The Ambient Lighting Powders breathe life back into the skin after you’ve applied foundations and setting powders–especially if you have more mattifying base products on. They’re not full-on highlighters, but they’re not exactly setting powders (by Hourglass’ definition, they are finishing powders).
If you have very oily skin, you may still need your usual setting powder, but for my normal-to-dry skin, the Ambient Lighting Powders work as a setting and finishing powder in one for me. I get extended wear out of my base products, but the powders also smooths the skin’s appearance, minimizes pores and imperfections, and gives the skin a natural luminosity (not shiny, not shimmery). It is that something extra that someone won’t see and go, “Oh, nice lipstick!” but “Did you do something different with your skin?” When people start asking you about your skincare routine, that’s when you know a product is really delivering on its promises!
The only negative I have to say about the products is that the texture is very, very soft, so depending on the brush you use, excess powder can be kicked up (and wasted).
The average rating based on all reviewed shade(s) in this formula is shown below.
Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Boron Nitride, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Octyldodecanol, Silica, Benzimidazole Diamond Amidoethyl Urea Carbamoyl Propyl Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Polyacrylamide, Benzoic Acid, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Potassium Sorbate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Laureth-7, Ethylhexylglycerin, Trimethylsiloxysilicate. May Contain: Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride),Ci 77491 (Iron Oxide),Ci 77492 (Iron Oxide), Ci 77499 (Iron Oxide),Ci 75470 (Carmine).
Based on 4 Reviews, 85 Quick Reviews
The Good: Easy To Apply (38), Blendable (32), Smooth (31), Buttery (25), Long-wearing (17), Great Value (9), Creamy (3), Travel-friendly (3)
The In-Between: Luminous (38), Natural (31), Sheer (27), Buildable (16), Highly Pigmented (4)
The Bad: Powdery (7), Fades (3), Chalky (1), Emphasizes Pores (1)
4 Written Reviews
By Sam 2 years ago.
I love this finishing powder so much. I'm usually not pulled in by packaging, but the heavy plastic and gold/bronze feels really great in-hand, and makes me feel like it could take a fall. I love the finish it leaves on my skin; with just a little bit of powder, my face is luminous and natural-looking with just a little bit of warmth. Yes, it's pricey, but I also feel like there's so much product in here that it's going to last forever, even if I were to use it everyday. I'm interested in going back for Ethereal Light, also, but I don't think I will until I've put a serious dent in this one. I'm frustrated with myself for enjoying this product so much!
By Kuávsui 4 years ago.
I bought this on a whim while visiting overseas, and while I do love this, I feel that this can emphasize large pores and fine lines despite the claims to blurring them. That said, it excels both as a highlighter and all-over finishing powder and it gives me the most natural, healthy glow.
By Mariella 5 years ago.
How I wish this was available as a full-sized single product. I have it in the trio of powders and it is by far my favourite and one I would love to repurchase on its own, if only I could. This gives the prettiest, most flattering "lit from within" finish to my face when I dust it over liquid foundation as a setting powder. The sheen is subtle and flattering.