This month’s bronzer of choice? A very very expensive one. Because Hourglass is one pricy brand, but one that I do love for their face products especially. I have tried some of their blushes and highlighters before and they are a brand I like to purchase from every once in a while. My latest purchase? Their Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Nude Bronze Light.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer Nude Bronze Light
Are you read to hear the price of this? This bronzer retails for a whooping €49. Yes, let’s have that sink in for a moment. This is quite possibly the most I have paid for a single compact face product apart from a Dior highlighter I own. Definitely something you buy casually and without trying. Hourglass is not available in The Netherlands, but you can buy it online off Cult Beauty or the French Sephora website. I got mine when I was in London last spring from Space NK. I recommend going in store to see the products for yourself before committing to something this pricey.
One thing Hourglass does well is packaging. Their packaging always looks chic, but it is a bit deceiving. When I first bought an item from the brand I was surprised that the compacts are very lightweight and plastic. They definitely look much more luxurious than they feel. You do get 11 grams of product in here, which means this bronzer will last for years.
When you look at this you may not expect this to do much bronzing. That’s because this is the lightest of the four shades available. Also, Hourglass is known for infusing their color products with their face powders. That is what you see here. Each product has its own unique mix and this has almost a pinky undertone to it.
One thing I love about all the Hourglass products I have bought so far is how finely milled these are. Hourglass products look so natural on the skin and that is why I love their products. It is perfect if you are very fair and are afraid of going overboard with your color product. If like me, you’ve tried too many bronzers that make you look orange and just a bit too much, then this is a great one to try.
Can you see how sheer this looks on the skin? If this were an eyeshadow I would be mad, but for a bronzer I am very pleased with how this looks swatched. As you can see this product almost blends itself and despite it going on seamlessly, this stays put all day. So a natural longwearing bronzer, that is what this is.
On my cheeks this is very pretty, but you may be hard pressed to actually see anything here. That’s because this product is nearly undetectable on the skin. While you may think this is so light it doesn’t do anything, this is actually what I love about this product. I haven’t never tried a bronzer that looks so natural once applied. One thing I hate about most bronzers is how obvious they are once they are on, but this just looks like it is supposed to be there: as if it is a your own, actual skin.
Before & After
In case you don’t believe me that this actually does make a difference in your complexion, I decided to also add in some before & after pictures. On the left is my face with just the base done. On the right is my face with the bronzer applied. On the left my skin looks a bit pasty and pale, but on the right it looks very naturally glowy. You can see where I applied the product, but it is never too obvious. A great bronzer for my paler winter skin.
This product may be pricey but I think the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Nude Bronze Light is well worth it. I have not found a bronzer that gives such a natural, skin like effect. It lasts all day and matches my skintone perfectly. The only problem? If you are darker, then Hourglass is not the brand for you. There shade range is not the best for darker complexions: that is definitely something they can work on.
What do you think of the Hourglass bronzer?