Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting Powders

In a pivotal scene from A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche DuBois’ boyfriend Mitch angrily demands to see her in the harsh, stark light of day, realizing that he has never viewed her except in dim locations and situations.  He rips a paper lantern from a light bulb and declares that he wants to behold her realistically; Blanche replies, “I don’t want realism.  I want–magic.”

“Magic” Ambient Lighting Powder

“Magic” is what Hourglass Cosmetics’ new, highly touted Ambient Lighting Powders are intended to deliver to women, and they do just that–beautifully.  These are not meant to be highlighters, but rather setting powders in various shades and finishes to disguise imperfections and pores, hide fine lines and wrinkles, soften the complexion in general, and bring about a tender radiance and a more youthful appearance.  Ambient Lighting Powders use photo-luminiscent technology to filter brash light and refine skin’s appearance, akin to having your own camera crew following you throughout your day and night, except in compact form!  There are hues for every complexion.  I chose to try “Diffused Light” and “Mood Light.”

“Diffused Light” Ambient Lighting Powder

“Diffused Light” is described as a “soft, warm, pale yellow that reduces redness, eliminates shine, and gives skin clarity.”  It is a finely milled powder, with such subtle shimmer that it blends seamlessly into your complexion and is not noticeable as a product at all.  What IS noticeable is the exquisite, velvety, glowing finish to your face.  Skin’s tone is more even, blotchy patches slightly minimized (keep in mind that this is an excellent powder, not a complete miracle).

“Mood Light” Ambient Lighting Powder

“Mood Light” is characterized as a “soft, sheer, lavender/pink that mimics the softest, most forgiving light and brightens the complexion.”  It is far more pigmented that “Diffused Light” but very wearable just the same.  Less is more here.  The finish?  Youthful, subtly satin-like, and luminous, as if you’ve been outside in the first rays of spring’s sun for a short while.  It is exceptional for evening and can also be used as a touch of gentle blush.

Shade Comparison

(For photographic purposes, this is a fairly thick application of “Mood Light,” left, and “Diffused Light,” right.)

These powders are not inexpensive (six assorted, irresistible shades are available at Sephora for $45.00, with an accompanying, optional brush at $35.00).  I intend to collect all of them.  The quality is unrivaled, the finished look incomparable.  Who knows?  Perhaps A Streetcar Named Desire would have ended with Blanche’s marriage to Mitch if she had had these available to her!

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  • Amy Resnick

    March 31, 2013 at 3:34 am

    I have a ruddy complexion so I would use the more yellow one to even out my skin tone . I would use the mood

  • Amy Resnick

    March 31, 2013 at 3:43 am

    Light powder on the side of my face near the eyes to settle the laugh lines. This is an Excellent Review.

  • Laura Corebello

    April 6, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Excellent review! You have succeeded in making me very curious to try the diffused light powder.

  • Marie-Ora de Villiers

    April 9, 2013 at 1:26 am

    Superb review - if there is anyone in the world I trust for beauty reviews it's Gigi - always spot on.

  • Connie Connor

    April 9, 2013 at 2:34 am

    hmmm.....would they work to help diffuse the darkness under my eyes? may have to check sephora and give it a whirl....thanks for the info […] Read Morehmmm.....would they work to help diffuse the darkness under my eyes? may have to check sephora and give it a whirl....thanks for the info Read Less

  • Carole Dennis Cornell

    April 9, 2013 at 3:39 am

    Who doesn't need mood lighting?? This looks like a really good idea.

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