Whenever I think of Hourglass makeup, I think of elegance…refinement…and makeup that’s friggin’ beautiful, and their four new $38 Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders evoke the living daylights out of all three of those things (I also talk about them briefly in this 5 Things I’m Loving Lately video).
To me, this is highlighting done so incredibly right.
I admit it: I get persnickety sometimes about my powder highlighters because, ya know, when you’re a woman of a certain age, the metallic ones? — even though they’re lovely, dramatic and ever-so eye-catching, they can also be a bear to work with when the frosty flecks go snorkeling in your pores and fine lines, and they end up highlighting all the stuff that you actually didn’t want to highlight at all…
Now…I’m gonna say this next phrase, even though I know it’s a tired cliché, but these Ambient Strobes really do create that lit-from-within candlelit glow. The magic, according to Hourglass, comes from fabulously fine pearl particles in different sizes, which reflect light to varying degrees.
Unlike the also otherworldly, awesome O.G. Hourglass Ambient Powders, the Strobes are strictly highlighters (the O.G. Ambients can also be used for other things). Whereas I might put the O.G. Ambient Lighting Powders all over my face or use them to set my under-eye concealer, I wouldn’t do those things with the Strobes.
That’s not a knock on them. They’re just a little different than their older cousins, but I also lurve them. And I also think they get better as you wear them throughout the day.
They’re available in four darned near foolproof, flexible shades (all designed to be worn by all skin tones).
Sometimes, with other highlighters, I’ll apply some and feel like, “Oh, my gosh! I’m wearing too much…” but with these, even when I do accidentally go overboard, it doesn’t look bad.
Yeah, I got mad love for these Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders!
They’re smaller, by the way, than the original Ambients. For comparison, they’re the same size as the Hourglass blushes.
Oh! — and Hourglass also released a a funky little $22 sponge with which to apply them, and it is handy… You can use the angled part to highlight your upper cheekbones, and the tip to highlight your nose and Cupid’s bow, but I don’t necessarily think it’s must-have if you already have a good highlighting brush.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,