BareMinerals Invisible Light Duo Review (and How They Compare to Hourglass Powders)

Bare Minerals Invisible Light Duo review
Bare Minerals Invisible Light Duo review

You know I’m a fan of Hourglass powders so when I saw the new BareMinerals Invisible Light Duo, I had to have it since they look so similar!

BareMinerals Invisible Light Duo review (and how they compare to Hourglass Powders)

Bare Minerals Invisible Light Duo review
Bare Minerals Invisible Light Duo review

The Good |

  • Versatile (matte side and glow side)
  • Natural, subtle glow
  • Blends easily
  • Finely milled
  • Perfect for natural makeup

The Bad |

  • Not for those who like an intense glow
  • Matte side may not be ideal for oily skin types

The Comparison |

  • Similar to the Hourglass Strobe Lighting Powders, but with a translucent base
  • Less expensive ($32 vs $38)
  • More subtle on the skin

The matte side of this duo is a translucent white setting powder that is very thin and lightweight so if you have a problem with cakey-ness then a powder this thin and smooth should sort that out. I have combo skin and this is great for adding a satin-matte finish to the skin. However, if you have oily skin and get pretty oily throughout the day, this powder may not keep you matte all day long.

The glow side of the duo is also very thin and lightweight, and it gives the skin that glow from within look. This is different from any glowy products I have–and I have a lot as you may know– because it’s translucent so it doesn’t really have a color; it just adds a glow. It’s honestly the weirdest/coolest thing because it’s literally invisible (hence the name) once blended out, but the subtle sparkles light up the skin and add radiance.

Both powders don’t look like much when swatched on the skin, but are gorgeous once you actually use a brush to apply it.

Compared to Hourglass, this reminds me most of the Strobe Lighting Powders, but with a translucent base, and it is more subtle. The Hourglass powder packs a little bit more punch and adds more glow to the skin, but you can easily build up the BareMinerals glow powder as well.

Bare Minerals Invisible Light Duo | Left to right: Matte, Glow, Hourglass Brilliant Strobe Light, Hourglass Dim Light Ambient Light
Bare Minerals Invisible Light Duo | Swatches L to R: Matte, Glow, Hourglass Brilliant Strobe Light, Hourglass Dim Light Ambient Light

The Verdict |

This is a really nice duo for anyone who is into natural, lightweight makeup. During the spring/summer I tend to go for less makeup because of the heat so this duo is perfect for those hot, minimal makeup days. Although they’re not exactly like the Hourglass powders, I’d say the glow side is a great less expensive alternative for the Strobe Lighting Powders.

Have you tried this duo? Are you going to pick it up? Let me know in the comments below!

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