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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. Sephora Light Beam (02) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (95% similar). Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Climax (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Snowglobe (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Bal Masque (LE, $120.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). YSL Lumiere Divine (LE) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Cle de Peau Almond (16) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). YSL Rosy Contouring Highlight (P) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Perles des Neiges (LE, $80.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). YSL Golden Contouring Highlight (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Lightscapade (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Glow (Tarteist) (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (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
5
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. Hourglass Surreal Strobe Light (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Perles de Legende (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #3 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior Luxurious Beige (LE, $82.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Chanel Dentelle Precieuse (LE, $65.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Highlighter) (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Moonlight (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Faintly Fabulous (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented (85% 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 less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Burst (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $41.00) is glossier (90% similar). Tarte Highlight (Tarteist) (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (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
5
Application
89%
Total

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Too Faced Rosy Glow Candlelight Glow

Too Faced Rosy Glow Candlelight Glow
Too Faced Rosy Glow Candlelight Glow

Too Faced Rosy Glow Candlelight Glow ($30.00 for 0.35 oz.) features a light, white gold paired with a gold-shimmered pink. The warmer shimmer dominates against my skin tone, but I think it’ll pull a little cooler (the base color will be stronger) on fairer and cooler complexions. The texture of both powders was nice, though the right side was shimmery enough to emphasize pores.

Rosy Glow (Left) is a cool-toned white with warmer, golden beige shimmer that gives it a frosted finish. It adds a luminous glow to the skin that is just shy of pore-emphasizing-territory. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable without being powdery or too firm. The color lasted for eight hours on me. Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Moodlight (Daylight) (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Perilune (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Stole the Show (P, $8.00) is cooler (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NYX Ritualistic (P, $9.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Albatross (P, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Marshmallow (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE, $76.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Starlight (P, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Warm Glow (Left) (P) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #1 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Subsolar (P) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rosy Glow (Right) is a light, cooler-toned pink paired with warm, gold frosted shimmer. I expect cooler complexions to see a stronger pink tone. The finish on this one was more shimmery and was closer to metallic on the skin, so it can emphasize pores if not applied with a lighter hand. It had a smooth and blendable texture, though, and it didn’t look or feel powdery. On me, it started to fade after eight hours. Cle de Peau Bal Masque (LE, $120.00) is cooler (90% similar). Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Stunner (P) is darker (85% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Fanny Pack (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Dior Glowing Pink (001) (LE, $58.00) is cooler (85% similar). L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Too Faced Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo Rosy Glow
Rosy Glow
Rosy Glow
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
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Dior Glowing Nude Diorskin Nude Air Illuminating Powder

Dior Glowing Nude Diorskin Nude Air Illuminating Powder
Dior Glowing Nude Diorskin Nude Air Illuminating Powder

Dior Glowing Nude Diorskin Nude Air Illuminating Powder ($58.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a light-medium gold with warm, peach-brown tones and a luminous, slightly frosted sheen. Urban Decay Angel (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Twilight (P, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). Burberry No. 02 Nude Gold (LE, $68.00) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Nightlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Frenzy (Left) (P) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is brighter (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is cooler (90% similar). The Estee Edit 14K Glow (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Jubilant (21) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (P, $38.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Bare End (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Cover FX Sunlight (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Bubbly (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Wisp (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

As I mentioned, the formula is comparable to products like NARS Dual Intensity, MAC Extra Dimension, Estee Lauder Gelee, and so forth. The powder has a smooth, blendable consistency that isn’t too firm or too soft, and it has a “dryness” to it that I feel but doesn’t appear on the skin (it’s not powdery or caky on). The amount and size of shimmer is just shy of emphasizing pores on me, but it may emphasize pores on someone who feels like they have larger pores–it is a more metallic one–though it can always be applied with a fan brush for less impact. The color lasted for eight hours before fading on me.

Dior Glowing Gardens Diorskin Nude Air Illuminating Powder Glowing Nude (002)

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Dior Glowing Pink Diorskin Nude Air Illuminating Powder

Dior Glowing Pink Diorskin Nude Air Illuminating Powder
Dior Glowing Pink Diorskin Nude Air Illuminating Powder

Dior Glowing Pink Diorskin Nude Air Illuminating Powder ($58.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a cool-toned, pinkish-white with a luminous sheen. Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Climax (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is cooler (90% similar). Burberry No. 01 White (LE, $68.00) is cooler (95% similar). Cle de Peau Pastel (11) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Psychedelic (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Trophy (LE, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Where the Dreamers Go (LE, $2.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). NYX Ice Queen (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Perles et Fantaisies (Left) (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Delice (78) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Fanny Pack (P, $8.00) is brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Rosy Glow (Right) (P) is warmer (85% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS Craving (Left) (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Benefit 10 (Highlighter) (DC, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Light Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This has a similar formula to products like NARS Dual Intensity, MAC Extra Dimension, Estee Lauder Gelee, and so forth. The texture was smooth, finely-milled, and very blendable without being too soft or too firm. The texture feels a little dry, but it doesn’t look dry or powdery on the skin. It doesn’t emphasize pores on my skin, though if you apply more heavily and feel like you have larger pores, then there’s enough shimmer in it that it could be a possibility. I liked that while it was very light, it didn’t have a really strong, white powdery base, so it didn’t look chalky on my skin tone (and sometimes these types of colors can), which makes it more versatile for a greater number of skin tones. I think that those with cooler undertones, the pink tone/tint in this may be more noticeable as well. The highlighter wore well for eight hours before fading on me. This product also came with a mini kabuki brush, which is okay, but I did personally prefer a less dense brush for application (as well as a softer one). This is one of the better highlighters Dior has released in the last few years.

Dior Glowing Gardens Diorskin Nude Air Illuminating Powder Glowing Pink (001)

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