Monday, 6 June 2016

Better Late Then Never: Hourglass Dim Light Ambient Lighting Powder & Mood Exposure Ambient Lighting Blush Review



Well, I know what are you people thinking. Why on earth this lady needed to review such an over-reviewed product? who will read it anyway? You know what, I was also thinking the same. And as a matter of fact I have been avoiding to write a blogpost on ambient lighting powder and blush since the day they came into my possession seven months ago. Then what change my mind?
Recently Hourglass has introduced custom ambient lighting palette, where customers can create an ambient lighting powders palette of their own choice. I wish we could added the blush as well. I thought this was the perfect time to review the powder I own, which is Dim Light. And what other powder will work for South-Asian wheat-ish complexion, if anyone from this category of skin tone wants to splurge.  And as I also own a blush from hourglass so decided to give my two cents on ambient lighting blush in shade Mood Exposure.



I call almost every complexion from South Asian region a wheat-ish complexion. Because I have experienced that no matter how fair we are or how brown we are, our complexion has very distinct wheat-ish undertone. It can be like the outer coating of wheat grain or inner beigey colour. I don’t know if I am making any sense but such complexion can develop a greyish shadow over skin which leaves skin looking dull and also dirty. The blemishes leave dark brown marks. Pigmentation on skin has more of grey or very ashy brown colour.

I am a classic example of wheat-ish complexion that’s why I am always on a hunt of products which instantly lifts the complexion and gives the skin clarity. When I was choosing what shade to get of the ambient lighting powder, I had to do a very extensive research. I read almost every review and swatched the powders several times to find the perfect ambient lighting. At last, I narrowed down my choices to two powders, Dim Light and Diffused Light. The third choice will be Luminous light powder.


I went for Dim Light and left the Diffused light for later. Now why I chose the Dim Light? I have pigmentation on my skin and also have open pores. And as Hourglass ambient powders are luxury finishing powders, I didn't want anything which could worsen the situation.


Dim Light ambient lighting powder is a neutral beige colour powder, which blurs the imperfections and gives the skin a beautiful soft finish and doesn't accentuate pores. It is not shimmery or glittery powder but have very nice subtle sheen. The powder is very finely milled and doesn't settle in lines and pores. It just melts into skin and become a part of it. Although it is not setting powder, it does increase my foundation wear time. It doesn't look cakey or powdery at all.


It can slightly change the tone of overall look if you go heavy handed. So be careful. Always dust the access off. I will suggest to use big fluffy brush and sweep it across the face, neck and decolletage.  


If I have to buy another powder from the range, it will be Diffused light which is very pale yellow powder. I don’t own diffused light yet but I have tried it and I am very convinced that it will work best for people like us. It helps in lifting shadow from skin and make complexion more clear and vibrant. The yellowness in this powder is of perfect amount unlike ben nye banana powder which is too yellow for me. Diffused light and dim will make a very nice combination. One for blurring imperfections and other for lifting shadows especially under the eyes.  


Mood Exposure Ambient Lighting Blush

Mood exposure is a rosey plum shade mixed in with mood light ambient powder. The marble effect is rather pleasing to the eye. This is the deeper shade of all the ambient blushes. I went for mood exposure because all the blushes I own, are either very cool toned or brighter than this, while this is significantly darker and deeper but not over the top. In my UD Gwen Stefani blush palette review, I also mentioned it there that I personally prefer blushes which are not very dark in shades. I prefer subtle shades which I can build up according to my liking. 

Mood exposure is perfect for that purpose. It looks much deeper in pan than on skin. however, it can be build up for medium coverage. It doesn't mean that this blush is not pigmented enough. It is exactly how it was meant to be, subtle and gorgeous.


Mood exposure has nice subtle sheen for glowing effect. It is very sophisticated shade, not very girly or bubbly colour. I looked for such shade in every brand before I decided to invest in this shade. It blends beautifully without any effort. And it looks very nice on my complexion.



The packaging of blush and powder is insanely gorgeous. Powder comes in bronze colour compact and blush in dull golden colour compact. The outer colours are highly glossy, giving mirror effect which was pain to photograph.  The compact feels very sturdy and weighty. A big mirror is an extra bonus. And the sound of closing the lid is just out of this world. I read somewhere, where the satisfaction you get from closing the lid was described as closing a door of a luxury car and honestly this is exactly how I feel.

The only complain is, both products kick off a lot of product because they are very soft. You can check out the whole range on Space.NK website.

I hope you have enjoyed my review. If you own any of these products, let me know what you think of it and what shades will you recommend to me?


In the memory of my brother

21 comments:

  1. These two are absolutely gorgeous! I really can't decide whether I prefer Dim Light or Mood Exposure ! Great post lovely xo

    Whitney x | Whitney Loren.

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  2. I must be the only person left who doesn't know about ambient lighting powder. Thanks for the heads up!

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    1. It's okay hun 0..x.. I also got my hands on these beauties after two years of launch :)

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  3. Both of them are gems....
    they are super amazing and gorgeous


    Glamorous without the Guilt

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  4. Woahh these are beautiful. I can't just stop looking at these. Great review

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  5. Both are amazing products and it is never too late for a blogger to share their opinion. Great review.

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    1. Thank you for appreciating. I guess you are right. Because everyone has different perspective to things :)

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  6. These are sooo beautiful, thanks for sharing.

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  7. I can not get over how smooth they look. WOW!

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  8. Beautiful packaging and the colors are pretty too

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  9. First of all let me take a moment to appreciate your pictures; soo good <3 And the review was great :) personally I like Dim Light better as I think it will complement my skin better but just guessing though, its not like I have tried either of them :p

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    1. Thank you Hira for appreciating my photos <3

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  10. Holy moly! It's really on the top of my wish list!!! You wake my sleeping dream up.. LOL.. Because I have been dreaming to own this one since the beginning of this year but due to its high price, I think I need to save more. But glad that reading this makes me realize that I want it so bad..

    Xo~
    www.fiarevenian.com

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  11. They are by far my most used, most loved products. The packing, product itself screams nothing but one word that is A-MAH-ZING. Love your detailed review on both and I could not agree more though :) Thanks for sharing <3 x

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    1. Oh they are so pretty and A-MAH-ZING..hahaha

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  12. i really need to try these! i regret not getting them in the US as it worked out cheaper than the UK

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    1. Yes. That is actually the only downside. Here in UK the prices go a bit higher.

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  13. This look really pretty I have been wanting to try out this brand for a little while now!! might have to go and treat myself soon :-)

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