I think that most women know exactly what types of lighting suit them best and what types of lighting may require a bit more time at the makeup mirror than usual. For me (and many others), candlelight is lovely while florescents leave something to be desired. Enter the new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders. From the moment I learned of their release I knew something exciting was on the horizon.
This new formula offers 6 silky smooth powders that help mimic different types of lighting, anywhere from moonlight to candlelight. The shade I chose is called Dim Light, and I don’t think I could have picked a better match for my skin.
When I described the powders as “silky smooth” I really meant it. It just melts into the skin. It doesn’t turn creamy, but it doesn’t need to. It blends in flawlessly, never sitting on top of the skin or looking obviously powdery.
Dim Light is described by Hourglass as a neutral beige, and I’d agree with that assessment. It does lean a little warmer on me, but I have a warmer undertone to my skin. Initially the powder looks like it has the tiniest bit of sheen (at least in sunlight) and an almost translucent color. However, when applied to the face or when swatched a noticeable change occurs…
This is a heavier swatch done to show how the color may look when built up. I don’t wear it this heavily, of course, but there’s no stopping you from testing application methods to see how it wears best on you. I find that when I take a large powder brush and swirl it in the pan and dust lightly all over my face, starting with the T-Zone, I get the best results. I usually dip my brush back in the pan 2-3 times during application. I also don’t find that I have to reapply. The effect lasts all day. I also noticed that it seems to help keep the oil I normally experience at bay, but doesn’t prevent it entirely.
In the photographs below I am wearing Hourglass Dim Light dusted all over:
I do feel like it has a blurring effect, making my face look glowy, but not shimmery or shiny. The reason I like this particular shade is because you can use it all over. I was initially attracted to Luminous light (which incidentally is gorgeous and still on my radar) but decided it wouldn’t really be something that I would want to wear all over my face. This powder is flexible enough to be used on certain areas or as a nice all-over dusting. I’ve used it for meetings in office settings, weekend shopping trips and fancier evenings out and Dim Light performed each time.