An Ode To The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette has been by my side for about two years at this point. An absolute favourite, it sets your makeup, applies a filter-like effect to the complexion, blurring imperfections, making your skin appear soft and perfectly lit. The palette contains three powders:
Dim Light: a neutral beige that helps blur imperfections, leaving you with a velvety, radiant complexion. Can be used all over the skin as a final touch to makeup.
Incandescent Strobe Light: this powder brightens the complexion, adding a glow. Best used as a beautiful subtle highlight that looks natural and soft.
Radiant Light: best used in the bronzing stage for my skin tone, it adds a touch of subtle warmth for a summery glow.
I highly recommend you try out the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders if you have not already. The price they come at is quite steep, however it is a reflection of the quality product you are purchasing and it’s standard of performance. I want to express my undying love for this beautiful product before I move on and let you know that, crazy as I am, I decided to try out an alternative instead of repurchasing the Hourglass Dim Light powder in a full size. There are very big shoes to fill with this one.
The Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder
I enjoy trying out new products and Laura Mercier is a brand I have always wanted to explore. The Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder aims to achieve a similar result to the Ambient Lighting Powders. It is a glow-enhancing, silky pressed powder which is meant to set and perfect makeup, adding sheer coverage and a soft-focus radiant glow to the skin.
There are six shades to choose from ranging from fair to deep, which is not ideal, however for a sheer powder it will cover a wide(ish) range of skin tones. I purchased shade 2, Light which turned out to be quite a nice fit for me.
Swatches and Application
The product provides some light pigmentation and coverage with a reflective effect. If you look at the second swatch photo, it has a golden metallic finish, not shimmery, and the powder itself has a yellow undertone.
Laura Mercier claims that this product can be used “with a powder brush to create a light veil of coverage, or paired with a denser brush for more coverage”. I personally do not use much powder as I like to maintain a nice level of radiance in the skin, so I used my Real Techniques PowderBleu Powder Brush to lightly sweep the product all over the skin, focusing on the centre of the face where I struggle with oily skin throughout the day.
Dare I say I may like this better than the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder? I think I may have to. While the product pretty much does the same job, the Laura Mercier powder adds just slightly more radiance to the skin and looks less shimmery, but rather adds an ethereal glow to the skin with the metallic texture running through it. It sat nicely on top of my Becca Skin Love foundation and did not look cakey or powdery at all. It added a little bit of warmth to the skin too without turning orange and ever so slightly blurred texture, making my base look like healthy skin and nothing more.
The one downside of Hourglass is their packaging. While it looks beautiful out of the box, it quickly gets messy, with fingerprints very apparent and the plastic chipping. I have to say the packaging of the Laura Mercier is of higher quality, feeling very luxurious and nice to use.
All in all, although it is quite sad to say and admit, I think I may be a convert! The Laura Mercier powder is just that one little bit better both in packaging and the performance of the enclosed product.
I used the Becca Skin Love foundation and Revlon Candid Concealer as a base, then set the skin with the Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder. To finish off the look for the day, I added a light flush on the cheeks with my Face of Australia Blush in Terra, a subtle wash of colour all over the lid using the shade Choco from my Morphe 35O Nature Glow Artistry Palette, used the Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara on my lashes and brushed up my brows with the Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara. A simple, natural everyday look!