Due to high expectations, my relationship with Mood Light started on a rocky patch. I wanted to try the Ambient Lighting powders for ages, I loved the concept and read a bunch of reviews saying it’s great as a setting powder.
When I finally picked up my sample I was so excited to try it out, I immediately grabbed the medium sized powder brush that I normally use to set a liquid foundation – but the result was disappointing. It was similar to a heavy application of a highlighter all over the face, making my dry skin look oily. After playing with it and applying it with different brushes I still had the same issue – the powder was leaving too much colour on my NW15/20 skin and the glow was simply too much. I can see it working over the liquid foundation that dries to a matte finish, or one that barely requires any powder to set, but not over the dewy and illuminating foundations that need a bit more powder on top. Piling it up to set a foundation does not work.
Realising I can’t use it as a setting powder was a big let down as that was the main reason I bought it. However, I didn’t want to give it up so I referred to the Hourglass website and decided to use it as they suggest – “apply powder all over the face using Ambient Powder Brush as the final step for a flawless complexion.”
Mood Light – Soft, sheer lavender pink powder that mimics the softest most forgiving light and reveals your brightest complexion
– Powders capture, diffuse and soften the way light is reflected on skin, brighten the appearance, and conceal skin imperfections, pores and wrinkles
– Infused with technologically advanced soft-focus particles that help make skin appear younger, even-toned and radiant
– Unlike traditional powders that use opaque pigments, Ambient utilises ‘photoluminescent technology’ – micron-size spherical particles that refract light and create transparent coverage
– Universal powders make them suitable for every skin tone, while each can be worn for day and night
Ambient Lighting powders are finishing powders, they are designed to soften the lines and give skin a natural glow. Thinking about it as a finishing step, I applied it over the liquid foundation that was set with a matte powder first, and I also tried it as a very last step – on top of a complete make up, bronzer and a blush. This way Mood Light works nicely. It adds a nice radiance and makes the skin look polished. I apply it with a Real Techniques powder brush that is big and not too dense, lightly all over the face and then add a bit more to the highest points of my face to highlight. It all needs to be done with a very light hand, keeping in mind the effect you would like to achieve. The Mood Light shade shows up on my skin and it warms it up, which is nice as my complexion can occasionally look a bit greyish. It also works as a highlighter or a natural, barely visible blush if applied heavily on the cheeks. However, I don’t like using it this way and piling it up as the sheen in it ends up being too much, specially for a day makeup.
Light and heavy swatches taken in a direct sun and shade:
A very light (invisible!) swatch where a Mood Light is applied with a Real Techniques powder brush:
The colour is described as a lavender pink, but it’s more of a neutral peachy-beige on the skin. The staying power is impressive, it does not fade out at all after 12 hours of wear. To show you the difference between Mood Light powder and a highlighter, I’ve made a comparison swatches vs Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight. Candlelight is the most subtle highlighter I own, Mood Light compared to the Candlelight is very discreet.
^ Top: Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder in Candlelight, bottom: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Mood Light
The texture of Mood Light powder is amazing. It’s very finely milled and silky and it’s weightless on skin. It contains no parabens, talc, fragrance, nano-particles and gluten.
I’m in a bit of a love/hate relationship with this shade, and after weighting the pro’s and con’s I’m not sure if I would recommend it. One minute I love it, the other it’s just not working for me. It nice, but not great. The glow is densely packed and that kind of finish doesn’t really appeal to me. I can’t see this one working on the oily skin at all. Maybe as a very light highlight, but then I’m not sure it’s worth the asking price.
I would still like to try some of the less illuminating shades though, as I mainly have an issue with the intensity of it in this powder.