Sunday, April 24, 2016

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Radiant Bronze Light

You might ask me, "Why did you buy the one for medium to dark complexions?" I don't know! I think I made a mistake. I purchased two of the same shade, and I'm pretty sure I meant to buy one of each. It was last year, so who knows?

Anyhow, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Radiant Light ($50) can be made to work for any skin tone. Just use your brush properly because it is very pigmented. I'll have to order the lighter shade, Luminous Bronze Light, for comparison. This purchase had to be the result of one of my sleepy, late-night online trips to Sephora. However, it makes for a nice feature for those with darker complexions than mine.

As usual, my photo directly above shows the true color of the powder bronzer in the compact. It is definitely not as orange as the Sephora and Hourglass photos show. If you look carefully, you can see some micro-sparkle pigment in it, and this shows up on the skin - but only in strong light. Indoors, it offers a beautiful sheen to the skin.

I took swatch photos in full, mid-day sun, and I used my usual sponge-tipped applicator to apply it. The first thing I noticed is that it is extremely pigmented. I played with it indoors with a fluffy powder brush, and it applied with much less pigment to my face. The color works that way, even on my fair skin.

You can see how dark this shade is when applied fairly heavily with a sponge-tipped applicator. It's perfect for medium and dark complexions. Hourglass describes it as "a warm bronze shade fused with Radiant Light, a golden beige powder, to mimic a summer glow. Ideal for medium/deep complexions."

If this color is good for you, I think you will love Radiant Bronze Light. It adheres to the skin nicely, providing long wear with no fallout. It really is radiant. If you are fair and buy it anyhow, just use your expert brush skills and lightly sweep the brush over the powder to pick up a beautiful, warm, natural-looking tan shade.

You can find Hourglass Ambient Bronzer at Sephora and Hourglass Cosmetics online.

Photo at top courtesy of Sephora; other photos by Best Things in Beauty


Teresa Ann Elizabeth "Teri" said...

Thanks for this, CG! I would definitely have thought it too orange from the first photo. But your photo doesn't show any reddish/orange at all �� I'm also glad your photos showed that it's not lots of sheen and gleam. There are times I love that look, but if I'm going for a truly natural sun-kissed look I prefer more matte.
Thank you again!

Sandra said...

I like th bronze color of your swatch, CG, and that shade would be perfect for my coloring I am thinking. My question to you is if you could only purchase one bronzer, would you do the Hourglass or the Guerlain Teracotta?

Charleston Girl said...

Sandra, that's hard. I think I would purchase the Terracotta shade that's perfect for my skin. If I could only have one. Remember, though, that some of the Terracotta shades have some sparkle in them.

Sandra said...

Thank you, CG! Actually I like the bit of sparkle -- it feeds the Gypsy in my soul! You have said so many wonderful things about the Guerlain bronzer, and I think it is time I just bit the bullet and ordered it! Thank you again, and have a lovely evening!

Evelyn said...

I had to pass on both of these, both colors leaned orange on me, but Guerlain, my skin finds a better match with their bronzers. It's tricky, especially when you're light or fair to find one that doesn't look odd on your skin.

Charleston Girl said...

I agree, Evelyn. A lot of them look like mud on me. I was tempted last night by a new Givenchy one, but the photos on Sephora looked like mud. I don't go to Sephora stores, so I won't see it first. No order.