I’m pretty sure the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders take the trophy for most frenzy-inducing beauty launch of the year. Stock that flew off the shelves leading to a month-long manhunt to find one and a bevy of rave reviews that followed. Of course I caved and purchased the shade Diffused Light (almost planting a kiss on the Liberty counter girl when she handed it over); with Mood Light also finding its way into my stash a few weeks later. Sure I liked them. But with their launch coinciding with that of the CHANEL Les Beiges collection, I didn’t pay it my full attention, with Les Beiges becoming my new beauty beau.

Fast forward a few months down the line and now I get it. A need for long lasting makeup combined with a flawless application in Ruth’s video caused me to pick up my compact, dust it off and dust it on. And now it’s love. Mood Light is pretty (and has an air of the Bourjois Java Rice Powder about it, like I mentioned the other day), but it’s Diffused Light that has become a favourite. With an ability to set without becoming cakey, add  highlight without looking shimmering and somehow ramping redness down a few levels – it’s awesome. And I’m not sure there’s anything else on the market like it. £38 from Space NK. Diffused Light – I’m sorry that it took a while to warm up between us. My apologies.

  • http://glambeautys.blogspot.co.uk/ liza prideaux

    Oh wow this sounds really nice, it’s something I’ve not heard of before thanks for sharing lovely.

    Liza | Glambeautys | YouTube

  • http://www.thesugarspunsisters.blogspot.com/ Sugar Spun Sisters

    Absolutely adore the way you write – it’s like being talked into a beauty product by your best friend!

    Great post as always :)

    Eve & Faye x

    Sugar Spun Sisters – A blog about cosmetics, clothes & coeliac disease

  • http://themacaronaddict.blogspot.co.uk/ TheMacaronAddict

    Okay I give up I need to buy one of the ambient lighting powders!


  • http://ivysmaquillagecove.com/ Ivy Vijay

    They have a couple of other version of the same product and all work pretty well. definitely subtle and very very wearable especially during day light..


  • Louisa

    After seeing so many raving reviews about I am sorely tempted to buy it but it’s just so darn expensive! I might give the Bourjois Java Rice Powder a go first and see what I think of that. Thank you for suggesting a dupe for those of us on a student budget!

    Louisa’s Notebook

  • Ella Hanover

    These are very expensive but worth it!

  • Elena

    they look so gorgeous aaaaah!

  • Anya Cross

    i’ve been slightly put off buying these, just incase it added a little too much shine. But ooh it does look lovely! x


  • http://www.honeygo-lightly.com/ Honey Go-Lightly

    This popped through the door earlier. Can’t wait to use it!

  • Abbie

    This sounds really good Ive never heard of it before though!


  • Bella

    The reviews seem mixed; most rave, but a good number are disappointed. Since I am not near a counter to try, I shall not be buying.

  • Brianna

    I still don’t get it and I DO dust on/dust off. :( Maybe it’s because I have really oily skin, but this does absolutely nothing for me. Huge waste of $45 for me, which is extremely disappointing since everyone in the blogger world LOVES it.

    • Claire O

      I’ll take it off your hands if you no longer use it, xxx

  • roshkud

    Sounds amazing, I always swatch in in store and wonder why it is so hyped, I guess its one of those things that you have to try on your face in order to appreciate it! :)

    Roshni’s Journey

  • Maddy Cane

    Sounds so beautiful, I really need to try these and see if I get the hype! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD


  • Emily Knott

    I really want to get my hands on one of these when i get paid! Sounds like it is worth the money!


  • Icaria

    This has been at the top of my list for a while, I haven’t taken the plunge yet but soon, real soon! :)

  • Purple Flamingo

    Have to try this, great post!

    Purple Flamingo


  • simplynaturale

    This has always been on my list , but as you say as the mad rush to buy when it first came out, I couldnt find it I sort of gave up on it, as i was in the middle of some major studying at the time. However as you’ve persuaded me , I will have to make this my mission this year to locate and buy before christmas, wish me luck!

    Eloise | simplynaturale

  • Jeannie

    Will you do a tutorial with these powders???

  • http://www.siljeeid.blogg.no/ Silje Eid

    I regret not buying this in NYC! Why oh why didn’t I buy it?!?

  • http://scribblewithliner.wordpress.com/ Siri Lovise Eliassen

    They’re great, yes! But don’t carry ‘em around in your bag too much – that’s something I learned to my sorrow when half of mine broke. Still using what was left, though, and surprisingly, half of it’s still intact except for the ever growing dent from my using it every day. I LOVE it!

  • http://heelsforever.wordpress.com/ Heels Forever

    Really want to try these but waiting for the trio I saw on your instagram a few months ago xx

    Heels Forever – Enter my

  • Natalie Stubbs

    Really want to give these a go but the price tag just stops me from handing over my debit card every time. I’ve heard a lot of people say the cost-per-use works out really well though so I might invest after all! x


  • Chrissabella

    Oh no not anther great review on that one … don’t know how much longer it will take until i cave ;)

    Greetings from London,


  • pinkblush

    I would love this!!! I just have to find some way to justify it this side of christmas……. xXx


  • Emily Allen

    It’s moments like this where I wish I had a Space Nk store within a 100 mile radius of my home town hehe, this sounds so good I honestly wasn’t sure about this product when It was first released but after reading this I just have to get my hands on it! xx Emmi


  • Amy

    I want this even more now! Damn you Anna haha :)

    Amy | http://amysbeautyjournal.blogspot.co.uk

  • Parisian To Be

    I loooovvvee the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders (I’ve got Diffused Light too…are you surprised?) I apply it everyday and find it hard to think about life without. That’s how you know that you’re beauty obsessed.

    xo Lillian from parisiantobe.com

  • clairabelle0306

    I’ve just got this and it’s purely because of you Anna, you’re such an enabler haha, I’m so excited to try it :-)


  • Jaclyn Smith

    What brush do you use with them, Anna? Would something like the real techniques powder brush be ok?

  • Amber Hunter

    I’m not big into powder but I’ve heard such rave reviews on this and now you love it too! It seems I may have to try this out after all. Thanks for your review!
    Lovely Notions

  • Not Your Ordinary Lookbook

    Cute post Anna :) I have a Mood Light and I just love it <3 Have a great day!

  • sara

    I’m trying decide between Dim Light and Diffused Light…I was in the US when these launched but it launched the same time as the new Nars light reflecting powders, which PM do the same thing so I went for the Nars one…but now I want these two haha.

  • Ellen Findley

    I have Ethereal Light, and I adore it!

  • Katie North

    I really neeed to try it but don’t know which colour to try



  • chloe

    I have it and loooooove it! I just did a first impression if you want to checl it out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kk-W06KOXGk

  • Amy

    i NEED to try this!!! xx