I’m pretty new to the Hourglass cosmetics range, I’ve heard some good reviews and the products and packaging are so appealing, however they are definitely on the higher end of the price range, so I decided to see if they were worth the splurge.
The first product I tried was an Ambient lighting powder, I was advised to use the shade Radiant Light by one of the sales advisors.
I was very impressed with the powder and decided I wanted to try it in a different shade, that may be better suited to my skin tone as I was heading towards winter and my summer glow was fading fast, however this wasn’t the only item in my shopping bag and I ended up with quite a selection.
Let’s look at what I got:
AMBIENT LIGHTING POWDER
What Hourglass say : “Powders mimic six universally flattering light sources, from morning light to candlelight, allowing clients to build a wardrobe of options-not unlike having a personal lighting technician at your disposal.
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.
Universal powders make them suitable for every skin tone, while each can be worn day and night.
The finishing powders enhance skin in any type of light, including flash photography.”
Shade & Finish: Available in 6 shades:
• ETHEREAL LIGHT: An opalescent sheer, cool white powder that mimics a moonlit glow—even in broad daylight.
• DIFFUSED LIGHT: A soft, warm, pale yellow powder that conceals redness and gives skin clarity—like a soft ray of morning light.
• DIM LIGHT: A neutral peach beige powder that blurs imperfections and highlights a radiant complexion with the perfect balance of warm and cool tones.
• MOOD LIGHT: A soft, sheer lavender pink powder that mimics the softest, most forgiving light and brightens the complexion.
• LUMINOUS LIGHT: A champagne pearl powder that creates a soft, incandescent candlelit glow—day or night.
• RADIANT LIGHT: A sun-kissed golden beige that enhances overall complexion with believable, subtle warmth, and also extends a summer glow
As I mentioned earlier I was first advised the colour Radiant Light, I then went on to purchase Diffused Light and Luminous Light.
Packaging: Sleek, bronze coloured, robust packaging with a mirror inside this looks and feels every bit of the high end, luxury product that it is designed to be.
Overall: On my own face I’m not a huge powder fan for setting my base as my skin is very dehydrated and I feel powder just adds years to me, that is also the case for some of my more mature clients…. that was until I tried this
The ambient light powders are super finely milled and aren’t dry or chalky at all infact they create a lovely soft glow, they are in no means glittery or a highlighter they are designed to create a healthy lustre to the skin, more of a ‘lit from within’ glow.
ILLUME SHEER COLOUR TRIO – SUNSET
What Hourglass say: “Give your face a luminous wash of color using this luxe creme-to-satin finish palette featuring bronzer, blush and highlighter. This versatile trio provides everything you need for sheer definition and color. Formulated to seemingly melt into your skin, it gives your complexion an incredibly natural and radiant finish. The palette now includes all three products in a sleek signature Hourglass compact”
Packaging: Sleek, bronze coloured, robust packaging with a good sized mirror inside this looks and feels every bit of the high end, luxury product that it is designed to be. So handy having the 3 products in 1 a great time saver for in the morning and perfect for on the go touch up’s and travel.
Shade & Finish: As you can see from the swatches above, the formula has a good pigment and can be built up, the texture is such an easy blend cream formula that you can also wear it quite sheer too. All 3 are definitely on the warmer side, which is great for me as I prefer those tones.
Overall: I’m not a big lover of cream finishes as a rule, however for it’s blendability and quick and easy application it’s such a handy product and I can see me reaching for this. I do think it’s on the pricey side as it would be more of a “on the school run” “off to the gym” quick and easy product for me, however it is beautifully packaged, a lovely formula and has a real high end feel.
AMBIENT LIGHTING EDIT – UNLOCKED
Please note these palettes are limited edition and I believe this is out of stock.
What Hourglass say: “Introducing the next generation of the coveted Ambient® Lighting Edit. The Unlocked edition features 6 new exclusive shades of powder, bronzer, blush and metallic strobe powder.
This 100% vegan palette features the Hourglass symbol representing our commitment to being a cruelty free brand. A portion of profits from this palette will go to support the Nonhuman Rights Project – the only civil rights organization in the United States working to secure legally recognized fundamental rights for nonhuman animals. All six powders are formulated with pure Photoluminscent Technology to capture, diffuse and soften surrounding light for skin that appears softer, younger and lit from within.”
Packaging: Sleek, gold, robust packaging with a great sized mirror inside. With all 6 powders inside this is perfect for on the go.
Shade & Finish: This palette contains 6 exclusive shades
• Ambient Lighting Powder – Soft Light
• Ambient Lighting Powder – Filtered Light
• Ambient Lighting Bronzer – Golden Bronze Light
• Ambient Lighting Blush – Nude Glow
• Ambient Lighting Blush – Mood Flush
• Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder – Champagne Strobe Light
All the shades are well pigmented and wearable, each providing that luxurious lit from within glow that Hourglass is renowned for.
Overall: I love this palette all the colours are beautiful and extremley pigmented, yet blendable a great edition to my kit.
AMBIENT LIGHTING BRONZER
What Hourglass say: Ambient™ Lighting Bronzer fuses the illuminating effects of Ambient® Lighting Powder with bronze pigments to add depth and dimension for a natural, sun-kissed glow. The sheer, airy formula sweeps on softly for a healthy-looking, radiant finish.
Packaging: Sleek, gold coloured, robust packaging with a mirror inside this looks and feels every bit of the high end, luxury product that it is designed to be.
Shade & Finish: Comes in 4 shades, I have Nude bronze light and Luminous bronze light.
• LUMINOUS BRONZE LIGHT – a medium tan shade fused with Luminous Light, a champagne pearl powder, for a softer, candlelit warmth. Ideal for fair/light complexions.
• RADIANT BRONZE LIGHT – a warm bronze shade fused with Radiant Light, a golden beige powder, to mimic a summer glow. Ideal for medium/deep complexions.
• DIFFUSED BRONZE LIGHT [NEW] – a cool bronze shade fused with Diffused Light, a soft, pale yellow powder, to mimic a ray of warm sunlight. Ideal for light/medium complexions.
• NUDE BRONZE LIGHT [NEW] – a neutral bronze shade fused with Nude Light, a soft, translucent powder, to mimic a subtle warmth. Ideal for light/medium complexions
Overall: I really like these bronzers they are builable yet subtle, lovely for bridal to give a soft bronzed look without looking too contoured.
VEIL – MINERAL PRIMER – OIL FREE
What Hourglass say: “Elevate your foundation to unprecedented performance with this state-of-the-art primer that extends the wear of foundation for a perfect complexion that lasts. With a texture unlike any other, this oil free primer not only creates a smooth, even canvas for makeup, but also conceals redness, minimizes the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles, and provides broad spectrum SPF 15 protection, all in a supremely airy, silky, cloud-like texture.”
Packaging: Luxurious, sleek frosted glass bottle with the classic Hourglass bronze shiny lid and pump.
Texture & Finish: I was suprised when I first tried this product at how fluid and almost watery the texture is but it feels absolutely beautiful on the skin. It goes on a cloudy milky, white colour and quickly changes to the most beautiful velvet texture.
Overall: This award winning product is an absolutely beautiful primer which I do feel adds longevity to a makeup application.
So the most important question, Is Hourglass worth the splurge?
Obviously I’m more than aware that the prices are quite high and for some people are well and truly out of budget.
Are they a necessity to your everyday makeup? Maybe not
Are there cheaper more affordable products that are similar? Maybe yes
Do they feel and perform like a high end, luxurious product? Absolutely!
I do love a luxury treat myself and of course I want the very best in high end luxury for my beautiful brides so I am happy with all my purchases.
And hey if they aren’t in your budget and you still want a treat, get one on your birthday or Christmas list!
Have you tried any Hourglass products? Do you have any on your wishlist?