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‘mimcs the softest, most forgiving light’
“The Ambient Lighting Powders are finishing powders that capture, diffuse and soften the way light is reflected on your skin. They brighten the appearance, conceal imperfections, pores and wrinkles so the skin looks younger, radiant and more even toned.“
I’ve been using (and loving) this powder for quite some time now but because my clumsy self effortlessly managed to smash it, I’ve been disheartened and unmotivated to write about it. Ugh. I couldn’t even bear looking at it anymore because I’m so mad at myself for dropping it. There goes $40+ (got it locally hence the mark-up). But while cleaning my hard drive, I found product photos I took of it when I first got it so here it is, my long-overdue review on my favorite Hourglass powder yet.
I got Mood Light because I loved the Ambient Lighting Palette but felt like it was lacking something. If you’re not familiar with the Ambient Lighting Powders, these were designed to mimic the effects of different types of flattering lights. Do you ever feel like you ‘look better’ under warmer restaurant lighting than harsh fluorescent hospital or office lighting? You don’t? Lucky you! These powders, however, were created with that concept in mind.
Mood Light is a soft, sheer lavender which seemed like a wrong purchase at first because I felt like it may look ‘fake‘ or ‘ashy‘ on me considering I was yellow-toned and this seemed to be ‘pink-toned’. It has minimal shimmer flecks, almost indistinguishable in person unlike in the swatch below. I use it as an all-over finishing powder like Dim Light – but whereas Dim fell short of my expectations performing just like MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural on me, Mood swooped in and lived up to the Hourglass claim.
a comparison of the sizes. L-R: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Mood Light, Blush in Diffused Heat and the Palette.
The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Mood Light dusted all over softens my otherwise flat matte or semi-matte look. It’s the only Hourglass powder where I’ve really noticed a marked ‘blurring of imperfections’. I wore this during my massive acne onslaught last year and I found that the combination of foundation + this powder on top effectively vanishes the blemish/mark/scarring. I mean, if you looked closely, you are still to see the battle wounds, but from afar – I look practically flawless. And again just to reiterate – I used this powder during my darkest acne days and not just on my good skin days – so I’m ecstatic to attest that it truly delivers on its claims.
Below, I’m only wearing the Estee Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup foundation and Mood Light as my base. The EL foundation is on the light-medium coverage, so the further flawless-ification is by the Hourglass powder. My yellow-toned Asian skin is softened and isn’t as pronounced without veering too much on the pink side. Pores are hidden, even the lines beneath my eyes and the laugh line I’m developing are blurred. All these without looking like I slapped a ton of powder on – no caking, no looking like a ghost. Subtle yet powerful.
Heads up though – apply too much and you may look like a paler, sick version of Pink Panther. Those with darker skintones may also find this a bit ashy on when applied way more than the intended amount. Also, this has no oil-control properties so if you’re on the oily side, I suggest using a mattifying primer beneath everything or any oil-control powder after foundation but before putting on the Hourglass powder.
Have you tried any of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders? What are your thoughts? Do share!
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