Monday, 21 March 2016

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder - worth the splurge?

hourglass ambient lighting powder dim light mini
Every blogger and You Tuber has been singing the high praises of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders for quite some time now.  I have yet to come across a disappointing review of these powders. And so I started to really, really want one.  I added it to my Wish List.  I went in and looked at the Edit palette at Christmas in Harvey Nichols.  I even went in to Liberty twice and got the nice lady to try the powders on my face.  And of course in the beautiful surroundings of Liberty, my shopped out, slightly sweaty and all make up now gone face glowed like angel dust had gently fallen on to my skin.  But I wasn't going to be fooled, not at £38!

And it was that price tag that continued to put me off, because at almost £40 what if it wasn't worth the splurge?

But then my lovely daughter, for Mother's Day, bought me the travel size version from Liberty.  At £19 this is a lot more attainable for most, although don't be fooled this is a mini mini, a weekend away "travel size".  It's the same size as some of my single eye shadows and at only 1.4 grams, it is not good value for money, being nearly three times the price if you were to get the full size 9.9 grams. Never the less I could now tick this one off my Wish List and at last was able to see for myself what all the hype was about.

The exclusive to Liberty travel size compact is beautiful, and it comes with an (obviously) small but usable mirror. Hourglass cosmetics are luxurious, quality products and this is evident in this finely milled, buttery soft powder.  The travel size mini only comes in the shade Dim Light but this is a universal shade so can be worn by all skin types and tones, day and night.  

The idea behind the Ambient Lighting powders is that they give a diffused glow to your skin, much like you would get if you were stood by candle light.  The creamy powder blurs out imperfections, fine lines, wrinkles and pores, giving a radiant complexion.

And it does.  Now I really like this powder.  But the reason I like it is I like to re-apply face powder a few times a day and most powders I have used end up either looking cakey or giving a whitened caste to my face, but not with this powder. You can apply it as many times as you want and it just freshens your complexion up in a.. diffused way, a subtle glow.  It's not the boom, pow, knock out life changing product I thought it would be, it's more of a mature, quietly in the background, classic, timeless staple.

Is it worth the splurge?  Yes.  Would I buy the full size version?  Yes.  
I do like a wow factor when I'm spending this kind of cash on a product.  This is a mouthed, silent wow.  But still a wow.


1 comment

  1. Hmmmmmm interesting...need to hear more about this, have never heard of ambient lighting powder before!


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