2.19.2013

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light.


After being quite impressed with how Diffused Light performed, I made a quick pit stop at Sephora on Valentine's Day when the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders debuted in-stores and picked up Dim Light, "a neutral peach beige powder that blurs imperfections and highlights a radiant complexion with the perfect balance of warm and cool tones" according to Hourglass.





Dim Light has very fine, soft shimmer running throughout it, though it doesn't translate as shimmery or glittery on the skin when used correctly. I find this particular shade best used as an all-over finishing powder rather than as a concentrated highlighter.

Unlike Diffused Light, which I didn't swatch because it seemed pointless, Dim Light shows up on my arm when swatched, as it is a bit darker than my skin tone. When I used it for the first time, loading it up on my powder brush in the same way I use Diffused Light, the result was a bit cakey and Snooki-like on me. Dim Light has the potential to add quite a bit of peachy tan color on light skin tones like mine. Those with very fair skin tones may find Dim Light too dark and muddy on them, even when applied in moderation.

I've found that the key is to use it sparingly; don't use a particularly dense powder brush to apply it and start off with only a minimal amount of powder on the brush. Once you are able to see how the powder affects the appearance of your complexion based on your application technique, you can adjust from there. Remember, you can always add more powder if you need it, but removing it in cases of over-application is far more tedious.

Dim Light heavily swatched (left) and blended in (not really visible in photo)


Because Dim Light offers up a small dose of peachy tan pigment, it seems to blur imperfections every so slightly, simply due to the fact that it adds a touch of extra coverage to my foundation and concealer. It controls my oily T-zone fairly well, and it never makes my skin look too matte. I find that the overall finish on my skin is quite radiant as a result of the subtle micro-shimmer, and since the powder is incredibly finely milled, it just seems to melt into my foundation and never looks powdery when used correctly.

I purchased Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light from Sephora for $45.


16 comments:

  1. Wow, your skin looks so flawless! I think I'm even more impressed now with Dim Light, it's a great shade for the warmer weather, no? I'm so glad to hear that it controls oily t-zones as well ^^

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  2. I love the color it gives to cheeks...i guess it ll go unnoticeable on darker skin tones but ofcourse as u said it does add to coverage..Lets see when do i get to get my hands onto it...
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  3. Really love that colour on you, I always love great highlighters. Thanks for putting this on my radar!

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  4. This looks amazing! i really like the idea of this because sometimes powders can look too cakey and chalky

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  5. One question tiff! i was wanting to but the one that mauve in shade(SHEER LAVENDER PINK) and I was wondering what kind of finish it would leave? is it supposed to be put all over the face? and how would it look on a golden toned skin?

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  6. Thanks, Teri. I definitely think it's a great shade for warmer weather, especially for lighter skin tones since it does add a touch of glow :)

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  7. Glad you liked it!

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  8. No problem, Kisti! :)

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  9. I agree! I love powders that have a more natural, non-powdery finish :)

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  10. Sorry, I don't know because I don't have that shade :(

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  11. Not that you need the extra coverage because you're beautiful either way but that powder gives you a stunning finish, like you're glowing from within! gorgeous :) I'm kind of glad they haven't released this range in Europe yet...otherwise I would probably already own all the shades haha xxx

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  12. This looks really pretty on you Tiffany! I like how it looks natural, but still really highlights your skin! <3

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  13. This looks great! I hate powders that look, well, powdery but I need to set my makeup. I am always on the lookout for a powder that isn't too shimmery for all over but still keeps my oil at bay.

    Thanks for the review!

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  14. Thank you so much, Lina! You're too kind :) I actually can't wait for them to be released over there for you guys because I want to hear your thoughts! haha

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  15. No problem, Lauren! Glad it was helpful. I always need to at least powder my t-zone but I also hate the really powdered look, so I know what you mean. A good powder can be hard to come by!

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