Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light

Lately there has been a lot of brands releasing their version of glowing powder. Hourglass came out with six shades of Ambient Lighting Powder ; Ethereal Light, Diffused Light, Dim Light, Mood Light, Luminous Light, Radiant Light. There have been a lot of beauty bloggers raving on this product and fell in love with it.

I made my way to True Colors – Ngee Ann City and take a peek if they still have stock for this product. When I got there, they only have a piece left which is Ethereal Light. I quickly swatch it on my arm and see if the shade would match my skin tone. Then I impulsively decide to get this. So is this powder meet my expectation? Keep reading 🙂




The Packaging:

Firstly, I’d like to let you all know that Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder is packaged differently in Singapore. According to the SA in True Colors Ngee Ann City, the first shipment batch of Ambient Lighting Powder that comes to Singapore is packed in this way. And for the next batch, the packaging would be the same as what is released in USA. I am not sure on this and if any of you could give me some information, please let me know 🙂

I find that the packaging of my Hourglass powder is rather sad. The packaging is too plain; it’s only packed in plastic packaging with an hourglass logo printed on it. There’s no luxe feeling and honestly it looks too dull to me. I hope I’d see the original packaging design reaching Singapore soon.




The Texture & Shade:

Hourglass Ambient lighting powder has a very smooth feeling. It is soft, smooth and easy to wear. I usually use this powder with my powder brush. Ethereal light looks more of a finishing powder to me. It would be more suitable for ladies with fair skin. On my skin it looks fine, it matches with my skintone.

I have been trying this product for about two weeks. Generally, I think this powder works fine but nothing really amazes me. It stays nicely the whole day, I don’t see any fading even after 9 hours. However I feel that this powder lacks the ability of oil control. I can feel that my T-zone starts to be oily after 6 hours. I don’t experience any white cast when photographed. It looks fine to me.

Swatches & Comparison:

I did some swatch comparison between Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder and Nars Light Reflecting Powder . Initially, I thought both products will perform equally or similarly. But after swatching these two and testing these out, I found that these two is different.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light works as a whitening powder to me. It does its job to whiten my face but not brightening. The finish of this powder looks matte and one thing that let me down is it doesn’t help to control my oily T-zone area. On the other hand, NARS doesn’t whiten my face but it actually brighten my face. It makes my face looks more glowy without making it look oily. It also has oil control ability; I don’t feel my face getting oily even after 9 hours.








Final Thought:

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light works fine for ladies with normal to dry skin. Ladies who are looking for a whitening powder, this one might works. But for me, I prefer my NARS Light Reflecting Powder as it gives my face glow rather than whitens it.

I hope that this review would be helpful 🙂


Thank you for reading.

By: Meryl

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