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Written on Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Hi gals!

I’m a lucky owner of oily and porous skin, plus I’m not that young anymore (37 y.o.) therefore most highlighting powders don’t look nice on my face. But anyway, I always want to freshen my complexion, and use various makeup products for it. One of the essential requirements of mine is that a highlighting powder must provide delicate glow. This Hourglass ambient lighting powder seemed to do so, so I decided to give it a try. It’s been a year and now I can share my thoughts on it.

Let me start off with the design.

After one year in use, the glossy powder box has lost its gorgeous appearance. It’s covered with fingerprints and scratches. There was no case for it.

The powder box opens and closes without any problems, and it’s convenient and safe.



The top lid is equipped with a big mirror though I don’t like looking in it because that’s where all the powdery dust accumulates.

Initially, the powder came in a brown cardboard outer package.

There was a booklet with directions in it.

Color and Formula:

There are 6 colors available in the range. I chose the lightest one, which is Ethereal Light.

It’s nude, though it makes my skin appear white.

Once blended, it covers my skin like a sheer veil.

It’s finely ground, though the powder contains big glitter particles which can be visible in photos only.



When used as a highlighter, this powder can disappoint you, because the glow it gives is subtle.

The Hourglass ambient lighting powder gives a kind of light glow which smoothes the imperfections, without making my face shine like a Christmas tree. It’s really important as my skin has large pores, is oily and aging and there are fine lines.


You can’t simply apply a lot of highlighter to such a skin, so I’m absolutely happy with the delicate glow this highlighting powder gives.


But I wouldn’t recommend this powder if you are on the hunt for:


  • a finishing powder
  • a mattifying powder
  • or a powder that can conceal imperfections.

What it really does:


  • makes my complexion fresh
  • doesn’t settle into my pores
  • doesn’t dry out my skin
  • no cakey effect
  • smoothes wrinkles and flaky spots
  • works great in the under eye area as though diffusing the light and hiding the signs of aging on the eyelids.


I don’t like to apply this product onto a clean face, because my skin requires mighty coverage, but this powder can be worn solo, still.

On my skin:

before / after
before / after

As you can see, the powder does no wonders, but other products of this kind seem to accentuate my pores and makes the imperfections on my already imperfect skin stand out.

When applied over a foundation, it conjures a visible glow on my oily skin.

My opinion:

To be fair, I don’t think the product is worth its price. It doesn’t work as a finishing powder, it doesn’t prolong the lasting power of my makeup and it doesn’t mattify my oily skin.


Also, the powder shouldn’t be used on the whole face because it accentuates all the uneven spots on my skin.

However, I would buy it again and here is why: since my skin is aging, there are so many fine lines in my eye area, and most powders define them, while this one highlights the skin and visually hides them.My recommendation:

Not for young women, definitely. You won’t see any effect and will be disappointed. There are so many highlighting powders in any price range, don’t waste your time on this one.

However, I can totally recommend this powder for mature ladies, because it freshens the complexion and hides the wrinkles. What else is needed?

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Pollly recommends Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder

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Type: Powder
Brand: Hourglass
Category: Make-Up
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