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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Dupe or Dud: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant Light vs. Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders have found their way onto many Holy Grail beauty lists (including mine), but I just may have found a dupe for the powder in Radiant Light. 

In general, each of the Ambient Lighting Powders is ultra smooth, finely milled, and produce a lit-from-within glow. Radiant Light in particular offers a beautiful bronze finish that makes it perfect for lightly adding depth and definition to the contours of the face. What specifically set it apart from any bronzer I had tried in the past was the texture - it contains just enough ultra-fine shimmer to illuminate and give the skin a satin finish without completely looking like a disco ball. Up until now, I hadn't been able to find another bronzing powder that could come close. That is until I was taking a walk down the beauty aisle at Walmart. 

Hard Candy's So Baked Bronzer in Hula Hula comes dangerously close to providing the same finely-milled finish as Hourglass. So good, I can't tell the difference when wearing them. At least not $36 worth of a difference. Watch the video above to see how each wears, then check out the tutorial below to see Hard Candy's put to use in a tutorial! 

The main difference between the two comes down to pigmentation. Hard Candy's kicks up a lot of powder during application, so you have to use a lighter hand. But besides that, this $9 powder performs almost identically to its $45 high end counterpart.

What do you think - is it a dupe or dud?

Radiant Light vs. Hula Hula