Hourglass Brilliant Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

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, $65.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Highlight (Tarteist) (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Burst (PiP, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $41.00) is glossier (90% similar). Dior Luxurious Beige (LE, $82.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Hypnotic Strobe Light (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% 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.

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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

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

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 (Dry)

Hourglass Brilliant Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Brilliant Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder (Wet)

Hourglass Brilliant Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Brilliant Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder (Dry)

Hourglass Brilliant Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Brilliant Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder (Wet)

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Guerlain Parure Gold
  • Guerlain Les Voilettes
On lips:
  • Bite Beauty Pastille Matte Lip Crayon
  • Sephora Fuchsia Mermaid Holographic Lipgloss

About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Oh that would work wonderfully for my under eye circles of doom. I am very pale and cool toned so I have some real serious purple going on.

OMG, this is pretty. I had a feeling these were going to put a dent my wallet. I don’t really like a super strong highlight which is why I typically use a fan brush and still sometime that requires a light touch. I’m waiting to see the rest of them to chose which to get first. I am so,so happy they are permanent with all the Spring goodness coming out! I think these may push Too Faced Warm Glow off the wish list. I’ve been trying to get in the store to see that one. But,my Sephora is so slow!
Christine, is there any similarity to Diffused Light with this one?

This has a lot more of a sheen on the skin to me, IMO. All of the regular Ambient Lighting Powders have a stronger powder base color/appearance on with sparser shimmer (or none).

This looks great on you! Definitely not the right color for me (waaaay too yellow!), but I really like the level of luminosity…it’s definitely there, but subtle!! Looking forward to your reviews on the other shades–maybe one will work for me!

This highlighter \ strober looks lovely on you, but it’s your lip color you’re wearing here that is wowing me!!! Too bad I missed out on Sephora Fuchsia Mermaid, dang it! Because it over Pastille is *perfection*.

Thanks for the review, Christine! So excited about these. How does the shimmer level compare to Radiant Light? I know the colors are completely different but I’m trying to compare the “glow level” haha.

Much more shimmer than Radiant Light! It is more evenly distributed in the Strobe Lighting powders, but in a way, seems finer as I don’t really see them individually on the skin.

Oh my God. I think I’m going to love these! I have a hard time finding highlighters I can use for everyday thanks to my textured skin…but I think these ones are going to be really, really good for me!

I’m torn now because this powder on my skin is VERY similar to the Laura Mercier Highlighter 01. Highlighter 01 is slightly more beige in comparison but blended out they look identical. *_*

It’s very subtle, which I actually prefer, but I’m not sure this shade deserves to be called “Strobe”. It’s more of a luminizing powder really.

When I watched how-to videos from makeup artists, strobing didn’t seem any different than highlighting, but if you look at one brand’s “strobe” product to another, it varies as much as highlighters do.

Yes, these are exactly what I was hoping they would be. More than the ambient powders, but less than other highlighters. Thank you for the review! Glad to know the sponge is something that isn’t absolutely necessary.

It didn’t emphasize pores. As always, if it had, I definitely would have mentioned it as it would have resulted in a lower rating! 🙂

I commend Hourglass for expanding on their line, but I’ve seen the highlighters and I’m a little underwhelmed. There are much better highlighters out there that are equal if not better quality. These are very nice highlighters but they fall short of the massive impact the ambient lighting powders had on me; but that’s just my personal opinion.

Again, I feel like my comments have been mostly negative lately but I think it’s just me trying to keep from buying things I don’t need haha. I’ve been on a highlighter and bronzer kick lately so I won’t need any for a loooong time.

Of course this looks wonderful on you, but you can wear anything. You can legitimately pull off blue and green lipstick for God’s sake! I wish I had your confidence. Thanks again for the great, unbiased review!

Ooh, very interesting! When I think of strobing, I think of strong highlighters/beams of light, but I prefer my highlighters more subtle. I like the yellow undertones in this one, better match for my skin. I have Ambient Powder in Diffused Light but it’s too matte for winter, and now that I’m wearing medium to full coverage foundation, a sheerer, sightly shimmery powder might be nice

I think perhaps that’s the influence of Instagram, but when I hear from makeup artists, strobing doesn’t sound like it is supposed to be actually metallic, lol – kind of seems like it depends.

I bought one last night without waiting to see swatches so I hope it’s good! I have been disappointed by all Hourglass products except for the blush! I would have loved to love the Ambient powders like everyone else, but it was not meant to be!

What a pretty subtle highlighter.
Not sure if it’s a must, but it certainly is something I’ll consider after I lift my ban.

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