Ah girls I’ve wanted one of these for so long but, like many of you, the really mixed reviews had me too scared to shell out €40 on a powder that might not work. But I couldn’t resist and so, after months of longing and extensive online research, I finally ordered Diffused Light. Sorry in advance for the long review, but I’ve a lot to say about it!
I chose this one in particular because the colour match seemed good and it claimed to give a natural radiance that could be used as an all over powder. I’d recommend, as everyone does, that you check these out in real life before you buy, but I bought online so I can’t talk!
So to the details. The compact is quite large, plastic but not cheap feeling, although maybe not as special as it could be considering the price. Inside the compact you get a decent sized product and a nice mirror, but no brush to speak of. The powder itself is the very palest winter morning yellow and up close you can see tiny micro glitter which on your face is only detectable in direct sunlight.
This can definitely be used as an all over face powder as it gives a very softly lit luminescence that reminded me a lot of MAC Skinfinish Natural. I loved MAC, but in summer it went cakey and awful on my skin so I stopped using it completely so this was aimed to fill that gap.
With this you can get two different effects depending on how you use it and this has the power to either make your skin look way better or slightly worse.
If you buff it into the skin, it becomes extremely sheer with very little coverage and a higher sheen on the skin. If you press it into the skin with a fluffy powder brush you get more coverage and a brightness and a very subtle sheen. After trying this out for weeks, I find the best way is to press it all over into the skin first to get the desired brightness and wee bit of coverage and then in the areas you want to highlight, take a little more product and buff it in (cheeks, down the bridge of the nose etc.)
Be careful though, the more it’s buffed in or the more your reapply, the more the sheen can show up pores. I can cover this back up with a touch of my regular setting powder and still allow the look of Hourglass to show through, but it’s just something to note. Also, for me personally it has no oil control so on certain days when it’s warmer I found shine coming through which made the powder look more obvious.
Otherwise you can happily reapply and this will be hard to look bad on. At night, this looks even more beautiful in a flattering light and really gives a natural radiance that does look like you’ve been softly lit by candlelight.
I’ve really struggled with this powder to be honest, on the days I’ve got it right it looks amazing on, glossing over pores and imperfections and giving a really natural radiance, but on other days it’s made me wish I hadn’t applied it as it’s made my skin looks more obviously made up. It’s a hard one because on the days it’s works it’s beautiful.
Overall, this has to be approached with caution. On some girls with good skin they’ll find this a dream and I even found this a dream (including on the day I took the photo below), but some days it just didn’t work for me. I’m torn now to be completely honest. I’ll keep trying with it as I seem capable of getting it right, just not every day and if I work out a foolproof system I’ll update this post. I think perhaps a lighter hand is the best approach.
I’d recommend you visit the Hourglass stand in Dundrum Town Centre if you want to see these up close and personal, but if not, you can order online from Space NK like I did.