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Hourglass Iridescent Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder

Hourglass Iridescent Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Iridescent Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder

Hourglass Iridescent Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder ($38.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a light peach with a hint of rose tones and a luminous sheen. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Highlighter (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Narcissistic (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Duchesse (P, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is lighter (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 is supposed to be the same as shade in the holiday palette (it is confirmed on Hourglass’ website), so if you were after the new-but-exclusive shade, it can now be had individually, though I found the standalone to be more shimmery. It was the most shimmery out of the four shades, but I would still classify it as a subtler highlighter than your average highlighter formula. It definitely highlights with a luminous sheen that catches and reflects the light beautifully without emphasizing pores, and I find it is hard to “overdo” it, which makes it easier to work with and can be used on better and worse skin days. The texture was soft and silky, blendable and sat well on the skin without looking powdery. It is more pigmented and keeps its coverage/intensity when applied damp than dry, which is as intended, and the level of highlight is more reflective with damp application. The highlighter wore well for eight hours before fading on me.

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

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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). Cle de Peau Almond (16) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Cover FX Celestial (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Blinded by the Light (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). MAC Snowglobe (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (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 Lumiere Divine (LE) is lighter, cooler (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). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). YSL Golden Contouring Highlight (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Lightscapade (P, $33.00) 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. Benefit Dandelion Twinkle (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). 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). Guerlain Perles de Legende (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Strobe Light (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (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). 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
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). 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
5
Application
89%
Total

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Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Blush Palette

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Blush Palette
Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Blush Palette

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Blush Palette ($45.00 for 0.54 oz.) includes six shades of blushes from a pop of pink to a matte bronze. The Afterglow formula is supposed to last for eight hours, sheer coverage. The funny thing about the Afterglow formula is that I don’t really think it’s sheer; it’s more of a medium, buildable coverage formula, which I imagine is something that a lot of people like about it, but just keep in mind that that is how pigmentation is judged from: sheer coverage. The products performed well overall with the only “flaw” being that pigmentation tended to be semi-opaque to opaque rather than sheer. The palette contains $61.04 worth of Afterglow blush.

Cherry is described as a “light pink satin.” It’s a light, cool-toned pink with a soft, pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer coverage with a blendable consistency that was a smidgen powdery to work with. It seems to darken slightly applied compared to how it appears in the pan. This shade wore for seven hours on me. Burberry London With Love (LE, $68.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC First Waves (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Prism (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Pink Buttercream (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Better Together (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Unconventional (LE, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). NYX Baby Doll (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Velvet Bloom (LE, $80.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Robotic (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Easy is described as a “deep rose with gold shimmer.” It’s a muted, medium-dark rosy plum with cooler undertones paired with warm, gold frost. It had semi-opaque color payoff (it’s not what I’d call sheer!) that blended out nicely on the skin without emphasizing pores. This shade wore well for eight hours. Tarte Embraced (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). CoverGirl Deep Mauve (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Clinique Heather Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Chroma (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). IT Cosmetics Radiant in Rose (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Wrapped Candy (P, $27.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). MAC Justine Skye (LE, $26.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Plum Foolery (P, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Outlaw (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). theBalm Pinstripe (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Sweet Samba (LE, $27.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS Ferocious (LE, $30.00) is darker (85% similar). IT Cosmetics Magical in Mauve (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Angel is described as a “champagne-nude shimmer.” It’s a light-medium, golden champagne with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation–not sheer–with a smooth, blendable texture that didn’t emphasize pores when applied. On my skin tone, this is a highlighter and not a blush, for reference, but on very fair skin tones, it may act as a highlighting blush (and add warmth without adding orange tones). It wore well for eight hours before fading. Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). Surratt Beauty Coup de Genie (P, $32.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). NARS Tribulation (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Opal (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Sun Light (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Midnight Sun (P, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Noctum (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Hot Sand (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Oh, Darling! (P, $33.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Electric Slide (DC, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Lo-Fi is described as a “soft bronze matte.” It’s a soft, medium brown with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer coverage, and the texture of this one was firmer and thinner–a little dusty in a way–and didn’t blend out as well on the skin as the Afterglow formula typically does. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours on me. KIKO 100 Cookie (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Skinny Dip (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Contour (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Zoeva ND020 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Bronze #1 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Sensual (P, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #5 (LE) is darker (85% similar). Benefit Hoola (P, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights (P, $48.00) is darker (85% similar). Illamasqua Disobey (P, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer (LE, $27.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hush is described as a “medium pink with gold shimmer.” It’s a light-medium, rosy copper with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage with a soft, smooth, and slightly powdery texture as the powder was so soft that it kind of crumbled at the touch of a brush. It tended to sheer out a lot applied, so sustained coverage was difficult unless applied over damp foundation or with a slightly dampened brush. On me, the color lasted for eight hours. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Benefit CORALista (Palette) (P, $29.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Indiscretion (P, $44.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Pearl Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Becca Fig/Opal (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). By Terry Tropical Sunset #5 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Papa Don't Peach (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

OC is described as a “soft pink with peach shift.” It’s a light-medium, yellowed peach with warm undertones and a pink duochrome shift paired with a satiny sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff that was buildable to medium coverage. This one will be interesting to see how readers enjoy it, as it looks like a green-leaning yellow straight on, but when it catches the light, you get the pink shift, which is lovely, but it doesn’t always look that way. It lasted for eight hours on me. It reminded me a lot of a long-ago MAC Blush, Spaced Out, which was so long ago that I don’t have a regular swatch of it. Anastasia Hard Candy (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (95% similar). Makeup Geek Mai Tai (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Fireball (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Fireball (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Motif (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Blush Palette Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
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Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon Harmonie de Blush

Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon Harmonie de Blush

Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon Harmonie de Blush ($70.00 for 0.38 oz.) is a soft, medium pink-coral with fine golden sheen. Stellar Beauty Flare (P, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Cheek Pop) (LE, $40.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Electra (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Stardust (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Bumpy Ride (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #2 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Sweet Vision (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). CoverGirl Medium Rose (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Solar Exposure (Blush) (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Blush #2 (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Fun with Friends (LE, $8.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NYX Summer (P, $6.50) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Clinique Peach Pop (02) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Kink & Kisses (504) (P, $42.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

There’s not much to the description of this product, other than it is intended to “brighten” with a mix of “pink, beige, and coral” and has a “smooth, satin finish.” The powder is incredibly soft, smooth, and blendable without being powdery. It had good pigmentation that can easily be applied at medium coverage or full coverage depending on how much product you pick up with your brush (it’s not so intense that the barest touch of the brush yields opaque coverage). There are five distinct colors in the palette: orange, pink, fuchsia, peach, and coral, and oddly, the parts didn’t swatch nearly as nice as the whole, though it may have been the pattern wearing down that helped. If you keep your brush more towards the top half, you’ll get a warmer coral with more orange, while the lower half yields a pinker coral. The blush wore well for eight and a half hours on me.

Chanel Harmonie de Blush Sunkiss Ribbon
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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