I’m sure by now you’ve heard all about the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders. These magical powders aren’t easily detected on the skin but are meant to blur features and act as an Instagram filter in real life.
When Hourglass launched their Ambient Bronzer ($50), I thought this would be my forever go-to bronzer. I’ve historically had a hard time finding the right bronzer for my Siberian winter-level pale skin. The Balm’s Balm Desert ($21) is a light bronzer that is widely loved by pale girls, but it can look slightly pink in certain light so I avoid applying it to my forehead or under my jaw. Benefit’s Hoola bronzer ($29) on the other hand, is much more cool toned and is best used as a contour shade under the cheekbones. I was hoping the Luminous Bronze light shade, which is described as a perfect warm candlelit color for pale skin, would add a touch of warmth to my complexion.
My mom bought this before I did and warned me that it turned her bright orange. This initially worried me because my mom is darker than I am, but I decided to try it out based on all the hype I had heard about its glow-giving powers. My end conclusion is that this color is very, very warm and looks ruddy on lighter skin tones. Both colors from this range are very warm and borderline orange in color, yet they are too sheer to use on the darkest skin tones. Like the Ambient blushes, these are extremely pigmented so it’s best to only use a small amount when first trying this out. These also have the highlighter aspect of the original Ambient Lighting Powders mixed in so they can look very shimmery if applied with a heavy hand.
If you have olive or medium-toned skin I would definitely give these a try as the formula and soft texture can’t be beat. These glide on the skin very smoothly and have great longevity so if they suit your skin-tone these could be a winner. Meanwhile, I’m still on the hunt for the perfect bronzer!