Hourglass Had Me at Hello! Ambient Lighting Powder (Dim Light) Review

Earlier, I told you how I drooled over Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation. Now let the rave-iew continue. 

It’s the beauty blogging thing ya’know. You read an amazing review and you can’t help but try it too. So I ordered Ambient Lighting Powder online hoping that Dim Light would be a perfect match to my medium skin tone.

$45, 0.35 oz

Lighting without glaring luminosity. It’s a clever and tricky marketing concept-at least that’s how I interpret the ultimate take-home message of this product. As extracted from Sephora website, it is “a universal finishing powder that features state-of-the-art technology to recreate the most exquisitely types of light. Available in six shades, it’s supposed to diffuse the way light reflect on your skin. It also has color-correcting capacity, devoid of gluten, talc, fragrance and nanoparticles”. Now whether that lighting is literal or figurative, it’s for you to experience.

Shade selection


Ethereal Light- cool white, opalescent sheer

Mood Light- soft sheer lavender pink

Diffused light- soft warm pale yellow

Luminous light- champagne pearl 

Radiant light- golden beige 

Dim light-neutal peach beige


Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Boron Nitride, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Octyldodecanol, Silica, Benzimidazole Diamond Amidoethyl Urea Carbamoyl Propyl Olymethylsilsesquioxane, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Olyacrylamide, Benzoic Acid, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Potassium Sorbate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Laureth-7, Ethylhexylglycerin, Trimethylsiloxysilicate. May Contain : Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride),Ci 77491 (Iron Oxide),Ci 77492 (Iron Oxide), Ci 77499 (Iron Oxide),Ci 75470 (Carmine).

Dim Light Swatch
It’s there, believe it or not!

Marketing jargon redefined by a plain makeup enthusiast. Dim Light is described as neutral peach beige powder. Straight up I’d say there’s no light or sheen or even a speck of shimmer in it. It’s a finely-milled powder that is light as air when buffed onto the skin. Yeah, soooo light I can do several rounds of buffing without looking cakey and overdone.

No magic but there’s quite a radiance, thanks partly to its imperfection-blurring quality. Since it’s so fine, it doesn’t emphasize my open pores. It sets the foundation ever so nicely and keeps oil at bay for a good five to six hours. I suggest using a flatbuki or face brush that has very soft bristles to pick up just the right amount of product.

Hourglass had me at hello. Now this woman is curious to swatch other shades and see if they’re indeed universally-appealing.  What d’ya recommend?




  1. March 12, 2013 / 4:53 pm

    I'm looking forward to trying this!

  2. March 13, 2013 / 2:50 pm

    According to the Hourglass Rep, any skin tone can use any powder. I tested her theory and used the lightest one on African American akin and it worked! She also suggested using 2 powders, a lighter one to use all over and a darker one to contour. It looks really nice in outdoor lighting, however buying 2 isn't exactly easy at $45 a pop.

    • March 14, 2013 / 2:48 am

      That's such a good suggestion Kayla! Now I'm itching to try more of this ambient lighting!

  3. March 19, 2013 / 3:14 am

    I'd love to try Radiant Light, but the non-shimmer-y finish of this one really appeals to me, too! Gahh, picking a shade is always the hardest part for me…

    • March 19, 2013 / 8:44 am

      Same here! I believe any shade is universally appealing to any skin tone but I still would like to swatch all in person next time.

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