Saturday, 27 June 2015

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer - Luminous Bronze Light - Review & Swatches

It was the lovely Karen from Lovely Girlie Bits (see what I did there?) that first alerted me a couple of months back to the fact that Hourglass were releasing bronzers. Now, feeling how I do about all things Hourglass, I absolutely knew I had to have it, and I had the highest hopes for it. To be honest, my Hourglass experiences to date have been so overwhelmingly positive that I was cocky, absolutely certain that I would just adore this newest Hourglass inclination as I do all the others. I have to admit, it’s nice, it’s lovely even, but I’m not that blown away by this bronzer. It just hasn’t melted the cockles of my old stone heart the way the Ambient Lighting powders or blushes have. I will explain!
The bronzer comes in two shades, and of the two, I picked up the lighter one in Luminous Bronze Light. The other is a darker shade called Radiant Bronze Light. I was stalking Space NK website like a mad woman, I put my name down for it in store, and yet no news was forthcoming, so when the genius that is Lauren from Makeup by Lauren Marie suggested trying John Lewis instead, I actually sprung on it like a cat with a long tail in a room full of rocking chairs. It duly arrived in one piece and it was definitely love at first sight – in the pan, it was a thing of beauty. The milk chocolatey brown bronzer pigment is marbled with one of my favourite Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders, Luminous Light, and the distribution to my eye was about 50/50.
However, when I swatched this on my hand and on my face, I was surprised to find that this was a LOT darker than I thought it would be and not as luminous as I hoped it would be either. I’m not 100% on the colour to be honest as it is a very warm brown- I feel like I really have to buff it out to make the colour look somewhat natural of my fair skin, more so than I have to do with other bronzers. I thought that this bronzer, like the blushes, would be a bit more buildable instead of packing such a powerful pigmentation punch but alas this was not the case- this is damn pigmented even with a good tap of the brush to knock off the excess, and a bit too pigmented in my mind. I apply this with a large duo fibre brush and buff it out and down my neck with a large powder brush.
Size comparison against the Ambient Lighting Powder and the Ambient Lighting Blushes
Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light -v- Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Bronze Light
However, leaving Debbie Downer at the door, once this is worked and buffed considerably, it looks gorgeous and if I have a fake tan on, I feel like this bronzer gives me face a natural gentle sunkissed glow. I know I probably sound like I am being very harsh altogether on this bronzer because it’s not a bad product by any means, but it hasn’t blown me away in comparison with the blushes and the Ambient Lighting powders. I just can’t help but feel underwhelmed by this. I’m not sure that the shade is entirely flattering on me either as it’s very warm and very unlike all the other bronzers in my collection. 
Swatch of Luminous Light -v- Luminous Bronze Light
So I know you probably all think that I have been way harsh but just gotta admit, this bronzer didn't fill my heart with the same joy that the other Hourglass powders did. I have both of the palettes, 3 Ambient Lighting Powders, three Ambient Lighting Blushes and I love them all dearly and this doesn't have the same cult status for me. That's not to say that I won't use this, because I definitely will, and who knows, another few weeks of using this might earn this HG status, but for now, it's just a nice bronzer. I do feel guilty for even thinking that but it's how I'm feeling.

Have you tried this Hourglass bronzer and if you have, what did you think? Do you think I am being unnecessarily harsh?



  1. I have to say that I love this bronzer! xx


  2. Not sure I want it now as you don't think it works great on paler skin tones. Worried it will look muddy. Do you think if I applied it with a duo fibre style brush I would get away with it?

    1. Just re read it and see you apply it with a duo fibre brush. Ah man it defo won't work for me then

  3. I do like it but every single day I reach for MAC'S Give Me Sun instead.....I'm glad I bought it and I prefer it to the lighting powders but I don't love it as much as the primer and blush.

  4. This is a beautiful bronzer and I have a warm undertone and think this would look so pretty. I think I "have" to have this. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I must say, I love this bronzer when I'm fake tanned and want that J Lo glow. It's by far the most pigmented bronzer I've ever tried and I totally tangoed myself the first time I used it! But I love the soft focused glow it gives when I take my time with it :)


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