I did actually manage to make my way into a Sephora (which is a serious accomplishment when you live in the middle of nowhere, like I do), so I did get to see all six shades in person. In general, I would say that medium-skinned ladies can probably get away with any of these colors. Dark skinned ladies might find that a few of the lighter colors will work as highlighters, but not all over the face. (Shades like Radiant Light, though, will probably be gorgeous.) As a fair-skinned motherfucker, the only two to which I responded, "Uh... well, that's obviously not gonna work" were Mood Light and Radiant Light, although several of the others would still have to be applied with a very light hand.
As you can see from the title of this post, I did end up buying Ethereal Light. (Note: I also bought Luminous Light, which I haven't used enough to form concrete opinions about. I'll be reviewing that at a later date.)
I want to go ahead and note that some people have been using these powders as highlighters. Based on my experience, those people must like their makeup to be as subtle as fuck. Even as all-over face powders, these have a pretty understated effect. I'm certainly not Kim Kardashian or anything, but any highlight worth its salt is not something in which I want to coat my face. (Although it would probably work in lieu of wearing reflective clothing at night...)
The packaging is solid and modern. I adore Hourglass packaging save for their terrible font. (It's not Comic Sans or Papyrus, but it's in their league.)
Ethereal Light is touted to "[mimic] a moonlit glow—even in broad daylight." The powder is a soft, cool white, with just a hint of luminosity. The finish is somewhere in between a pearl and a matte.
|Ethereal Light heavily swatched (left) and blended (right).|
Here's how it looks on my face in the lighting I usually use:
And here's how it looks in a closeup on my cheekbone in direct sunlight, in case that has always been your secret desire:
Overall, I like Ethereal Light. It's not magic, but it's definitely flattering.
The Hourglass Ambient Light Powers retail for $45 for 0.35oz ($128.57 per ounce).