Reviews: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder- Ethereal Light, and Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact-Highlight 01

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, Ethereal Light (opalescent sheer, cool white powder)

What it is:
A universal finishing powder that features state-of-the-art technology to recreate the most exquisitely flattering types of light.

What it does:

Create your perfect light. Ambient Lighting Powder is a groundbreaking collection of finishing powders that capture, diffuse, and soften the way light reflects on your skin. Unlike traditional powders, which merely cloak imperfections, Ambient Lighting Powder utilizes photoluminescent technology to filter out harsh light and refine the appearance of the complexion. The powders deliver a multidimensional luminescence to every skintone, making it appear softer, younger, and lit-from-within. The finishing powders enhance skin in any type of light, including flash photography. With six universal shades available, you can create your desired effect—not unlike having a personal lighting technician. Ambient is free of talc, gluten, fragrance, and nanoparticles. It is available in six universally flattering shades from least pearl to most pearl.

-Ethereal Light: A sheer, cool tone that eliminates shine and mimics a moonlit glow—even in broad daylight.
-Diffused Light: A soft, warm, pale yellow that reduces redness, eliminates shine, and gives skin clarity.
-Dim Light: A neutral soft beige that provides a perfect balance of warm and cool tones to blur imperfections.
-Mood Light: A soft, sheer lavender pink that mimics the softest, most forgiving light and brightens the complexion.
-Luminous Light: A champagne pearl that creates a soft, incandescent candlelit glow—day or night.
-Radiant Light: A sun-kissed golden beige that enhances the overall complexion with believable, subtle warmth. 

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens

What else you need to know:
“I learned early on how different types of light can truly flatter the complexion. Growing up, my mother had pink light bulbs in all of the lamps throughout the house. She loved pink light because it was the softest and most flattering, and she always wanted to look good. I used this concept of lighting in Ambient Lighting Powder.”—Carisa Janes, Hourglass Founder

Suggested Usage:
-Dust Ambient Lighting Powder all over the face with Ambient Powder Brush.
-Light your skin with Diffused Light to reduce redness, eliminate shine, and give skin clarity.
-Light your skin with Ethereal Light to eliminate shine and mimic a moonlit glow—even in broad daylight.

My Thoughts:
You will not be disappointed with this Hourglass powder. I got it in Ethereal Light at Sephpra. I use it after I apply my foundation, and it makes my face look so flawless, natural, healthy without shiny and matte. I will buy other colors later. I highly recommend it!

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact, Highlight 01 (Golden Nude)

What it is:
An ultrasmooth baked face powder that provides natural color with soft matte radiance.

What it does:
Wake up the skin, and provide natural color with a radiant, healthy glow for a flawless, no-makeup look. Sheer, buildable coverage lets you customize your glow, while the modern, multidimensional matte finish imparts a hint of soft luminosity. The bronze shades provide a neutral warmth in varying intensities. The ultralightweight formula feels weightless on skin and applies smoothly and blends effortlessly. The smooth, silky, velvety texture feels comfortable, while the long-wearing formula lasts up to eight hours and stays color-true without oxidizing for an even wear. Each tile is hand-mixed with a unique design.

What else you need to know:
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect skin against the effects of free radicals. Jojoba oil is moisturizing and helps soften skin. Spherical powders allow for increased comfort and blendability. This non-dusty, non-drying formula is dermatologist-tested, fragrance-free, and suitable for all skin types, even sensitive ones.

Suggested Usage:
-Using the Angled Cheek Colour brush, lightly tap onto domed highlighter covering all edges of brush.
-Tap off excess product.
-Using the tapered head of the brush, apply over the high points of the face: cheekbones, center of nose, Cupid’s bow, and top of forehead.

My Thoughts:

I have the shade Highlight 01 (golden nude color), and it looks pretty. It gives my skin a beautiful glow, but if you build it up, it'll be a little dramatic since it's pigmented. The package looks less professional than Hourglass one.

If I have to choose one between them, I will pick hourglass powder!

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