Nude Bronze Light

Hourglass Nude Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer ($50.00 for 0.39 oz.) is a soft, medium brown with warm, yellowish undertones and a matte finish. The brand said this shade was mixed with “Nude Light,” which doesn’t actually exist in the Ambient Lighting Powder range, but I couldn’t detect any shimmer or sparkle–everything swirled together for a natural, matte finish (matte without being flat). The consistency was smooth, finely-milled, and silky to the touch without being powdery or dusty in the pan. It had semi-opaque color payoff, which was buildable to full coverage in two layers, though it was soft enough in the pan that I could use a lighter hand and get sheerer coverage, if desired. This shade wore well for eight hours on me before fading.

The Ambient Lighting Bronzer formula is supposed have a “sheer, airy” feel (sheer as in texture) that give a “natural, sun-kissed glow” with the “illuminating effects of Ambient Lighting Powder” with “bronze pigments” that give it “buildable color.” The formula tends to be more pigmented (usually semi-opaque), but the textures are always soft enough that a less dense brush or lighter hand is an option for picking up less product and getting less coverage. I find that the bronzer formula tends to be less powdery compared to the original Ambient Lighting Powders, which is nice. The wear is typically around eight hours on me.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer Nude Bronze Light

Diffused Bronze Light

Hourglass Diffused Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer ($50.00 for 0.39 oz.) is a muted, medium, rosy brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a soft sheen. One of the downsides of the original two shades in the Ambient Lighting Bronzer range was how warm-toned they were, so I think this particular shade is a fantastic addition to the range (they could still use more shades, particularly some deeper and more red-toned options). The powder was incredibly silky and smooth with very little dustiness in the pan. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, which could be built up to opaque coverage, but the softer texture made it pretty easy to just use a lighter hand to pick up less product for sheerer coverage. This shade started to fade on me after eight hours of wear.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer Diffused Bronze Light

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer $50.00/0.39

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About the Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). (For more information, please check the FAQ.)

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