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

Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer
Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer

Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer ($50.00 for 0.39 oz.) is described as a “warm bronze shade fused with Radiant Light.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a soft, golden shimmer-sheen finish. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is less shimmery, lighter. 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 lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is a smidgen lighter. Too Faced Spice (LE) is cooler-toned. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is cooler-toned. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is redder, less shimmery. MAC Lush Light Bronze (LE, $28.00) is darker. MAC Gold Go Lightly (LE, $28.00) is similar. MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is similar. 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.

As I mentioned in my review for Luminous Bronze Light, the new bronzing formula takes the “illuminating effects” of their signature Ambient Lighting powders with “bronze pigments” to give a “natural, sun-kissed glow.” The formula is supposed to have “buildable color and a radiant finish” with a “sheer, airy” feel. This particular shade is designed for “medium/deep complexions.” It was very pigmented and a little went a long way, but I’m not sure this is dark enough for very deep skin tones, though the luminous finish may help it still add some noticeable warmth/sheen, even if it doesn’t add much color. It’s rather full coverage, instead of buildable, but you can blend/diffuse it for a sheerer look as the formula is forgiving. It seemed rather sparkly when swatched, but the way it translated onto skin is almost magical, because I didn’t see a lot of sparkle, I saw the luminosity. The texture was silky, smooth and blends easily on the skin, while the sheen didn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. It stayed on well for eight and a half hours before I noticed any fading. It was hard for me to see a noticeable difference in color when I wore both this and Luminous Bronze Light on my skin tone; the lighter shade seemed a bit less warm/more subdued, but it was a subtle difference.

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 Radiant Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer
Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer

Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer
Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer

Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer
Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer

Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer
Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer

Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer
Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer

Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer
Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer (Luminous vs. Radiant)

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer
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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer
Hourglass 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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OMG Thanks Christine!! I’ve been waiting impatiently to see swatches for these ๐Ÿ™‚

Is the Radiant light a little more orange-y than the Luminous light? Trying to choose between the two, I’m light but I tan well in the summer ๐Ÿ™‚

I can’t remember – I pulled and swatched about 10 blushes yesterday and had 10 brushes for them, lol!

Thank you so much for posting this quickly, as I am trying to figure out if and now, which! one I should get! So glad you gave it a good review. I woke up this morning to look if you did a review on this, and you did!!! Thank you, Christine ๐Ÿ™‚

OMG your eyes look beautiful!!! That color combo is everything! and yes I realize this post is about the bronzer but I don’t care ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you so much ๐Ÿ™‚ I wanted to do something warm and neutral and use some of the lingering Artist Shadows I haven’t used yet, but I had to have some fun with the lower lash line and decided to go for a “flower” concept where the lash line were the leaves/stem and the lid was more like the petals!

Very pretty! If you had to chose between this or Guerlain’s Teracotta,which would you go for? I was going to pick up Teracotta #3 at the Sephora sale. Don’t think I can swing both right now since Tom ford decided to pre-sale yesterday! Major dent in the Sephora budget! I have no access to a Guerlain counter and I really value your taste!

I really like radiance/luminosity in my cheek products, so in that, Hourglass is more in line, BUT these two are more orange/yellow than I personally like so I’d still opt Guerlain because of the better shade selection.

So, if you like the tone of the Hourglass blush, then I’d probably go Hourglass ๐Ÿ™‚

Lol…well, now I want both! The swatch looks really orange. but looks gorgeous on your skin. I think I am leaning toward getting the Guerlain first as I have had my heart set on it.I can always pick this up later maybe after I get a chance to see it in store. Probably will wind up with both! lol!

I’ve used the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder in Radiant Light as a sort of subtle bronzer since it came out. I love it, but I wouldn’t mind if it had slightly less sparkle. I’m wondering how this would compare side by side to that powder.

This looks really pretty! I do wish it was a tiny bit more shimmery but I like how it looks on you. I think I’ll have to check this out in stores though

“but the way it translated onto skin is almost magical, because I didnโ€™t see a lot of sparkle, I saw the luminosity.”

well… that sold it!

I’m not sure how much color you’ll get out of it or if you’ll just see a bit of warmth. What bronzers do you use now?

It’s too dark for me (I would look like Snooki with this on), but the finish sounds great, and glad it got such a great score.

Thanks for the great swatches and review! The price tag puts me off. I agree about preferring a smaller size at a lower price point. Easy pass for me.

I’ve been waiting for you to review this! I wait for all your reviews on stuff I think I’ll blow all my money on.

“It was very pigmented and a little went a long way, but Iโ€™m not sure this is dark enough for very deep skin tones, though the luminous finish may help it still add some noticeable warmth/sheen, even if it doesnโ€™t add much color.”

When you say very deep, can you give me an example? I’m MAC NC50 and I don’t know if that means I’m deep or very deep. I wonder if I can wear this bronzer…

Hey Sparrow,

I think there is enough pigment to transfer, but I’m not sure it’s going to really work as a bronzer, so I’m not sure how it’s going to perform on NC/NW45 and darker. Do you have any of the dupes/similar shades? If some of those show up, then this might show up.

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