Hourglass – Ambient®: Lighting Bronzer (Luminous Bronze Light)

Product Info

Online Description:

What it is:
An illuminating bronzer with Photoluminescent Technology, featuring bronze pigments that deliver a natural-looking, sunkissed glow while flaunting depth and dimension.

Luminous Bronze Light – a medium bronze shade fused with Luminous Light for a softer, candlelit warmth. (Ideal for light/medium complexions)

What it does:
Ambient Lighting Bronzer’s sheer, airy formula sweeps softly onto skin for a healthy-looking, radiant finish. It’s formulated with Photoluminescent Technology, featuring optically transparent particles that transform the look of skin by manipulating and refracting light to emphasize your best features. The optically transparent particles allow for seamless blending and color transitions. The powders, blended by hand using an advanced miscelare technique, offer the perfect balance of pigments in a gorgeous pattern. Use this bronzer alone, or paired with Ambient Lighting Powder for maximum control to create depth and dimension—or even use it for a subtle contouring effect.

What else you need to know:
“Most bronzers are flat and look unnatural. That’s where the Photoluminescent Technology really lends itself to the Ambient Lighting Bronzer. It’s perfect for creating a natural sunkissed glow. I personally love using Luminous Bronze Light for subtle contouring because it blends seamlessly with the Ambient Lighting Powders and blushes.”—Carisa Janes, Hourglass Founder

Suggested Usage:
To create a warm look:
-Using the Hourglass No.1 Powder Brush, gently swirl the entire compact to pick up the perfect balance of pigment and powder.
-Lightly apply all over face to achieve a sun-kissed look.

To define:
-Use a brush to apply Ambient Bronzer as a subtle contour along the temples, hollows of the cheeks, and jawline.
-Ambient Bronzer works best when applied after Ambient Lighting Powder and before Ambient Lighting Blush.


My Thoughts:

I received this little token in the Sephora Favorites Sunkissed Glow set and who doesn’t love a travel-sized bronzer? Then again, this isn’t your average bronzer. This is a bronzer with a blend of luminizer blended in to give you depth, with shimmer. Since this isn’t a full-size and the mini size on Sephora is advertised to be slightly smaller, I’d say this values at the $24 mentioned on the site. Was I surprised this tiny compact is retailed at that price? Yes, but then who isn’t? It seems like such a small amount of product for that amount, then I remember I’ve bought eyeliners that are more expensive for less product and I’d be a hypocrite if I didn’t stand by when I say, “quality over quantity.” This isn’t the most impressive product I’ve ever used, but it’s by far not the worst. It wasn’t a product I was curious to try, if I’m being honest, yet I was a little excited to try it out with the set I got. Just one of the many reasons why I love getting those sets! There isn’t a scent to this (thank gosh!) nor does it cause a negative reaction with my sensitive skin. I did notice how it works better when I applied it with my angled contour brush vs. a blunt, rectangular brush (the one I received from the Benefit Cosmetics – Cheek Parade (“Beauty and the Beat” Blush Kit)). That could very well just be a technique issue, who knows. This particular shade is a dusty rose and brown marble with pink and gold shimmer in it. For me, I’m not a fan of shimmery bronzers because contours shouldn’t have shimmer since they’re meant to diminish the appearance of something and shimmer does the opposite by bringing visual attention to itself. Then again, when they own the product, they can make it however they want, right? Now, I do say overall that I won’t purchase this when I’m out, but that isn’t because this product lacks quality, but only because it’s not the type of product I wear regularly and therefore can’t justify the purchase. I own a lot of stuff, but nothing is just for the sake of having it. To me, that’s incredibly wasteful so I only buy and keep things with a purpose, if something no longer serves a purpose, I give it away. As I mentioned, this still has amazing quality, so I will keep it, but mainly foresee myself using it for my eyes instead of for my face. I won’t put this in my makeup kit, because, again, I don’t see the consistent need for this kind of product. If I did while I’m on a site for a client, I can always dab a bit of bronzer and some luminizer and recreate a similar effect.

Performance/Wear:                          ★/5

Initially, this looked way too orange for my complexion, but that was when I applied it alone. After trying it again, over a matter bronzer, this looked way better! I’m not sure why it works best that way or if that’s what the company intended, but that’s the only way it works on my neutral, pale complexion. This also can double as a top layer to a sunkissed or natural look for eyes to give it a bit of pop, but not turn your eyes into part Tin Man. I love how the shimmer in it suits the color of the bronzer, unlike most highlighters that will have a specific color to them and still have a silver/metallic shimmer to it, which looks awful on warm colors. This has a shimmer that is warm based, just like the colors in the blend of the whole product. As far as wear goes, I have no complaints. I had no issues with fallout or this dusting off on my clothes at any point throughout my day (or night, depending what event I wore it for) despite my assumption that it would because of how dusty it seemed when I picked up product with my brush. That’s one thing I need to caution on! Even when I used the slightest pressure, my brush still seemed to grab a bunch of this product and yes, I know, tapping the excess is the solution, but overtime that wears down the integrity of the brush and I try to avoid that. Just be cautious when picking up product or you’ll end up with a big smudge on your face and take up extra unnecessary time having to blend it out. Without excess product, this blends really easily and quickly. My preference is wearing this over a matte bronzer for night looks, but then again, I prefer a natural look on myself. Maybe it’s just this shade in particular that doesn’t look flattering on my skin on its own, but that doesn’t make this product a deal-breaker. At no point did this product cause a bad reaction with any other makeup product I used with it, especially foundation. Some powder products don’t work well with other liquid products and cause blotchiness or general product breakdown throughout the day, but not this little trooper.

Skin Swatch

Price:                                                   ★/5

Eh, since this product isn’t one I can see myself regularly using, I can’t vouch for the price, but the quality is there for those who are on the fence of whether or not this might be worthwhile.

Packaging:                                          ★/5

Once again, Hourglass doesn’t play around with their attention to detail! Seriously! They always keep their products so elegantly and luxuriously packaged that I’m sometimes hesitant to even use them out of fear that I’ll take away from how pretty they are. For starters, the mirror compact is so sleek and refined, yet maintains simplicity and professionalism. It is very sturdy and doesn’t open up in my bag. I absolutely LOVE that there’s a mirror inside this! Despite how small the compact is, they didn’t cut corners with their packaging and remove the mirror, which is great considering this smaller size is more geared towards traveling. A few other brands that I won’t mention have removed the mirrors and have lost a smidge of respect from me for that. I get that the manufacturing costs can rack up pretty quickly for details like that, but every detail counts when you’re expecting someone to fork over their hard-earned money for your product. So, kudos to you, Hourglass. Then, can we take a moment to just marvel over that beautiful marble powder? Just a moment of silence for the beauty that is that aesthetically pleasing appearance of the product itself. I can’t deal; with how elegant that is on its own and how every other detail wrapped into it makes it a remarkable product. Now, the marble appearance doesn’t have any effect on the finish of the product when you apply because they colors are too thin and close together that you couldn’t use them separately like you could the Too Faced – Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush (Peach Beach). That’s not necessarily a bad thing, considering that’s how the product was obviously intended to work, so I won’t consider that a pro or a con.


  • The most elegant packaging (in my opinion)
  • Blends easily
  • Smooth finish
  • Mirror included
  • Sturdy case (doesn’t pop open in bag)
  • No smell
  • Works well with other products
  • Multi-purpose
  • Long-lasting wear-ability


  • Too orange when worn alone
  • Only works on my complexion with a neutral, matte bronzer underneath it
  • Price

Texture:                                  Pressed powder

Scent:                                      None

Recommend?                         Sure

Repurchase?                           No

Retail:                                     $50.00

Size:                                         0.39 oz.

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