Hourglass – ‘Dim Light’ Ambient Lighting Powder

Dim Light


From the minute I began hearing about these new face powders from Hourglass, I couldn’t wait to see/try them for myself – which is actually a turnabout for me, as it’s only been in the last couple of years that I’ve begun understanding the impact a product such as this can have on one’s makeup look. Finally released at Sephora (Canada), the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders come in 6 shades, all in neutral-ish hues and with varying levels of “glow”; after much debate (with myself), Dim Light is the powder I opted for.

The aim of Hourglass’s Ambient Lighting Powders, is to “recreate the most exquisitely flattering types of light” upon the face. According to the company:

What it does:
Create your perfect light. Ambient Lighting Powder is a groundbreaking collection of finishing powders that capture, diffuse, and soften the way light reflects on your skin. Ambient’s illuminating particles are one of the first ever to exhibit both photoluminescence and color-correcting capabilities. The transparent micron-sized spheres with an entrapped diamond core—called photoluminescent technology—do not simply cloak imperfections like traditional powder, but rather, alter and refine the perceived appearance of the complexion by manipulating and filtering out harsh light. Delivering a multidimensional luminescence to every skintone, skin appears softer, younger, and lit-from-within. With six universal shades available, you can choose to create your desired lighting effect—not unlike having a personal lighting technician. Ambient is free of parabens, talc, gluten, fragrance, and nanoparticles. 

I don’t know about you, but I like the idea of having my very own “personal lighting technician”…


Hourglass Dim Light ingredients

Hourglass – Dim Light (ingredients)


Hourglass Dim Light compact

Hourglass – Dim Light


Hourglass Dim Light compact back

Hourglass – Dim Light


Hourglass Dim Light

Hourglass – Dim Light


Hourglass Dim Light side

Hourglass – Dim Light


Hourglass Dim Light 2

Hourglass – Dim Light


Hourglass Dim Light 3

Dim Light Ambient Lighting Powder – (CAD $52.00/US $45.00 10g/0.35 oz) An ultra finely milled powder, with very little kick back once the brush hits it, this shade is easily the most universally neutral of the 6, and bears the least amount of “glow” factor as well. The peachy tint was unexpected, and I was worried that it would ultimately prove to be a little chalky on my skin, but it applies seamlessly – fusing with my own skin tone. It should be noted that there is an accompanying brush (sold separately) that I haven’t tried – I applied Dim Light with a CHANEL powder brush.

The effect was subtle, but pretty much immediate; fine lines were diffused and there was an overall fresher look to my appearance – totally reminded me of that film trick of smearing vaseline on a camera lens to soften one’s face – as well as providing a more even tone to my skin. As far as shimmer goes, there is literally none to speak of with this shade, although I do detect a very understated satin finish, especially when seen under certain light; in the swatch photos below, it was next to impossible to accurately convey this finish that I’m referring to, but trust me, it’s there. Another plus was how well it seemed to keep my natural oils from surfacing, and my t-zone stayed shine-free much longer than usual, even though this is technically a “finishing powder” and not meant to act as an oil-controlling product.

I found these reviews of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders, really helpful in making my choice:


Hourglass Dim Light macro

Hourglass – Dim Light


Hourglass Dim Light swatch

Hourglass – Dim Light, swatched heavily (natural light)


Hourglass Dim Light swatch 2

Hourglass – Dim Light, swatched heavily (with flash)


Final thoughts: After having played with Dim Light a few times, I must say that I am impressed with it on many levels – texture, finish, and task. As a finishing powder, it is one of the best I’ve come across – although it’s not like I’ve tried them all, and if you’re looking for something to set your makeup without any overt shimmer, then you need to give this particular hue a look over. Out of the 6 available shades, there are probably 2 that my skin tone wouldn’t be able to pull off, but I’m definitely intrigued enough to give the others a look – curious to see if they do in fact mimic varying lighting conditions as successfully as Dim Light does.

I purchased my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder at Sephora.


Hourglass Dim Light closer

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