Tested on animals:No
Hourglass' collection of Ambient powders have gained cult status for the ethereal glow they produce, and the latest addition, Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder takes that up a notch. Whereas the original Ambient Lighting Powder is sold as a finishing product to add subtle radiance and enliven skin all over, the Strobe version is intended to be used as a strategically placed highlighter, with more sparkle and shimmer than previous Ambient powders. The result? Consider us impressed!
Packaged in Hourglass' trademark mirrored-finish (re: fingerprint collecting!) compact, Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder has a soft-to-the-touch, pressed powder texture that blends seamlessly over skin. It comes in four attractively luminous shades to cater to different skin tones: "Iridescent" is described as an "illuminating pink"; "Incandescent" is an "opalescent pearl"; Euphoric = "pearlescent beige"; and "Brilliant" has a "shimmering gold" tone. Each goes on sheer so it's less about the color and more about the lit from within glow they add.
As Hourglass puts it, Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder utilizes, "ultra-fine micro pearl particles in varying sizes and refraction levels to give off a naturally luminescent highlight to the skin without a heavy metallic finish." That's a mouthful, but we agree with their claims. The finely-milled, pearlescent sparkle highlights skin without looking overtly glittery or frosty and the effect builds softly—it's hard to overdo it with this product (no stark lines of contrast, no chunky/flaky glitter). That's great, because many highlighting products lay down too much shine all at once.
For more dramatic luminosity and color payoff, Hourglass suggests using Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder wet. That's doable, although it takes more effort to blend smoothly.
In a nutshell, Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder works well for the technique it's named after*, and the fragrance-free formula earns our seal of approval due to its luxe, smooth texture, gorgeous, luminous shades, and brightening, reflective sheen. You certainly don't have to pay this much to get a good highlighter, but if you're in the mood to splurge, Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder hits the spot.
*Wondering what "strobing" is? Strobing is a highlighting technique that creates dimension by using illuminating products (i.e. highlighting the tops of cheekbones to make them pop, etc.). Simply put, it's the shimmering alternative to the contouring trend.
- Soft-to-the-touch, pressed powder texture blends seamlessly over skin.
- Sheer color and subtle, reflective sheen give skin a lit from within glow.
- Finely-milled sparkle enlivens skin without looking overtly glittery.
- Works well for strategic highlighting ("strobing").