REVIEW: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Diffused Light

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Diffused Light

After reading the hype from other bloggers and reading some incredible reviews from ‘real’ people, I succumbed and bought the sainted Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in the shade, Diffused Light.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Diffused Light – A soft, warm, pale yellow powder that conceals redness and gives skin clarity, like a soft ray of morning light.

Maybe I was expecting too much from this finishing powder and taking the term Ambient Lighting too literally. Did I really think it would bathe my face in a flattering glow, all imperfections miraculous ironed out?

This is how it works (allegedly)


A wardrobe of six universal finishing powders that recreate the most exquisitely flattering light—from ethereal moonlight to luminous candlelight.

Each powder captures, diffuses and softens surrounding light with ground breaking Photoluminescent Technology. Choose one or more and step into your perfect light.

Actually, I wasn’t wrong, it IS supposed to light your skin up and make you look old-time movie star glamorous.

The powders mimic six universally flattering light sources, from morning light to candlelight, allowing clients to build a wardrobe of options, WAIT FOR IT not unlike having a personal lighting technician at your disposal.


I have to be a bit careful here because I’ve only been using this powder for a month, albeit every day. Maybe another four weeks down the line, I’ll be raving about it (that’s happened before), so I’m trying not to make a snap judgement. But I’m just not finding it particularly special at the moment.

Now, there’s no doubt that this is a high quality product, the powder is finely milled and densely packed, the metallic luxe packaging is satisfying weighty and snaps shut with a luxury door closing click, but that’s not enough, it has to work.

What this powder certainly doesn’t do and I should know with my mild rosacea, is cover redness. In fact, I find the coverage very light and flimsy, as if not enough powder is being picked up by the brush, even though I swish it around and the brush is always fully loaded.

There’s also, as far as I can tell and I’ve checked it in various lighting scenarios, no shimmer, which actually is a positive for me. Still, I’m not feeling it, on me there’s no glow at all.

However, to my horror, I have found that it settles into the pores on my nose and makes them really obvious, this has happened every time I’ve worn it and I keep forgetting NOT to apply it to my nose.

My last diss, it doesn’t do anything to eliminate shine – although, is it meant to?

Have I wasted my money? I feel poor old Charlotte Tilbury could’ve done with my £40.00 instead, and she does have some rather lovely new products I want to try.

My general feeling is that this powder is not really for me, but as I did splash out a chunk of money on it, I’m going to make it work!

I like to post other reviews, because I sometimes glean useful application techniques and advice from them, and of course, it makes my day when someone agrees with me!

It is very finely milled so sits beautifully on the skin. It gives the skin a wonderful glow like it was truly lit from within. Seriously, the glow is like you are sitting in the best candlelight or are being followed around by a lighting crew! THIS SOUNDS LIKE SOMEONE FROM HOURGLASS!

Some say to use it all over the face but I find it is much more effective when used as a more natural, ethereal highlighter. No sparkle in sight, simply your most beautiful glow. IT IS SOMEONE FROM HOURGLASS!

It is the only powder I use to set my entire make up now. It lasts ages, maybe 6 or 7 months so well worth the price tag. It leaves the skin with a beautiful all over luminous glow. I have combination skin and was worried about it looking greasy, but it doesn’t do that at all.

I have the shade diffused light, which is the yellow tone, and this is perfect for my fair skin and the yellow also works as a colour corrector as yellow counteracts any redness in the skin, which I do have. I just love it and I also have the shade dim light for summer months. For those wanting a proper strobe highlighter, this isn’t it, it’s way too natural.


It appears to smooth surfaces, but I’m not extremely happy with the results on my wrinkles, they seems to appear more evident. So I’m only applying on certain areas on my face and less than before. So, I’m not 100 per cent sure if I love it or not yet! I’m still using it every time I’m wearing make up though!

It’s one of our cult favourites here in the beauty buying office. However we have also noticed that the powder does make wrinkles more visible, this isn’t a problem specific to this product but rather to highlighting and strobing powders more generally.

The key to anti-wrinkle strobing success is, applying the powder down the bridge of your nose, chin and browbone. Then depending on where your wrinkles are just a dash of powder in a ‘c’ shape which starts just above the eyebrow and finishes just on top of the cheek rather then directly under the eye.


Best dewy finishing powder. You don’t need more than two taps (taps? it’s not loose) to cover the whole face and less is more. It’s so subtle and fine. It doesn’t settle into my pores. This makeup is almost 4 hours old but still in place. It catches the light in all the right places and really softens the look.

This Hourglass finishing powder is powder is finely milled and easy to apply. It results in a lovely dewy finish. I am nearly 50 and have some very deep wrinkles which look softened. None of the products has been sinking into them (I do use a primer). Neither have I experienced any caking or dryness – which is an issue I’ve experienced with other powders

INTERESTING! Although I can’t agree that it’s crumbly. I think she had a dud one, or it was dropped.

I find the product chalky, it crumbles a lot and bits tend to fall out of the compact, making a mess. In terms of the powder itself I’m not sure what difference it is making once applied, having tried it a few times now. I can’t see any noticeable difference to my skin.


I think I need to watch a few more tutorials, so many people love it, it’s got to be me, not the powder at fault!


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Diffused Light £40.00














  1. July 22, 2017 / 8:03 pm

    I use Dior Nude Air powder and i swear it has never sets in any of my lines or pores.
    It is a setting powder and mattes down beautifully.
    I have been trying out the new Estee Lauder Double Wear Water Fresh Foundation and it’s quite dewy. This powder is fantastic with the minimum amount of powder used on the t-zone.
    I never really bought into the diffused light etc of the hourglass finishing powders, i prefer Chanel Les beiges and Guerlain Meteorites for effect. They actually work!
    It’s great to read a real review pointing out all the things a maturing woman; like myself, really needs to take care of when using a powder. I like the look of their blushers though. Thanks for in depth review Ann-Marie.

    • August 6, 2017 / 3:32 pm

      Hi Mandy,

      I should’ve read your blog before purchasing! The Dior Nude Air is now on my list, I know you don’t rave about products unless they deliver.

      I’m trying so hard with Hourglass, but I caught sight of myself in bright daylight (so cruel and unforgiving), and I swear I looked like an alien, I had a strange luminescent glow. Not happy at all, but I WILL make it work!

      • August 7, 2017 / 10:17 pm

        That’s such a shame considering how expensive they are. I tried the strobe highlighters one day when I Was at Space Nk. They were very Illuminating but, very powdery too. Not up to my strict standards lol. 👌😀

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