Hourglass Cosmetics

Ambient Light Correcting Primer

1.00 fl. oz. for $ 44.00
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Brand Overview

The cornerstone of Hourglass Cosmetics is its Ambient Light collection, and it expands this popular lineup with Ambient Light Correcting Primer. Although not quite as revolutionary as claimed, it's still a worthy option if you're looking for a primer that goes beyond prepping skin for makeup application.

This primer comes in an opaque plastic squeeze tube with a twist-off top. The fragrance-free lotion is lightweight with a slight creaminess, making it easy to apply and blend. It feels slightly moisturizing and dries to a dewy (though not greasy-looking) finish that works best for normal to dry skin. True to its claims, it makes skin appear smoother and more polished, blurring the look of imperfections.

Unlike most primers, each shade of Ambient Light Correcting Primer has a tint that's not intended to match skin's natural tone; rather, it's designed to enhance the makeup applied over it. As of this writing, three shades are available: Dim Light (a light bronze/beige), Luminous Light (a soft gold), and Mood Light (a sheer pink with pearl). All are suitable for a range of skin tones.

The good news is that each adds a soft glow to skin (not obvious shimmer or glitter) that doesn't drastically alter the shade of the foundation you apply over it. You'll likely notice a slight tint change, but it's the same effect as having a subtle highlight all over skin.

The only ding we have is that this would have been better if it included more beneficial ingredients (such as antioxidants or skin-soothing ingredients like sodium hyaluronate). Still, it's worth a look for a fresh take on primers and the radiant glow you'll get!

  • Lightweight texture that's easy to blend.
  • Makes skin appear smoother, radiant, and more polished.
  • Fragrance free.
  • Given the price, you would expect more skin-soothing and anti-aging ingredients would've been welcome.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No
A first of its kind collection of light correcting primers that blur, smooth and perfect the skin for a soft, subtle glow. The oil-free, weightless formulas neutralize, brighten and soften light as the first step in creating your perfect light.
Water, Isododecane, Methyl Perfluorobutyl Ether, Propanediol, Dimethicone, Polysilicone-11, Silica, Coco Caprylate/Caprate, Mica, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Cellulose Gum, Triethanolamine, Decyl Glucoside, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/ VP Copolymer, Lecithin, Polyester-5, PVP. May Contain (+/-): Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).

Hourglass At-A-Glance

Hourglass Cosmetics bills itself as luxury performance makeup, and for the most part that description is apt. The luxury aspect is apparent in the brand's packaging, which evokes sophistication and glamour. As for what's inside, while not every Hourglass product is a blockbuster, it has a number of strong products in its lineup, particularly its Ambient Lighting collection of powder makeup products. There are also some standout options for lip colors, and its Veil Fluid Makeup Oil SPF 15 foundation is a blogger and Beautypedia favorite for good reason (you can find out exactly why in our individual review). Hourglass does offer a small selection of skincare, but when it comes to this brand makeup is truly where its strengths lie.

For more information about Hourglass Cosmetics, visit www.hourglasscosmetics.com or call 310-392-7799.

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