Wednesday, January 20, 2016

HOURGLASS Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders and Ambient Strobe Light Sculptor | Initial Thoughts & Overview

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HOURGLASS Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders and the Ambient Strobe Light Sculptor are the latest releases from this phenomenal line. My full review is forthcoming very soon, but I will tell you that I am very impressed by the the three items that I received. The powders are ultra finely milled, they glide across the skin effortlessly, and they deposit pigmentation evenly. They neither settle into pores, nor do they emphasize fine lines. They are absolutely stunning, and leave skin with a gorgeous ethereal glow. 

The Ambient Strobe Light Sculptor is a wonderful sponge made to apply the Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders to the skin either wet or dry, and it is nothing short of a brilliant tool to apply these gorgeous powders.

Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders are best applied with the Ambient® Strobe Light Sculptor – they can be used wet or dry to achieve varying levels of intensity, taking you from day to night.

• Ambient® Strobe Lighting Powders are formulated in a sheer base with concentrated ultra-fine mico pearl particles in varying sizes and refraction levels to give off a naturally luminescent highlight to the skin without a heavy metallic finish. 
• Developed with Photoluminescent Technology to capture, diffuse and soften surrounding light to refine the appearance of the skin.
• Can be used wet or dry for varying levels of intensity, taking you from day to night - from an everyday, wearable strobe highlight to a dramatic evening strobe highlight.
• Available in 4 universally flattering shades for all skin tones.
• Designed to be used with the Ambient® Strobe Light Sculptor for the most effortless application.

Available in 4 shades:
• IRIDESCENT STROBE LIGHT: An illuminating pink powder imparting a soft highlight.
• INCANDESCENT STROBE LIGHT: An opalescent pearl powder bestowing a celestial highlight. 
• EUPHORIC STROBE LIGHT: A pearlescent beige powder bestowing a natural highlight.
• BRILLIANT STROBE LIGHT: A shimmering gold powder imparting a lustrous highlight.

For a soft, sheer highlight - Sweep the angled side of the Ambient® Strobe Light Sculptor across the powder and apply to the tops of your cheekbones, bridge of nose and cupid's bow. Gently blend in with the flocked side for a smooth finish. 

For a more intense highlight - Dampen the angled side of the Ambient® Strobe Light Sculptor and sweep across the powder. Apply to the tops of your cheekbones, bridge of nose and cupid's bow. Gently blend in with the flocked side for a smooth finish

Ingredients: Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Boron Nitride, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Octyldodecanol, Silica, Dimethicone, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Phenoxyethanol, Alumina, Water/Aqua, Benzoic Acid, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Diamond Powder, Ethylhexylglycerin, Laureth-7, Polyacrylamide, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tin Oxide, Trimethylsiloxysilicate. May Contain (+/-): Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).

HOURGLASS Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders $38.00 each from HOURGLASSNordstromSpace NKBarneys New YorkSephora and Net-A-Porter.
Ambient® Strobe Light Sculptor is, "an innovative highlighting tool uniquely designed to add light and dimension to the face to create a refined, natural highlight. Designed to be used with the Ambient® Strobe Lighting Powders, the dual-ended sculptor features an angled side to fit perfectly on the high points of the face, and a velvety-soft flocked side to soften and blend for the most natural and smooth finish."

• Cut at the optimal angle to effortlessly highlight the high points of the face.
• Velvety-soft flocked side softens and blends for a natural, smooth finish.
• Dense texture picks up the perfect amount of highlighting powder to achieve a natural strobing effect. 
• Composed of high-grade, anti-microbial material. 
• Can be used wet for a more intense highlight.

Sweep angled side of sculptor over Ambient® Strobe Lighting Powder and apply to high points of the face - tops of cheeks, bridge of nose, brow bone and cupid's bow. Can be used wet or dry. To use wet, dampen the angled side. Soften and blend using the flocked side.

HOURGLASS Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders $22.00 from HOURGLASS, Nordstrom, Space NK, Barneys New York, Sephora and Net-A-Porter

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27 comments:

  1. The new Ambient Highlighters look stunning. You are making long for them! I guess Beauty Blender like devices are a thing these days. I received one with a flat side along with PUR Cosmetics Cameo Contour, and truth be told, I like it even more than my beloved BB!

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    1. They really are stunning, Allison! I gasped when I opened their boxes and saw them. I will get working on my full review and swatches going when I get home from teaching tomorrow. You are so right about the beauty blender devices gaining so much traction lately! Interesting that you prefer the PUR Cosmetics version to the original BB! HOURGLASS did an excellent job with theirs as well!

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  2. These look wonderful, but I'm annoyed that Hourglass has come up with a new application tool… for $22 no less!….. after I shelled out for the original long, narrow brush that they introduced when the highlighters first came out. The sponge sounds more effective for application, though...

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    1. Hi Kim, They really are wonderful. I suspect that they thought that the new applicator would be more effective for applying these new powders both wet or dry. So far, in my testing, I definitely see this tool as being super effective and efficient with these new powders. You can certainly apply these powders without it, but it is worth looking at to see if you think you would use it. :-)

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  3. The quality with Hourglass is so fantastic. I have some of their blush and love it. Their packaging is beautiful also. I would love to have more!

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    1. It definitely is! I have some of their blushes as well, and love them so much! I think that you would really like these new Strobing Powders!

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  4. These powders are so beautiful on everyone else! I wish they worked for me.

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    1. They are gorgeous! Why don't they work for you, Courtney?

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  5. I've seen these Hourglass highlight compacts here and there and they're a re a temptation to me!!!
    At the oment I'm using a gold but subtle Pupa Like a Doll highlighter.:)
    I can't live without some warm shine
    xoxo and have a nice day!!!

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    1. These new Strobing Powders of theirs are really gorgeous, Valentina! Their highlighters are all quite lovely! That gold Pupa highlighter sounds gorgeous! It's nice to get some warm shine!

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  6. I really want to try these because it looks like it would blend perfectly! <3

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  7. Hourglass is seriously my weakness! These strobe powders have been on my radar, I have quite a few on wish list!

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    1. Their products are a weakness for me as well, Julie! It's definitely worth having a few of these!

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  8. I have a trio of these highlighters from last year. Do you think the sponge would make them work better? I don't want to buy more of the Ambient Highlighters when I don't use my palette enough.

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    1. I haven't tried this sponge on the regular Ambient Highlighting Powders yet, but I imagine that it would work. I will experiment with it and let you know. I suspect that it was created to pair with these brand new Strobing Powders because they can be used wet or dry, and for that reason a sponge type of applicator is so well suited to the job.

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  9. Ooh, these are very tempting! I wasn't sold on the idea of the applicator, but you're warming me up the idea and ease of it.

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    1. They are so much more gorgeous in person! I really like the applicator, and think it's definitely worth checking out.

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  10. Iridescent and Incandescent are calling to me.

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  11. I was back and forth on getting these. I might try them out though

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    1. They are definitely well worth checking out in person!

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  12. Oh wow, these look so gorgeous! That sponge looks like its prefect for applying them too.

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    1. They are gorgeous, wait until you see the swatches! The sponge is really perfect for applying them! These are a hit in my book!

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  13. I haven't tried any hourglass highlighters yet, but I love their blushes!

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    1. I love their blushes too, and think that you might feel the same about their lovely highlighters!

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