A while ago, Hourglass launched Ambient Lighting Powders that instantly sprouted up all over the blogosphere. Since there are many posts that include a comprehensive introduction to the line, I am going to put simply that these 6 powders are supposed to produce different “lighting effects” for your complexion. Whether you want to bask in moonlight, sunlight, or candlelight, you can now do it 24/7! I thought I’d try Radiant Light, which is described as “a sun-kissed golden beige that enhances the overall complexion with believable, subtle warmth.”
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder comes in a rather sizable compact, though it is not too hefty and carrying it around shouldn’t be an issue. It contains 10 grams/0.35 oz of product. However, since the powder is baked, it has way more volume than your usual 10 grams of powder. I really don’t think anyone will get through one of these too soon!
Radiant Light is quite aptly described as a sun-kissed beige. It is the most pearlized one out of the 6, so if you are averse to any kind of light-reflecting particle on your face, you might want to look away. However, when I actually use it on my face, I get the type of radiant effect that is not unlike what I get from Guerlain Météorites. The result depends largely on the brush you use, but when used “correctly,” you will only notice some pearls from an inch or two away.
The noteworthy thing about Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder is the fact that it is talc-free. If you prefer to do without talc in your setting powder, this is a good line to consider. The texture of the powder is incredibly fine. It is not “creamy” because it is baked, but it is very smooth and fine.
Here is a closeup of the powder:
Here is how Radiant Light swatches on me. On the left: one swipe. On the right: one swipe and then blended out.
I had some trial and error experience with Radiant Light, but eventually I realized as long as I use a powder brush that is not too densely-packed or deposits too much product in one go, it works very well. With my current skin tone (NC 25), I can use it as an overall setting powder to add a bit of warmth and radiance as well as a highlighter. It doesn’t control sebum production (doesn’t claim to. As far as I know, out of the 6 Ambient Lighting Powders, only Diffused Light promises to eliminate shine), so for my combination skin type I find combining it with an oil-control primer yields the best result. It does keep my foundation and blush intact for longer, and never looks grainy or powdery on the skin!
I did a before/after comparison so you can see the kind of difference it makes. Left: without Hourglass Radiant Light. Right: with Hourglass Radiant Light
Can you detect the subtle warmth and see that my complexion seems to have a softer texture? A very personal factor here is as I have mentioned elsewhere, my face is less warm-toned and fairer than my neck, chest, and shoulders. If you look at the after picture, you might be able to tell the warmth Hourglass Radiant Light gives me balances the difference out.
I know that some of you might want to know how Hourglass Radiant Light Ambient Lighting Powder compares to Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder, so here are my thoughts. Since Hourglass Radiant Light comes in one shade, your have to take your skin tone into consideration. If you are rather fair and cool-toned, I can’t guarantee it is not going to look a bit too warm or too dark on you. Also, you might have to pair it with the right brush for it to work, so it could mean some experiment (for your reference, I like Le Métier de Beauté Powder Brush the most for this purpose). However, you do get a good boost of radiance from this (more so than Les Beiges), and for those of you who are allergic to talc, Radiant Light is a great option.
Bottom line: Hourglass Radiant Light Ambient Lighting Powder keeps the sunshine on your face wherever you go, whatever the weather is like. I personally adore it for the boost of radiance, though since it is the most pearlized out of the 6 Ambient Lighting Powders and has a bit of a tint, I do expect experiences to differ. Still, if you are fair-to-medium and above, are not averse to some light-reflecting particle, and want some extra warmth from your finishing powder, do consider Hourglass Radiant Light!
Have you checked out Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders? If so, what is your light of choice? Are you a fan of similar products or is light-reflecting particle a big no-no in your book?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx