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Anyone try anything from the brand Hourglass? ('ve only used a few lipsticks from them, they were very nice and creamy)
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Re: Hourglass Cosmetics

They look nice, but are really expensive.
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Re: Hourglass Cosmetics

I agree that they are overpriced...I bought one of their lipglosses ( Extreme Sheen High Shine in Reflect) and it's great and everything( good staying power and almost no scent, which for me is a plus), but I still don't think it's worth the $ 31 CAD I paid for it...
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Hey, thought I'd revive this thread, since it looks to have been abandoned for a while.

 

I know there was some discussion of the upcoming Ambient Lighting Powders and finally there's a review up of one of the (warmer) shades:

 

www.thenonblonde.com/2013/01/hourglass-ambient-lighting-powder.html

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I'm really interested in Mood Light as well. It's supposed to mimic a very soft type of lighting and it's a lavender tinged shade to brighten the complexion. I'm not sure how much difference there would be from one to another, but I think that's something you'd have to test in person- even swatches would be tricky since highlighting and finishing powders don't show up all that well on camera (and certainly don't look that different from one another).

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you are right katred 

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Thanks so much for posting these! The Project Swatch review has both of the ones I was most interested in... Can't wait to try them in person!!!

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Here's a review of Luminous Light from The Beauty Look Book, with comparisons to other highlighters:

 

http://www.thebeautylookbook.com/2013/02/hourglass-ambient-lighting-powder.html

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I keep hearing raves about their No.2 Foundation/Blush brush. Has anyone tried it?

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Originally Posted by smokeyrose View Post

I keep hearing raves about their No.2 Foundation/Blush brush. Has anyone tried it?

 

I don't own it, but I've played with it in store. It's the most incredibly soft brush I think I've ever touched.

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Some images and face charts from the makeup at La Perla's Fall show, all from Hourglass. There's something about the winsome 3/4 angle face in their charts that I find really cute. Although I really don't need another red, I think I'm falling in serious love with Icon...

 

http://www.painted-ladies.com/get-the-look-la-perla-fall-2013-presentation-by-hourglass-cosmetics/

 

EDIT: Review of Ethereal Light from the same site

 

http://www.painted-ladies.com/hourglass-cosmetics-ambient-lighting-powder-in-ethereal-light/

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I only have Illumine creme to powder duo in bronze light and love it ... it is my go to contour cream for special occasion. it is quite pigmented but blend like a charm and still look natural, it is light on the skin. I want to try their new face powder but that will need to wait till my credit card balance is under control! 

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First negative review that I've seen of the powders, with swatches of three of them: 

 

http://sasquatchswatch.blogspot.ca/2013/02/hourglass-diffused-dim-and-mood-ambient.html

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Originally Posted by katred View Post

First negative review that I've seen of the powders, with swatches of three of them: 

 

http://sasquatchswatch.blogspot.ca/2013/02/hourglass-diffused-dim-and-mood-ambient.html

I saw this review. I have Dim (NC20-25) and I love it. Going to buy the rest of the ambient powders at some point. Did you see this review:

 

http://www.thebeautylookbook.com/2013/02/hourglass-ambient-lighting-powder.html

 

I don't think these are meant to be applied heavily

 

edit: oops saw that you posted the lookbook review above...

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I absolutely love the Dim lighting powder! I went to Sephora today and after swatching all of them except Ethreal, I choose Dim. I narrowed it down to Luminous and Dim and choose Dim because I can create the effect of Luminous by applying Nars Albatross with a light hand. You can see the glitter in Luminous so some may want to use it as a highlighter only. Radient light has gold undertones and very small specks of glitter. My completion by the way is MUFE 173/NC 45. I personally think Dim, Luminous, and Radiant light powders would look great on WOC!

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I have only used their mineral veil primer. it's the best I've found for my oily skin. I think i looked at the foundation but didn't find a match at sephora.  I am very interested in this ambient lighting powder.  I just ordered the nars loose LRP to finish my make up...but I see this is also a finishing powder?  i"m thinking i will use this as a highlight. any idea on how these compare to the Givenchy Poudre Bonne Mine healthy glow powders?

 

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I absolutely love the Dim lighting powder! I went to Sephora today and after swatching all of them except Ethreal, I choose Dim. I narrowed it down to Luminous and Dim and choose Dim because I can create the effect of Luminous by applying Nars Albatross with a light hand. You can see the glitter in Luminous so some may want to use it as a highlighter only. Radient light has gold undertones and very small specks of glitter. My completion by the way is MUFE 173/NC 45. I personally think Dim, Luminous, and Radiant light powders would look great on WOC!

 

I got to swatch these at Sephora the other day. I didn't have time to get the associate to try them on my skin, but the texture is amazing. I thought Ethereal felt a little drier than the others, but not bad. Radiant is a bit too deep and warm for me, but it actually might make a decent light bronzer on fair skin. On dark skin, I think it would be unbelievably beautiful.

 

Of the remaining four, I think I might want all of them. Diffused Light is a perfect all over brightening kind of shade. Even swiping it on with my fingers, I could see it livening up my complexion a little. Dim light surprised me, because I wasn't expecting it to be so beautiful. It has a pearly finish that I think would work as a highlighter, but it definitely has a bit of colour to it as well. Think it would be incredible on medium complexions and add just a little peachy flush to pale skin. Mood Light didn't look lavender to me at all- it looked like a warm pink and it was actually deep enough that I thought it would be more of a blush on my skin. It reminded me a little of Chanel's "Rose Ecrin" blush, but a bit warmer. I'd like to get a look at it under different lighting, though, because I'm not sure that the Sephora where I saw these is always the best for gauging accuracy.

 

I should have a little more time after work today and I'm planning on bringing at least one home with me for further testing.

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OK, despite the fact that it wasn't as lavender as I wanted, I did end up picking up Mood Light. I can make it work as a blush or subtle highlighter and it excels at both. The powder feels gorgeous and it does really play with how the light looks on your skin. Although I call it a highlighter, Mood Light doesn't work the way most highlighters do. It doesn't brighten, but rather softens. Makes me feel like I'm constantly just out of focus enough to hide pores and small flaws on the skin. 

 

It's a real bugger to photograph, but the effect is noticeable in person. It's just always going to be more of a subtle thing. Definitely going back for more. 

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I got a Visa gift card today and of course I immediately started looking up new cosmetics to try (why would I buy anything else with it?  lol).  I originally thought I might get the new NARS Translucent powder, since many people have fallen in love with it, but these are definitely catching my attention a lot more.  I feel like I need to check them out in store first to see which one I want to get though.  The different reviews I've read have me going back and forth over which one will be best for my skin to give me a bit of a glow.  I'm leaning toward either Diffused or Dim.  I'm NC20/25, but I lean a bit more neutral than yellow. 

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Originally Posted by ChosenOne View Post

I got a Visa gift card today and of course I immediately started looking up new cosmetics to try (why would I buy anything else with it?  lol).  I originally thought I might get the new NARS Translucent powder, since many people have fallen in love with it, but these are definitely catching my attention a lot more.  I feel like I need to check them out in store first to see which one I want to get though.  The different reviews I've read have me going back and forth over which one will be best for my skin to give me a bit of a glow.  I'm leaning toward either Diffused or Dim.  I'm NC20/25, but I lean a bit more neutral than yellow. 

 

I think that you could wear either of them, honestly. Diffused would be brighter and Dim has more shimmer, but would probably be very natural on you. I'm wearing Mood Light again today, as a blush and lightly over the other points on my face. Love it.

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I really like these a lot. My expectation was what the product says it does...recreate different types of lighting on the skin. I didn't expect to become an airbrushed supermodel but I love how Dim blurs my lines/pores meanwhile Luminous gives a very soft sheer shimmer (no glitter). I am planning on picking up Radiant next. When I first swatched it I thought no way it's too glittery/pigmented but when sheered out it was really beautiful : )

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I think that you could wear either of them, honestly. Diffused would be brighter and Dim has more shimmer, but would probably be very natural on you. I'm wearing Mood Light again today, as a blush and lightly over the other points on my face. Love it.

 

Thanks for your advice!  bouquet.gif  I ended up going to Sephora today and trying Diffused on one side of my face and Dim on the other side.  Dim gave me more of a healthy, natural glow than Diffused, although Diffused was very nice as well for that blurring effect.  I ended up buying Dim in store and ordering Luminous online.  I will try not to cave in and get Diffused too  girlhaha.gif  Besides, when hubby looked at each side of my face, he said one side was kind of blinding in the light.  It was the Diffused side, lol.  So your comment that Diffused would be "brighter" was right on the money!

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These powders are so addictive. I have bought 3 in the past week. Luminous, dim, and mood light. So far I love luminous, and I have only tried mood light as a highlighter. I will try Dim tomorrow. So far I love them. I almost bought the HG brush too, but I decided to keep using the Mac 138. What brush have you all been using?
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These powders are so addictive. I have bought 3 in the past week. Luminous, dim, and mood light. So far I love luminous, and I have only tried mood light as a highlighter. I will try Dim tomorrow. So far I love them. I almost bought the HG brush too, but I decided to keep using the Mac 138. What brush have you all been using?

Lol at the addictive part...I've been using MAC face brush and RT brush but think I want the HG brush too because I don't know how to apply properly with the blush/face brushes I have now. I use the 187 to apply a sheer wash of Luminous all over.  I use the RT face brush to buff in the Dim powder.

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Originally Posted by powderprincess View Post

These powders are so addictive. I have bought 3 in the past week. Luminous, dim, and mood light. So far I love luminous, and I have only tried mood light as a highlighter. I will try Dim tomorrow. So far I love them. I almost bought the HG brush too, but I decided to keep using the Mac 138. What brush have you all been using?

 

I'm really liking Luminous as a combination blush and all-over powder. I've been using my Mac 150 to apply it, since it picks up enough to give me colour on the cheeks, but also lets me blend it out easily over areas where I don't want colour.

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I love these powders! So far I have 3... (for reference I am around an NW15-20 ( I don't wear MAC) or Urban Decay Naked Skin #3)

 

Diffused which is a pale yellow color which works to even out my skin tone, cover redness and generally make my skin look brighter.

 

Dim which is a beige-ish color and while that may not sound very appealing it works wonders to warm up my skin and blur imperfections. Much more natural looking than any bronzer I've ever tried to add some warmth to the skin.

 

Luminous is a highlighter (at least for me), the sheen is very subtle but could be built up. I couldn't wear it as a blush as it doesn't impart much color but it might work for some very pale skin tones.

 

The quality of the powders is excellent. I highly recommend these.

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I'm on the love train for these too!!  I started out with Ethereal and Mood, and just ordered Dim the other day - I use my MUFE HD powder brush to apply Mood as an all-over color - it just warms me up without muddying me up the way a bronzer sometimes does on me.  I adore these!!  I hope they are perm - I might have to back up Mood - I use it every day.  I love that the powder is not perceptible on the skin, but the color it gives is just amazing for my complexion.  A terrific product!

 

I want to see how Luminous looks on me next.....

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Shypo, how do you like Ethereal? I wasn't sure about that one. I'm definitely planning on gett Dim, Diffused and Luminous (Radiant is too dark), but I wasn't sure if Ethereal was distinct enough to warrant the purchase.

 

FYI- All these are permanent as far as I'm aware, so no need to rush and back them up.

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