Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Hourglass Ambient Powder Brush
Hourglass Ambient Powder Brush

Hourglass Ambient Powder Brush ($35.00) is described as a “densely-packed, baby-soft powder brush.” It is, like its name would suggest, designed to be used with the brand’s Ambient Lighting Powders, which are finishing powders. The bristles are made using high-grade Taklon bristles.

The brush is short and wide; it has a stubby kind of appearance. It’s like a horizontal brush, as it is thin when you look down on it, but it is rather wide. It fits the width of Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Powder perfectly. For those who prefer shorter-handled brushes, you’re in luck, as this one has a short, wide handle. It has incredibly soft bristles; not a single poorly cut bristle in the bunch–very soft and smooth and felt like silk caressing the skin. As described, it is also very, very densely-packed with bristles.

When I washed this brush, the bristles were easy to clean, though it did have a tendency to want to slip between my fingers due to the very short handle. It took longer to dry than the majority of the other face brushes I had washed that night (MAC’s 116, 129, 134, OCC’s Powder Brush, Bobbi Brown’s Blush Brush), though it was on par with Hourglass’ #2 Brush. It holds its shape well, and I’ve washed it five times now. I didn’t have any problems with the bristles shedding when used or while washing it. The only thing I didn’t love about the brush is that the handle appears to be made out of plastic, whereas my other Hourglass brush is definitely made out of metal.

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Hourglass Ambient Powder Brush
Hourglass Ambient Powder Brush

Hourglass Ambient Powder Brush
Hourglass Ambient Powder Brush

Hourglass Ambient Powder Brush
Hourglass Ambient Powder Brush

Hourglass Ambient Powder Brush
Hourglass Ambient Powder Brush

Hourglass Ambient Powder Brush
Hourglass Ambient Powder Brush

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Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Sephora, $35.00.

Is it limited edition?


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21 thoughts on “Hourglass Ambient Powder Brush Review, Photos

  1. This brush is seriously cute.. I just wonder about storage.. worth a look when it makes it to the UK I think!

    • I store it with my buffer brushes, since they need to stand up on their ends in a drawer – I’d say this is a bit easier to store since you can lay it flat, but not as easy as regular brushes!

    • blueraccoon

      It also comes with a velvet pouch you can store the brush in, for travel or the like.

  2. Lisa Nguyen

    Is it worth getting to apply the powder? How does it apply the powder? Or do you think any other brush will do?

  3. t_zwiggy

    Looks really nice and different from anything I already own. Very reasonably priced as well.

  4. Oh it is actually bigger than I thought. In the first pictures I saw it looked really tiny and flat. Guess I was wrong. But I still prefer a brush with a long handle, though.

  5. Amy

    Nice, but any kabuki or powder brush would probably work just as well with the ambient light powders, right?

  6. This brush is just one of those makeup tools you look at and just think, “Cute!”

  7. stephanie

    I love this brush and have been using it with my liquid foundation. It’s lovely!

  8. This brush looks amazing!

  9. Oh this sounds lovely. Although, like some commenters said, definitely not a must-have. Do you usually not give grades to brushes?

  10. sad

    christine! can you tell me abt a good longstaying and medium coverage foundation within a 30$ bugdet?

  11. BooBooNinja

    It’s too bad this brush doesn’t have a metal handle like the other ones.

  12. lulu

    hey Christine! do you think this brush would work well with bareminerals original foundation?

  13. Anna

    I have four(!) of those ambient powders, I love ’em, but I didn’t think the brush was necessary. I’ve been applying them with my MAC powder brush (129) or my Real Techniques powder brush (it’s huge). I can’t comment on how they compare to the Hourglass brush, but I am considering maybe getting it. Do you think there would be a difference between the brushes and application/appearance/product wasted (since you mentioned in a different post that the Hourglass brush tends to waste this particular product)? I’d be willing to buy it if there is a discernible bonus to using the Hourglass brush, but if its minimal, then I’ll continue applying as I have. I would appreciate your thoughts Christine :)