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Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder

Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder

Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder ($38.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a light-medium peach with warm, yellow-orange tones and a luminous sheen. By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #3 (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Perles de Legende (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Strobe Light (LE, $38.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (LE, $45.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Chanel Dentelle Precieuse (LE, $65.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Dior Luxurious Beige (LE, $82.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Highlighter) (LE) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Sweet Peach Illuminator (P) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Faintly Fabulous (LE, $32.00) is more pigmented, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Tarte Moonlight (P) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $30.00) is darker (85% similar). Hourglass Iridescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is darker (85% similar). bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | According to Hourglass, the Strobe Lighting Powders have a “sheer base” paired with “ultra-fine pearl particles” that give a “naturally luminescent highlight … without a heavy metallic finish.” They are wet/dry powders with dry application for less of a highlight and damp application for a stronger highlight. If you find most highlighters “too much” for your tastes but find the Ambient Lighting Powders not enough, then you may enjoy the Strobe Lighting Powders. Hourglass also launched a slanted, sponge applicator designed to be used with this product, which is what I used to apply the highlight in the photos below, but I prefer regular brushes for more even application and easier blending. The powder definitely intensifies with damp application–you can see how it gets brighter, lighter, and more shimmery.

This was one of the more noticeably shimmery shades out of the range of four, though it is still going to be on the light-to-moderate side of highlighters. Hourglass is right on when they say they don’t get metallic. It is semi-sheer, lightly buildable dry, but it takes on a darker, more orange coloring when applied damp (adds slightly more color to the skin as well) and produces a stronger sheen. What’s nice about the effect is that either application yields a really refined, pearly sheen rather than noticeable shimmer particles on the skin. The texture is soft, smooth, and finely-milled with little excess powder kicked up in the pan (if you use their sponge applicator, even less excess than a brush). On me, it wore for eight hours.

Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder Euphoric Strobe Light
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Hourglass Brilliant Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder

Hourglass Brilliant Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Brilliant Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder

Hourglass Brilliant Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder ($38.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a light yellow with a fine, pearly shimmer-sheen finish. Guerlain Perles de Legende (LE, $60.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $41.00) is glossier (90% similar). Tarte Highlight (Tarteist) (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Burst (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Luxurious Beige (LE, $82.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

According to Hourglass, the Strobe Lighting Powders have a “sheer base” paired with “ultra-fine pearl particles” that give a “naturally luminescent highlight … without a heavy metallic finish.” They are wet/dry powders with dry application for less of a highlight and damp application for a stronger highlight. If you find most highlighters “too much” for your tastes but find the Ambient Lighting Powders not enough, then you may enjoy the Strobe Lighting Powders. Hourglass also launched a slanted, sponge applicator designed to be used with this product, which is what I used to apply the highlight in the photos below, but I prefer regular brushes for more even application and easier blending.

The powder definitely intensifies with damp application–you can see how it gets brighter, lighter, and more shimmery. This particular shade doesn’t get too amplified on the cheeks once applied and blended out for me. I don’t think it’s capable of being a dramatic highlighter, as the shimmer is quite fine and gives more of a sheen, which I imagine is an effect that many will enjoy. It is more shimmery than most of the Ambient Lighting powders (which are supposed to be finishing powders), but it is the least shimmery/shiny of the four Strobe Lighting Powders. The texture of the powder was soft, silky, and kicked up a little excess, but it seemed less than I get with the regular Ambient Lighting Powders. I think this shade could also work for brightening the under eye on some complexions. The size is in line with the blush compacts, not the larger powders, for reference. On me, it lasted for eight hours as a highlighter.

Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder Brilliant Strobe Light
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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Sneak Peek: Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder Photos & Swatches

Hourglass Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder

For spring, Hourglass has released a new formula, Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder ($38.00 for 0.16 oz.), which is available in four shades (one we saw in the holiday palette). They are housed in a mirrored, plastic compact and are similar in size to the Ambient Blushes. They are designed to be used wet or dry, so I have included swatches of both applications and in reviews, I will have applied them onto the face both ways as well. Full reviews to come!

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Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders for Spring 2016

Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders for Spring 2016
Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders for Spring 2016

Ambient® Strobe Lighting Powders are formulated in a sheer base with concentrated ultra-fine mico pearl particles in varying sizes and refraction levels to give off a naturally luminescent highlight to the skin without a heavy metallic finish. Developed with Photoluminescent Technology to capture, diffuse and soften surrounding light to refine the appearance of the skin. Can be used wet or dry for varying levels of intensity, taking you from day to night – from an everyday, wearable strobe highlight to a dramatic evening strobe highlight. Available in 4 universally flattering shades for all skin tones. Designed to be used with the Ambient® Strobe Light Sculptor for the most effortless application.

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The Details

Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder | $38.00 | New, Permanent

  • Iridescent Strobe Light Illuminating pink powder imparting a soft highlight
  • Incandescent Strobe Light Opalescent pearl powder bestowing a celestial highlight
  • Euphoric Strobe Light Pearlescent beige powder bestowing a natural highlight
  • Brilliant Strobe Light Shimmering gold powder imparting a lustrous highlight

5 Shimmering Red Lipsticks to Try

When I think about a go-to color for a bold, party look, I always think red. I’m curious to know what your go-to color is when you think about it! There aren’t nearly as many shimmery/metallic reds as there should be, in my opinion, that are permanently available. I’d love to hear about more that I’m missing out on!

  1. Kat Von D Adora — A Warm Red with a Metallic finish.
  2. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Role Play — A Warm Red with a Frost finish.
  3. NARS Christina — A Warm Red with a Frost finish.
  4. Milani Cherry Crave — A Warm Red with a Metallic finish.
  5. Hourglass Siren — A Warm Red with a Metallic finish.

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette ($80.00 for 0.29 oz.) includes three Ambient Lighting Powders, two Ambient Lighting Blushes, and one Ambient Lighting Bronzer in a large, plastic palette with an interior mirror. If you don’t mind having to finagle your brushes just so or have no issues using two or three shades at a time, and you’re a fan of the Hourglass Ambient formulas, then it might be worth looking at. I think that with how out of line it is compared to their other palettes that it is hard to recommend, even if the quality is good, because I see more value in picking up one or two that you’d use often and love. I had some texture issues with Luminous Flush, which was much more powdery/dusty this time around. Otherwise, the blushes/bronzers were more or less of one shade due to the nature of it being a mixed composition (so they can vary from pan to pan quite a bit).

With respect to the size and quantity of the palette, here is what I wrote previously: One of the main concerns I saw from readers when the palette was announced was with respect to the size of the palette, both actual size as well as quantity. The pans are smaller than prior palettes, and the majority of blush brushes are too small (even my SUQQU/Chikuhodo Z brushes barely fit, and those are smaller cheek brushes). Here is how it breaks down for value:

  • Ambient Lighting Edit:  0.294 oz. for $80.00 = $272.11/oz.
    • Contains:  $18.90 worth of Ambient Lighting Powder; $22.87 worth of Ambient Lighting Blush; and $6.28 worth of Ambient Lighting Bronzer
    • Value:  $48.05
  • Ambient Lighting Blush Palette: 0.33 oz. for $58.00 = $175.76/oz.
    • Value:  $77.00 worth of Ambient Lighting Blush
  • Ambient Lighting Powder Palette: 0.35 oz. for $58.00 =$165.71/oz.
    • Value:  $45.00 worth of Ambient Lighting Powder
  • Ambient Lighting Powder: 0.35 oz. for $45.00 = $128.57/oz.
  • Ambient Lighting Blush: 0.15 oz. for $35.00 = $233.33/oz.
  • Ambient Lighting Bronzer: 0.39 oz. for $50.00 = $128.21/oz.

It’s a real shame that Hourglass priced this year’s palette so high; the value is really out of sync compared to the past palette releases.  On one hand, you can justify spending more even if the quantity isn’t a great value to get six shades for the price of 2-3 products, but the difference in value of products to what you pay is so much more than most kits and palettes where a pesky thing like principles can come into play.  I also think that having the actual size of each pan being so small makes it very hard to use; you really can’t use a powder brush for all-over dusting with the Ambient Lighting Powders (which is how they’re often used) or a blush brush (and forget about a bronzer brush!).

Dim Light is described as a “neutral peach beige powder.” It’s a light, peachy beige with warm undertones and a fine, satiny shimmer. It’s very close to my skin tone, so it doesn’t add or take away from my natural coloring, but on fairer skin tones, it may warm up the skin. I find it works well as setting or finishing powder dusted all-over, and it does a nice job of making the skin appear smoother and more diffused without reading powdery or heavy.

Iridescent Light is a “sheer illuminating highlighter.” It is a very light, peach-hued beige with white shimmer. The texture is soft but dusty (more so than most Ambient Lighting products) and produces a light sheen. I imagine it will be appealing to anyone who finds the average highlighter too much. I’m not sure if this will work as well over deeper skin tones, as it has a whiter base against my skin tone, but it may work and it may also work if layered over a blush. It wore well for eight hours on me. Cle de Peau Pastel (11) (P, $55.00) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals The Five Star Treatment (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Hot Sensation (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Mystery Princess (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Pop of Light (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Coupe d'Chic (LE, $26.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Diffused Light is described as a “soft, warm pale yellow.” It’s a very light, yellowed white with very subtle shimmer. This shade is supposed to “reduce redness and give skin clarity.” It should work as a finishing or setting powder on some skin tones, and then will likely be too light for deeper skin tones. The powder softens and gives skin a smoother appearance without making it look flat or totally matte. Though it is more of a finishing powder by design, Hourglass’ formula has enough powderiness to it that it also extends the wear of my base by an hour or two.

Mood Exposure is described as a “soft plum.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pinky-plum with warm undertones and a satin sheen. This performed just like the full-sized blush I have–soft, smooth, blendable–with eight hour wear. MAC Sea Me, Hear Me (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Corol #2 (LE, $22.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Capri (P, $58.00) is cooler (90% similar). Black Opal Hibiscus (P, $8.95) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Strip Blush (P) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Baby Love (P, $26.00) is cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Blush (LE, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal (P, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Fusion (LE) is more shimmery (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Light Rose (LE) is cooler, more muted, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Sea Me, Hear Me (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Raspberry/Opal (P, $27.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). NARS Lovejoy (P, $30.00) is warmer, brighter, darker (80% similar). MAC Lavish Living (LE, $27.00) is cooler, darker, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Luminous Flush is described as a “champagne rose.” It’s a soft, medium coral-pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. The color was similar to the full-sized version I have, but the texture was more powdery and prone to sheering out. It seemed drier, though it still sat well on the skin and didn’t look powdery applied.
MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Cheek Pop) (LE, $40.00) is darker (95% similar). Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Pink Me Up (P, $52.00) is cooler (90% similar). Physicians Formula Warm (P, $11.99) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte True Love (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Lines & Last Night (502) (P, $42.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Red Obsessed (LE, $22.00) is glossier, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Bumpy Ride (P, $30.00) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #215 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Blush #2 (LE) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Streak Blush (P) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Kink & Kisses (504) (P, $42.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Petal Power (P, $27.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Luminous Bronze Light is described as a “medium tan shade infused with Luminous Light.” It’s a soft, medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and soft shimmer. It had good color payoff with a glowing finish that didn’t emphasize pores but was still noticeable. The color lasted for eight hours on me. MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is cooler, darker (95% similar). Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is darker (95% similar). Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Lumiere d'Ete (LE, $65.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #20M (P, $36.00) is lower quality, warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Delicates (LE, $35.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Soft Sand (LE, $25.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Lit (P, $30.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Givenchy Ambre Saison (P, $52.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Sunny Side (LE, $32.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Sun Kiss (100) (P, $64.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Gold Go Lightly (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $68.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Spice (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (LE) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hourglass Holiday 2015 Ambient Lighting Palette Ambient Lighting Edit
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total
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