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Hourglass Subtle Edit Ambient Lighting Palette Evaluate & Swatches


Diffused edit

Hourglass Diffused Edit Ambient Lighting Trio ($ 64.00 for 0.29 oz.) Is a new, Nordstrom-exclusive palette that includes a finishing powder, blush and bronzer. All three colors come from the permanent range, so that each can be purchased individually on request. The blush was significantly more blush on the marbling, resulting in a much darker blush color than my last two iterations, but otherwise the feel, performance, mixability, and wear on all three products were consistent with their permanent counterparts.

I think this format is preferable to the larger six-pan range, but it’s disappointing, if hardly surprising, that only one option is offered. I’d really like to see a move away from industry-wide uniform cheek palettes and a tendency to offer light, medium, and deep options.

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Diffuse light

Diffuse light is a translucent, yellowed beige with subtle, warm undertones and a natural finish. As a finishing powder, it had a translucent coating that applied a veil of natural-looking powder to the skin. The quality – texture, performance, etc – was consistent with previous iterations. It was smooth, finely ground, not too powdery or pressed too tightly in the pan, and worked well as a finishing powder.

This is the shade I usually reach for when I want a bit of luminosity and subtle blurring of the skin as it doesn’t add any visible color – no lightening or darkening – and I went through my original full size version of it (and has bought back). The version in this palette was the same as the previous versions. I don’t find the ambient light powders to vary that much in power, color, etc. and are very consistent, which is always good. For marbled products, many of the end results can be based on color ratio.

To save my cheeks / face the photo above is the diffuse light applied from the Hourglass Sculpture palette, but the one I wore to test was from that palette.

MORE READING: Formula overview for details on general performance and properties (such as fragrance).

formula OverviewIngredients

Formula overview

$ 48.00 / 0.35 oz. – – $ 137.14 per ounce

The ambient light powders breathe life into the skin after you’ve put foundation and powder on – especially if you’re using more mattifying base products. They’re not full-fledged highlighter pens, but they don’t make an accurate use of powder (by the Hourglass definition, they make powder).

If you have very oily skin you may still need your usual setting powder, but for my normal to dry skin, the ambient light powders work as a setting and finishing powder in one for me. I have long-term wear and tear on my basic products, but the powders also smooth the appearance of the skin, minimize pores and imperfections and give the skin a natural glow (not shiny, not shimmery). It’s that extra something that someone won’t see and say, “Oh, lovely lipstick!” but “Did you do anything else with your skin?” When people ask you about your skin care routine, you know that a product really delivers on its promises!

The only negative I have to say about the products is that the texture is very, very soft. Depending on the brush used, excess powder can be kicked up (and wasted).

Browse all of our Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder swatches.

ingredients

Mica, synthetic fluorophlogopite, boron nitride, Hdi / trimethylolhexyllactone cross-polymer, polymethyl methacrylate, octyldodecanol, benzoic acid, C13-14-isoparaffin, dehydroacetic acid, diamond powder, dimethicone, ethylhexylglycerin, laurethylsilicate, sorbitol, sorbitol, sorbitol, sorbitol, sorbitol, sorbitol, sorbitol, sorbitol, sorbitic acid, sorbitol, sorbitol, sorbitol, sorbitol, sorbitol, sorbutic acid, sorbitic acid, sorbitol (Ci 77163), iron oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), titanium dioxide (Ci 77899).

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Euphoric fusion

Euphoric fusion is a medium black, rosy plum with moderate, warm undertones and a bright finish. I have two previous versions of this, and this one looks noticeably darker – like a different shade – because it has a ton of the blush color and very little of the lighting color. I didn’t mark it as a separate shade because I didn’t think it was separate per se (like it was done wrong) but I’m not sure which is more common as two out of three are very light and more peachy in color – including the independent, permanent single.

Applied it was also easier and warmer, if not as easy as the other two that I have. The texture was finely ground, smooth, and silky to the touch with a semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation. It stayed a good eight and a half hours before it visibly faded.

MORE READING: Formula overview for details on general performance and properties (such as fragrance).

bareMinerals Golden Gate (LE, $ 22.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Prim (LE, USD 29.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cool (Winter 2016) Highlighter (LE, $ 60.00)) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Make Love Instead (P, $ 5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Mood Exposure (P, $ 40.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). Edward Bess Southern France (P, $ 45.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). CoverGirl Medium Rose (DC, $ 9.99) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Milani Dolce Pink (P, $ 8.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar); Urban Decay Rapture (DC, $ 26.00) is cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (DC, $ 9.99) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar).

Formula overview

$ 38.00 / 0.15 oz. – – $ 253.33 per ounce

The Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder was developed to achieve the “lighting effects” of its Strobe Lighting Powder with “vibrant cheek colors”. The formula is characterized by “buildable color” with a “natural-looking, radiant finish”. The texture of the powder is very, very silky and finely ground, which can result in noticeable powder being swirled around the pan, although it applies nicely to the skin and never looks dry or dusty when actually applied (which counts )!). One of the things that I’ve noticed over the years is that the depth of color can vary dramatically depending on the marbling of the powders. Some are more of the “strobe” hue and others are more of the “blush” hue. They usually last between seven and eight hours with me.

Browse all of our Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush swatches.

ingredients

Ingredients: mica, synthetic fluorophlogopite, boron nitride, Hdi / Trimethylolhexyllacton-Crosspolymer, polymethyl methacrylate, octyldodecanol, silicon dioxide, dimethicone, magnesium aluminum silicate, aluminum oxide, water / aqua, benzoic acid, C13-14 isoparaffin, dehydroacetic acid, polymethanoloxy, polyethanoloxy, phenacrylic acid, polymethanoloxy, polyethanoloxy, phenoxyacetic acid, polymethanoloxy, dehydroacetic acid, polymethanoloxy, dehydroacetic acid, polyethanoloxy, phenacrylic acid, polymethyl methacrylate Potassium sorbate, sodium dehydroacetate, sorbic acid, sorbitan sesquioleate, tin oxide, trimethylsiloxysilicate. May contain (+/-): Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Carmine (Ci 75470), Ultramarine (Ci 77007), bismuth oxychloride (Ci 77163), iron oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), titanium dioxide (Ci 77891 ).

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Shining bronze light

Shining bronze light is a soft, golden peach with strong, warm undertones and a bright finish. It had buildable paint coverage ranging from medium to opaque (two to three coats) with a soft, slightly powdery consistency that was finely ground and blended. It carried well for eight and a half hours before noticeably fading. This hue was in line with the previous iterations I tried.

MORE READING: Formula overview for details on general performance and properties (such as fragrance).

MAC Baby Girl (LE, $ 28.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Delphic (LE, $ 34.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Lumiere d’Ete (LE, $ 70.00) is warmer ($ 95)% similar). MAC Delicates (LE, $ 35.50) is shimmery (90% similar). Givenchy Ambre Season (P, $ 52, 00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar); Make Up For Ever # 20M (P, $ 36.00) is lighter, warmer, lower quality (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Goddess (P, $ 48.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (-,) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Gold (P, USD 30.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Nude on Board (LE, Jan. .00 USD) is darker, cooler (95% similar).

Formula overview

$ 52.00 / 0.39 oz. – – $ 133.33 per ounce

The Ambient Lighting Bronzer formula is said to have a “simple, airy” feeling (as simple as in the texture), which creates a “natural, sun-drenched glow” with the “lighting effects of Ambient Lighting Powder” with “bronze pigments” “building color.” The formula tends to be more pigmented (usually semi-opaque), but the textures are always soft enough that a less dense brush or lighter hand is an option to pick up less product and get less coverage. I find that the bronzer formula is less powdery compared to the original ambient light powders, which is very nice. I usually wear around eight hours.

Browse all of our Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer swatches.

ingredients

Mica, synthetic fluorophlogopite, boron nitride, Hdi / trimethylolhexyllactone cross-polymer, polymethyl methacrylate, octyldodecanol, benzoic acid, C13-14-isoparaffin, dehydroacetic acid, diamond powder, dimethicone, ethylhexylglycerol, trimethylsilicon, trimethylsilicate, sorbitol, sorbic acid, sorbic acid, sodium sorbiol, sorbic acid, sorbic acid, sodium sorbiol, sorbic acid . May contain (+/-): Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), bismuth oxychloride (Ci 77163), iron oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), titanium dioxide (Ci 77891).

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