Hourglass Cosmetics: the Essentials

Thursday, March 3rd 2016 0

Ambient lighting for the face

If you've read my blog for a while now you will know how obsessed I am with Hourglass cosmetics.

I’ve always used the Ambient Lighting Powder and blush, but recently I’ve been using a few more things that I have come to love. Here’s what’s on my dresser this month…

Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze, £40
For a luminous flush with no patchiness, I am loving this bronzer. Unlike the blushers, the pigment on this is quite strong from even a light dusting, so be gentle when you pick up the product. I’ve been using this with a large duo fibre brush to achieve a blended contour. Don’t be alarmed by the appearance of the bronzer in the pan; it reflects light but doesn’t leave a glitter finish on the face.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer

Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Incandescent Strobe, £34
Unlike other illuminators, this adds luminosity without shimmer. Much like the Ambient Lighting Powder, this gives the skin a noticeable glow that doesn’t look artificial. If you want something to add areas of lightness to the skin without a bold, shimmer finish, these will be for you. I’ve been using Incandescent, a pink/pearl shade which gives the most subtle hint of rose in the sheen.

Ambient Lighting Strobe Powders

Modernist Eye Shadow Palette in Exposure, £56
I wore this palette for the first time a few days ago and had compliments at work all day. Everyone was asking me what I had on my eyes. The funny thing was that when I first started applying it I wasn’t sure how it was going to go; my brushes picked up lots of product very easily and the pigment seemed to almost crumble. I was worried there would be a lot of drop-down onto my skin from these shadows. But quite the contrary, the loose, crumbly nature of the pigment meant that it applied effortlessly into the skin and blended out really easily. This make-up look took half the time of my normal smoky eye. If you want something that will last the day with strong pigment but that you can’t really get wrong in terms of blending, you will love these. They come in a number of lavish colour co-ordinations.

Hourglass Eye Shadow Palette in Exposure


Hourglass Exposure Eyeshadow Palette

No.28 Lip Treatment Oil, £32
I’m not sure if I’ve ever written about this but it is always by my bed. A blend of oils and vitamins, this is a lovely alternative to a lip balm, slightly richer and more hydrating. Although brilliant as a preventative treatment, when I really love to use this is when my lips are already cracked and need some instant TLC and comfort.

Hourglass Powders

Veil Fluid Foundation, £50
I wrote a very detailed review of this foundation which you can read here, but in short this is beautiful for giving the skin a fresh, luminous finish.

Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup

I always used to visit the counter in Liberty to pick up my favourite things, but they’ve recently opened at Harvey Nichols in Birmingham. If you’re near the store their counter manager, Becky, is the loveliest girl, I used to work with her and she’s a brilliant make-up artist.


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