Fellow Hourglass fanatic and probable feline porcelain figurine lover, go grab your biggest, fluffiest, pouffiest (wait — I don’t think that’s even a word) powder brush, and hurry back.
You’re going to need that brush when you work with these new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzers.
YAAAAAAS GIRL! 🙂 Hourglass totally went there. First, they gave us the glorious Ambient Lighting Powders, then the awesome Ambient Blushes, and now these! — the new Ambient Lighting Bronzers (available in two shades, $50 each).
Both bronzers, as well as a new full-sized version of Ambient Lighting Blush in Incandescent Electra (Remember Electra from the the Ambient Blush palette? I’m a fan.), are new for summer 2015. They’re also being added to the permanent line (available now at Hourglass counters and online).
Notice how the bronzer pans are comprised of two shades, one lighter than the other? Those lighter areas are veins of Radiant Light and Luminous Light Ambient Lighting Powder running through the Bronzer.
Hourglass recommends the Luminous Bronze Light one for fair-skinned/lighter lovelies, and Radiant Bronze Light for medium/deeper-toned divas.
Now, the darker areas within each of the pans is the actual bronzer. Hourgless figured out a way to combine warm, golden orange bronzers with cooler, ashier-toned taupes.
Interestingly, though, the warm orangey bronzer is what shows up in swatches, and also when I apply these on my face, which I do with a big fluffy powder blush, which creates that whole sun-kissed, golden bronzed effect I like.
When I use a dense contouring brush to apply these instead, it’s a totally different story. The application is more concentrated, and the bronzer comes across as cooler and more taupe, which is something I’d probably use more for contouring than glow.
As for chiseling yo’ cheeks, I wouldn’t bet on using these, as both have a sheen to them, and shiny finishes aren’t as dramatic as flat matte contours. If you’re looking for deep cuts, you’d probably be better off with something with a flat matte like Kat Von D’s Shade & Light Palette.
Be that as it may, I think it’s still nice to have the flexibility of either being able to contour with these, or use them for all-over bronzing. Either way, I have to be careful with these, because if I over-apply, my cheeks start looking dingy. I think less is best in this case, unless you’re aiming for that mud-wrestling look.
Other tidbits and notes…
- Blending: Totally, typically dreamy, as you might expect of the Ambient Powders. These bronzers practically blend themselves. Most of the time with bronzer, I like to go back in with a clean brush to diffuse any edges, but I don’t feel like I have to with these.
- Wear time: I wore Radiant Light a lot last weekend and it lasted 7-8 hours each time I applied. It did start to fade a bit after a while, but it wasn’t really noticeable or bad.
- Finish: Seriously, the sheen is one of the coolest things about these. Hourglass has the whole glowy-but-not-shiny thing down, but it’s worth mentioning in case you have major pore action or bothersome dry skin. The sheen, while usually flattering, does seem to slightly exaggerate pores and dry bits.
As these are $50 each, I’d definitely recommend stopping by an Hourglass counter to play before deciding on one or the other (or neither, or both), and get an idea of how they look and work on your skin. While you’re there, really take the time to play, too. Dust them lightly at first, and then go outside with a mirror to see how your skin looks in natural light. Then add another layer in the store, and head back outside with your mirror again.
Don’t forget to factor in the sheen, too. If you have pore and/or dry skin issues, something more matte might be a better fit (and if you need a matte recommendation, holla at me in the comments).
Hourglass Summer 2015: Swatches (for ref, I’m an NC 42 in MAC)
I like these bronzers, in particular how well they blend and how long they last. Great for all-over, natural-looking, sunlit skin, but they to seem to meander toward muddy pretty quickly for me, which probably keeps these more in the “like” zone than “love.” I really have to be careful to use a light hand with these; otherwise, my cheeks look dirrrrrtaaay.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,