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Monday, February 3, 2014

The Luminous Powder Comparison

Most beauty releases have me a little skeptical; okay, really skeptical. 'Dragon's blood' cream? Really. Now I'm being a little superficial, but it seems like beauty brands come up with new fads and fabs everyday. Sometime last year, a new generation of powders cropped onto shelves. Contrary to their stereotypical matte, cakey, and cringe-worthy counterparts, these new pigments promised luminous, smoothed, and strikingly beautiful skin.

And I bet you can guess what I did: I wrote them off. But, luminous powders, hear me out, because I apologize for all the shunning you were once donned by your's truly and I hope my long-standing obsessed state dissembles the madness.
It's fair to say that I have a serious skin proclivity. Whether it be skincare or my ever-growing stash of tinted moisturizers, concealers, or other complexion tools, I have a never-ending mission to perfect the appearance (inside and out) of my dermis.

So, I guess I would end up testing these powders eventually. But the beauty blogger yearns for the a certain blend had me rushing to Sephora and, then, to the till with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light. Well, that is kind of a lie because I first parted with the variety in Luminous Light--a more pink toned counterpart. But, my naturally existing pink undertones didn't fare well with the concoction, so back to the store it went.

When I finally did my own research and realized the red-banishing Diffused Light was basically a true match for my concerning complexion, I parted (yet again). Even though our true match signified love, it still took my powder banning ways a while to get used to the new purchase. Nevertheless, fast forward a month later and I was splodging and packing the stuff onto my face every darn day; I was in love with it's redness minimizing, imperfection blurring, makeup longevity stretching, and slightly luminous denouement.

Since I was so hooked on the Hourglass number, I figured I'd be just as keen on the By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder. Now, neither of these are made for any sort of budget edit, but this By Terry offering certainly breaks the bank; so, come my birthday, I unwrapped this baby and got to applying. After a day's sporting, I realized three things: this one didn't keep my skin as shine free as the Hourglass offering, it boasted a far more matte finish, but was surprisingly more smoothing than the yellow-toned counterpart (despite them both being mostly translucent on the skin--yet, I do sport a naturally Snow White complexion).

Indeed, so far, my sentiments for this By Terry powder weren't too bright, but then I realized how its extreme skin smoothing powers came in handy.
Now, on a side note, can we please conclude that the most annoying characteristic of spots is their texture--bumpy, 'visible from the moon,' and, sometimes, scabby. Cover the color with concealer, but their raise still remains. Well, that's where this powder comes it. It's non-cakey property means you can cake on as much as you'd like; the matte texture means the highlight and bumpy nature basically disappears, and you're skin is looking more flawless than ever.

At the end of the day this post, I realize that both these powders are darn amazing, but if you're on a budget (like I should be) and can only buy one, here's the breakdown: seriously luminous lovers in need of some general imperfection blurring and some oil-whisking, go for the Hourglass one. If you want a more matte complexion that smooths over pores and disguises bumpy nature, then go for the By Terry.

Still can't decide? Get both--like me; I can't believe I called myself a 'minimalist.'

18 comments :

  1. Both of these powders have been on my radar for a long time, but I've never been able to justify the price tag???? The Hourglass one sounds absolutely dreamy x

    Daphne | subgenre of a dream | bloglovin | youtube

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  2. The By Terry offering seems like it would come in handy in desperate (skin) times, though I'm more of a glow-getter myself.

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  3. I would really love to try the Hourglass lighting powder and I think in the same shade you have! I have drier skin so I don't use powder a tremendous amount but the blurring and setting qualities sound amazing.

    Amber

    Lovely Notions

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  4. Tempted to try out a luminous powder.. don't have anything like this in my current collection xx

    Eleri Roberts

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  5. I tried the Hourglass powder at Sephora but I wasn't completely thrilled, maybe I picked the wrong shade?

    http://chelsealeighbeauty.blogspot.ca/

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  6. I want both. I have the hourglass palette but I'd love to try the shade diffused light and the by terry offering has been on my wishlist forever!

    Beth | BethBlogsBeauty

    xx

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  7. These both sound great but given the choice I think I'd rather go for the Hourglass one - I'm sure the By Terry one is fabulous, but the Hourglass one just seems like it's more in keeping with the look I want. Plus, I don't struggle too much with the texture of my skin (visibly anyway) so I don't think it would make sense for me to purchase it!

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    Stephanie | Love, August

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  8. I can't decide which I love more - My ambient lighting powders or my meteorites perles. Matte skin isn't really my thing, although, I'd might use a combo of matte and luminous powders, should the matte have the desired effect (like your By Terry one on smoothing over the appearance of bumps) ;)

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  9. This is a great review! The By Terry powder is on my list to try this year - I already own an ambient lighting powder and love it :)

    TwentySomethingBeauty
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    Rachel

    xx

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  10. These sound incredible! I've wanted to try both for so long but I just can't justify the price tag. :(
    xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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  11. Both sound amazing, however the Hourglass powder is the only one in my wishlist. I love glowy makeup looks, so I think that one is made for me. I'm not a huge fan of face powders though, so if I'll ever splurge on it I hope to wear it enough.

    x Giada | The Beauty Recensionist

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  12. I really think you'll love the Hourglass powder; I think it's my favorite thing I've ever purchased. xo

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  13. Although they sound similar, they're actually differ greatly. (: xo

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  14. Now, that's some sensible thinking! xo

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  15. Me too, but I live in the states, remember (a.k.a. land of all the beauty unattainable). xo

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  16. Trust me when I say that they never look that great in swatches; you have to try them to see the beauty. xo
    P.S. I promise I'm not an infomercial....

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  17. :( Would you like to do a swap some time in the future? x

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  18. Oh this is a brilliant post, though not helping with my already existing dilemma: I want both. I'm so darn greedy. And I saw Hourglass is coming out with a blush range, which is basically their Lighting Powders but then with a hint of colour. Sigh...

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