Saturday, 7 June 2014

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders | The Low Down

Let me introduce the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders. There's a lot of hype and a lot of confusion about these intriguing products, and I want to hopefully smooth some of that confusion out and introduce you to these incredible powders. These powders have become a staple in my makeup collection and are currently probably my favourite products I own, which is saying something! I think much of the confusion with these is that no-one really understands what they are, since they have no one purpose. Hourglass describes them as 'Universal Finishing Powders' but in actuality, you can use them on any point of the face, or indeed as a finishing powder.  Each powder is meant to give the illusion of a different light source illuminating your face, like you're constantly in your own custom photography studio. It's hard to describe the difference these powders actually make to my makeup - they create a subtle glow, blur pores and blemishes and give an amazing radiance. Basically, the trick with these powders is to experiment with the shades and see how they best work for you. At the moment I like to use 'Diffused Light', (which is a warm pale yellow powder to counteract redness) as a finishing powder lightly dusted all over my face, 'Luminous Light' as an under-eye setting powder, 'Dim Light' from the palette over the high points of my face, and 'Incandescent Light' from the palette as a stronger highlight applied very lightly. There are a total of seven different powders (two are repeated in the palette), as well as six Ambient Lighting Blushes which each contain one of the Ambient Lighting Powders marbled into a blush colour (these are also incredible). On my combination skin, these powders sit absolutely fine, and don't make my skin any oilier throughout the day. They photograph absolutely beautifully on the skin and just give the most amazing luminosity without looking at all shimmery. One word of warning - they can smash very easily, so don't travel with these unless you've nestled them up in some clothes or something safe! Seriously though, these powders have really impressed me and I would recommend them to everyone.

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