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Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder

Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder

Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder ($38.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a very light, rosy beige with neutral-to-warm undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Light Beam (02) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (95% similar). MAC Climax (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Milani Afterglow (P, $10.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Almond (16) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Perles des Neiges (LE, $80.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Cover FX Celestial (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Bal Masque (LE, $120.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Blinded by the Light (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). YSL Rosy Contouring Highlight (P, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). YSL Lumiere Divine (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Lightscapade (P, $33.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). YSL Golden Contouring Highlight (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Snowglobe (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Glow (Tarteist) (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Milani Moon Glow (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Hot Sensation (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (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.

Applied dry, it was semi-sheer with a subtle sheen, while damp application gives a much smoother, shiny finish that’s not metallic but more noticeable, and against my skin tone, it does appear lighter and rosier when applied damp (this is likely due to the increase in opacity as well!). The texture was soft and silky, blendable, and flattering on the skin without emphasizing pores–and consistent across the range. This shade wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.

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

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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. Tom Ford Beauty Solar Exposure (Highlighter) (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Benefit Dandelion Twinkle (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Perles de Legende (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Highlighter) (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $30.00) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Sweet Peach Illuminator (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Faintly Fabulous (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented (85% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Chanel Dentelle Precieuse (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tarte Moonlight (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior Luxurious Beige (LE, $82.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Hourglass Surreal Strobe Light (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) 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
10
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 less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $41.00) is glossier (90% similar). Tarte Highlight (Tarteist) (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Burst (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Luxurious Beige (LE, $82.00) is darker, warmer (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
10
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

AmbientĀ® 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 AmbientĀ® 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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