November 12, 2018

Hourglass: Why You Need It In Your Makeup Bag

Hourglass Why You Need It In Your Makeup Bag

For the longest time I’d been eyeing up Hourglass products. I’m not even talking months, I’m talking years. I’d looked at and admired their powders especially and just swooned. My inner make up addict got all excited every time I’d have a look at them, and then my bank balance would tell me to sit myself back down. In my opinion Hourglass is one of those very top exclusive-level brands – the brands you aspire to have in your make up collection. But I wasn’t really sure where to start, and without a clear intro product, I just sat swooning for far too long.

I fell down a YouTube hole recently and after watching more videos than I care to remember, I fell upon a tutorial where the YouTuber used the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders – and that was it. I was sold. I purchased a selection of powders and hoped they’d match my skin tone: I knew those babies needed to be welcomed into my previously Hourglass-free make up collection…

Hourglass Makeup Review

It’s not very often I say a single product transforms my make up routine. But the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders have. Bold claim right? But seriously guys – you NEED these in your make up bag. They do…well, everything! I think the reason I held off taking the plunge and purchasing for so long was because I didn’t really understand just how much you can do with them. And now I do, I can see why those who have used them for years, never look back. The best way I can describe them is by saying they’re basically pots of powder in multiple versatile shades that act as an Instagram filter or mood light for your face. The powders work to flatter the most positive light sources on your face – without that light being present. It’s like standing in front of those perfect light sources: the window on a sunny day, a well lit vanity etc. The way they work is to diffuse the hard light and shadows and emphasise the light. So they work amazingly all over the face.

I found I get best results going with the shades that I naturally use on specific facial areas. For example where I use a concealer to highlight and lighten under my eyes, my cheekbone and the centre of my face, I still do this with all my normal products and then use the Ambient Lighting Powder in shade Diffused Light on top. Sort of like a setting powder. It’s the palest creamy colour of the range, and works perfectly to just add that diffused lighting that emphasises those points. And although the powders look like they have very fine shimmer inside them, when applied there’s NOTHING glittery or shimmery about them. (I say this because I wouldn’t use them if so. As someone with oily skin, I do not want to add to the shine!)

Ambient Lighting Powder in shade Diffused Light Review

I then apply the Ambient Diffused Powder in shade Radiant Light from the Ambient Lighting Palette as my over-contour shade. This is like the ‘bronzer’ shade in my collection, so it goes over my normal contour in the hollows of my cheeks and around my forehead where I like to create shape. This just blurs any harsh lines or contrast in my make up, as between this and the Diffused Light, it makes the whole face look seamless and perfectly blended. It’s like adding an airbrush filter to your face!

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette Review

I then set my whole face with a huge fluffy brush and dust the Ambient Lighting Powder in shade Luminous Light all over. This shade is the one that most Hourglass addicts re-buy the most (so I hear anyway!) because it’s so universal. It looks like a bronzer in the palette but when on the face it’s just like a gorgeous glow all over. I’m super pale so if it came out bronze I wouldn’t be able to use it all over, so the fact I use it daily shows how the shade is completely universal.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in shade Luminous Light Review

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders Swatches

These three powders have allowed me to create a smooth, glowy and healthy looking face. They’ve changed the game when it comes to how I finish my make up. I won’t ever be without them now and although they’re pricey, they’re literally like pots of an Instagram filter in make up form. I can’t say enough good things about them!

Seeing as I was dipping my toe in the Hourglass water, I thought I’d jump right in (see what I did there?!) and try some of their other offerings too. So I tried the Caution Extreme Lash Mascara too. I’m never really wowed by mascara…There’s SO many on the market and how many are ever actually game changers? Only a few…but this is one. I get HUGE lift and curl from this mascara and the first time I applied it, I double blinked at how well it goes on. I was impressed and surprised – although I don’t know why as I’d learned fast that with Hourglass you can expect the best and only the best.

Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara

The mascara coats the lashes in thick pigment – but it’s not sticky and it coats the lashes perfectly with no clumps – hurrah! It lifts and curls the lashes to look natural but supported, and they don’t droop all day. I don’t even need to use a curler before applying this as the mascara does all the hard work. And it also doesn’t smudge underneath the eyes all day either – making it a one-application wonder. And it’s another product that’s replaced all my existing products in the category as it’s this I’m reaching for daily now.

Never one to stop once I’m started, I also picked up one of the Hourglass lipsticks – because this girl can never have too many lipsticks! I went for a nice looking nude in the shade I Want, and it’s got the most gorgeous pigmentation. It applies perfectly and keeps my lips looking coated through food and drink. It’s got a shiny satin finish which I love because the market is so saturated with mattes right now, it’s nice for me to stick to the shiny finishes with dimension.

Hourglass lipsticks review

The lipsticks are also things of beauty – a thin tube and designed to be refillable – you never need be without your favourite shades. I’m so impressed with mine that I’ve been eyeing up the massive vault collection (a girl can wish) and I also recently treated myself to the Holiday 2018 Confessions Refillable Lipstick Trio. What can I say? I’ve fallen, and fallen hard for Hourglass.

So if you’ve been on the fence about Hourglass products it’s time to jump down and take the plunge. I really wish I’d done it earlier because these products have all become staples in my collection – every single one. And it’s not often that a whole brands products come along and kick my other daily staples off the vanity. But these do, and I’m okay with that.

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22 comments so far.

22 responses to “Hourglass: Why You Need It In Your Makeup Bag”

  1. artofeyeshadow says:

    Enjoyed reading this and nice shots too! Hourglass has some of the prettiest products. I have a mini Ambient Lighting powder, but was never really sure how to use it besides for highlighting.

  2. katiemiddleton94 says:

    I’ve never tried Hourglass but the same as you – I’ve wanted to try them for a while. Everyone seems to love them!

    Katie x

  3. Chloe you’re currently my favourite person, you’ve given me ideas for things I want for Chrismtas!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

  4. Laura says:

    Their products are ALWAYS beautiful, I love them! They always have such good reviews as well! x

  5. Angela says:

    I’ve wanted the ambient lighting palette forever but was worried it would make my oily skin too shiny, which it sounds like it doesn’t. Think I might finally take the plunge!

    Angela at Blush & Pearls

  6. I have just bought the Unlocked Palette, and the pink Refillable Lipstick duo!!!

  7. Alice Anne says:

    I love the Caution mascara so, so much xx

  8. Goodness me those powders look and sound like an absolute dream! x

  9. Boxnip says:

    They are simply gorgeous, I swoon over them too. Times like this I wish I needed to buy all my make up for the first time! They really are beautiful though! 🙂


  10. Jess want says:

    Gorgeous. I love their light powders, I have the ambient lighting edit and love all the shades, it gives you a nice subtle glow and looks super airbrushed. I really want to try their brow pencil as I’ve heard good things x

  11. I have tried their blushes and love them xx

  12. Mel says:

    I’ve tried their powders and I adore them, next on the list is the foundation stick.

  13. Nikki says:

    I do, I really do need it all in and around my makeup bag as a matter of urgency. Why u make me want to buy so much pls Chlo. Y xx

    Lovelaughslipstick ♥

  14. Erin says:

    I love Hourglass powders they are incredible! I use and love them daily! 🙂

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  15. happywiseowl says:

    I love the Hourglass products – I had a powder in the Caroline Hirons Space NK box and it’s marvellous!!!
    Em x

  16. B says:

    These powders look and sound gorgeous. I’ve never thought about putting different powders on different parts of my face but I bet it creates such a gorgeous finish. X

  17. Oh Chloe, why do you tease me with so many amazing make-up products! x

  18. terriheckley says:

    I can’t believe I still haven’t tried any Hourglass products yet! x

  19. Alicia Rae says:

    Hourglass is one of my all time favourite brands! Love them!

    Alicia Xo

  20. those colour look divine

  21. I have heard the best things about this brand through the years, but i couldn’t understand it. for me there were just highlighting powder. All these until my makeup artist, tried them on me. I also have combination skin, but these powders make my skin look healthy and not shiny at all. I ordeded it, and i can’t wait to try it.

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