Friday, July 18, 2014

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Mood Light | Review & Swatches

Purchased by Me (Affiliate Links). I have express purr-conveyed consent from Jasper to show his cute little face that is reflected in the compact).

You are likely aware by now that I really love the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders based upon my review of their Ambient Lighting Palette and their Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant Light. You might think that this would quell my desire to collect more of these beauties, but in fact the opposite is true. I have been so elated by the quality, texture and finish of these radiant gems that I couldn't help but run out and purchase Mood Light as well. And yes, I want a few more!
According to Hourglass,

Mood Light is a soft, sheer lavender pink powder that mimics the softest most forgiving light and reveals your brightest complexion.

A wardrobe of six universal finishing powders that recreate the most exquisitely flattering light—from ethereal moonlight to luminous candlelight. Each powder captures, diffuses and softens surrounding light with groundbreaking photoluminescent technology. Choose one or more and step into your perfect light.

• Powders capture, diffuse and soften the way light is reflected on skin, brighten the appearance, and conceal skin imperfections, pores and wrinkles.

• Infused with technologically advanced soft-focus particles that help make skin appear younger, even-toned and radiant.

• Unlike traditional powders that use opaque pigments, Ambient utilizes “photoluminescent technology” – micron-size spherical particles that refract light and create transparent coverage.

• Universal powders make them suitable for every skin tone, while each can be worn for day and night.

• Free of parabens, talc, fragrance, nano-particles and gluten.
Mood Light is indeed "a soft, sheer lavender pink powder, that mimics the softest and most forgiving light...." I find that it is the perfect color for my cool-toned complexion. One might think that it would be too lavender or pink to dust all over the face, but I find that it works beautifully in this capacity. It boasts a nearly matte finish with a very subtle and refined sheen that effectively brightens and illuminates the complexion. It reduces the appearance of redness and gives the skin a very even and flawless finish. I have found that it leaves my skin looking naturally glowing and healthy. Every single time that I wear it people comment on my beautiful skin, and while my skin is in very good shape without makeup there is no question that Mood Light gives me the highly coveted "My Skin but Better" appearance that we all seek in finishing products. I also like to use Mood Light as a highlighter when I don't feel like dusting my entire face, and it offers a subtle beautiful glow in all of the right places. The texture of Mood Light is just spectacular: it is soft and silky to the touch and ultra-finely milled, and it effortlessly glides across the skin. It is truly powder perfection incarnate!
Love Love Love
Left to Right: Heavy, Medium & Light Swatches of Mood Light
Mood Light captures the light so beautifully and perfects the appearance of the complexion
Shades Available:
Ethereal Light is an opalescent sheer, cool white powder that mimics a moonlit glow – even in broad daylight

Diffused Light is a soft, warm, pale yellow powder that conceals redness and gives skin clarity – like a soft ray of morning light

Dim Light is a neutral peach beige powder that blurs imperfections and highlights a radiant complexion with the perfect balance of warm and cool tones

Mood Light is a soft, sheer lavender pink powder that mimics the softest most forgiving light and reveals your brightest complexion

Luminous Light is a champagne pearl powder that creates a soft, incandescent candlelit glow – day or night

Radiant Light is a sun-kissed golden beige powder that enhances the overall complexion with believable, subtle warmth, and also extends a summer glow.
Overall assessment: I'm madly in love with Mood Light, and actually think that I have a very good chance of hitting the pan on this baby! This Ambient Lighting Powder is pure unmitigated perfection! 

$46.00 for 0.35 oz. Available from Hourglass, Space NK US, Space NK UK (£38.00), Barneys New York, Bergdorf GoodmanSephora, and Net-A-Porter (Affiliate Links).
Purchased by me. All views expressed are categorically my own.
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  1. I LOVE the Ambient Powders. I purchased Dim Light when the powders first came out. While I was cashing out the sales associate was like, boy, I bet that lavender one would like stunning on you. Why he said that I don't know. So of course, that nagged at me until a few months later I went back for Mood Light, haha. I agreed, this can be worn all over the face. I have a somewhat neutral tone, with both yellow and pink undertones and this works well for me. Really blurs the look of pores.

    1. Hi Kimmy :-)

      Me too, they are really truly incredible! Dim Light is gorgeous! Interesting that the SA took a look at you and knew that Mood Light would be perfect on you! It really does blur the look of the pores! I'm glad to hear that you also love wearing it all over the face as well! I think that it is my favorite so far, but I'm not done buying them!!!!!! Have a lovely weekend! :-)

  2. I recently felt I'd completed my collection with the arrival of Mood Exposure and Louminous Flush blushes, to go with my Palette and Diffused light - and I can tell you, they are a fab supplement to any stash.

    1. I completely agree! They are gorgeous, so flattering on the skin, and add such a gorgeous luminosity. The blushes are such a brilliant addition to the line! I'm so glad that you love them too!

  3. I'm so glad to see this review! I have pale, cool skin as well so I'm definitely going to try this out!

    1. Hi Alex! I'm so glad that this review is helpful to you! This is definitely the perfect shade for pale, cool skin. It's worth having a look at, but my guess is that you will likely love it as much as I do! It was worth every cent that I spent! Have a lovely weekend! :-)

  4. I want these powders so badly! I am super pale and cool toned, so I am thinking about going with ethereal light and mood light.

    1. Hi Kimberly, I have been very very happy with these lovely powders! As a cool toned girl, I can definitely tell you that Mood Light is perfection for my skin! Ethereal Light has been on my list for a while, and at some point I will definitely cave and buy it. I suspect that you will be happy with these, but you might want to play with them in person before splurging just to make sure that you love them. I have nothing but good things to say about them!

    2. I'm going to Sephora's VIB Rouge event, so I may play around and swatch different colors while I'm there. I will probably buy at least one at the event. I will probably have to stop myself from buying them all!

    3. Oh, then you definitely have to take the opportunity to have a much closer look at these! Definitely take a look at all of them, but this one holds a very special place in my heart as a cool-toned girl! I can't wait to hear your thoughts and see which end up going home with you! :-)


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