Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder - Ethereal Light
Today I'm going to be talking about the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light! I picked this powder up in 2016 when it was all the rage and have gotten quite a bit of use out of it!
A wardrobe of six universal finishing powders that recreate the most exquisitely flattering light—from ethereal moonlight to luminous candlelight. Each powder captures, diffuses and softens surrounding light with groundbreaking Photoluminescent Technology. A groundbreaking collection of finishing powders that refine the appearance of the complexion. Powders mimic six universally flattering light sources, from morning light to candlelight. By manipulating and filtering out harsh light, powders conceal skin imperfections, pores and wrinkles. State-of-the-art formula delivers a multi-dimensional luminescence to every skin tone, making it appear softer, younger and perfectly lit. ETHEREAL LIGHT: An opalescent sheer, cool white powder that mimics a moonlit glow—even in broad daylight.
This powder comes in really elegant packaging, it is a pain to photograph and film because it is so shiny that you can see my face and the camera which annoys me so much you guys would not believe, but oh well. There is a large mirror inside the compact which makes it great for travel, and it doesn't come with it's own brush which I prefer.
I have the shade Ethereal Light which is the lightest shade in the collection and described as an opalescent cool white powder that mimics moonlights glow. It definitely is a pale shade and it blends out to be almost invisible on the skin. In the sunlight it is a little more obvious and leaves my skin looking quite glowy, but a lot of the time the effect is so subtle that it's not visable at all.
I usually apply this where I want a little more light, this includes the center of my forehead, under my eyes where beauty gurus would usually apply a triangle of concealer 4x lighter than their skin (no shade intended) and a little bit on my chin. I use a large fluffy brush to apply this powder, but I don't notice a difference on application.
Looking super close at my skin I can see very tiny particles of glitter which is actually really interesting. I can't see these in real life at all, but I don't particularly want my face to look glittery so I that's probably a good thing. Enjoy looking at my pores and peach fuzz while you're looking at the glitter, that's how close I had to zoom this in!
I enjoy using this powder, but for $72NZD I'm not sure if I would repurchase it. I feel like my skin looks better when I use it, it looks glowy and dewy, but in the before and after photos I really cannot tell the difference. The product description makes a lot of claims including that the powder will conceal skin imperfections, pores and wrinkles which I think is untrue, it also says that it will make my skin appear softer and younger which I also don't agree with. I would love to know what you guys think about these powders!