Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders Shades: Ethereal + Diffused + Luminous Light

Luminous Light
Luminous Light (appeared dark peachy tawny on my fair skin) 
My face looked bruised with this shade so I returned it.
In my opinion it's not suited for pale/fair skin tones

Ethereal ( perfect for fair skin!)
 Diffused (adds that famous banana model glow of the 90's w/ subtlety)
  Diffused (your left) Ethereal (your right)

Finally had a moment to photograph all of the ambient powders I purchased which I talked about on my Twitter and Facebook accounts. I'm of course referring to the new fashion editor favorite lust worthy face powders of the moment, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders. Shades being reviewed today are Ethereal, Diffused and Luminous Light. I love that there are two shades made specifically for fair/light skin tones and that they leave a super natural finish. I'm not excited about the price and the fact that the miraculous glow left on your skin is hyped up. Also I found that there is a trick to applying these powders correctly which I added below. You also need to try different colors because one shade might make you give up on them altogether (as for me w/ luminous light) and another shade will make you extremely happy. Your best bet is to go into Sephora and play around with different shades to find your perfect match.

What these powders promise to do: A universal finishing powder that features state-of-the-art technology to recreate the most exquisitely flattering types of light. 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:sheer, cool tone that eliminates shine and mimics a moonlit glow even in broad daylight.

Diffused Light:soft, warm, pale yellow that reduces redness, eliminates shine, and gives skin clarity.

Dim Light:neutral soft beige that provides a perfect balance of warm and cool tones to blur imperfections.

Mood Light:sheer lavender pink that mimics the softest, most forgiving light and brightens the complexion.

Luminous Light:champagne pearl that creates a soft, incandescent candlelit glow day or night.

Radiant Light:sun-kissed golden beige that enhances the overall complexion with believable, subtle warmth

Formula: The powders are very fine milled, they are on the sheer side with a very lightweight feel. It almost disappears on the skin with a natural looking finish. There is no caked look and the powder does not settle on fine obscure lines. I can't say how it works on more mature skin but it left a flawless finish on mine. However with some added application it did creep up around under my chin area but probably because I was heavy handed with it. I have to note the finish is very subtle, you will not see some amazing supernatural glow but after it lingers on your skin for awhile it will start to cast off some soft light look working with your own natural face oil. These make great finishing powders because they leave no powdery trace behind and depending on the color you choose you will see some illumination on your skin.

LUMINOUS LIGHT: It was hideous on my pale skin! Online the powder looked lighter than it is so I thought I would try it out. While it does have a nice pearly creamy finish it appeared to make my face look bruised. With my fair skin tone it showed up as a dark peachy tawny type of color. I sent it back the next day. I don't know how it will work on other light skin tones because everyone is different but if your pale then I would skip this. It's funny though because swatched on the back of my hand it appeared a gorgeous pearly sheen, on my face not so much.

ETHEREAL: This color is totally gorgeous! It's a cool tone icy white but it's not chalky at all. It blends right into my skin and disappears without a trace. Perfect for finishing off my foundation without interfering with my make-up. Sometimes a powder on top of your foundation changes the color somewhat. This formula has no glitter or sheen but if you use a sponge to pat on the cheeks you will notice the tiniest little specks of something diamond like. I mean it's so subtle you'll only catch it under super bright light or even soft lighting but you need light to hit your face for this effect. If you let the powder work with your own face oil production an hour or so or even later then you will see some glow to your face otherwise it's not visible. I'm happy that I found a cool white non-chalky powder to substitute for my  Guerlain white powders I used to purchase which are like $80 for 5 grams! So for this fact if your a pale/fair skin tone you might want to invest in the powder for this reason alone. A perfect match for fair skin.

DIFFUSED: This shade is not that much different from Ethereal except that it has a soft pale yellow tint. I love that I can replace this with my Leclerc Banana powder which I use on special occasions only. My Leclerc compact cost over $50 and my large Leclerc Silver Tin Loose Banana Powder cost like $80. This is slightly paler than that shade but the quality is just as good. This powder gives your skin that famous sought after model "pale yellow" look that was trendy in the nineties and adds a slight glow to you face. Again, it's very subtle and natural looking but when you hit bright lights your face looks illuminated.

I'm not swatching these because they do not show up in a photo, you would have to see them in person to appreciate them. Also, I want to point out there are a couple of tricks to using this powder. You need the right brush. I became frustrated the first time I tried them with my fluffy powder brush and found no pigment was picked up and the powder scattered everywhere. By the way, after a few uses the powder should stop flying out of the compact. Then I noticed Hourglass was selling a specific powder brush made for this product and when I read the description it stated that their brush was firmly packed so I went into my arsenal and found an expensive Raw Minerals Foundation brush made to pick up loose pigments and viola! It worked. I was not wasting more money on another brush. Another trick for really getting the glow essence to show up on your skin is after using the brush pat some extra product with a face sponge. It does the trick.

I found the best way to apply these powders is with a dense and firmly packed brush. I used my RAW minerals foundation brush because  it's perfect for powders. A loose fluffy brush will not pick up any product and you will end up wasting the powder. TRICK: A pat on the cheeks with a foundation/powder sponge will help show more of the glow in the powder pigments.

Bottom line: I love that I found perfect matches and replacement powders for my fair skin tone, the fine milled quality of the powders, it's natural finish, and the fact it's cruelty free. I'm a little upset that they don't even offer a sponge inside the compact and that the price is high for this item even the though quality is amazing it's not exactly a glow or highlighter product unless you work your way into the darker shades. Still, you get 10 grams of powder that sets your make-up look nicely. I'm lucky to have found at least two colors I can use in this collection and know now that the other shades are not viable for me. You also have to use the right brush for application or you will become frustrated and see no results at all. I would consider buying Ethereal and Diffused again and am hoping they will not discontinue these two shades and possibly maybe lower the price a bit. I hope my review wasn't too long, boring and that it helps you guys in any way. I just wanted to be thorough in my review. So in closing you get great quality powders although slightly hyped up a bit. Who tried these already? what do you think? Stay beautiful! XOXO

Availability: Sephora Hourglass Ambient Powders $45


  1. Diffused was the first shade that I bought and love it! I want to try ethereal next and am wondering if it's not too light? <3

  2. I think the luminous shade might work with me, my skin-tone is medium. I'm glad you found dupes for your more expensive powders :P

  3. Lusting after that ethereal shade! Thanks for the review!

  4. oooo! ethereal is so pretty for my skin type but it's very pricey! :( xx

  5. Sounds like an interesting product. Never heard of this brand.

  6. First time I hear about brand! But looks promising:)

  7. Both of these shades look amazing! I'll have to drop into Sephora and buy them.

  8. They sold out in the diffused! I read your review too late. :-(

  9. Wish those were not so expensive! As I don't have Sephora in my country, online ordering is what I'm left with and this is not an item I'd like to see in my Pile of Doom/Shame.


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