Hourglass Diffused Light Ambient Lighting Powder

Hourglass Diffused Light Ambient Lighting Powder
Hourglass Diffused Light Ambient Lighting Powder

Hourglass Diffused Light Ambient Lighting Powder ($45.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “soft, warm pale yellow powder.” It’s a pale, pale white with subtle yellow undertones and a barely-there sheen. This one didn’t have any sparkle or shimmer. I’m not an expert on finishing powders, as I’ve only tried a dozen or so on the market, but you can see my past reviews, which may be helpful. From what I’ve tried, I felt like MAC’s Sheer Mystery Powder may have been the most similar in terms of feel, look, and composition (pressed, soft, no sparkle), but I wouldn’t say they’re dupes for each other.

Diffused Light is supposed to “reduce redness and give skin clarity.” Like all of the shades within the new range, it is supposed to be suitable for all skin tones. The larger idea behind the Ambient Lighting Powders is that they help to make your skin look like it’s been lit by soft, diffused light; think having a bit of a photographer and his lighting crew follow you around, except in powder form.

I applied Diffused Light over Hourglass’ Veil Fluid foundation using the Ambient Powder Brush to the right half of my face (see photos below), and I think the effect is exactly as anticipated: something that’s nigh on invisible to the eye in terms of seeing the product but that it does soften the way the skin looks. The natural textures and imperfections of the skin, including some unevenness, pores, and the like, look softer and smoother. Because it is a powder, too, it will take down any shine and does help to prolong the wear I get out of my foundation by an hour or so.

It didn’t look heavy, caky, or obvious on; there’s no residual powderiness that’s there as it sits on the skin, because you can’t see what you’ve put on. This is exactly what a finishing powder should be; and really, it’s what base makeup is all about: your skin but better. I have a medium complexion, and this did not look chalky or ashy when I applied it to my face, though it did look potentially chalky when I did a heavy swatch on my arm–so if you do the same in-store, you might try seeing it blended and applied on the face.

The powder itself is incredibly finely-milled and soft, which is great for application and blending of the product on the skin. However, a downside to that is that it does kick up a fair amount of excess powder (and I used Hourglass’ own Ambient Powder Brush) as the bristles disturb the surface of the powder. Again, none of this excess turns up on the skin, but there is some waste, I’d say. It is more “pigmented” as a result compared to other products in the category, like Guerlain Pressed Meteorites.  The excess is, ultimately, wasted product, and it does get into the nooks and crannies of the compact and some disappears into the air. That’s really my only complaint!

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Diffused Light
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
99%

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Sephora Jungle Party (09) Eyeshadow

Sephora Jungle Party (09) Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “sparkling dark green.” It’s a dark blackened brown base with green and gold sparkle. It has a glitter finish, according to Sephora, though it is not quite as sparkly as some of the other glitter finishes in the range. MAC Smutty Green is somewhat similar when applied lightly, but it is ultimately much greener. I couldn’t think of anything else, but you could definitely try layering a shimmery green eyeshadow over a matte black eyeshadow.

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Sephora Jungle Party (09) Eyeshadow
Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow Jungle Party (09)
C+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
7
Application
4
Total
77%

Chanel Attirance Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss

Chanel Attirance Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss
Chanel Attirance Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss

Chanel Attirance Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss ($32.00 for 0.28 fl. oz.) is described as a “coppery beige.” It’s a peach and copper-shimmered orange-brown. It’s orange without being loudmouth orange; it’s not neon or bold, as the orange is tempered by warm brown undertones. Bobbi Brown Canary is more golden, less color in its base. Chanel Calypso is redder, more opaque, and less shimmery. MAC Secret Identity is a bit more orange. NARS Hopi is browner.

Attirance has semi-opaque color coverage; there’s a lot of shimmer, while the base color adds warmth and gives lips a more orange appearance. I still saw some translucency to the color, so I wouldn’t call it opaque, though the formula is supposed to be “color-rich,” non-sticky, and have “high-shine.” Chanel nailed the glossiness; Attirance is incredibly high-shine and reflective. It has comfortable, long-wearing (five hours), and hydrating feel on the lips.

Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss Attirance
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
96%

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Benefit Always a Bridesmaid Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit Always a Bridesmaid Creaseless Cream Shadow ($20.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “pearly lavender.” It’s a medium-dark lavender with neutral-cool undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #4 is slightly pinker and a powder product. MAC Amethyst is pinker and lighter.

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Benefit Always a Bridesmaid Creaseless Cream Shadow
Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow/Liner Always a Bridesmaid
C-
Product
7
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
8
Longevity
7
Application
3
Total
70%

Sephora Walk on the Wild Side (08) Eyeshadow

Sephora Walk on the Wild Side (08) Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “shimmering dark green.” It’s a forest green with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish with smoky gray undertones. OCC Poison is much, much darker. Inglot #414 has a brown base color. Make Up For Ever #310 is greener, warmer. Make Up For Ever #80 is darker, less frosted.

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Sephora Walk on the Wild Side (08) Eyeshadow
Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow Walk on the Wild Side (08)
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
87%

Benefit Kiss You Ultra Plush Lipgloss

Benefit Kiss You Ultra Plush Lipgloss ($16.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “clear fuchsia.” It looks like a creamy, magenta fuchsia when squeezed out of the tube, but on lips, it’s definitely more of a sheer fuchsia pink with blue undertones. Bobbi Brown Electric Violet is shimmery and more fuchsia. Urban Decay Crush is similar in color but more opaque (so it appears bolder/brighter). Korres Crocus is purpler.

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Benefit Kiss You Ultra Plush Lipgloss
Benefit Ultra Plush Lip Gloss Kiss You
B-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
4.5
Total
82%