I had heard people raving about the new Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders, so I decided to pick one up in Diffused Light. Hourglass describes the powder as "a soft, warm, pale yellow powder that reduces redness and gives skin clarity – like a soft ray of morning light".
This is indeed a beautiful finishing powder. It is super finely milled, applies like a dream. It sets makeup beautifully without making you look like a disco ball. In fact, I really couldn't find any detectable shimmer at all to the powder, though once the whole face was powdered, there was a bit of a ... I guess you could call it a luminosity (nothing terribly glowy and definitely not shiny or oily looking ... just nice).
I'm more than a little skeptical about the yellow powder neutralizing redness. I really don't think there's enough pigmentation in the powder to really do that. In fact, it was hard for me to even tell the powder was supposed to be yellow. It looked like a translucent pressed powder to me.
As I said, this is a beautiful product. And I am intrigued about the rest of the line. However, after a week of use, I was soft of left feeling flat. I really didn't feel like I got incredibly different results from this product than I get from my MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural or even my Sleek Luminous Pressed Powder (both of which have better price points.) Don't get me wrong, this product is discernibly more higher end than either MAC or Sleek. But for me, the results were not dramatic enough to warrant the price difference.
Other colors in the range are supposed to have more obvious effects and are intended to be used more as highlighters or even bronzers. I am much more interested in the colors Dim (neutral peach beige) or Luminous (champagne pearl).
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders contain 10 grams of product and retail for $45 wherever Hourglass is sold. I got mine at Sephora.