined. Just by looking at it, you'd think it's going to be quite a sheer, glowy bronzer but it's not. It's somewhat glowy and gives a nice finish on the skin, but it's not sheer. I definitely use a light hand with it and I always go over it with my stippling brush to blend it out nicely.

In the end, I do love the colour. It's not too cool toned but not too warm either. It definitely has more of a cool tone but not too much as to where it only looks good as an actual contour. I find it's a very natural looking shade. On my fair skin, it gives a super bronzed look especially with the little bit of shimmer it has to it. It's not offensive though so you barely notice it.


I'm usually not the biggest fan of baked powder products but I do enjoy using this one especially when I'm in a hurry and want immediate pigment. I don't need to layer my bronzer with this one, a little swipe on both sides of my face and I'm good to go.

Ambient Lighting Powder


This product I'm not too sure of. There are so many different shades to choose from and if you're just going from swatches and product descriptions online, it's really hard to decide which one to go for. After a bit of research, I went with the shade "Diffused Light" which seems to be quite popular.

I haven't played too much with this yet because after using it a few times, I just was not a fan. Maybe I'm using it wrong, maybe my skin is not made for it. I don't know. Definitely let me know in the comments how you use it and if I'm just doing it wrong.


From what I can tell, it's not a highlighter. They have their Strobing Powders which are more intended to use as a highlighter rather than a face powder. Their Ambient Lighting Powders though, are meant to be used all over the face.

Hourglass describes the "Diffused Light" shade as a "soft, warm, yellow powder that conceals redness and gives skin clarity - light a soft ray of morning light". For example some other shades they have, have a more bronze tone to "exhance overall complexion with subtle warmth and extends summer glow", or a more lavender shade that "mimics the softest and forgiving light and brightens the complexion". Basically there are a few different shades that are supposed to brighten the skin, give it a glow from within. So since I have a bit of redness on my face, I thought it would be best to go with the one shade that is supposed to help with redness.

Well, on the redness part I don't notice that much of a difference. Honestly, just using a bit concealer on the cheeks works better for me. When it comes to the skin clarity like morning light - what does that even mean? All it really does for me is put tiny little flex of glitter all over my face and I'm not a fan. Like I said, I'm usually not big on baked powders and this one reminds me again why that is. For some reason they are always a bit drying on my already dry skin and even though it has shimmer in it, it doesn't make my skin glowy but rather glittery. Maybe I'm just extremely picky when it comes to glitter in my face products but the only glitter I want is on my cheekbones from my highlight, and even then I don't want obvious glitter flex.

Maybe I'm doing it wrong. Maybe I'm using the wrong brushes or maybe it's just not a product that works for me and my skin. Definitely let me know but as of right now, I'm not a big fan of the Ambient Lighting Powder and I'd not ever buy it again nor do I recommend it.

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