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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder

What it is:A collection of six universally-flattering finishing powders that recreate the most flattering light. What it does:Create the perfect illumination for your face with Hourglass Ambient&reg Lighting Powder. Infused with the innovative Photoluminescent Technology, each finishing powder captures, diffuses, and softens the look of the skin. The micron-size, color-correcting particles refract light and create transparent coverage, filtering out harsh light and refining the appearance of the skin. What it is formulated WITHOUT:- Parabens What else you need to know:“I learned early on how different types of light can truly flatter the complexion. Growing up, my mother had pink light bulbs in all of the lamps throughout the house. She loved pink light because it was the softest and most flattering, and she always wanted to look good. I used this concept of lighting in Ambient Lighting Powder.”—Carisa Janes, Hourglass Founder Ambient&reg Lighting Powder comes in six shades: Ethereal Light: An opalescent sheer, cool white powder that mimics a moonlit glow, even in broad daylight. Diffused Light: A soft, warm, pale yellow powder that conceals redness and gives skin clarity like a soft ray of morning light. Dim Light: A neutral peach beige powder that blurs imperfections and highlights a radiant complexion with the perfect balance of warm and cool tones. Mood Light: A soft, sheer lavender pink powder that mimics the softest, most forgiving light and brightens the complexion. Luminous Light: A champagne pearl powder that creates a soft, incandescent candlelit glow—day or night. Radiant Light: A sun-kissed golden beige that enhances the overall complexion with believable, subtle warmth, and also extends a summer glow.
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Questions & Answers for Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder

Question
Shine/oil control
How does this product perform for oil control in the Tzone? I currently use Nars powder foundation and Nars Light Reflecting Setting Powder. I am not satisfied with the setting powder because I still get the afternoon oil slick on my nose. Does this product give you all day shine control? How does it perform for retouches?
asked 2 years, 4 months ago
ahbuddha7
(missoula, mt)
on Ambient Lighting Powder
8 answers
Answers
answer 1
This will add luminescence to the skin. I have not tried it yet, but I wanted to see your replies. I did want to add that I have been using Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer and Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation and my skin has never looked better! I have very oily skin, but I also use a lot of Rx's for acne/wrinkle problems, which also dry my skin. I'm in LOVE with my primer and foundation. Even my husband noticed and difference and was fine that it was double the cost of my old foundation. I've never used a primer that worked with my Rx's. Good luck to you!
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
la25
(fort myers, fl)
answer 2
This is a setting powder and doesn't work to control oil. It is a wonderful product. Rather than retouch, why not use an oil-blotting sheet to keep looking fresh? The shimmer in each powder may emphasize oil, even though it is slight.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
gigisd
(Pittsburgh, PA)
answer 3
I dont believe that I would use this product for oil control reasons. I find its best application is to add illumination or shimmer. If you want to control oil buildup on the skin, I would recommend a primer that has oil combatting properties.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
LainyJ
(The Woodlands, TX)
answer 4
I would use this over a normal setting powder/
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
peachroses
answer 5
No shine through at all!
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
Lasell
(Old saybrook, CT)
answer 6
These powders don't really give you a matte, velvet finish. They're all more of a satin finish. The very subtle amount of pearescent shimmer in some of them can make you look a little more dewy, while the others soften or glow. They're meant to play on light it looks like, so for strictly oil control, I'd say another product would probably do better.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
RawrtheLyan
(FPO, AP)
answer 7
For me, this didn't provide that much oil control; but, it didn't make me overly greasy-looking either. The NARS powder looked nice but made me so oily! With the ambient powder, I just blot with a blotter sheet and re-dust this on my face and all is well.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
krissy00417
(Austin, TX)
answer 8
I agree, I love the NARS light reflecting powder pretty much for under eyes only. I think that these powders control oil better than the NARS powder does, but I don't think they are really meant to give great oil control. You may want to try a matte primer beneath or look for a powder that is meant specifically for shine/oil control.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
Momobee
(New York, NY)
Question
how to determine which color to use?
how does one go about deciding which color best suits them?
asked 2 years, 6 months ago
emiliea
(Milwaukee, WI)
on Ambient Lighting Powder
8 answers
Answers
answer 1
These are not colorless powders in which any will do.

Light to light medium gals;
1). You can use MOOD as a blusher just do a 2 swipes, it DOES add color to your face. Can also help if you are sallow
2). DIM, dim seems to be the catch all go to if you don't know what to get, but DIM too adds a bit too much peachy color to my porcelain skin
3). RADIENT best left for darker skinned gals, pulls orange
4). DIFFUSED - yellow. not great for pink undertones and more thick than the others
5). ETHERAL - have heard it has a bit too much sparkling going on in the new formula so try it in daylight first
6). LUMINOUS - does not highlight my pale skin, nor look glittery so I use this to blend all over lightly. Gives me some glow and sort of ties all of my make up together. Works wonders over sunscreen that can leave you shiny an white

The notion that all colors work for all skin tones, perhaps is true but really depends on where (what light) you will be in. If I were out under florescent lighting all day, DIM surely would be my choice.
answered 4 months ago
liz48170
(plymouth,MI)
answer 2
I just have to counter some of these comments saying that it doesn't add any color to your face. I have light-medium skin tone and have been using Dim to set my makeup (over tinted moisturizer), all over my face, and only recently realized that I've been walking around with Oompa Loompa face. It definitely can add pigment, it just depends on your individual skin tone. Have only tried Dim, though.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
kemoca
answer 3
I think most here have answered what you want. These powders are very sheer and finely milled, so they will not add add any color or coverage whatsoever. If you touch and feel the powder, they are very soft and luxurious. It depends on what kind of effect you want on your skin. Dim Light would be best suited for everyday use, and Radiant Light is on the other end, where you use it for fancy events and photography. There seems to be more glitter on the Radiant Light where as Dim Light, there's not much. There's more glitter when you go up on the product (from Dim light -> Luminous -> Radiant, I only looked at these 3). And what I mean by glitter is not fall out glitter like you have with eyeshadows, it's more of a fine-milled glitter that gives your face a nice glowy effect. Super nice product.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
jujubee230
(San Diego, CA)
answer 4
This depends COMPLETELY on how much color you want. "Dim" and "Diffused Light" set makeup, disguise imperfections, and leave a radiance. They don't change the appearance of your skin tone. "Mood Light," a soft lavender/pink, can be used over your entire face for a tint appropriate for evening or simply as a blush. "Radiant Light," a golden beige, would also provide a lot of pigment. I certainly hope that helps and wish you good luck.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
gigisd
(Pittsburgh, PA)
answer 5
Check out Youtube for some reviews..the best one I've found is by JoshCollierMUA...Good luck!
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
MaryEB33
(Chicopee, MA)
answer 6
If they do not carry this product in-store then you can't try it but that is the best way to find the perfect match.
I am fair skinned and use the lightest color. I would recommend the color that best relates to your skin tone. If you are medium go with the darker color. You can return products if they don't work for you.
I liked this product as it doesn't contain a lot of talc which can appear to sit in a wrinkle or make your face look dry.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
coniljw
(Narberth, PA)
answer 7
Check out Youtube there is a great review by Josh Collier (I think that is his name), he works for Hourglass and went over each product.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
blackberrygirl
(Las Vegas, NV)
answer 8
It really depends on what type of effect you want on your skin and your skin tone. Radiant and Luminous have tiny specks of sparkle in them. Dim hides inperfections and smoothes your overall look (my pic). I think Luminous, Dim, and Radiant are shades than be used on most skintones. Moon, Ethreal, and Differed would be best on fairer skin tones.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
CaramelLady
Question
does this powder sink into fine lines?
I have fine lines under my eyes, around my mouth (smile lines), and my forehead. I am not sure why but this powder really makes them stand out. Is this happening to anyone else who has tried this powder? Or is it just me? I really love that the powder reduces redness, but I hate how it makes my fine lines stand out.. ;/
asked 2 years, 4 months ago
sarakabu
(Chicago, IL)
on Ambient Lighting Powder
7 answers
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answer 1
"Mood Lighting" did emphasize some tiny lines when I applied it all over my face (I have very fair skin). I now basically use it as a blush. "Dim Light" should work for you. Be sure your skin is moisturized before using. I do not use powder around my eyes or mouth because it calls attention to lines only I can see. I hope that helps and wish you luck!
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
gigisd
(Pittsburgh, PA)
answer 2
No ..you have to use light foundation under those face. A primer and serum are the best combination especially of the same brand..Hour Glass
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
annjohn
(Chapel Hill)
answer 3
I have found that this product does not tend to settle into the fine lines and wrinkles. Having said that, I cannot stress the importance of using a primer as it will help any product you use have a smoother application.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
LainyJ
(The Woodlands, TX)
answer 4
I, too, have fine lines at the corners of my eyes and I don't use this powder in that area. I use it (in color Mood Light) to even out my blotchy complexion, and it does a fabulous job of that. I use it mostly on my t-zone and sides of my face, blending very well and I get the effect of smoothing out irregular tone and blotches. I use a very fine milled finishing powder BEFORE I apply this product so I don't see any need to add additional powder to areas that definitely don't need it. I would use it on my cheeks, but find I don't need it as I use a Nars Luminizer there. Hope that helps.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
thedizzymermaid
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 5
Me too. It took down some redness but my fine lines and pores looked worse than ever. I returned it. I really wanted to love it but just couldn't make it work.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
Anonymous
(Chattanooga TN)
answer 6
I think that maybe you are putting too much on. You really only need a light dusting to get the effect.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
mmmg
(naples, fl)
answer 7
I cannot attest to the Hourglass powders setting in fine lines, BUT I do have dry skin and a lot of powders often make my pores look enormous. I find the ones with more shimmer (specifically Luminous Light) tend to emphasize pores and other skin imperfections whereas the more matte powders (speficially Diffused Light) don't settle so much. For reference I tend to use the Diffused Light as a setting powder in my t-zone and Luminous Light more as a highlighter. I hope this helps and that this product works out. They are so beautiful!
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
WittyW
Question
Does this come with a puff or brush, or no applicator?
asked 2 years, 5 months ago
Chewels
(Charlotte, NC)
on Ambient Lighting Powder
6 answers
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answer 1
No, it comes simply as powder. Hourglass sells a brush specifically made for this, but I use one of my own brushes and it works well.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
gigisd
(Pittsburgh, PA)
answer 2
There is a brush by Hourglass that is for use specifically with this product, but you have to purchase it separately.
I have been using a fluffy blush brush for overall application when I use this as a finishing powder.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
AleksDaye
(Lowell, MA)
answer 3
no, this product doesn't come with any applicator. Hourglass promotes $35 Ambient Powder Brush to use with it, but you have to purchase separately. I just use my own kabuki or powder brushes, but I've heard that the Hourglass Ambient Powder Brush is really nice to apply this product and other highlighting products too.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
Momobee
(New York, NY)
answer 4
Does not come with any type of brush or puff. Should use a brush and I just use the one I already had. It's a natural bristle and works fine for me. Just remember use a little and shake off the brush.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
Dee09
(Virginia)
answer 5
No applicator provided. But Hourglass does have a companion brush if you want that. I use a powder brush if using it to set my makeup. When I'm using the product for a highlight, I actually use my #56 Sephora brush.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
WittyW
answer 6
Sorry, the blush does not come with a brush or applicator. We suggest using the Sephora Pro Angled Blush Brush #49> http://bit.ly/10chMgg to apply it.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
What kind of brush would work beck for this?
Which one of the hourglass brushes would work best with this? Or just what kind of brush? Dense or fluffy? Any suggestions?
asked 1 year, 4 months ago
Herbst
(Ontario)
on Ambient Lighting Powder
6 answers
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answer 1
Fluffy! A dense brush will swirl powder everywhere.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
leah380
(New York, NY)
answer 2
the hourglass ambient powder blush
http://www.sephora.com/ambient-powder-brush-P377724?skuId=1489376
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
lilyvanilli
(Atlanta, GA)
answer 3
I use my Ambient Lighting Powder as a finishing powder, I use the Sigma F30 Large Powder and it works perfectly, the Sephora Pro Round Powder Brush #60 would be comparable. If you're using as a highlighter, the Sigma F35 Tapered Highlighter would work, comparable I think would be the Sephora Pro Precision Powder Brush #59
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
MissAndiB
(Iowa)
answer 4
I have a kabuki brush and it works fine with it. I have the 2 faced retractable brush.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
mia1985
(Michigan)
answer 5
I just use a big fluffy powder brush. I use it all over the face.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
beauty78
(Charlotte nc)
answer 6
I use my Real Techniques blush brush or E.L.F Complexion brush. Both are fluffy and soft. And I love to sweep the brush all over my face as the last step of my beauty routine before I set with my setting spray
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
Solmoonaries
(Palm Bay, FL)
Question
does this compact come with a brush in it?
asked 10 months ago
badstuff
(WI)
on Ambient Lighting Powder
6 answers
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answer 1
It doesn't come with a brush but I use a the classic contour powder brush #52!
answered 10 months ago
Stephygee94
(Dearborn Heights, Mi)
answer 2
no it doesn't
answered 10 months ago
kstoll
(New Berlin, wi)
answer 3
It does not come with a brush. However, it does have a built in mirror.
answered 10 months ago
cnthiebunny
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 4
No, but the brushes that usually come with makeup aren't high quality. I bought a Sephora brand brush to go with it.
answered 10 months ago
CaitCorbett
(Minneapolis, MN)
answer 5
No brush. Hourglass does sell one and it is unbelievably great. But any soft bristled blush brush will do.
answered 10 months ago
valgal86
(Houston, Tx)
answer 6
Unfortunately, it does not.
answered 10 months ago
rnishimo
(Augusta, GA)
Question
Is a brush included?
Do you have to buy the ambient blush brush separately, or is there one included?
asked 7 months ago
dreabklyn
(San Francisco, CA)
on Ambient Lighting Powder
6 answers
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answer 1
I bought the brush seperately
answered 6 months ago
jaje222
(Lexington, KY)
answer 2
There is no brush included. I use a fairly fluffy blush brush for application.
answered 7 months ago
KirbyLeigh84
(Memphis, TN)
answer 3
No it is not included. I use my own with it and it works just fine.
answered 7 months ago
dustirose
(Boise, ID)
answer 4
Yes, and it's pretty expensive,(around 45$ if I remember correctly) but it's a great brush and pretty great for traveling (it comes with a pouch). The powder doesn't come with any brush.
answered 7 months ago
aeriha
(St-Hubert, Québec)
answer 5
The blush brush is purchased separately.
answered 7 months ago
meghan2315
(YK NT)
answer 6
A brush is not included, and Hourglass suggests using their brush, but it's not necessary. I just use a regular powder brush to apply all over my face and it works great.
answered 7 months ago
sweetangelface
(Durham, NC)
Question
Which shade is correct for me?
I am fair with pink undertones. I wear Immaculate Foundation in the shade Natural. I was matched in the store when I was in Atlanta but I don't have one close enough to ask in store. Any help is greatly appreciated!!!
asked 7 months ago
cat520
(Montgomery, AL)
on Ambient Lighting Powder
6 answers
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answer 1
I am fair/light toned, but have cool undertones, and I use Diffused Light and LOVE IT.
answered 4 months, 4 weeks ago
beeedoyle
(Baltimore, Maryland)
answer 2
Go with Mood Light it's a soft, sheer lavender pink powder.
answered 5 months, 2 weeks ago
bambigyal
answer 3
I'm also fair with pink undertones and I use luminous light!
answered 6 months ago
jaje222
(Lexington, KY)
answer 4
Without seeing your tone, I would suggest checking out Ethereal Light. It is what I use for a more natural glow to the face without a full shimmer. I have a medium skin tone with a neutral base, and it works great. I have also tried it on my clients who are fair and it just lightens their faces beautifully. But Dim Light is stunning as well. If you are unsure I suggest going with the palette (it has two shades in the line (Dim Light and Radiant Light and one exclusively to the palette, Incandescent Light). It is a bit more but you do get three to try.
answered 7 months ago
dustirose
(Boise, ID)
answer 5
I am also fair with pink undertones and I have both ethereal light and dim light. Both work well with my skin tone. Ethereal is very light and doesn't add much in the way of coverage, but just makes you look polished (I'm using it right now since I'm super pale all over). Dim is definitely my favorite. I use it like a bronzer because it adds the perfect just-came-from-the-beach glow that I haven't been able to find in any bronzer before. When I wore it to work for the first time my co-workers commented on how great it looked. I haven't worn it lately because I feel it'll make me look too dark for the time of year, but as soon as spring rolls back around I will definitely be using it again. Hope this helps!!
answered 7 months ago
Aimes11
(Virginia Beach, VA)
answer 6
Honey I would order the Mood Light. Since it is Pink/Lavendar and this would compliment your skin tone very nicely.
answered 7 months ago
lynnmarie1221
(Granite City, IL)
Question
Will it reduce redness well?
I dont want to wear makeup but i have rosacea so my face is really red. If i put just this on will it reduce redness and look good?
asked 6 months ago
Liz5555
(Charleston, WV)
on Ambient Lighting Powder
6 answers
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answer 1
No, i don't think so... I have some red spots, broken capillars and a small hyper pigmentation. Without concealer it won't work.
answered 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Sabine116
(Germany, Europe)
answer 2
I think it could reduce redness in areas that you don't want it, or areas that need brightening.
answered 4 months, 4 weeks ago
beeedoyle
(Baltimore, Maryland)
answer 3
I also have rosacea and if you put just a little dab of concealer to your cheeks and blend out and swipe the product on your cheekbones its perfect. There is also a little tint to the highlight so depending on which colour you choose it will also help to hide your rosacea.
answered 5 months ago
Beck91
(Chatsworth, Canada)
answer 4
No this won't "cover" any blemishes or color imperfections. It is just a finishing powder to give you an overall glow and vibrance.
answered 5 months, 2 weeks ago
bambigyal
answer 5
Hi Liz5555, this product is a finishing powder, so it will not provide a large amount of coverage that will completely cover redness on your face. It is intended to be used in conjunction with other face makeup products. The Diffused Light shade is the shade that is best suited to help reduce the appearance of redness. It may help reduce redness in your skin but because this is a sheer product that provides a nice finishing touch to face makeup, it will not completely disguise redness.
answered 6 months ago
NikaBT
answer 6
not really.
answered 6 months ago
midyw
(Toronto, Ontario)
Question
How can I decide on the best shade?
The Ambient Lighting Powder looks awesome. I don't know how to choose the right tone.. I would like to start with one and perhaps add one later. I think you have various tones I've ordered on file. My skin can tend toward sallow (yellow doesn't look at all good on me,) I generally wear a muted lipstick and highight my eyes for a natural look. I often wear tanning cream to give slightly olive colored skin more definitionl.
asked 2 years, 4 months ago
thaisa
(Berkeley, California)
on Ambient Lighting Powder
5 answers
Answers
answer 1
I have olive skin that also veers towards a yellow tint. I bought the Mood Light and have been very happy with it. It's a soft lavender/pink shade and gives my skin and dewy and soft focus finish. Hope this helps!
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
KJean11
(Scottsdale, AZ)
answer 2
You really have to play with it. What you see in the store light is NOT what it will look like outside or in regular lighting. The powders are very subtle. There is a great youtube video by JoshCollierMUA that goes through all the colors of the powders and how to apply them. You can even email him questions, and he's quick to respond.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
mmmg
(naples, fl)
answer 3
Radiant is great to sustain a tan or for medium skin. I researched these and found the best, most thorough review is from JoshCollierMua on youtube. He works for the company so he shows swatches for all the colors and tells you which is meant for different skin tones/types.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
RawrtheLyan
answer 4
"Dim Light" (neutral peach-beige) or "Mood Light" (sheer lavender-pink) may enhance your olive skin and leave you looking less sallow. I have used "Mood Light" and love it. A little goes a long way, as this is highly pigmented. I very gently sweep it over my entire face for a lovely look or concentrate on the apples of my cheeks as blush.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
gigisd
(Pittsburgh, PA)
answer 5
The sales associates said Dim Light was the most universally flattering.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
JenniWon
(Toledo, OH)
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