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.