Skin Smoothing Brush in a Compact: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light Review, Photos, Swatches

There’s a new kind of powder out in the beauty world that’s causing a lot of buzz. Six Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders ($52 each at Sephora) claim to diffuse light to mimic different lighting effects on the skin.

  • Diffused Light: A soft, warm, pale yellow powder. Reduces redness and give skin clarity – like a soft ray of morning light.
  • Ethereal Light: An opalescent sheer, cool white powder. Mimics a moonlit glow – even in broad daylight.
  • Radiant Light: A sun-kissed golden beige powder. Extends a summer glow, or enhances the overall complexion with believable, subtle, warmth.
  • Mood Light: A soft, sheer lavender pink powder. Mimics the softest most forgiving light and reveals your brightest complexion.
  • Dim Light: A neutral peach beige powder. Blurs imperfections and highlights a radiant complexion with the perfect balance of warm and cool tones.
  • Luminous Light: A champagne pearl powder. Create a soft, incandescent candlelit glow – day or night.

According to Hourglass, the powders use soft-focus particles to create an appearance of younger, event-toned and radiant skin. Their transparent quality makes them suitable for all skin tones. They are also formulated without parabens, talc, fragrance, nano-particles and gluten.

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light

I received the shade Dim Light. The powder is meant to be applied with the new Hourglass Ambient Powder Brush (sold separately, $41 at Sephora). I use shu uemura natural brush 20h ($50) to sheerly apply Dim Light across my forehead, down my nose and chin, and high points of my cheeks.

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Dim Light Swatch
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light — swatch

In my before and after photos, the effect of Dim Light is apparent. It tones down shine while keeping the skin radiant with a soft focus finish. It blurs pores and any unevenness on the skin.  It’s like taking a skin smoothing brush in Aperture or Photoshop, and applying it to the skin. It is Magical Elven makeup. My friend Tracy – who has fair skin – concurs.

Galadriel for Hourglass
I bet Galadriel wears Ethereal Light. Hahahahaha!

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Dim Light Before
Before Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Dim Light After
After Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Dim Light Before and after
Before and After Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light

It is meant to be sheer and subtle, but I can definitely see a difference. I also notice a slight tint to my skin, where my strong yellow undertones are reduced. Very flattering, don’t you think?

Those who are very fair with pink undertones should try this before they buy. When applied with a heavy hand (even on my skin tone), the powder builds into a dirty/muddy colour. Again it is meant to be used with a light hand, but this shade will be more obvious on someone with a lighter skin tone than mine.

Let me know what you think of Dim Light! I think makeup fanatics will definitely love this. It costs a lot of Fancy Feasts (sorry Scherbs!) but it sure makes my skin look fantastic. 🙂

Read more about Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders in my favourite beauty blogs:

  1. Luminous Light and Ambient Powder Brush Reviews @ Beautezine
  2. Luminous Light review with many swatch comparisons @ The Beauty Look Book
FULL DISCLOSURE: This entry contains a sample product(s) sent by PR or the manufacturer for consideration only. For information on my posting policy, please see my Disclaimer.
  • Icequeen81

    pretty i like it

  • TOBeautyReviews

    Pretty, pretty but ouch on the pocket book!

    • Ouch indeed. But is it bad that I’m thinking of picking up more? 😛

  • Mai Nguyen

    I’m seeing such good reviews about these, I am soooo tempted. Even though I got a bunch of makeup last Christmas and I really don’t need anymore. Damn you Hourglass, for making such alluring products that I want to go buy!

    • Oooo what did you get at Christmas Mai?

  • LOL poor Scherbie! And yes, I can definitely see the difference here! It’s really pretty!

    • Hahahhaa right? Thanks Sunny!

  • I love the subtle finish it gives. So glad to hear that you are liking this powder but tbh you already have great skin of your own!

    • Aw thanks Teri! I do like the subtlety of it. It’s the kind that fools boys that you’re not wearing any makeup. 😉

  • HEYYYYY how YOU DOIN’ there Arwen baby?
    Looks so PRETTY on you Geekz! I lurve mine! I actually picked up Ethereal the other day and it IS Galadriel!

    • Ahhh you’re gonna feature the Galadriel powder too, right? I wants to see!

  • Procrast1nato2

    Ohh this is pretty! I’ve been kind of bombing in the pressed powder department lately — I’ll love it in the store but when I get home it just looks like too much. This sounds promising though!

    • Really? What have you tried lately? This is really beautiful. It doesn’t look like powder at all… just blends in beautifully.

      • Procrast1nato2

        I’ve been playing with the Dior Forever compact and the Pixi one. I’m really disappointed with the Dior version actually, even as a powder foundation it’s a little heavy-looking. Could be personal preference though!

  • I’ve been dreaming of trying this out, heard so many good things about it hahah and just featured it in my wishlist post

    • Did you check one out yet Kassandra?

  • I can totally see a difference in the before and after photos (of course you look fab in both!) but you captured it so well!! I am so wanting to try one of these, I just wish there weren’t so many choices! Lol! I don’t know which one to go for…and I reaaally should stick to one! 😉 Beautiful post Arianne! <3

    • Did you buy one (or all?) yet? 🙂

      • Lol, girl the same day you sent me this reply I had been in Sephora earlier that day and got all confused with all of the gorgeousness staring back at me that I literally ran away and decided to do some more swatch searching before choosing one! Yikes! Haha! I know I will only need one, so I want it to be THE perfect one! 😀 (lol, I realize I am lame…) 😉 So, it is not yet mine, but hopefully soon! 🙂

  • oooh, this is going on my makeup wishlist 🙂 my laptop display settings won’t let me enjoy all the glowy goodness, but I do see a difference in the before/after….♥ the Galadriel reference too!

    • Yay for the Galadriel reference!

  • Definitely on my wish list! Hard to see the difference in your photos…but I believe you. 🙂

    • Hi @twitter-1192100522:disqus! It might be your browser or monitor’s settings. You’re supposed to see a difference. Subtle, but it’s there! The “highlights” on my skin are softened.

  • I’m in the market for a new finishing powder, and one of these is SO going on the list! I hate that there are so many choices though, I want at least 4 of the 6!! Eeks!

  • I love it too! Dim looks gorgeous on you! Well you also look beautiful before. I love how its not powdery at all but just radiant.

    • Exactly! No more excuses for powdery-finish powders! These are game changers.

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  • Hahaha love the Galadriel plug! I’m gonna have to go and try these babies out on my own!

    • You must try them Maria! I know you’ll love them.

  • love it! there really is a difference after you have used Hourglass’ Dim … I think it really adds some dimension to your face.

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  • Makeupremastered

    There have been such mixed reviews on this product-I have Dim and diffused on their way to me-any tips on the best application?

    • Hi! I find that the best way to apply is to sweep lightly with a fluffy, non-synthetic brush. A sheer application is the way to go with these.

  • Thank you!


    great post! I’ve been wanting to buy one of these every time I go to Sephora!!

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