After testing out the new Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder, several times now, I'm ready to talk about it. If you haven't heard about HG's strobe powders yet, it's basically the same as the original ambient one's except meant to be used as highlighters versus blush or setting powders. When I found out that they were creating a full size incandescent shade -- seen here -- I definitely had to buy it. For starters, HG is one of the few brands that offers pale powders for fair and yellow skin and it works well with my beloved other ambient incandescent setting powder from the original HG collection. Also, after that fiasco with the ridiculously small Ambient Edit Palette, it's nice to see HG create an affordable product with decent fill weight. Stay Beautiful! XOXO

For a soft, sheer highlight:Sweep the angled side of the Ambient® Strobe Light Sculptor across the powder and apply to the tops of your cheekbones, bridge of nose and cupid’s bow. Gently blend in with the flocked side for a smooth finish. For a more intense highlight:Dampen the angled side of the Ambient Strobe Light Sculptor and sweep across the powder. Apply to the tops of your cheekbones, bridge of the nose, and cupid’s bow. Gently blend in with the flocked side for a smooth finish.

 the shade is more pale + nude beige in person with lot's of sparkles!

Formula: The shade being reviewed here is incandescent, a pale shimmery champagne type of color that shows up with the slightest tinge of a rose hue -- although on the nude beige side. That's the best way to describe it. While I'm sure different types of skin-tones will be able to use this as a highlighter -- especially when applied wet  -- I feel it's subtlety invisible and super sheer that medium to darker skin tones might want to try the gold version instead. The formula is the same high-end quality that we have come to expect from Hourglass, a finely milled and silky texture powder. The shimmer is more prominent here than in the setting powders of course because it's a highlighting product. You can apply this anywhere you would apply highlighter to accentuate features, such as the cheekbones, cupid's bow of the lip, center of the nose, center of chin and center of the forehead. I love using it around the orbital bone area of the eyes. It's hard for the product to show up dry unless you're heavy handed and it adds more drama when applied wet. I have to mention that the shimmer factor is high, there's a lot of sparkle here. It's not tacky but your face will definitely look sparkly under lighting. The good thing is that with only a few swipes, you can get away with wearing this at work everyday. If you want the glow effect to last longer, just spritz a decent setting spray and you're done! One last mention, the compact design is different from the usual HG cases in terms of the color. This new case is a shiny, metallic silver versus the older darker bronze cases and I have to say I'm loving the silver compact the best! And yes, there's a mirror inside.

Availability: Sephora, Strobe Powder, $38 4.6 grams


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