Best Of Beauty: Hourglass Cosmetics / by plasticloafer


If you have been following me for a while, you will know that I am obsessed with Hourglass. I first found them in Space.NK a couple of years ago and I decided to invest in one of their 'Ambient Lighting' powders. From that moment I was hooked, and over the years I have built up quite the collection of products. For this post, I am going to list and talk about the Hourglass products that stand out and are must haves within your makeup collection. So here goes...


The Hourglass 'Vanish Seamless Finish' Foundation Stick. I have to start with this product because after using it a couple of times, it has become my holy grail foundation that I use everyday. It took me so long to get my hands on this shade and it matches my skin perfectly. At £42 it is very expensive for a foundation, but I have never used anything like this. The application is so simple, and coverage is completely build able, you can lightly even out your complexion or build it up to a full coverage finish that will last all day. As it says in the name, it blends out seamlessly and the finish leaves your face looking and feeling soft and airbrushed. The foundation stick comes in 26 different shades, so you will definitely find something for your skintone. Overall I rate this 10/10, you will fall in love once you try it.


Next up is the 'Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder'. Strobing is the new contouring, and if you are looking for a subtle way to highlight your cheekbones and give extra dimension to your face then this is the powder for you. With all Hourglass powders, they are milled so finely that they don't settle into any imperfections and leave your skin feeling so silky. They come in four different shades that are named after types of light. So you purchase the one that you want to replicate;

• IRIDESCENT STROBE LIGHT: An illuminating pink powder imparting a soft highlight. • INCANDESCENT STROBE LIGHT: An opalescent pearl powder imparting a celestial highlight. This shade is now also available in a convenient travel size. • EUPHORIC STROBE LIGHT: A pearlescent beige powder imparting a neutral highlight. • BRILLIANT STROBE LIGHT: A shimmering gold powder imparting a lustrous highlight.


With all that light, you obviously need some depth.  The 'Ambient Lighting Bronzer' stands out to me as one of the best on the market. It does contain glitter, so if you are looking for something with a matte finish then this is not the product for you. Perfect to warm up your complexion or to give a subtle contour, this bronzer blends so smoothly that it almost feels like a liquid.


The 'Ambient Lighting Correcting' primer is the first of it's kind to correct light. It works amazingly as a primer to blur imperfections and brighten the complexion. Your makeup applies flawlessly over this primer and it leaves your skin glowing.  I have been complimented so many times when I have used this product, surely you can't get bored of people saying 'Wow, your skin looks amazing'?



The first thing you have to say about the Hourglass eyeshadow palettes is how gorgeous they are. The colours in each work together perfectly, and the pigmentation is spot on. One brush swipe will pick up so much product, and it doesn't crease or leave fallout on the eyelid. There is seven different palettes available, will all featuring natural, organic colours for a soft eye look. £56 may seem expensive for an eyeshadow palette, but just think of all the Instagram photographs!


Finally, I have the 'Ambient Lighting Edit - Surreal Light'. This limited edition palette was first made available in September 2016, and features 5 brand new powders. You get two blushes, a bronzer and a ambient lighting and strobe powder. As will all Hourglass products, the packaging is beautiful and as it contains a full face of powders, it is great to throw into your makeup bag. I haven't put this product down since I bought it, and as you can see it barely looks like I have even used it!

As a blogger, I am always trying out and testing new products but I find myself going back to these staple products after a couple of weeks because I know how well they perform. I'm not going to lie, they are really expensive but if you slowly build up a collection they will last a long time. If you are new to Hourglass then I suggest picking up one of the 'Ambient Lighting Powders' so you can test them out and really get a feel for the types of product that they create. I promise that you will not be disappointed.

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Nathan Dalby