What can I say, it’s been a while hasn’t it? It pains me that I let my creative passion go on the back burner for what seems like an eternity, but my career took over and I felt like I needed to give it some real focus. However, in doing so I wasn’t being entirely true to myself and I’ve learnt the hard way that no matter what you always need to make time for yourself to switch off and rest and blogging helps me to do just that. I’m sorry if I can’t always be regular in my blogging but I am so appreciative of all of you who take the time to read and comment on my blog and that’s what motivates me to continue to give it the time and energy it deserves. So a big thank you to readers old and new.
Back in January I spoke about some new purchases for 2016 (see my post here), which included the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light and the Eve Lom Sheer Radiance Translucent Powder in Dawn, which I’ve finally had a chance to review.
Firstly the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light. These powders have been heavily raved about in the blogging world and they are designed to mimic flattering light, giving your skin a soft focus effect. I see these more as highlighting powders than setting powders but they are designed to do both. Dim Light has a peachy undertone to it and although quite subtle, it can add that touch of colour to the face that you may or may not want depending on what you want from your powder. I prefer a translucent finish but you do have 5 other options in the range to choose from being Diffused Light, Moonlight, Radiant Light, Ethereal Light and Luminous Light, each offering different effects, so do check these out.
Application wise I tend not to use this on its own as I don’t find it sets my makeup very well and instead sometimes use this as the last step in my makeup routine focusing on my cheekbones and down the middle of my nose, “sometimes” being the key word here. Perhaps I’m going against the grain but having given this a full review I don’t really see what all the fuss is about. If I overdo it, which I have on many an occasion, I find it looks quite chalky on me and somewhat drying. Subtlety is therefore key but with so many other ways of adding that glow, I don’t find this a necessary step in my routine and can easily go without.
Next is the Eve Lom Sheer Radiance Translucent Powder in Dawn. I have to say I love the packaging. The concept of a brush that dispenses the powder as you apply it is pure genius. But does it work….? As long as you accept that less is more and don’t overdo it, then yes it does. Just a few brush strokes is enough and warning, sometimes it feels like nothing has come out but trust me, it has – it’s just that the powder is so finely milled and translucent, just how I like it.
As you can expect, this is great for travelling or slipping into your makeup bag for a quick touch up during the day should you need it. It sets my makeup well without adding any more colour but whilst I like the finish, I am not in love with it. My beloved Chanel setting powder will always take pride of place, but as an overall setting powder the Eve Lom powder is pretty good stuff.
I suppose it’s fair to say that like anything you have to try these out for yourself to see whether they will suit you but they are very pricey so not something to take lightly – the Hourglass Powders come in at £38 whilst the Eve Lom Powder is a whopping £42.
These are decent powders and as much as I’ve tried to like these, I am just not overly wowed by either product so I won’t be repurchasing them when they run out.
So what about you, have you tried either of these before? What are your thoughts? x