Hourglass Ambeint Lighting Powder in Diffused Light

Hourglass has recently released a finishing powder called Ambient Lighting Powder in six shades. I can’t quite recall this much hype surrounding a new release in the beauty world before. Of course I had to see for myself what this magical powder was about. After much debating I’ve finally settled on the shade, ‘Diffused Light’.

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Hourglass Ambient Powder is “a groundbreaking collection of finishing powders that capture, diffuse, and soften the way light reflects on the skin. Ambient’s illuminating particles are one of the first ever to exhibit both photoluminescence and color-correcting capabilities.” The six powders come in a variation of shades with different illuminating abilities.

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The powder is finely milled and utterly silky. It contains the finest shimmer that softly reflects light in the most flattering way. I go for an all over face application with this both day and night.

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Diffused Light is a soft, warm yellow power said to reduce redness, eliminate shine and give skin clarity. While the powder is mainly marketed as an all over finishing powder you can certainly use them as a highlighter as I am seeing some people do. The Ambient powder doesn’t have the setting abilities as my usual go-to and I must layer it on top on certain areas especially my under eye. As a person not to keen on powder and its mattifying finish, I am a huge fan of this one.

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Diffused light does not give me a powdery finish but rather a luminescent, ‘lit from within’ look. It softens and blurs imperfections and any color inconsistencies. It works beautifully to diminish any red-tones. This shade worked well for my light complexion and I have tested and approved it on my tanned skin as well.

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Does Hourglass Ambient Powder’s live up to their hype? I say, absolutely! The powder is stunning and has made its way into my everyday routine. Whether I use a tinted moisturizer or a medium foundation Diffused Light works to give me a perfect finish.

The six shades:

  • Diffused Light – reduce redness, eliminate shine, gives skin clarity
  • Ethereal Light – and opalescent sheer, cool white powder that mimics a moonlit glow
  • Radiant Light – extend a summer glow, enhance your overall complexion with a believable subtle warmth (see it reviewed on The Beauty Sample)
  • Mood Light – mimic the softest most-forgiving light and reveal your lightest complexion
  • Dim Light – the perfect balance of warm and cool tones, blur imperfections and bring light to your most radiant complexion (see it reviewed by Glitter Geek)
  • Luminous Light – soft, incandescent candlelit glow (see it reviewed on the beauty look book)

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder is $45 and available at Sephora and Nordstrom

Sunday Riley Blush in Blushing

There has been a lot of talk surrounding Sunday Riley blushes, a brand very new to me. I cannot be certain where I first caught wind of its mention, although I could have sworn it was in an Allure Best of Beauty issue. I continued to hear rave reviews on blogs like thebeautylookbook.com and beautyprofessor.net. Of course I had to see for myself exactly how gorgeous these blushes actually are.

Sunday Riley’s “series of six blushes leaves your cheeks with universally flattering, sunkissed radiance. Round-shaped pigments impart a silky texture and diffuse light for natural, luminous cheek color.”

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I found it difficult choosing between the two shades, Honest and Blushing. I ultimately chose Blushing due to the fact that my personal collection was devoid of a neutral pink shade. The Sunday Riley Blushes have impressed me considerably and I will most likely be adding Honest to my collection as well.

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Blushing is a neutral-toned shimmering pink. When viewed in the pan, Blushing lets on the idea of a more natural, warm based pink. To my surprise, once swatched the shade pops, bringing on cooler tones and ample pigment. The shimmer is subtle and perfectly tasteful, providing a certain amount of radiance. You can wear this during the day without fear.

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One swipe of the blush delivers sheer radiant color. The silky formula easily builds to provide more depth. When just swatching this product on my arm, it transformed from a powder product to something more in sync with the natural texture of my skin. It blends beautifully providing a truly radiant finish. It contains all attributes determinate of that which defines a great blush. In other words, this blush is brilliant.

sunday-riley-blushing-101-5The above swatch is heavily applied to help show the color and finish. I also applied it quite heavy in the photo below to help it show better on camera, something I always do. The formula is a great leap above Nars and with a $5 price difference I would choose this formula every time. The best-selling Nars Orgasm is similar to Sunday Riley 105 Intimate minus the glitter, just something to consider.  

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wearing Sunday Riley Blush in 101 Blushing

$30 now available at sephora.com

Have you tried Sunday Riley blushes? Is it a product you would like to try?

YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat Foundation

Le Teint Touche Éclat foundation infuses the magic light of YSL’s best-selling illuminater Touche Eclat. This foundation is said to “target shadowy areas and highlights the contours of the face. With buildable coverage and free of opaque fillers, this foundation’s perfecting texture evens the complexion and helps conceal imperfections, enhancing your skin’s natural beauty. Available in 17 shades with SPF19 broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection.”

While I am not a devoted fan of YSL Touche Eclat Radiance Pen, I did think that a foundation containing its illuminating technology held promise. “Touche Éclat” are two words that hold high expectations and I have to say I have been anticipating its debut. I have finally gotten my hands on a generous size sample in the color ‘Beige Dore 40’ for light to medium skin tones with honey beige undertones.

La Tient Touche Éclat  is incredibly silky and moist, allowing it to blend well into the skin without dragging. The coverage is light and about the next step up from my Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer. The foundation is virtually undetectable on the skin, giving you a very natural and luminous appearance. You are provided with a glow from this foundation with its creaminess and in its sheer coverage alone. There is a luminescent quality to this foundation that remains even after the moisture provided to skin is powdered down. It is no presence of any kind of shimmer that creates this.

The Touche Éclat foundation, I am sure, will give dull skin a boost with a more healthy appearance. The finish created is very similar to The Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in my opinion, but with slightly more coverage. It is not a life changer, if your expectations were set that high, but a very beautiful foundation that I would undoubtedly recommend. Although, if your skin is oily it might not be the best option for you. I liked this foundation very much and do prefer it to YSL Teint Radiance which was my previous foundation. Again, this formula is light and I do suggest testing this product to see is the coverage is ample enough to meet your needs.

YSL Touche Éclat Foundation in Beige Dore 40

Wearing YSL Touche Eclat Foundation in Beige Dore (to help show the foundation I am only wearing theBalm Time Balm concealer in light/medium under eyes, liquid eyeliner, mascara, and lip gloss -no powder)

Any thoughts on this foundation?