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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder

What it is: A universal finishing powder that features state-of-the-art technology to recreate the most exquisitely flattering types of light. What it does: Create your perfect light. Ambient Lighting Powder is a groundbreaking collection of finishing powders that capture, diffuse, and soften the way light reflects on your skin. Unlike traditional powders, which merely cloak imperfections, Ambient Lighting Powder utilizes photoluminescent technology to filter out harsh light and refine the appearance of the complexion. The powders deliver a multidimensional luminescence to every skintone, making it appear softer, younger, and lit-from-within. The finishing powders enhance skin in any type of light, including flash photography. With six universal shades available, you can create your desired effect—not unlike having a personal lighting technician. Ambient is free of talc, gluten, fragrance, and nanoparticles. It is available in six universally flattering shades from least pearl to most pearl. Ethereal Light: A sheer, cool tone that eliminates shine and mimics a moonlit glow—even in broad daylight. Diffused Light: A soft, warm, pale yellow that reduces redness, eliminates shine, and gives skin clarity. Dim Light: A neutral soft beige that provides a perfect balance of warm and cool tones to blur imperfections. Mood Light: A soft, sheer lavender pink that mimics the softest, most forgiving light and brightens the complexion. Luminous Light: A champagne pearl 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. 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
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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 1 year ago
ahbuddha7
(missoula, mt)
on Ambient Lighting Powder
8 answers
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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 7 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 9 months 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 10 months ago
LainyJ
(The Woodlands, TX)
answer 4
I would use this over a normal setting powder/
answered 10 months ago
peachroses
answer 5
No shine through at all!
answered 11 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 11 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 1 year 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 1 year ago
Momobee
(New York, NY)
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 11 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 9 months 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 10 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 10 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 months ago
WittyW
Question
how to determine which color to use?
how does one go about deciding which color best suits them?
asked 1 year, 1 month ago
emiliea
(Milwaukee, WI)
on Ambient Lighting Powder
7 answers
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answer 1
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 2 months, 2 weeks ago
kemoca
answer 2
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 4 months, 3 weeks ago
jujubee230
(San Diego, CA)
answer 3
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 9 months ago
gigisd
(Pittsburgh, PA)
answer 4
Check out Youtube for some reviews..the best one I've found is by JoshCollierMUA...Good luck!
answered 1 year ago
MaryEB33
(Chicopee, MA)
answer 5
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 1 year, 1 month ago
coniljw
(Narberth, PA)
answer 6
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 1 year, 1 month ago
blackberrygirl
(Las Vegas, NV)
answer 7
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 1 year, 1 month ago
CaramelLady
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Does this come with a puff or brush, or no applicator?
asked 1 year 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 9 months 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
What would you recommend for mild rosacea? I am fair with pink undertones but my cheeks are noticeably redder so I need to even my skin tone.
asked 1 year ago
goldgate1
(Phoenix, AZ)
on Ambient Lighting Powder
5 answers
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answer 1
Stay away from "Mood Lighting" (a lovely lavender/pink) or "Radiant Light" (golden beige). I would suggest "Dim Light" for you. It is a neutral
answered 9 months ago
gigisd
(Pittsburgh, PA)
answer 2
You might want to use concealer on your cheeks to even out your skin tone before applying.
answered 1 year ago
bobbireviews
(South Carolina)
answer 3
My friend has very pink cheeks and she uses the yellow-based shade (I believe it's Dim) and it does cut the redness.
answered 1 year ago
MsGoldgirl
(San Antonio, TX)
answer 4
I would use the "yellow" shade to cut the red.
answered 1 year ago
palmtree27
answer 5
You might want to try the Diffused Light, to help reduce redness from your rosacea. It will also eliminate shine, helping perfect the appearance of your skin.
answered 1 year ago
miabt
(San Francisco)
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 1 year ago
thaisa
(Berkeley, California)
on Ambient Lighting Powder
5 answers
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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 7 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 11 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 11 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 11 months ago
gigisd
(Pittsburgh, PA)
answer 5
The sales associates said Dim Light was the most universally flattering.
answered 1 year ago
JenniWon
(Toledo, OH)
Question
In one of your ads this comes with a brush
In one of your ads a make up artist state that this came with a brush, does it?
asked 8 months ago
Anonymous
(Carrollton, texas)
on Ambient Lighting Powder
5 answers
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answer 1
Nope
answered 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Jessica724
(Indianapolis, IN)
answer 2
it doesn't. i wish it does, given how rather bulky the packaging it. i see it sells it separately, but am sure it will fit inside, albeit without a separate compartment.
answered 6 months ago
tostartoffwith
(new york)
answer 3
The brush that is intended to go with this product is sold separately.
answered 7 months ago
BusyMommyofTwo
(San Francisco bay area, CA)
answer 4
No, this product does not come with a brush. We recommend the Hourglass Foundation/Blush Brush No. 2 > http://bit.ly/14fgAuz
answered 8 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 5
I haven't heard of this coming with a brush... Maybe a special edition? There is a special brush they recommend using I think it's $35
answered 8 months ago
jgentges
(Troy, MI)
Question
Between three shades, please help!!
Hi, I am very fair-skinned (I wear the lightest or second lightest shade of almost every foundation I've tried). I have blue eyes and very dark hair, and I really need a new finishing powder! I'm between Ethereal, Diffused and Dim. I know they're very different, but I like the sound of all of them and my wallet can't handle all three. For reference, I'd like to use this during the day as well, all over my face (not just as a highlighter) as my finishing powder for my makeup. Thank you!!
asked 5 months, 2 weeks ago
lilahtov
(NYC)
on Ambient Lighting Powder
5 answers
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answer 1
I'm also very fair and I found that Dim Light was a little too dark as a setting power. It wasn't too noticable, but enough to make me return it.
answered 5 months ago
justicegirl
(New York, NY)
answer 2
For me, ethereal gives me a porcelain effect and diffused is slightly warmer. They are both beautiful, so just depends on the effect you want. I have a similar skin tone, blue eyes, auburn hair.
answered 5 months, 1 week ago
redrad
(San Bruno, CA)
answer 3
I would suggest Radiant Light, even though it appears to be the "darkest" shade. I am the same as you with the fair skin. I was VERY surprised how this color choice looked on my skin. I will say you MUST use it sparingly! A light dusting is all you need and you'll just feel like your whole face perked up!
answered 5 months, 1 week ago
christineg
(Green Brook, NJ)
answer 4
I think (and so does my make-up artist friend) that Ambient Lightening looks good on everyone. It's very neutral and blends well. I use it and I have medium skin, she uses it and she's black, she has also used it on her clients of all colors and thought it looked great on everyone. You may want to give Ambient a try.
answered 5 months, 1 week ago
naelynn
(Pittsburgh, PA)
answer 5
I have fair skin, and I bought the Ambient/Diffused light one. however, I think you can do better with another product for less. I did not feel it lived up to the description.
answered 5 months, 1 week ago
artsylady
(Bella Vista, AR)
Question
Shade suggestion for light skin pink undertones?
I am anxious to to buy this product but don't have a Sephora near me at the moment to go check out. I have light skin with pink undertones. I am wanting to use this as an all over finishing powder, so I need it to blend well. Suggestions?
asked 1 year, 2 months ago
missnewbougie
(Brooklyn, NY)
on Ambient Lighting Powder
5 answers
Answers
answer 1
I have the same coloring as you and I have both Dim and Ethereal light. They are both nice, I like a Ethereal which I use to set my under eye concealer, but I love Dim- it's the first one I bought and I use it as an all over setting powder. Dim is amazing - I don't think it adds any color to my skin, but perhaps just a bit of warmth. I am obsessed with it!
answered 2 weeks, 3 days ago
genna187
(Burlington, VT)
answer 2
I'm fair with pink undertones as well and purchased Ethereal Light (two of the Sephora make-up artists agreed that was the best one for me). It did not make me look paler but gave me truly, a beautiful, smooth, ethereal glow. I used it to set my foundation without any other powder.

I tried Dim Light... even though it is a very light beige, it seemed to darken the natural glow I had. Mood Light seemed like it would be overkill on the rosiness since I have rose undertones anyway. Both Dim and Mood would be gorgeous on another skin tone. I did not try the other 3 as they had micro-fine glitter and I preferred the glitter-less iridescence.
answered 1 month, 1 week ago
serainlosangeles
(Los Angeles)
answer 3
This is primarily a setting powder. The color you choose depends COMPLETELY on how much pigment you want. "Dim" and "Diffused" light will not change your skin's tone but keep makeup from budging, disguise imperfections, and impart a radiance (they can also conceal some redness). "Mood Light" is a lovely lavender/pink. At times I wear it all over my face, but that is normally in the evening because it is a bit dramatic for my fair skin. It can also be used as blush or highlighter. "Radiant Light," a golden beige, also provides color to double as a highlighter or bronzer. I certainly hope that helps you!
answered 9 months ago
gigisd
(Pittsburgh, PA)
answer 4
For pink undertones I would suggest Mood Light.
I am very fair with very pink undertones and it gives me a very natural flush.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
laceyloubatz
(Monroe, WA)
answer 5
I'm the same and both my Dim and Luminous work well but Dim is more subtle for all over daytime if that's what you are looking for.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
nutmegbelle
(Cleveland, OH)
Question
Work as a setting powder?
I love a dewy finish and does this do the trick for that and setting my bb cream? I don't want to look like a disco ball or look like I have highlighter all over my face.
Thanks
Xx
asked 9 months ago
MakeupLover667
on Ambient Lighting Powder
5 answers
Answers
answer 1
THIS IS NOT A SETTING POWDER! This is a finishing powder, it even says so in the description. However, if you have dry skin, then this might work out as a setting powder. But if you have oily/combo skin, then use a setting powder to set your makeup, THEN use this after you put your bronzer, blush, etc after your face makeup is all done. This powder won't function as a setting powder by sealing in your makeup. It's supposed to capture and diffuse light to give an overall glow to your skin. So use it the way it's intended so you don't get disappointed with this product when all of a sudden your foundation runs off your face and you're thinking, well this powder didn't do anything for me.
answered 4 months, 3 weeks ago
jujubee230
(San Diego, CA)
answer 2
Yes, I use this as a setting powder. I have the Mood Light shade and it makes me look dewy and gorgeous - not at all like a disco ball. The shimmer is very sheer - you don't look like you are wearing shimmer - you just look like you with amazing, dewy skin.
answered 7 months ago
KJean11
(Scottsdale, AZ)
answer 3
Hey! I have this in Ethereal light and use it as a setting powder every day! It does not look like I am wearing anything shiny or sparkly, it just makes my skin look brighter and healthier.
answered 8 months ago
princessgizmo
(Murfreesboro, TN)
answer 4
Excellent question! This completely depends on the shade you choose to use. These ARE setting powders. However, "Mood Light" (soft, lavender/pink) is far more pigmented than "Diffused Light" (warm pale yellow) or "Dim Light" (natural peach/beige). I suggest that you begin with either "Dim" or "Diffused" light for the least pigment and an overall soft radiance. When you want a radiant all-over glow or a gentle shade of blush, "Mood" is more appropriate. When applied properly, this wonderful powder will keep your makeup in place for long hours and soften your appearance, minimizing pores, lines, and wrinkles.
answered 9 months ago
gigisd
(Pittsburgh, PA)
answer 5
I LOVE this powder and I have dry skin and also like a dewy look. This is the only powder I ever use. It gives you a glow and makes you look like you're in candlelight. It's perfection.
answered 9 months ago
njcathi
(Penn Valley, PA)
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