Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer Review, Photos, Swatches

Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer
Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer

Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer ($50.00 for 0.39 oz.) is described as a “medium tan shade fused with Luminous Light.” It’s a muted, medium tan brown with warm, yellow undertones and a fine golden shimmer-sheen. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is less shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (P) is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery. IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, cooler-toned. MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is similar. Too Faced Spice (LE) is similar. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is cooler-toned. MAC Gold Go Lightly (LE, $28.00) is darker. MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is similar. MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is slightly cooler-toned. MAC Soft Sand (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery. Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The newest addition to the Ambient Lighting range is bronzer–just in time for summer–and is available in two shades. The formula is marketed as combining the “illuminating effects” of their signature Ambient Lighting powders with “bronze pigments” to give a “natural, sun-kissed glow.” It’s supposed to have “buildable color and a radiant finish” with a “sheer, airy” feel. This shade is supposed to be for “fair/light complexions” as it gives a “softer, candlelit warmth.” It had more semi-opaque color coverage to start, which could then be intensified to full coverage or sheered out for lighter coverage. If I wanted to dust this all-over, I’d have to use a light hand and a fan brush (something naturally feathery with little density).

When I first swatched it, I was worried about the level of shimmer, but on the skin, it is beautifully luminous and glowy–it doesn’t emphasize pores at all, and it doesn’t even look frosty. On my medium complexion, I had no trouble getting this to show up well on my skin tone, but it was surprisingly similar to Radiant Bronze Light (which is about two shades darker, but depending on application, any difference may be difficult to detect, as it was on my skin tone!). I would have loved to have seen a greater contrast between the two shades, since there are only two. The texture is silky, smooth, and seemed less prone to kicking up excess powder compared to the original Ambient Lighting Powders. On the skin, it blended effortlessly and wore well for eight hours before fading on me.

Forgot to mention: the Ambient Lighting Bronzers are the same physical size as the Ambient Lighting Powders. These have 0.39 oz. in them, whereas the original powders have 0.35 oz. On a price per ounce basis, the Bronzers are $128.21/oz. and the Powders are $128.57/oz. Of course, if you look at it from more of a “per use” basis, you may feel that you stand little chance of finishing the bronzer and would have preferred it in blush-size (which costs $35 for 0.15 oz. or $233.33/oz.).

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Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer
Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer

Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer
Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer

Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer
Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer

Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer
Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer

Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer
Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer

Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer
Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation
  • Urban Decay Naked Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • Make Up For Ever I412
  • I808
  • S604
  • M600
  • M510 Artist Shadows; Sephora Go For It Eyeliner with Make Up For Ever D334 and D306 Artist Shadows below
On lips:
  • Clinique Melon Pop Lipstick

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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I’m glad I only picked up Radiant Bronze Light cause they pretty much look the same on you. I love the finish on you, you do look radiant πŸ™‚

The total look you’re wearing is amazing, Christine. The bronzen is a perfect finish. A blush would have been too sweet, now you look fresh and glowing

So disappointed! Two shades (medium and dark) of yellow-y brown. Why can’t anyone ever make cooler toned bronzers? I love the finish, but none of these bronzers will look flattering on my NW15 skin.

If I knew, I would tell you! And then I’d challenge that.

They’re too warm for me personally – I wish they had less yellow/orange, more brown, and then I’d prefer three options (fair, medium, deep) at the very least. In my ideal world, of course, you’d have no less than four, a light-medium/medium-dark option, and then one cool-toned (well, probably more neutral if it is a genuine bronzer), one warm-toned.

Cooler toned bronzers are SO hard to find! Bare Minerals used to make a loose powder one that was perfect but their pressed powders now are all far too orange IMO. The ones I’ve found that I like are MAC’s Matte Bronze pressed powder (that’s the color: Matte Bronze), Estee Lauder’s powders are also surprisingly good color-wise (every shade I can use on my NW15 skin except for Medium Deep which is crazy warm toned) and right now EstΓ©e Lauder should have their liquid bronzer on counters. It’s limited edition but comes out every year with the Bronze Goddess collection and it’s FANTASTIC! The perfect bronzer for cooler toned light to medium-light skin. That one and there’s a “matte gel” bronzer by an indie company called Terra Firma (you can find them online) are the two bronzers I use all the time. Terra Firma’s is great for body work. You get a ton and it’s so concentrated and saturated with color that I always end up cutting it with body lotion so it lasts forever!

I’m nw20 and the only two bronzers that I can use are chantecaille st barths and lorac tantalizer baked bronzer. They’re not orange or too warm imo.

Add to that: MUFE MAT BRONZE 20 & MARC JACOBS bronzer. I’m actually liking LAURA MERCIER *Ritual* too. Recently brought back to Sephora;touch more orange but glowy enough & pretty on my NW20-25 skin.

I am in the same boat as you- I’m also nw 15/20- I was so excited about these bronzers, but they would be way too orange on me also. I would love a cooler toned bronzer as well! I have both shades in my cart at Sephora.com, so glad I waited for the review, that just freed up a $100

I really love these new bronzers ! I’m an NC15-NC20. Do you think there will be a difference between the 2 on my skin ? I wanted both but they do look alike once applied on your picture ! Is it worth it to get both ? If not, which one would suit my skintone better ? Thanks ! I was waiting for your review to make my purchase !

Hi Tracy,

I can’t tell a difference on my skin tone, but I don’t know if maybe there’d be a more distinguishable difference on yours, though my guess is not really. I would get the lighter one if you want to have it be a more versatile product.

Yeah, I totally spaced on adding it to the post (LOL, I even compared the physical size minutes before sitting down to write the reviews!), but:

Forgot to mention: the Ambient Lighting Bronzers are the same physical size as the Ambient Lighting Powders. These have 0.39 oz. in them, whereas the original powders have 0.35 oz. On a price per ounce basis, the Bronzers are $128.21/oz. and the Powders are $128.57/oz. Of course, if you look at it from more of a “per use” basis, you may feel that you stand little chance of finishing the bronzer and would have preferred it in blush-size (which costs $35 for 0.15 oz. or $233.33/oz.).

Too warm and dark for my light skintone, but the finish sounds awesome. After their latest shadow fiasco, glad this bronzer is getting great scores.

Hmm yeah the two look very similar. I wonder why they don’t have three options. Ideally the “fair” one would be lighter than this and the “deep” one would be darker than what’s on your other cheek. These both look “medium” to me.

I’d love to have a neutral to even neutral-warm one. These are pretty warm-toned (too warm for me personally).

I ordered this when it was available for VIP at Sephora, it should be here on Friday. Thank you so much for the review and swatches, much appreciated for all your hard work and dedication to the cosmetic world.

-M

Thank you for your quick review. This is beautiful, I don’t need it I am telling myself !!!! but OMG I am loving this minus the price. think I will wait and hope they are still in stock when the VIB Rouge Sale to start soon.

Loving this color over the other one. I might have to snag Chanel’s Tan de Soleil before this though for $50 for a bronzing product. Definitely would like to pick this up in the future.

I haven’t tried Chanel’s Tan de Soleil in a couple of years, I think, but the texture + finish of this is so much better than what I remember of Chanel’s.

It looks so much cooler and paler in the pan. I’m a bit disappointed it’s so orangey, I don’t think this would work on my super pale/cool toned skin. It looks practically identical to the other one on your face Christine. I can’t really tell much of a difference. I had high hopes for these, but it’s a pass

It does! I walked around my house with five or six swatches of these (heavy, light, blended, and on different parts of my arm, lol) trying to ensure they were both that similar and both that warm.

These do look the same on you! Lol I can barely tell the difference. After reading this I’m thinking I may be able to use Radiant Bronze Light as an all over powder though. I can’t wait for these to hit stores. I really need to see them in person to get a better idea of how they’ll work for me

Oh no! How am I supposed to choose between Radiant Bronzer and Luminous Bronze then? They look so similar! ;p Guess am getting whichever one is in stock haha!

lol! I mean, I would probably err on the side of whether you wanted something a little lighter vs. a little darker, but especially when you blend them down/don’t wear at full opacity, they look very, very similar.

The bronzer looks interesting, but what really caught my eye was your eye look today! Absolutely gorgeous, Christine – wow! πŸ™‚

seems a waste to put diamond powder in a product only to put bismuth oxychloride in it as well… won’t be buying this – itchy skin!

Yea it’s a bit scary, after a while my skin starts getting all warm and then scratchy πŸ™
I just think it’s weird that high-end companies put cheaper ingredients in their products, especially ones that are known to give bad skin reactions

I’m not a big fan of bronzers for the most part but also, seeing that I have both the Naked on the Run Bronzer and Chocolate Soleil, I really have zero need or even desire for these. It’s also quite orange looking for my limited bronzing needs.

I was so looking forward to this, and I’m sadly disappointed in how overly warm this is. Please Hourglass, make a neutral to cool toned bronzer like an Ethereal Bronze Light.

GIRL! Your whole makeup look is absolutely fantastic. I LOVE your eyes. Saving the details and a pic for inspiration!!

About the bronzes- probably going to swatch in store and I will likely pick one up. In my mind its a summer version of an ambient lighting powder…
But yes. If they made a more neutral cool toned one, say similar to Too Faced Choclate Soliel (but better cause they mix in they’re magical luminous stuff…)
I think it would quickly become a staple for so many people. Cult status!

Thanks for the advice Christine ! I am planning on buying it during the VIB rouge sale and was impatiently waiting for your review. I feel a bit lost without your input ! Keep up the good work πŸ™‚

It’s really pretty, but warmer than I would have thought from the pan. So expensive, too. I’m not sure why it’s more than the blushes.

Theoretically, they’re very similar in terms of price per ounce, but I don’t know why it contains more/costs more.

I think I’ve bought three bronzers in my entire life, because what’s “sunkissed” on some people is “I rubbed my face in dirt” on me. That said, I love the HG Ambient powders and blushes so much that I’m tempted by this. Doesn’t help that it looks so lovely on you, dammit.

If you like your bronzers pretty warm, sure! I really love the finish on these, but I don’t love the actual colors.

When I use bronzer, I get along really well with my MAC MSFN in Give Me Sun, so I REALLY don’t need this!!

WOW–it looks SO much warmer than in the pan. How disappointing:( I don’t NEED any bronzer but I am a huge fan of HG ambient lighting palette/blushes so I know that the lovely, subtle luminosity is what excited me about this product. I guess it is money saved–until they come out with a cool tone:)

I may have to test these in person since a lot of ‘universal’ bronzers (i.e., super limited shade range!) can disappear on me or only serve to make my cheeks look dirty. But I hope at least one will work because I’m in love with the Ambient face and cheek products!

I also love the eye look, Christine! It makes me think of watermelon. πŸ™‚

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