Hey guys! Hope you’re all having a nice weekend! Right, so someone heard my complaint about Gone Girl and promptly put it up on BookMyShow! So excited to see it today! I mean, yes, I already know the story but a sinister part of me just wants to watch my boyfriend’s reaction. :p
So, Hourglass. You’ve probably already heard/read about this product to the point of saturation. I had to really sit and think about this review because it’s really hard to describe the effect I get with it. I had read a ton of reviews and seen before-after pictures where I didn’t quite get what people were talking about. But it’s something you do see in person because a lot of the times you see things that others don’t and that little blur effect might only be apparent to you. Anyway, I’m rambling now so I’ll just get started.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders are a range of finishing powders that are translucent but come in variations of tints and shimmer. These aren’t the same as setting powders although you could use one as such. Dim Light is a natural beige, meant to give a subtle glow and blur imperfections. It has a warm undertone and hence I feel it would work well for Indian skintones. It also doesn’t have any shimmer but there is a subtle pearlescence to it. The powder is extremely fine and and the pan does tend to get messy with the excess loose powder.
For my skintone in particular, it doesn’t give a whitecast unless you really pile it on. This mattifies my face but doesn’t appear too powdery. I do get that blurred effect, I notice it the most on my cheeks and my nose. I don’t have very large pores but that’s where it makes a difference on my face. As for the elusive “glow” that people mention, I think it’s more apparent on my hand swatch, where it looks almost pearly with a matte sheen. On my face however, it’s most noticeable on my highpoints like forehand, nose.
I have dry skin and I use this very lightly with my large fluffy Natio powder brush. I can’t speak for it’s oil control properties but this keeps my face matte uniformly for atleast 3-4 hours. It depends on situations and travels, so this does vary. It’s not the most long lasting powder on me but I generally love using this for mattifying my face and for the blur. I’m honestly cracking up a bit here because it’s just weird for me to use Photoshop terms to describe my face.
Another thing to mention is that you do need to use it enough to really understand how it affects the texture of your skin and use it to your advantage. Now in the photo below I’ve applied it evenly across my face. But generally I concentrate more on my cheeks, nose and forehead. Along my jawline and chin I apply much less because I think the really fine hair can be more pronounced with powder.
Hourglass is hard to get hold off in India but you can buy it from SpaceNK which does ship to India. It costs around £38 ~ $52 ~ Rs. 3800 which is a shit ton of money, I really wouldn’t call it a necessity. But you do get 10g of product which is massive and I honestly don’t know when I would hit pan on this. The packaging is also very sleek and luxurious, you do end up paying for that as well.
Photos and swatches below!
Image Above : Swatched heavily on the left, blended on the right
Image Above : Used Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder over Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation
Name: Ambient Lighting Powder
Brand : Hourglass
Shade : Dim Light
Product Amount : 10g
Coverage : Sheer
Consistency : Packed powder, very fine.
Finish and Texture : Matte with a slight sheen
Durability : 3-4 hours
Shelf Life : not sure
Price : £38 ~ $52 ~ Rs. 3800
Overall : 4/5