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

NARS Light Reflecting Powder Review & Comparison with MAC Prep+Prime Transparent Finishing Powder

Hello all,

Recently NARS has just launched Light Reflecting Powder in Singapore. Many of my instagram friends go crazy over this powder and it really tempted me to grab this product. NARS Light Reflecting Powder is retailing at S$50 in Singapore and available at Tangs Beauty Hall Orchard.

Few months ago, I also bought MAC Prep & Prime Transparent Finishing Powder. Both of them looks similar in the pan; pressed and has a white color. Both also looks translucent when swatched. I will do a comparison of both products in this post. Please keep reading 🙂

The Packaging:

NARS Light Reflecting Powder comes with a fabric pouch with NARS logo in it. It also comes with a face sponge to apply the powder. The packaging of the powder looks like NARS bronzer, it has the same size and the casing has rubbery feeling.

Comparison with MAC:

NARS Light Reflecting Powder has 7g/0.24oz of product and MAC Transparent Finishing Powder has 6.3g/0.22oz of product. NARS Reflecting Powder retails at S$50 and MAC retails at S$30-40 (can’t remember the exact price). Nars provided a pouch with a sponge while MAC does not provide anything in the box.

The Texture:

NARS Light Reflecting Powder & MAC Transparent Finishing Powder can be used as both setting powder and touch up powder. Both products are translucent and looking white in the pan. However, NARS Reflecting Powder has a shimmering glow when swatched.  The texture of NARS powder is softer and blends much better on my skin. MAC ‘s texture is fine but it’s not as soft as NARS. When I swatch NARS powder at the counter, I was a little bit worried that my face would look oily as it has a very fine shimmer. But after trying it on my face, I am happy to say that I am satisfied with my purchase. You can see my look below.

I applied Chanel Perfection Lumiere lightly with my fingers. There was nothing on top of it.

On my left cheek, I applied NARS Reflecting Powder on top of the Chanel Foundation. You can see that after applying the powder, my face looks glowy and more fresh. It actually helps to whiten my skintone a bit too, makes my skin looks healthier.

On my right cheek, I applied MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder on top of  the Chanel foundation. I have been wearing this powder for few months now and have no problem in applying it by brush/sponge. This powder works for me as a setting powder & a touch up powder.

Lasting Power:

My skin type is combination skin; I have a normal-dry cheek and an oily T-zone area. Usually during office days, MAC Finishing Powder lasted for 5-6 hours on me and after that I need to touch up my face. After 6 hours my T-zone would be very oily and it’s the time when I re-apply my MAC Finishing Powder.

The Look:

Conclusion/Final Thought:

After comparing both products, I have to say that both products have their advantages. For ladies who wants a more natural looking/matte looking, MAC Finishing Powder would be a better choice. MAC provides a very natural matte finish. Whereas for ladies who wants more glow on the face, NARS would be a good choice.

From price point, although NARS’ price is more expensive, I personally don’t mind paying a more expensive price because I love the glowy finish so much and I love my healthy looking skin. I also love the pouch that NARS provide, it makes the product looks more sleek.


So ladies, what powder do you currently use? Let me know so I can discover more 🙂

Thank you for reading!


By: Meryl

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