I'm not sure what came over me but evidently I was feeling really rather spend-y on my trip to London. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light (£38) wasn't a spur of the moment purchase in the sense that I'd had my eye on it for a while, but for whatever reason I decided that day was going to be the day I got my hands on it. It's funny as I'd always imagined I'd end up getting the palette with three shades, however after going to see them in-store in Manchester I'd been disappointed that two of the three shades were very glittery and one of them was far too light for me. So I settled on getting my favourite of the three individually (the singles are also pretty impressive in size), which was Dim Light.
For those of you who don't know: the Ambient Lighting Powders are highlighters-come-setting powders, which makes them very different to anything else in my collection (which is something, considering I'm a highlighter fiend). Some of them seem to have glitter in, whereas others don't, so definitely try to visit a Spake NK (or Liberty's if you're in London) before dropping the money on a shade. Dim Light is glitter-free and has more of a sheeny pearlescent shimmer. The shade is exactly what I like because it's sort of a beige-y champagne; not too gold, not too silver.
The big question is: is it worth the money? Personally I feel it's not a life-changing product, it's a luxury purchase. What it adds is a flattering glowing, luminous quality which isn't something dramatically noticeable. If you only have £38 to spend on makeup this month then you're better off using it to get yourself a good foundation or concealer (or you could do both for that price, to be honest!) however if you're looking to treat yourself to something a bit more luxurious and beautiful then this nicely fits the bill. I'm not going to rush out and buy any more shades (though I may have to in the blushers...) but I'm happy with Dim Light. However if you think the price is excessive, don't feel as though you're missing out on something vital because you're not (and make sure you check out my Hourglass dupes post coming soon...)
In a nutshell I'm ambivalent; £38 is steep and it's just not the sort of product that's going to change your beauty life. On the other hand I've spent the same on a dress I've worn once or never...several times and I do really like using this product and the effect it gives. I think people tend to take things negatively because I explore both the pros and cons of a product instead of just endlessly gushing (although to be honest I probably would be if this was priced more towards the £25 mark). Yes, I like the product a lot but if you don't have much money to spend on beauty products, this isn't the ultimate essential you need to invest in it's a 'treat yourself' thing.
Is it worth the hype? Maybe.
Have you tried the Hourglass powders or do you think they're over-priced? Are they worth the hype?