Hourglass Radiant Light Ambient Lighting Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

Hourglass Radiant Light Ambient Lighting Powder
Hourglass Radiant Light Ambient Lighting Powder

Hourglass Radiant Light Ambient Lighting Powder ($45.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “golden beige powder.” It’s a subdued, light-medium peach-orange with golden shimmer. Because of the type of product it is, it sheers out considerably to mostly translucent powder that adds warmth and radiance. NARS Miss Liberty has a similar coloring but has larger shimmer/sparkle. Chanel Lucky Stripes is more pigmented and works as a bronzer/highlighter. See comparison swatches.

The texture is very soft and finely-milled; feels like silk and blends out smoothly, but it is a very soft powder so there is some excess powder that gets dislodged while brushing against the surface. Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Powders are supposed to mimic different types of light, generally giving skin a softer, smoother look with subtle glow Radiant Light is supposed to “[enhance] the overall complexion with believable, subtle warmth.”  That’s exactly what it does:  it gives skin a gentle warmth while having a soft-focus effect that makes skin appear smoother than it actually is.  Because this is a powder, for my normal-to-dry skin, it also sets my foundation and prolongs the wear of my foundation by an hour (like a setting powder), even though it’s not claimed to do so. I suspect on very fair skin that this may be like a soft bronzer.

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Hourglass Radiant Light Ambient Lighting Powder
Hourglass Radiant Light Ambient Lighting Powder

Hourglass Radiant Light Ambient Lighting Powder
Hourglass Radiant Light Ambient Lighting Powder

Hourglass Radiant Light Ambient Lighting Powder
Hourglass Radiant Light Ambient Lighting Powder

Hourglass Radiant Light Ambient Lighting Powder
Hourglass Radiant Light Ambient Lighting Powder

Hourglass Radiant Light Ambient Lighting Powder
Hourglass Radiant Light Ambient Lighting Powder

Hourglass Radiant Light Ambient Lighting Powder
Foundation / Foundation + Hourglass Radiant Light Ambient Lighting Powder

Hourglass Radiant Light Ambient Lighting Powder
Hourglass Radiant Light Ambient Lighting Powder

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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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Found another use for my DIM hourglass powder: I use it to level out the skintone between my face and neck/chest area. I’ve mentioned this before, but the skin on my face is warmer and darker than my body which leans pink. The DIM powder is perfect for warming up my neck and chest area ever so slightly to create a uniform tone. This way, I do not have to wear bronzer or makeup on my neck and chest. I hate the bobble head effect of a head that does not match the body.

I love this. I have Luminous Light, which I love and which will do me for now, but I intend to get more. Trying to decide between this and Dim Light.

Loving this on you, Christine! And it’s so subtle but it’s there. Did you just use a fluffy brush for all over? You think the Guerlain Meteorites brush is too stiff for this? Thank you!

I don’t have Guerlain’s Meteorites brush, actually! I don’t think at least…. I used Hourglass’ Ambient brush here I think.

I have this in “dim” and I absolutely love it!!! It works very well with my Garnier BB cream for oily/combo skin and with my Armani Maestro foundation without oxidizing or creasing as I use it all over my face. I just hope that this never gets discontinued.

I can confirm your suspicions – I’m NC15, and this is definitely a bronzer on me. I love the texture so much. If it wasn’t $60+ here I would buy every powder in this collection!

Wow, I can see the subtle differences in the before and after pics. You have a really lovely glow with the powder.

I just love the concept of these powders, as a photography enthusiast. If I were a trust fund baby I would totally have a different finishing powder for every lighting situation…

I have this powder and found it so confusing. My skintone is probably a touch darker then yours. I thought it looked a little too shiny, like I had put a subtle highlighter on my face. Which leads me to my questions. Can you tell me what brushes you’d recommend and any application tips? Thank you so much!

Hi Julie!

I used Hourglass’ Ambient brush for this, though I also like using a fan brush and OCC’s powder brush with this.

I can’t believe how smooth and nice yours look. Mine has large shimmer chunks which makes unwearable for anythink but a late night time look. It also look way more pink on you, but I assume that’s because of your yellow undertone.

I used the dim light and I have very oily skin. I used it with my regular foundation that doesn’t make me look oily and by the end of the day I felt like this gave too much shine on my cheeks 🙁

I bought this product in Dim before seeing this review. I’m not at all impressed Doesn’t seem to do a damn thing. Super disappointed. I’m returning it this week. Just for reference, I’m medium to tan toned during the summer, light to medium the rest of the year, with warm undertones (Bobbi Brown foundation in Beige suits my skin tone perfectly during the fall/winter) & I’ve got oily skin. Can’t tell the difference with or without this product.

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