Primers are all the rage right now, mostly because they enhance your overall makeup application in some way or another. It could be smoothing pores, prolonging foundation wear time, etc…. I bought the Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer (phew…that’s a long name) on a whim because I was in Liberty (£36) and to be fair everything’s so pretty I find it hard to resist. I love their bronzer, so I thought, why not? I chose the shade ‘luminous light’ out of the three (the others being mood light and dim light) after talking to a very helpful woman on the counter.
The claims on the Hourglass website are that these are ‘light correcting primers that blur, smooth and perfect the skin for a soft, subtle glow.’ The formula is oil-free, feels like an incredibly weightless moisturiser and is essentially supposed to act as a subtle colour corrector, but does it work?
|Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer-Luminous Light
The primer is heavily swatched and then almost fully rubbed in underneath
This shade is supposed to give the skin a candlelit glow, additionally if you look very closely in daylight there is a subtle shimmer running through out it; however this doesn’t noticeably transfer to the face (which is good). Would I say I look candlelit when I wear this? No, not really. What I would say is that my skin is left beautifully smooth and soft when I use this making whatever I wear on top look better. I also believe this does keep my makeup on longer, and even after 8 hours of wear my foundation still looks even.
The most bizarre/miraculous aspect of this primer to me is how quickly it dries. Within seconds of application there’s no tackiness and skin is instantly smooth – if you can get to a counter, try it out !
So is it worth the money? Well, if you want a primer to really, intensely colour correct or give a dewy finish you may not find that in this primer. But, if you’re more about skin care than makeup, want a subtle glow and a smooth, even finish – I say go for it ! I love the way this makes my skin feel.