Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light

hourglass ambient lighting powder review swatch dim light comparison vs diffused light blog nc30
A little heads up: I'm currently on holiday and am trying to clear out any old posts that are left in my drafts. All posts after that will feature larger images which will match the width of this text. So I apologize for any irregularities. Anyhow, I reviewed the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder ($45) in Diffused Light a year ago (time flies, wth!) and expressed my feelings of discontent with the product. I mentioned that I returned Diffused Light and got Dim Light (the shade I wanted originally) but never posted a full review of the latter. Here it is!
 

hourglass ambient lighting powder review swatch dim light comparison vs diffused light blog nc30
hourglass ambient lighting powder review swatch dim light comparison vs diffused light blog nc30
Dim Light has the standard Ambient Lighting Powder texture: soft, buttery, finely milled, and slightly powdery (it kicks off some excess dust when you put your brush in it). It is also very effective at blurring the appearance of pores, just as effective as Diffused Light (to see a before and after, refer to my original review). The reason I like Dim Light better is because the color suits my skin tone. Diffused Light was too pale and I noticed a slight white cast whenever I used it. The Ambient Lighting Powders are sheer but not completely translucent and that is something important to keep in mind.

As I mentioned in my first review, Ambient Lighting Powders are finishing powders but they aren't very effective when it comes to mattifying and you will notice that your face will get shinier faster when compared to your regular pressed face powder. Therefore, oiler skin types may not find them too practical. 

 How did you like the Ambient Lighting Powders? Which shade is your favorite?

xx Coco

25 comments

  1. I have diffused light and if I’m honest I haven’t used it all that much. Not because I don’t like it, just haven’t really got round to using it. Will have to put it into my Muji storage and give it a good go!

    www.britishbeautyaddict.com

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    1. See if you like it! It's a shame to have it sitting since it's so expensive.

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  2. Dim Light is a holy grail product for me! It's slightly darker than my skin tone, but I use it as a light setting powder in summertime. Since it's not great at oil control, I layer it over my mattifying powder and it's perfection :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  3. This looks like such a gorgeous powder! x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

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  4. I have always been curious about these and due to my generally dry skin I shy away from a setting powder, but these sound as though they would be perfect for me :)
    Beautyosaurus Lex

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    1. I think they're very appropriate for dry skin x

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  5. I feel like I want to try these. But as someone that typically uses cream products only I think I might be getting sucked into the hype. Or the slick packaging. Either/or.. haha. x

    Lyon Notes

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  6. I've never tried these particular powders but the one you have looks gorgeous. I like how warm in colour it is :) X

    THEFASHION-JUNKIE

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  7. I love the look of this product, might just have to invest!

    Lauren x | http://laurenselwood.blogspot.co.uk/

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  8. ugh, every time i see these i'm so fascinated. i have one of the ambient lighting blushes (in diffused heat), and it's stunning. may have to invest in diffused light, since that one seemed to have been too light for you, it might just be perfect for me!

    brooke | brooke elise

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    1. I have that one too, so pretty x

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  9. I have the palette and love these powders, they really suit my complexion and skin type! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

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  10. I'd still really like to try one of these, but I haven't got around to picking one up! xo

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  11. These sound so lovely, and I really want to try one, but I love very mattifying powders so I'm not sure how I'd get on with them. x

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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    1. I see, you might not love them then. x

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  12. I never use my Ambient Powders - I seriously think they are the most over-priced and hyped items in the beauty community! I also have Dim Light and it does nothing special for me!

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  13. I'm the opposite to you - I find Dim Light to be too dark for me and I wish I'd gotten Diffused Light instead, lol! I rarely use this powder but the texture is nice. Then again, I have a few powders and in general am not in love with any of them. Maybe powders and I just don't get along :p

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  14. I really want the 'radiant light' shade which is the darkest one. I've been wearing the ambient lighting blusher in luminous flush and I absolutely love it, all my other blushers have been forgotten since I got it!

    www.peonyandpeach.blogspot.com

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  15. I read your reviews of both and did my own research.. I'm a pale lady, so I don't think I'd have a problem with the white cast some seem to say Diffused Light has! I'm looking forward to giving it a try some day soon.

    PS. I really love your blog. You have all of the qualities I look for in a beauty blogger. I read some older posts and I really enjoy what you have to show and say :^)

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  16. I love Dim Light, but agree, it's better in the winter on my oil complexion. I too had Diffused and didn't love it. I gave it to a much paler friend and picked up Dim Light and have been very happy with it. Enjoy your holiday, Coco!

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  17. I have this one and I love it! I'm oily so I don't use it a setting powder because your right, it definitely adds some glow but I love to use it as an all over highlight, on top of my powder. I find that it gives my skin such a nice glow :)

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  18. I do like the look of this, although I do think I'd go for Diffused Light!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  19. I will never get bored of reading about these powders! I've been wanting to try out them out for the longest cause they look so luxurious and different from everything else I have tried

    sparklygoddess.blogspot.com

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  20. The ambient lighting palette is on my wishlist!! They look so gorgeous!

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