Bronzer + Blush Hourglass Cosmetics

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzers

April 11, 2015

Last week I was lucky to get a preview of the new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzers ($50 each for 0.39 oz / 11 g) at the Abbot Kinney store in Venice Beach. There are two additions to the Ambient Lighting collection. There are two options of bronzer infused with highlighter combined into one mirrored compact:
  • Luminous Bronze Light is described as a medium tan shade fused with Luminous Light, a champagne pearl powder, for a softer candlelit warmth, ideal for fair/light complexions
  • Radiant Bronze Light is the darker option described as a warm bronze shade fused with Radiant Light, a golden beige powder, to mimic a summer glow, ideal for medium/deep complexions
Both are available now exclusively at for VIB/VIB Rouge Members. For the official launch details and dates:
  • April 7 – 14 the bronzers will be available to Sephora’s VIB Rouge customers
  • April 15 the bronzers will launch wide on and
  • May is when the bronzers will hit stores
A quick peek at the Hourglass store + event before I get into the review:

Ambient Lighting Bronzers and Blush (blush review here)

Incandescent Electra which is currently exclusive to the Ambient Lighting Blush Palette will be available separately on 4/15 and on 4/23, and will also hit stores in May, also shown below the Hourglass Brushes

Another reason to visit the Hourglass store: you can create your own custom Ambient Lighting Palette with any of the highlighter options

The two new bronzers are absolutely stunning. As a huge fan of the Ambient Lighting Powders and Blushes, I could barely contain my excitement when I was able to see the new bronzers in person. Both are on the warm side and are extremely pigmented. Although they have the highlighter aspect mixed in, I found them to have a more satiny glow with a very soft luminous shimmer. As with the blushes, the color portions and swirls are rich and super saturated so a little goes a long way. The colors are easy to blend and layer.

The Ambient Lighting Powder Brush is super soft and plush which will dispense just the right amount of product for a soft glow. If you want more color, use the tip to contour the cheeks or a denser blush brush. The texture is soft and airy which makes them glide on the skin in a soft smooth manner. Each one is hand blended so the swirls will be different in every compact.

Close ups of each Ambient Lighting Bronzer, Luminous Light has a mix of champagne and soft tan, it looks neutral in the pan but applies warmly on the skin.

Radiant Bronze Light is the deeper option and is a few shades darker than the Luminous version:

Swatches with different light and angles, first in natural light without any flash:

In direct sun with a flash:

Detailed close up:

Comparisons to the highlighter counterparts:

Two sets of swatch comparisons to other bronzers:

Hourglass Radiant Light (reviewed + swatched here)

Chanel Les Beiges Multi Color (from Summer 2014, reviewed here)

One last shot: left is Luminous Bronze Light, right is Radiant Bronze Light

I’ve been alternating between the two since the event and am partial to the lighter option Luminous Light. On my medium olive toned skin they add just the right amount of warmth and glow. They are both warm without being orangey. There is just the right amount of shimmer and glow to give the face depth and dimension without emphasizing pores like some highlighters do. I like these layered on top of blush or alone for warmth. Even though Luminous Light is designed for light to fair skins, I think it will still show up on medium skin tones like Chanel B40s (I’m a Chanel B30/NARS Punjab). These last all day long without fading or darkening, although I suspect if you are extremely fair these may be too warm for your taste. If that is the case and you are in search of a new bronzer, I recommend the Edward Bess Daydream, although the Hourglass ones are very different in finish and concept.

I give both a huge thumbs up. They both are similar on me so I don’t think you need both, although I am happy I do have one of each color. They are different enough from the highlighters to justify both. Even though they come with a hefty price tag at $50 each, I think they are well worth every penny.

You can buy the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzers at online at Sephora now if you’re a VIB/VIB Rouge. Starting April 15th which is just around the corner for everyone else. In stores starting May. Have you checked out the latest from Hourglass? If not what are your favorite Hourglass items?

The Luminous Bronze Light and Ambient Lighting Powder Brush were gifted at the press preview. 

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  • Meghan B April 11, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    You have amazing pictures on your blog! Also I'm liking the Luminous Bronzer 🙂

  • Anonymous April 11, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Beautiful review! I want to try these now. I think there may be a little date glitch on the top part of your post where you wrote March instead of April. The lighter one looks fantastic.
    Many thanks,

    • Sabrina April 11, 2015 at 8:32 pm

      Thank you! Corrected!

  • Bella April 11, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    Hi Sabrina, thanks for the review. The bronzers are gorgeous!!! There goes my Sephora cart bulging again. Sigh….

    One note — on the release dates, you have March, but I think you mean April.

    • Sabrina April 11, 2015 at 8:32 pm

      Thanks Bella, corrected now 🙂

  • Caitlin Morton April 11, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    I recently saw this line in Sephora the other day and wondered about it! Great post thank you XO

  • Amanda Hollingsworth April 11, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Am sort of relieved I'm only going to need one of these as Chanel's Les Beiges 2015 & Soleil from Tom Ford are going to bankrupt me. I do love Hourglass blush and ambient lighting powders though so it will be great to have one of these to play with.
    On a slightly different topic Sabrina have you tried many Kevin Aucoin products? The bronzers are exquisite. I saw your reviews of The Celestial Powders Candlelight & Starlight which I have both of but the bronzers are well worth a look too.

  • Alice Yeh April 11, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Why am I not surprised that Hourglass decided to add bronzers to their Ambient Lighting range? These look absolutely beautiful. I love the fact that they impart a lovely sheen to the face without being really shimmery. This is definitely going straight onto my wish list!

    X Alice

  • Violet Delights April 11, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    These look gorgeous. Love the photography of your blog. xx

  • April 12, 2015 at 12:02 am

    Stunning!!! I have the luminous bronzer in my sephora cart now waiting for the sale! Fingers crossed it's not sold out.

  • nueyork April 12, 2015 at 2:40 am

    These are so, so stunning and have such a beautiful sheen!

  • The Whimsical Fox April 12, 2015 at 2:45 am

    These pictures are AH-MAZING! I like that it looks radiant rather than glittery, and the packaging is just…*drool* x

  • Jo April 12, 2015 at 3:21 am

    I ordered mine a few days ago when you let us know it was on I just wish they would hurry up and ship it already! I can't wait to get it. Thank you for such a gorgeous preview.

  • Tess Kennedy April 12, 2015 at 3:49 am

    I can't wait to get my hands on one of these!

    Xx Tess Isabella Beauty

  • Clever Girl Reviews April 12, 2015 at 6:38 am

    Luminous light looks like it would suit me better!

  • Charleston Girl April 12, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Mine are on the way. Bought blind from sephora. You've made me glad I ordered.

  • Rachel April 12, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    These look fab although I really did not like the Ambient Lighting brush. I own it and try and try to make it work but it just packs on too much product, I find. Not a fan!

    Rachel |

  • Anonymous April 12, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    How does this compare with the Charlotte Tilbury contour compact?

  • Eileen April 12, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    This morning I took advantage of Sephora's Rouge VIB 15% off event to order Luminous Bronze Light. In all honesty, I wasn't that impressed with the original ambient light selection because I didn't like how they looked on the skin. Like MAC powders, they looked like they were just sitting on the surface of the skin rather than blending into the complexion seamlessly. Since bronzer is something that is more strategically placed; however, perhaps these will give a more natural looking glow. In any case, after seeing your beautiful swatches, I knew I'd want to give these a try 🙂

  • Fancie April 13, 2015 at 1:03 am

    I love the subtle shimmer here. It looks like it'll add a nice touch of warmth and glow to my complexion. I can't wait to be able to try these out in person! Great pics and review btw!

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  • Becca April 13, 2015 at 4:35 am

    Youve sold me! Luminous Bronze Light will be mine x
    Becoming Becca

  • Blog Taylordevil April 20, 2015 at 12:18 am

    The Hourglass store & create your own highlighter palette is now just another excuse for me to save up and hit America. These bronzers look amazing. Cannot wait to get my hands on the lighter of the two.


  • lmc1971 April 21, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    You've convinced me! LOL Sabrina, do you use the Ambient Powder Brush or something else to apply?

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