Tested on animals:No
Yes, this pressed illuminating and highlighting powder is expensive; however, if you're in the mood to splurge it's a frontrunner for enlivening skin with a flattering, very subtle light-reflective appearance.
The company sells this as a finishing powder to apply all over your face. You can certainly apply it that way, but we found it looks best when applied to key areas (top of cheekbones, center of forehead, bridge of nose, and even under the eyes) as a highlighting powder. You'd simply use a brush to dust this on over those key areas after applying your regular powder.
What's particularly lovely about this powder is its smooth, non-flyaway texture and even application. It's difficult to overdo this, and the shine is soft enough that it can be worn during the day without being a distraction.
Kudos to Hourglass for their nearly impeccable shades: Only the Radiant Light shade has obvious golden sparkles. If you want obvious, sparkling shine, that's the shade to get; the others are more natural-looking and subdued, with the most versatile being Dim Light and Luminous Light. The shades work best on fair to medium skin tones; those with darker skin tones will need an illuminator with more oomph and depth of color.
For a better visual, check out our video review here.
Ambient Lighting Powder is fragrance-free and suitable for all skin types.
- A gorgeous, easy way to softly illuminate the skin.
- Powder has a smooth, non-flyaway texture that glides over skin.
- Gorgeous, soft, understated colors for subtle radiance.
- Can be considered expensive (but many will find the results worth it, and a little goes a long way).